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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 8 Issue 2

Tying IT Together: Application Intergration to Achieve Flexibility

City Public Service of San Antonio (CPS) is the second largest municipal utility in the United States, serving more than a half-million electric customers and more than 300,000 natural gas customers.

How to Choose the Best Data Service Provider

One of the utility industry's leading revenue barriers is incomplete and poor quality customer data.

Automation through Integration: A New Direction for Waterloo North Hydro

Wholesale conversion is rarely an option for an established utility wanting to engage in substation automation.

Substation data integration at Tacoma Power

With this proliferation of substation IEDs, there has also been a dramatic increase in the amount of data available.

DistribuTECH 2003: Highlights (and Bright Lights) from Las Vegas

DistribuTECH bypassed its traditional coastal setting this past Feb. 4-6, and for the first time in its history convened in Las Vegas. Far from being a distraction, the bright lights of the Vegas Strip provided the perfect mood lighting for the power industry's leading technology conference.

Utilities Find Savings in AMR for Transient Customers

Although utilities often find it difficult to prove that a large-scale automated meter reading (AMR) deployment provides an acceptable return-on-investment, AMR has long been successful for niche applications. One of the most effective uses of AMR is for transient locales, such as apartments in college towns, where constant customer turnover makes manual meter reading expensive.

Black Hills Power Tames Wilderness with GPS

In an area crossing three state lines (Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota), lies some of the most amazing natural wonders in the United States.

New Products

TS1 Mobile Administration Software from Hunt Technologies allows utilities to optically connect to installed endpoints without removing the meter cover.

News

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in mid-January honored eight member power companies for outstanding service restoration and recovery efforts following severe storms and other extreme events in 2002.

The Importance of Poets and Dreamers

This past February in Las Vegas, the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition did what it has done for more than a dozen years: provided a forum for the power industry to assess current utility technology with an eye toward the future.