DistribuTECH Returns to West Coast for 2005 Conference

After a four-year absence from the West Coast, the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition will return to San Diego for its 15th annual event, which takes place Jan. 25-27, 2005, with pre-conference Utility University workshops on Jan. 23 and 24.

Keys to Successful Substation Automation System Design

Substation automation can mean different things to different electric utilities. To one, it could mean adding a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for remote monitoring and control to a traditional substation with mimic panels and an annunciator.

Designing Substations in 3D

Computer-aided design (CAD) of power substations has become standard practice since the introduction of commercial computer-aided design and drafting systems in the 1970s.

Advanced Substation Automation Offers Solution to Universal Problems

Just as intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) ushered in the era of substation automation some 15 years ago, recent breakthroughs in high-speed data collection, knowledge-based analysis and information delivery have touched off a technological revolution that is best described as “advanced substation automation.”

Exhibitors featured in this issue

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry consumers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. Please visit ABB in Booth #700.

DSTAR’s Transformer Cost Analysis Software Enhances Utility Decision Process

Distribution transformers represent a significant cost to electric utilities, both as a capital investment and as an ongoing operating expense.

GIS Mapping Drives Efficiency of ENMAX Crews

With more than 360,000 residential and business customers, ENMAX Power Corporation (EPC), based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, requires timely management of its infrastructure, such as transformers, power poles, power lines and connected devices.

Five Deadly Data Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

You're planning a major system implementation-a new outage management system, geographic information system, graphic design tool or maybe all three. It’s a whirlwind of technology, personnel, deadlines, test runs and nitpicking details.

New Products

Positrol Fuse Links, from S&C Electric Company, are high-surge-capacity fuse links designed to fill a market niche not presently served by S&C’s offerings.


At a briefing in Washington in mid-October, the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), an affiliate of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), announced completion of the first phase of the Intelligrid Architecture, a comprehensive communications architecture for the power delivery system of the future.