Space Weather: How to Avoid Grid Disruption and Transformer Damage from Solar Flares

March 9, 2017

On New Year’s Day, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) imposed a new standard to protect the bulk electric system from the impact of GMDs. To comply, utilities and power companies must conduct ongoing assessments of their transformers to measure and monitor the impact of GMD events on the bulk power system. Compliance dates are spread out over the next few years, but as with any new program, the time to start planning is now.

Maximize Reliability, Minimize Risk

February 22, 2017

Electric utilities face a growing array of challenges, including an aging infrastructure, limited financial resources and a shrinking workforce. It is important for them to develop and implement processes and technologies that will allow them to deliver consistent, reliable power. Condition-based monitoring techniques coupled with effective data collection and analytics are key for utilities to effectively manage asset life, maximize reliability and safety, and drive down costs.

The Clock is Ticking: Getting Ready for the New NERC CIP Requirements

August 22, 2016

Starting in April 2017, anyone who works on a utility or power company’s medium or high impact system, including contractors, needs to comply with the standards and use locked-down devices to prevent unauthorized access points to the network. Companies need to take steps now in order to avoid serious regulatory and financial consequences.

How to Start Condition Monitoring Programs That Work

July 14, 2016

Planning, strategic thinking and cross-functional collaboration are required to avoid confusion and gain value from condition monitoring programs. Following are four questions that should be answered before implementing a condition monitoring program.

Four Steps to Creating a Successful Condition Monitoring Program

July 14, 2016

Condition monitoring programs provide meaningful, real-time information to help reduce risk, lower failure rates, anticipate issues and keep operations running smoothly. In order to improve methods for diagnosing transformer health and develop a successful condition monitoring program, it’s imperative to follow these four steps.

Powering Up: Colleges Training New Generation of Substation Workers

March 23, 2016

Community colleges across the country have forged partnerships with utility companies to train utility lineman. “They really are the backbone of the electrical grid,” said Dave Zabetakis, president of Doble Engineering, whose company recently donated equipment to LSSC. “We rely on these individuals in the field to keep the power grid up and running.”

Can we solve the industry’s workforce issues with academic partnerships? (Part 2)

October 6, 2015

As requirements to meet critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standards from NERC grow, the person helping a utility meet those testing and compliance obligations will become more important. Programs like EURST become increasingly important, according to Lampley and program partner Doble Engineering Company’s President Dave Zabetakis.

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