T&D Reliability

  • An overview of our Utility2Utility article series

    Sep 18, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Almost two years ago, we started a simple interview series titled “Utility2Utility.” We’ve interviewed over 40 utilities from the UK to Brazil to Guam, and the series is now our most popular one in the library. So, kick back with a cup of coffee—or a pot—and take notes on how other utilities are tackling everything from mobility to smart cities. Advice and insight abound—from their utility to yours.

  • What you can do to mitigate impacts today

    Sep 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Today we're all talking about space weather--namely the solar storm impacting us this week. But, should we really worry about solar flares? Will flares take down the grid or largely impact our industry? Get the facts behind the hype here.

  • Sep 09, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Strategy is easy, my friends. Planning is hard. So, here are 10 disruptions to the utility industry to research as you lay out a road map to weather industry change. I have no doubt you’ll all survive the “revolution,” but good planning can help you make this change a positive and not an emergency.

  • Sep 04, 2014 | Caroline Aoyagi-Stom

    It’s 7 a.m. and Southern California Edison (SCE) troubleman Eric Meyer has just started his day. As often happens, the calls for his help start to come in almost immediately. This time it’s a no-lights call he’s asked to investigate.

  • Aug 21, 2014 | Fay White

    Meet one of AEP Ohio’s newer line mechanics: Brandi Persch. She's assigned to a Columbus service center that serves the city’s southwest quadrant. Her journey to becoming a line mechanic began back in 1998 when she joined the company as a meter reader.

  • Aug 18, 2014 | David Rizzo
    Knowing about transformer construction provides the first line of defense. Rapid access to plug-and-play replacements can save hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.
  • Aug 14, 2014 | Ken Collison
    Opposition to new transmission lines is nothing new. Concerns about cost, sensitive habitat, safety, and aesthetics are a constant in the debate over all large infrastructure projects. However, significant new challenges are now facing the electric grid as utilities prepare for greater integration of renewable energy resources, a transition away from fossil fuels, and the rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DERs).
  • Aug 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting in on a meeting at Oncor in Dallas. But, it wasn’t just any ol’ meeting. The gathering featured insiders of the Utility Analytics Institute’s Executive Advisory Council. Here's what I talked to them about. Tell me what you think.

  • Jul 21, 2014 | Uday Varadarajan

    Analysis by the Climate Policy Initiative shows that newly emerging finance models can lower renewable energy costs by as much as 20 percent. Here are the details.

  • Jul 16, 2014 | Paul Griffo

    Co-workers in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Southern Region sometimes get twins, Larry and Terry Thien, confused. But the brothers, who followed their father into lifelong careers with SCE, couldn’t be more certain of who they are.

  • Jul 06, 2014 | Paul De Martini

    Paul De Martini, a visiting scholar at the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, and Dr. Lorenzo Kristov, principal market design architect at the California ISO, talk ideas and an industry future full of rapid growth, DR and emerging hybrid systems.

  • Jun 19, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Veridian Connections is a Canadian utility company that provides electricity to nine communities located within southern Ontario in Canada. For this installment of our popular Utility2Utility interview series, we spoke with Mark Turney vice president of operations about operational details and upgrades around fault detection.

  • Jun 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In this executive issue, we focused on gathering information—giving you a walk around the big picture from international information on Africa, Latin America and Europe to investment advice with upgrades and staffing to CIO insider info on cybersecurity. It's all right here at your fingertips. You can download the entire issue (in a free PDF) at this link or click through the article to get individual connections and blurbs to each story in this latest issue.

  • Jun 01, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This month, our favorite utility tweets are like an old episode of “America’s Funniest Videos.” We have kids trying to explain how power works, corny wind turbine jokes and animals getting into the darnedest trouble. It was a wild and wooly May, indeed. 

  • May 28, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    From fire-and-brimstone articles on the number of Americans who could die from a pulse attack to popular films currently in the theater, you just can’t escape those electromagnetic pulses, it seems. But what's the real deal behind all this chatter? EPRI helps us break it down for you.

  • May 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Steven Collier, writing here as an IEEE smart grid expert, examines the "daunting challenges for planning, deployment, operations, and management of infrastructure, procurement and utilization of resources and provision of services" within our future urban areas.

  • May 20, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our popular Utility2Utility interview series, we corresponded with AEP on grid reliability issues the utility can trace to plant shutdowns, specifically the loss of coal-fired generation. They'll tell you what they see coming and what advice they have for the industry on this controversial topic.

  • May 04, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As part of our women-in-energy series, we spoke with Erica Zimmerer, manager of asset management program design, distribution for Entergy, who can rattle off her list of jobs at Entergy like fourth graders  naming early U.S. presidents. She also talked about the unique aspects of her job--namely getting everyone in the room to sit down for a chat.

  • Apr 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    To me, forecasting is a bit like that “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” moment in “The Wizard of Oz.” After sitting through the “Integrating Energy Forecasts into Utility Planning and Operations: Perspectives from Market Participants” session at IEEE PES T&D in Chicago this April, I have to say it’s still rather murky to me. Thank goodness the forecasters are smarter than I am. But I did learn a few interesting things.