T&D Reliability

  • 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.

  • DTE Electric has filed a request with the Michigan Public Service Commission to continue a multi-year modernization of southeast Michigan's electric distribution infrastructure.
  • Kenya Power and Lighting Company has announced an investment of KES400 million for the rehabilitation of power equipment and network in Machakos County.
  • General Electric has announced that it is signing a power up plan with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity for critical electricity generation and maintenance projects.
  • As part of the ongoing 'Light Up Lagos' initiative, the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday donated a 500KVA transformer to residents of Palmgroove Estate in Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of the state.
  • 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.

  • Dec 08, 2015 | Guest Writer

    As a result of Europe’s low-carbon policies and the corresponding proliferation of distribution-connected distributed energy resources (DER), today’s transmission system operators (TSOs) and distribution system operators (DSOs) are facing a new set of technical and economic challenges.

  • 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.

  • Part of the Utility2Utility article series

    Nov 30, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility interview series, we sat down with Thomas Bruhl, electric services manager for the City of St. Charles, to ask about that old friend (and sometimes pesky foe) of electricity distribution: cable.

  • Entergy weathers the storm

    Nov 16, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    August 29th was the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting Southeast Louisiana. For two or three days this year, there were live shots on every news channel from Fox to CBS. But few, if any, told the story of this historic storm from local utility Entergy’s unique angle.

  • Nov 11, 2015 | Paul Netter

    A Southern California Edison transmission line foreman’s quick thinking played a pivotal role in a car-hit-utility-pole accident in October in Visalia. His actions may have saved a man’s life, and the first responders couldn’t have been more appreciative.

  • Download the PDF free

    Nov 04, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    You’ll notice in this issue a lot of references to talking to utilities---from Austin Energy to ComEd to Con Edison to Entergy to Avista. It’s our annual techhead issue, and the only way we’re going to find out how our industry is using all that shiny tech is to, well, talk to them. Jump into the discussion.

  • Nov 03, 2015 | Guest Writer

    James McCray, an analyst for Navigant, looks at the growing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). 

  • An interview with Matthew Ketschke
  • Live from Utility Analytics Week #uaweek15

    Oct 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Today’s meters are light. The old ones were heavy and dissipated heat a lot better, actually,” said Ken Dimpfl, manager of meter engineering with American Electric Power (AEP), while discussing the deep details of temperature data analytics at Utility Analytics Week in New Orleans.

  • Oct 20, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “The keyword is resilience,” said Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing Distinguished Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Energy Systems Innovation (ESI) Center at Washington State University.

  • If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there

    Oct 02, 2015 | Mike Caranafa

    When it comes to grid modernization, we’ve come a long way from one-way energy delivery and communication networks to multi-dimensional information flows and now to intelligence that’s being pushed to the furthest edges of the grid.

  • It's selfie time

    Jun 25, 2015 | Bill Meehan

    Utilities need to reassess their practices, particularly in this age of rapid change touching everything from climate and renewable resources to technology.