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Closing the digital divide and bringing rural American’s the broadband they need and deserve is a challenging task. The geographic areas that contain unserved and underserved broadband is vast. To solve this problem, we need all the partnerships we can muster. One of the most promising partnerships for this challenge is between rural telecom providers…

Part 3 in a 4-part Series On Protection Engineering How long has it been since you had your relay settings checked? If you have simply been replicating the same settings year after year, in spite of the fact that your system has been changing over the years, you risk some serious and potentially very costly…

Overlooking Relay Coordination Across Organizations, A Cause For AlarmA Series On Protection Engineering – Part Two of Four In part one of our series we discussed the risk of not updating your relaying system. The effectiveness of any type of ground overcurrent relaying is dependent on having a properly functioning substation ground grid, which will…

Avoid Disaster By Updating Your Relaying SystemPart 1 In a 4-Part Series on Protection Engineering Is your utility at risk for events similar to those that have wreaked havoc in California due to utility-triggered wildfires? If your relaying system does not have the proper settings, you could be at risk. Recently, Finley Engineering received a…

As the cost of creating new generation has become more expensive, and as it has also become more difficult to site new generation (especially coal and nuclear) as a result of federal and state hurdles, more and more utilities have invested a significant amount of time, money and expertise in helping reduce energy demand. The idea of course:…

In October 2012, the Electricity Storage Association (now known as the Energy Storage Association) released a report titled, “What Do State Policymakers Know About Energy Storage?” At the time, according to the ESA’s report, the majority of legislators had some knowledge of energy storage, but had not participated in, or even seen, any proposed legislation that…

A new report, “Indicators for Local Energy Resilience,” published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), suggests that communities can become more resilient by strengthening local energy systems and helping to provide more reliable and affordable energy to users in their communities. “A reliable energy supply allows businesses to serve their communities, homes…

In Part One, we looked at the challenges that utilities face related to the increased expenses that are required to introduce “grid modernization,” which is more and more being expected by policymakers – legislatures and regulatory bodies. In Part Two, we looked at the second challenge – how utilities are expected to come up with…

ELECTRIC GRID SECURITY: A COORDINATED EFFORT? OR A CONFUSING PATCHWORK?For individual utilities looking for a single, centralized source of comprehensive and authoritative information on physical and cyber security, there doesn’t seem to be one. There are almost a dozen federal agencies involved; several industry organizations; a number of specially created councils, programs, and centers, many of which are public-private partnerships;…

The utility industry is being transformed by grid modernization, including smart grid, distributed energy resources (DER), cybersecurity requirements, utility-scale renewables, and integrating the rapidly-growing demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructures. Before utilities can effectively manage in this new environment, they must be able to gather high quality, comprehensive, accurate, and timely data from the field…