T&D Reliability

  • 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.

  • Targeted News Service WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal efforts to address electromagnetic risks to the electric grid. The report (GAO-16-243) is titled "Critical Infrastructure Protection: Federal Agencies Have Taken Actions to Address Electromagnetic Risks, but Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risks and Strengthen Collaboration" ...
  • The Power Distribution Development Program for Results- a US$500 million loan to PT PLN, the national power utility - would boost the island's electrification ratio to 90 percent, as well as improve power systems to be more efficient and reliable. "Lack of electricity access to millions of people in Sumatra constrains the region's economic potential, and the Power Distribution Development ...
  • The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) has issued a shutdown notice for Monday due to necessary repair, maintenance and expansion of electricity lines. According to the programme issued by the company, power supply from Fakhar Abad feeder emanating from 132-KV Lathianwala grid station, Wapda Academy feeder originating from 132-KV Nishatabad grid station, Riaz Abad feeder emanating from ...
  • April 22--HAMILTON -- Crews have started inspecting the 24,000 electric utility poles throughout the city of Hamilton. The project, which started Monday, will assess the condition of each wooden pole and check for any electrical safety issues. In addition, location data on each pole and its identification number will be collected. This will allow the city to prioritize pole replacements and to ...
  • THE collection of a 6.5-centavo-per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) hike in transmission charge would be enforced in June, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). The order will just be released before the end of the month. Given this, the NGCP [National Grid Corp. of the Philippines] will not be able to incorporate it in their April bill to their customers, the DUs [distribution utilities]. ...
  • 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.