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Posted By: Mark Sardella, PE - Writer, Local Energy News
On: January 14, 2016
Nearly half of all electricity generated in the world today comes from power plants that use steam turbines built in the days of rotary telephones and manual typewriters, operating at thermal efficiencies of around thirty-percent and thereby discarding seventy percent of the energy in the fuel they consume. How did  more...
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Posted By: Debsankar Pramanik - Senior Lead/Systems Analyst/Business Analyst, Brillio Technologies Private Limited
On: January 13, 2016
• The way we receive electricity, has not changed to a significant level over last 100 years. The coal (thermal), nuclear or hydro power plants send electricity through transmission lines to substations and to transformers, finer and finer wires and small voltages, until the electricity reaches the electric appliances like  more...
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Posted By: Mike Karlskind - Vice President of Product Marketing, ClickSoftware
On: December 17, 2015
The climate surrounding severe weather events is changing. Severe weather is occurring more frequently and utlities are facing increasing scrutiny in how they respond to outages. Customers and regulators expect greater transparency than ever before. While utility managers deal with this on a regular basis and are adapting to the  more...
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Posted By: Del Rodillas - ICS and SCADA Solution Lead, Palo Alto Networks
On: December 3, 2015
The future, modernized state of Industrial Control Systems goes by many names.  Some are general such as “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)” and “Industry 4.0.” Others are more sector-specific names, such as “Smart Factories” (Manufacturing), “Smart Grid” (Electric), and “Digital Oilfield” (Oil & Gas). Modernization not only includes the deployment  more...
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Posted By: Arvo Eilau - Marketing Manager - Gas Power, Pentair Valves & Controls
On: November 24, 2015
Current global power generation market conditions have placed enormous demands on critical valves within thermal generation systems. This growth has been driven by a variety of factors, including an abundance of natural gas-derived fuels, recent advances in gas turbine technologies and more efficient combined-cycle component operation. Seeking to align their  more...
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Posted By: Debsankar Pramanik - Senior Lead/Systems Analyst/Business Analyst, Brillio Technologies Private Limited
On: November 16, 2015
Followings are some of the functional requirements that must be met in a typical Outage Management System application: Non-Modeling / Graphical User Interface (GUI) Functional Requirements: The Outage Management System (OMS) will allow for the extraction of outage schedules, for all UOG and non-UOG resources, for a minimum of x  more...
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Posted By: Debsankar Pramanik - Senior Lead/Systems Analyst/Business Analyst, Brillio Technologies Private Limited
On: November 9, 2015
  The Expected changes to the CAISO (California Independent System Operator Corporation) wholesale power market, as well as the necessary integration of new renewable resources (Ex: solar energy, wind, hydroelectric energy, biomass), requires an utility company to make investment in a centralized application (e.g. analytical evaluation tool) to improve information  more...
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Posted By: Gerald Conn - Safety and Workers' Compensation Manager/Subject Matter Expert, ACRT, Inc.
On: November 6, 2015
Effective utility vegetation management (UVM) begins and ends with safety. It’s a founding principle of ACRT, Inc., and we strive to uphold it in everything we do.   Staying safety conscious extends across all aspects of UVM. It’s not just the tools and techniques you use every day—it’s understanding your  more...
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Posted By: Michael Schwartz - Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Eka Software Solutions
On: October 30, 2015
Winter is coming! A phrase that holds as much fear for utilities and power generators as it does for members of Westeros’ beleaguered Night’s Watch. But it’s not the undead White Walkers of George R. R. Martin’s imagination that utilities need to worry about - it is the possible return  more...
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Posted By: David Bonk - Vice-President - Industry Affairs, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
On: October 20, 2015
The utility industry is facing more challenges to its traditional business model since the heyday of deregulation in the late 90's. Those of us in the industry at that time can remember the rush to separate the "retail" side of the business from the traditional poles and wires company that  more...
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