T&D Asset Management

  • Apr 28, 2016 | Tero Heinonen

    Storm damage repairs and preventative maintenance on power lines and trees are two of the most important tasks utility companies take on, requiring a large amount of time and budget.

  • April 26--Three decades ago, when Westinghouse Electric exited its sprawling 92-acre manufacturing site that straddles East Pittsburgh and Turtle Creek, it ended a century-long legacy of supporting the power generation industry. At one time, as many as 20,000 workers filled the massive complex along Braddock Avenue, before operations moved to Charlotte, N.C., in the 1980s. After years of ...
  • The New Development Bank's US $180 million loan to Eskom will be used for the development of transmission lines, the power parastatal said on Tuesday. We received the loan at a good rate. The money will be used for the development of transmission lines, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said. The NDB announced on Friday that it has approved its first set of loans worth US $811 million, which ...
  • Apr 19, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    To get an international energy view, we sat down with Sundar Venkataraman, technical director of GE’s Energy Consulting group, to chat about India---an overview of the country’s energy market, how renewables fit in and hurdles they’ll need to overcome to make it all work.

  • Apr 15, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We’ve told some great lineman stories in past years, and this week we chatted with Toby Garner, who joined Duke Energy when it was Duke Power back in 1970 and is still a company employee based in Durham, NC.

  • Mar 31, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I’ve written a lot about smart cities from who is doing great things (Amsterdam, Vienna, Rio, Masdar) to what it will really require in reality (think more about timing and less about terabytes). So, I was delighted to get Black & Veatch’s recent report on the subject “2016 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility.” It caters to a personal passion.

  • Mar 25, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Utilities have long used leased lines from public telephone companies to connect remote locations such as substations, but it is entirely possible that, within the next five years, leased line services will cease to be available altogether. 

  • Mar 24, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Martin Shalhoub, the head of Siemens PTI, writes that "changes in planning, infrastructure, and revenue models are imperative to effectively address a range of planning and investment issues emerging from the industry's paradigm shift."

  • Mar 11, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When you hear analytics, you think numbers, stats and data all floating and swirling around in the nonobjective ether like a crazy math-geek sequel to Pixar’s hit flick “Inside Out.” When Entergy’s John Scott and Eddie Himel hear analytics, however, they think circuit breakers, load tap changers (LTCs) and maintenance all cleaned up and organized like a simplified, smarter sequel to the old Excel spreadsheets they once used for this trend tracing. 

  • Feb 22, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Jane Ann Verner, an IEEE sr. member, and manager  of the Grid Operation Center at Pepco, talks details on a new association guide to warding off potential geomagnetic grid chaos.

  • How to get that line gig and how to keep it from a guy who knows

    Feb 15, 2016 | Guest Writer

    NYPA lineman Todd Jones was nice enough to share these tips on becoming a lineman with Intelligent Utility. Five tips on how to get the gig and five on how to keep it. And he even illustrates his piece with some fabulous work photos.

  • Feb 12, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We chat with Manitoba Hydro on their new Winnipeg substation project and how that fits into a bigger plan to spread the TLC to other bits of their system.

  • SCE reveals the 5 steps to infrastructure survival

    Feb 05, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    El Niño is back. Every few years, he returns around Christmas (hence, the name “El Niño”) to bring wacky moisture patterns, storms of wild proportion and just general weather havoc. And, unfortunately, there’s one bit of infrastructure distinctly vulnerable to such weather havoc—namely, the poles, wires and outside structures of power’s T&D system.

  • Feb 01, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Predictive analytics software with machine learning capabilities is providing utilities with early warning notification that a piece of equipment is experiencing problems or heading towards failure, days, weeks or months ahead of operational alarms.

  • Jan 13, 2016 | Guest Writer

    BYOD is a new trend with significant implications for the utility business model. If they don’t act, utilities may get pushed off their own turf, but if they do act, they stand to reach much greater levels of engagement with their customers. All said, it’s a strategic opportunity that demands a strategic answer. 

  • Jan 07, 2016 | Tao Hong

    While teaching my new course on long term load forecasting for the first time, I introduced several classical methods, of which the first one is "the magic ruler," but this ruler is just a realization of our mental shortcuts.

  • Jan 05, 2016 | Guest Writer

    PPL Electric Utilities is utilizing drones to help perform power line inspections on transmission lines throughout its 10,000-square-mile service territory.

  • Running electric transmission as a drilling backbone

    Dec 09, 2015 | Guest Writer

    The High-Priority Incremental Load Study was approved by the Southwest Power Pool in April 2014 resulting in 44 new transmission projects for Xcel Energy representing a $557 million investment in new high-voltage transmission lines and substations through 2020. 

  • 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.

  • Those steps: partner, partner, partner

    Dec 02, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We recently sat down for a chat with Peter Lehman, founding director of the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University. The Center and the University were part of an academic/vendor/utility team that recently broke ground for a new microgrid in Blue Lake, California.