How Will the Blackout Shape the Future of T&D?

The sequence of events appears to have begun at approximately noon Eastern Daylight Time on Aug. 14, 2003, with generating unit trips in Ohio and Michigan.

Enterprise GIS:More than Just a Map

A volatile energy market, coupled with a hazy economic environment, has forced energy companies to re-examine how best to operate all aspects of the utility organization.

‘Be Prepared’:The Motto of Boy Scouts and Utility Restoration Managers

Let's be honest. Before that blackout that took out a solid chunk of the Northeast this summer, call centers and outage management articles were probably the ones you flipped past with little interest.

Demand AMR Made Easy at NSTAR

As Massachusetts' largest investor-owned electric and gas utility, NSTAR transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.3 million customers in eastern Massachusetts.

Communications is Key to Ensuring AMR Longevity

Automatic meter reading (AMR) system selections are never made lightly. Frequent comments by utilities going through the process include:

Protecting Web-exposed SCADA Systems

The electric energy infrastructure—from power generation sites through the transmission system to distribution points—is currently built (or updated) to include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems as a critical component of its basic instrumentation.

Non-operational Data: The Untapped Value of Substation Automation

Utilities have spent millions over the past decade on substation automation, but in many cases they have neither realized the projected return on investment nor taken advantage of the improved system performance these projects could provide.

New Products

Flir's palm-sized ThermaCAM P60 IR system helps thermographers determine the severity of problems and make informed decisions about the operating conditions of systems critical to power production and delivery.


Utility Group Urges Total Power System Review - A national organization of electric utility companies has urged a review of the total electrical supply system, including generation, transmission and distribution.

NERC Deserves Credit—And Authority

You have to give Michehl Gent a lot of credit. If you were president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), you likely would have been tempted to disconnect your telephone, cancel all public appearances, rent some DVDs and hole up in your basement for an indefinite period of time beginning about 4:15 EDT on Aug. 14.