• Jan 27, 2016 | Guest Writer

    The Morocco substation project wasn’t as simple as plugging the local system into the larger power grid. Its transformer underwent an arduous 5,000-mile journey to Michigan from the Netherlands.

  • Talking structural engineering with Austin Energy

    Dec 07, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Lora Teed first caught our eye on Twitter. She was one of many great entries in Austin Energy’s push to join in the viral #ilooklikeanengineer campaign. And we admit we were curious about a utility having a structural engineer on a team usually dominated by electrical ones.

  • Jul 24, 2015 | Guest Writer

    While there are many delivery models used by the construction industry, achieving cost and scheduling goals is completely within reach for the industry through the Engineering-Procure-Construction (EPC) approach to new developments.

  • Jul 14, 2015 | Derek Handova

    The countdown has begun for the electric utility substation and distribution site. The standards for physical and cybersecurity for U.S. substation and distribution sites will officially move from CIP Version 3 to CIP Version 5 on April 1, 2016.

  • Jun 01, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dave Chronister, founder of ethical hacking firm Parameter Security, says utilities should expect attacks to worsen over the next few years--to happen more often, to be stealthier, to use more destructive malware and more. 

  • May 13, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “We are reaping some of the benefits we thought we would get from smart grid. We’re not reaping all of the benefits we thought we would get from it,” said Jason Handley, director of smart grid emerging technology and operations in the emerging technology office at Duke Energy. Handley spoke at Energy Central’s Smart Cities Conference in Charlotte this week.

  • 7 suggestions on the physical side

    May 10, 2015 | Clint Hilbert

    April marked the two-year anniversary of an industry-famous late-night shooting spree that prompted regulatory response in CIP 014. Most of our industrial systems, however, were not designed for operation in areas of conflict and will take years to adequately harden. Here are seven suggestions to help tackle those hardening projects.

  • Mar 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Laurine Jue with Avista gives us a peek inside the celebratory book that the utility put together honoring new tech, loyal employees and how they come together to make for fabulous reliability. 

  • Mar 18, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Salt River Project analyzed the impact that the consumption of Internet resources is having on business operations and came up with a unique way to address the issue.    

  • 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.