Jersey Central Power & Light has completed projects totaling more than $15 million throughout its northern and central New Jersey service areas that are expected to enhance customer service reliability.
A new study finds that distributed generation, energy efficiency, storage, microgrids, and other innovations add resilience and dynamism to the grid, but do not obviate the need for major expansion of the high-voltage, bulk power system....More
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week acted to promote broader regional transmission planning in the U.S. Western Interconnection by clarifying that an Order No. 1000 regional transmission planning process may conduct transmission planning on behalf of non-public utility transmission providers,...More
You tell us: What are the biggest causes of outages in the United States for a) distribution b) transmission? Are things getting better or worse? How does the U.S. reliability compare to other countries?...More
To help enhance the reliability of its electric system, Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooden utility poles so far this year as part of the company's annual inspection program....More
In the early 1990s, I led a team at one of the power industry’s large equipment manufacturers to look into aging utility infrastructures and determine what it meant for both the future of our industry and the company....More
A majority of T&D professionals reported that their companies are addressing aging assets (65%), followed by the use of smart meters feeding outage management systems (42%), according to a new survey sponsored by Burns & McDonnell....More
Each day utilities install more and more intelligent devices as they automate their generation facilities, substations, and other assets. The resulting data is driving a convergence of IT and OT functions, enabling new levels of control. The devices typically communicate wirelessly using one of several technologies. The most reliable is 802.11 Wi-Fi-based mesh. The short white paper: Fine mesh: Mesh 802.121 wireless network connectivity provides a summary comparison of the main wireless technologies available.