T&D Automation

  • A modern electric grid that incorporates solar, battery storage, energy efficiency and smart technology could save Californians $1.4 billion a year, according to a report released Thursday by rooftop solar giant SolarCity.
  • Jan 14, 2016 | Mark Sardella, PE
    Nearly half of all electricity generated in the world today comes from power plants that use steam turbines built in the days of rotary telephones and manual typewriters, operating at thermal efficiencies of around thirty-percent and thereby discarding seventy percent of the energy in the fuel they consume.
  • Jan 13, 2016 | Debsankar Pramanik
    The way we receive electricity, has not changed to a significant level over last 100 years. The coal (thermal), nuclear or hydro power plants send electricity through transmission lines to substations and to transformers, finer and finer wires and small voltages, until the electricity reaches the electric appliances like lights, televisions, laptops, smartphones etc.
  • Oct 14, 2015 | Charles Y. Chen
    The term Smart Grid appears frequently now in public press and government strategic documents [1]. A key function in a Smart Grid is the two-way communication between the utility and its customers [2, 3]. In other words, 21st century information technology (IT) that enabled eBay, on-line banking, etc., is now integrated into the nation's electric grid.
  • Sep 16, 2015 | Charles Y. Chen
    In prior articles, I wrote about the vulnerability of the nation's electrical grid. After all, the picture of the U.S. energy infrastructure is far from rosy.
  • Aug 06, 2015 | Rod Lenfest
    Policymakers across the country are wrestling with the economic impact of aging energy infrastructure. America's energy grid lags behind other developed nations, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, "power quality issues are estimated to cost American business more than $100 billion on average every year."
  • May 08, 2015 | Kimberly Klemm
    Smart Energy is an industry byword these days. Electricity consumers and producers alike talk about ideas and implementations that Smart Energy has developed as the best ways forward for both energy conservation and energy cost effectiveness. Electrical system developments in Smart grids and Smart cities are key to discussions on Smart Energy.
  • May 05, 2015 | Dr. Trevor Bowmer
    Utility poles and their multiple cross arms were laced with masses of power and communications lines along the nation’s highways and byways in the early years of infrastructure rollout in the United States.
  • Apr 17, 2015 | Ronald Willoughby
    The term "Automation (A)" was introduced in the 1970s as a way to describe the use of advanced controls and communication technologies to improve power system performance and reduce operating costs. Its popularity grew, leading to steady, methodical, and systematic advancements that continue to this day.
  • Jan 15, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of C-suite Insider, we continue a conversation with Sandy Fisher, director of electric system project management at Pepco Holdings, that began with our women-in-energy series. Here she examines just what the industry is doing right (and wrong) these days.

  • part one

    Jan 14, 2015 | Martin Milani

    With the continued deployment of advanced systems, sensors and other data sources, including hundreds of millions of smart meters, utilities are faced with an expanding universe of data that can lead down myriad roads, many of which are unproductive, confusing and downright distracting.

  • Jan 14, 2015 | Shannon Casey
    In December 2014, the Port of San Diego became the first demonstration site in a series of regional public-private smart building initiatives to advance the region's smart city goals.
  • Jan 13, 2015 | Alison Silverstein

    Synchrophasor technology has come a long way in a few short years, with recent system deployments delivering early reliability benefits and cost savings in system operations, model validation and forensic analysis.

  • Jan 08, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Technology, standards and policy all play a role in shaping the future of energy generation and distribution, while IoT and big data will greatly affect intelligent management, according to IEEE Fellow John McDonald.

  • Dec 22, 2014 | Tim Probert

    The enormous volumes of intermittent generation have made the role of grid balancing ever more crucial, and this has given rise to a new breed of utility, one which points to the future, perhaps, for Europe’s behemoths.

  • Dec 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This issue is dedicated to the ongoing passion of the subjective debates that keep the fires of technology burning away. In these pages, we’ll banter about NASPI synchrophasors, new tech centers, smart grid demo projects, microgrids and even what the single greatest power breakthrough was in the last 100 years. So, don’t sit on the sidelines for this one. Jump right into the fray and swim around in those details. We welcome that. That’s what the #techHEAD issue is all about.

  • Aug 26, 2014 | Andres Carvallo
    Innovations in the 20th century drove the fastest and most disruptive transformations in economic history. The automobile devastated the horse-and-buggy industry, railroads consumed large market share from shipping, and airplanes later took passenger and freight business away from railroads. Assembly lines and engines that ran on fossil fuels enabled great leaps forward in manufacturing productivity.
  • 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 26, 2013 | Scott Braynard
    The continued string of recent corporate security breaches has caused many enterprise organizations to evaluate their security practices in an effort to better protect their data and that of their customers. But what about the threat cyber attacks pose to utilities?