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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 7 Issue 6
Though relatively small in size and population, Norway is a highly industrialized Scandinavian nation, relying on an ever-increasing supply of electrical energy, even in the midst of the deregulation and subsequent consolidation of its electrical industry.
On that fall day in 2001, it was hard to tell which was hotter, the transformer, which was engulfed in flames, or the temper of the petrochemical plant's manager. A bushing had failed on the main transformer (138/13.8-kV, 40 MVA) serving the facility.
The shockwave of deregulation that visited utilities in recent years promised new lines of profit to utility suppliers, along with increased services and lower costs to consumers. The people whose job it is to bring those products and services to delivery are faced with a whole new array of challenges in an industry that was already governed by change.
DistribuTECH conference organizers have announced that Walter Higgins III, president and CEO of Sierra Pacific Resources, and Wanda Reder, vice president of engineering and planning for Commonwealth Edison Co., have accepted invitations to deliver keynote addresses to kick off DistribuTECH 2003 in Las Vegas on Feb. 4.
Today's utilities face tougher challenges than ever. Government-ordered deregulation; microscopic scrutiny by the public, other stakeholders and the media; growing regulatory demands to improve service levels; high equipment replacement and maintenance costs; and densely populated urban centers with heavily burdened infrastructures are the usual suspects.
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