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Cover:Entergy Services Inc.
Michael A. Marullo, Editor in Chief
This month marks the fourth anniversary of the IEEE-Power & Energy Society (PES) Transmission & Distribution Conference that was (supposed to be) in New Orleans in 2006 - or at least that was the plan before Hurricane Katrina hit a few months before, causing the conference to be held in Dallas for an unprecedented twice in a row.
John D. McDonald, GM-Global T&D Marketing, GE Energy (Atlanta, Georgia USA)
With every passing moment, technology evolves, events take place, and a new slice of history is made. We can easily look back at the history made yesterday to understand what has happened and why, but it’s far more difficult to look into tomorrow’s window to anticipate what will soon become history.
Michael A. Marullo (and millions of Gulf Coast inhabitants)
Ask anyone who has ever been to New Orleans what it’s like, and they’ll tell you it’s a pretty unique place to live and work. And despite the “suggestions” directed our way from a few politicians, commentators and otherwise concerned citizens following Hurricane Katrina to “shut the city down and move it to higher ground” (Montana maybe?), it’s still very much here – and always will be.
Mark Mc Culla and Paul Cassingham
Tested by nature and driven by industry change, Entergy Corporation has emerged as one of the leading utility companies in the world. Over the last decade, Entergy reshaped itself from a company with operations scattered around the world to a world-class U.S. utility focused on meeting the needs of its customers while creating value for shareholders.
Mark L. Feldman
Few events have highlighted the vulnerability of critical infrastructure like Hurricane Katrina, when it struck the Gulf Coast nearly five years ago. Since then, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe weather, wildfires and terrorism have been constant reminders that all critical infrastructure – whether communication, transportation, power, water, health care or dozens of other basic services – is at risk.
Mark Stephens and Alden E. Wright
Industrial electrical equipment is often affected by power supply disturbances, most notably voltage sags. Numerous Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) studies have found that common, general purpose AC relays often contribute to these electrical equipment shutdowns.
H. Lee Smith
Many people assume the Smart Grid is a revolutionary change to the operation of the electric grid. In reality, it is an incremental step in the long evolution of adding automation to the electric grid.
Using Location Intelligence in Advanced Customer-to-Network Relationship Management to Ensure a Better Level of Smart Grid Service and Reduce Cost-to-Serve
Utilities are increasing investment in Smart Grid technologies and smart metering projects as a result of the rising demand for electricity (particularly in developing economies), aging T&D infrastructure in developed countries, emissions and climate change mandates, and the need for real-time visibility of energy supply and demand to optimize both service reliability and cost.
When implementing Smart Grid technology, there is certainly no shortage of ideas regarding where to begin and how best to realize the benefits.
Gregory K. Lawrence
Over the past two decades, GIS has emerged from the role of specialist application to be a key part of many utility business processes, from tracking assets and supporting the design process to feeding operational systems such as outage management and capacity planning systems.
William T. (Tim) Shaw
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to engage with a number of utilities struggling to attain full compliance with the NERC CIP standards. Part of that involvement included visiting their generating facilities and looking over the way they were protecting their critical plant systems.