News Briefs

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has signed an agreement with Itron Inc. to expand implementation of AMR technology in BGE's territory.

PPL Shops for Value in the e-Marketplace

For any company, in any industry, buying materials and services involves numerous manual tasks, cumbersome administrative work and time-consuming research.

News and Notes from the 2002 AMRA Symposium

One year ago, when the AMRA International Symposium convened in Quebec City, tragedy struck on the second full day of the conference—Sept. 11, 2001.

GIS Helps Modernize Norwegian Electrical Network

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.

Continuous Bushing Monitoring Saves Time and Money

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.

Downsizing Doesn’t Slow Down Allegheny Power’s E&C Group

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.

New Products

The Cutler-Hammer InsulGard helps utilities enhance the uptime and reliability of medium-voltage power generation and distribution equipment.


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.

Hard Times for Time-of-Use at PSE

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) announced in early November that it would ask the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to end PSE's time-of-use (TOU) billing program.

Surviving in a Changing World Means Being Better Prepared

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.