A photo of the Philadelphia Electric Co.’s Wayne substation, which supplies power for the Reading Railroad electrification, shows part of the switching structure and the housings of the two outdoor 15,000-kW frequency converter sets. Also, a photo of Central Power and Light Co.’s outdoor substation at Pharr shows the connection point of the 66-kV and 38-kV systems and is attended by one operator.
Utilities Gain Radio Channels
The Federal Communications Commission increases the number of radio channels allotted to utilities. Electric, gas, water and steam utilities are allotted 31 channels in the 25-162 megacycle frequency range.
Use of the electric power industry’s first digital dispatch and operations computer system of its kind enables the Kentucky Utilities Co. to improve operating efficiency and system reliability.
FERC Orders Collectively Break all Conventional Rules of Public Utility Governance
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Orders 888 and 889 in April 1996 become effective at the end of June. FERC Order 888 opens wholesale power sales to competition. Specifically, Order 888 requires utilities that own, control or operate transmission lines to file nondiscriminatory open-access tariffs that offer others transmission service that is comparable to the service they provide to themselves. FERC Order 889, also known as the Open-Access Same-Time Information System rule (OASIS), requires utilities to obtain data about their transmission systems for their own wholesale power transactions in the same way their competitors do-through an OASIS on the Internet. Order 889 also requires utilities to deintegrate their wholesale power marketing and transmission operation functions.
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