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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 8 Issue 4
Remembering the "good old days" has become a national pastime. We long for the uncluttered suburban homes of the 1950s or even the rock-and-roll freedom of the 1970s.
For the fourth consecutive year, the AMR industry has enjoyed significant growth.
As utilities look to cut costs, the industry is moving toward a new approach to maintenance—a predictive approach. At Grant County Public Utility District in Washington state, maintenance costs were a significant expenditure. The utility serves 40,000 customers and has 410 miles of 115-kV and 230-kV transmission lines. Customers are thinly spread over a large area, resulting in a relatively high per-customer maintenance bill for the district.
Few will argue against the law of supply and demand, but many seem perplexed by how prices can and should be made visible to electricity consumers.