Test and Measurement

Utilities monitor the condition of their lines and substations to ensure continuity of service, reliability and operation.

Highlights

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Transmission Reliability

Great River Energy Unlocks Hidden Transmission Capacity

May 1, 2024
By installing sensors to perform dynamic line ratings, the utility’s transmission line capacity improved more than 25%, nearly 70% of the time.
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Test and Measurement

Laki Power Launches Multi Monitoring Station for Power Lines

March 1, 2024
The station includes a bundle of meteorologic equipment, bidirectional cameras and multiple sensors to keep a close watch on transmission and distribution lines.
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Test and Measurement

PG&E Hosts Drone Pilots for Electric Utility Operations

Dec. 18, 2023
PG&E began using drones in detailed electric transmission infrastructure inspections in 2015.
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Although utilities have digitized their analog records, the legacy grid data is not always consistent and manual processes are still required. Using machine learning to analyze available data can verify its accuracy and simplify the update process.
Test and Measurement

Tracking Decades-Old Power Poles with Machine Learning

Nov. 1, 2023
Utilities must organize and make sense of a tremendous tranche of legacy power grid data, but AI may offer answers.
Photo by Ecom Instruments.
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Test and Measurement

Tab-Ex 03 Enables Mobile Workers to Predict, Solve Outages

Oct. 2, 2023
With predictive maintenance based on captured real-time asset data, companies can identify when a component or machinery is due for service or suddenly requires replacement before...
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Electric Utility Operations

FERC's New Rule Emphasizes Protection Engineering

Feb. 1, 2024
FERC's Order No. 2023 requirements involve accelerating interconnection studies to mitigate project backlogs that have reached historic levels.
Photo by Philip Kamrass/ New York Power Authority.
Overhead Transmission

NYPA Uses Line Monitoring Technology to Protect Power Line Health in Winter

Jan. 22, 2024
NYPA uses fiber-optic sensing, based on the principles of distributed acoustic sensing, to identify power line conditions in real time.
Photo by Nathan Etzel, PacifiCorp.
Test and Measurement

PacifiCorp Uses AI To Scan Cable Condition

Dec. 18, 2023
The utility has updated a technical specification to its medium-voltage cable systems that is projected to save millions of dollars in lost generation revenue.
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Substations

A Guide to Synthetic Esters in Online DGA

Nov. 29, 2023
Discussion of some unique properties of synthetic ester liquids while addressing the considerations utility professionals may encounter.