My first contact with the heady world of advancing technology in our industry happened early in my career. Around 1980, a company named Gould Brown Boveri came to the utility where I was working with a new power circuit breaker technology that used something called sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). The company claimed it could switch shunt capacitor banks faster and safer than anything on the market, but it needed a utility to field test the technology. I didn't have any better sense and ...

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