• Jul 14, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In a moment of levity in this all-too-serious industry, we pay homage to our favorite scene in the now 20-year-old “Speed” where Jeff Daniels says to Keanu Reeves, “pop quiz, hotshot” and then runs through various scenarios for the gum-smacking Keanu to sort through. Here’s our version. If you get over 8, we'll personally tout it on Twitter and call you an industry expert. 

  • Jun 29, 2014 | Daniel Flores

    Daniel Flores, senior communications engineer at El Paso Electric Company, mulls the need for synchroclosers and synchronization--and the space and cost it takes to utilize both properly.

  • Jan 30, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Robert Cheney, team leader for the power delivery test tab at Alabama Power Company, had an enclosure problem complicated by a testing issue. He partnered with a supplier to create a unique personalized solution to his substation frustrations.

  • Jan 13, 2014 | Gerald R. Gray

    Gerald R. Gray, senior researcher at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), gives an overview of Australian utility Ergon Energy's smart grid project--hurdles, benefits and progress.

  • Dec 02, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    AEP’s Jeff Fleeman gives us an insider tour of the utility’s Asset Health Center, which “keeps a watchful eye on T&D substation equipment.”

  • Nov 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “The Internet of Things” consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices. The true value of this is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud. That uncovers information and the resulting actionable insight can transform business, according to Intel.

  • Oct 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The power industry has a reputation for stagnation: It’s an “old school” spot where things don’t change. Still, despite that reputation for being a lagging and lackluster industry that eschews pretty much everything new, progressive and shiny, that “old school” power industry is making some new school adjustments. That’s what this Sept/Oct issue of Intelligent Utility magazine is all about—what’s on the edge of the power industry these days: CVR, microgrids, retro-commissioning, analytics and much more. Dive in.

  • Aug 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Luciano Villani and Vic Faster with Con Edison detail how the utility is creating flood-proof substations in the wake of Sandy’s extensive damage.

  • Apr 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In part one of this series, Donald R. Johnson, an electrical engineer who specializes in stray voltage evaluations and serves at an expert witness in stray voltage lawsuits, talked about the general physics of stray voltage and the recent Southern California Edison lawsuit. Here in part two, he chats about his most memorable case and advice for homeowners and utilities, too.

  • Apr 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We often talk about how well (or how poorly) utilities are doing in certain areas: customer engagement, outage management and disaster recovery, even capital investment. But, we rarely turn that critical eye to the other major group in our industry—namely, vendors. Here's an insider look at the A+ smart grid vendors and a sneak peek at those set to storm the market that you may not know much about.

  • Mar 26, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dan Sowder, a senior project manager with Duke Energy, gives us an inside look at the utility's award-winning Rankin substation and its interesting utility-scale battery technology.

  • CIM Automation Systems, a division of M.C. Dean, Inc. has been appointed an "Energy Automation-Smart Grid" Siemens Solution Partner. M.C. Dean is the first "Energy Automation-Smart Grid" Siemens Solution Partner in the United States.
  • ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced plans to help empower Public Power and rural electric utilities with future-proofing their systems for a reliable, efficient and sustainable grid.
  • Jan 30, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    The definition of nanotechnology is simple: It’s merely technology that manipulates matter at the atomic level. “Nanotech is a platform,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, vice president for clean energy programs with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering with the University of Albany (UAlbany CNSE). “It’s not single product or process. With the help of nano, we can make technology better and cheaper. We can make electronic devices along the smart grid smarter.”


  • Jan 24, 2013 | Farel Becker

    IEC 61850 has been under scrutiny recently with claims of interoperability. But, are these claims valid?  Can IEC 61850 improve and enhance protection and control system design today, or is it held hostage by interoperability?

  • IEC 61850 allows too many vendor options, observer says

    Nov 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A global standard, IEC 61850, is not performing as intended. And North American utilities need to pay attention because, although they've largely taken another path to substation automation, IEC 61850 could still appear in their future.

  • Solid state transformers coming, but standards guide current work

    Nov 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Smart transformers are coming, but until then current technology and standards can handle the bi-directional flow of power between utilities and industrial customers with cogeneration or renewable, distributed energy resources.

  • Cooper Power Systems, leader in electrical power delivery and reliability solutions for the utility, commercial, and industrial markets, today announced a new contract with American Electric Power (AEP) to deliver new SMP 16 Substation Gateways and SMP I/O Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) for their next generation of substation automation projects.
  • Just one of the new ways utilities are becoming more efficient

    Aug 09, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    The marriage of data visualization and data analytics is but one way in which electric utilities are moving forward into the new analytics world. Where are the biggest areas of interest in terms of their use? Intelligent Utility magazine editor-in-chief Kate Rowland spoke with Alyssa Farrell of SAS to find out.

  • ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $16 million from Mass Global Investment Company for the construction of a substation and SVC Light (static var compensator) system that will supply electricity to a new melt shop and steel rolling mill in northern Iraq.