T&D Reliability

  • By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Under normal weather and power system conditions, New England is expected to have the electricity resources it needs to meet consumer demand this summer, according to ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. Although electricity supplies are expected to be sufficient, ...
  • UniSource Energy Services says its crews have begun a series of system reinforcement projects in Santa Cruz County designed to improve service reliability and expedite power restoration during emergencies. The first project, centered on Hohokam Drive in Nogales, began in January and will benefit about 1,100 customers, UES said in a news release. The goal is to create a looped system that will ...
  • The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved April 27 a US$30 million loan for the Power Sector Financial Recovery Program-for-Results (PforR) for Armenia. This Project will support the Governments efforts to maintain adequate and reliable electricity supply by improving the financial condition and governance of the state-owned power generation companies and the private power ...
  • 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.

  • 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 28, 2016 | Neil Beardsmore

    Neil Beardsmore, North Europe commercial solutions leader for GE’s Grid Solutions, reveals new work in the UK and Europe to add in offshore wind to the European grid.

  • 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 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 25, 2016 | Guest Writer

    In the past, energy companies have used a compartmentalized approach to compliance, risk management and IT security. Now, a more holistic approach is required because cyber-threats, operational risks and regulatory requirements are increasingly complex and interconnected.

  • 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.

  • 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.