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Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

A key part of the national electrical grid is the transmission of electricity over large distances from the point of its generation to the point of use.  This is becoming increasing important as renewable energy sources become a significant part of the generation mix.  The quantity of electricity that can be transported over a specific line is a function of many variables.  In this edition of Vids4Grids we visit Oncor where they are employing Dynamic Line Ratings technology Read more [...]
Mexican utility headquarters that used to hold more than 1,000 workers now looks like a haunted building……….

Mexican utility headquarters that used to hold more than 1,000 workers now looks like a haunted building……….

Mexico’s electricity generation began with private companies, but in 1938 the Mexican government began nationalization of the electric utility industry.  As a result of this process two electrical companies were created: CFE – Federal Electrical Commission and LyFC – Central Light and Power. LyFC generated and distributed electricity in the central part of the country around Mexico City at 50 Hz and CFE supplied the rest of the country at 60 Hz.; in 1972 Mexico unified the Read more [...]
Panama Jogs to the Right

Panama Jogs to the Right

In the midst of incoming and established left-leaning politicians in the Latin America region comes a new winner who bucks the trend.  Using words such as tycoon, magnate, self-styled millionaire, etc. reporters from all the major and not-so-major news services brought out words they had long since mothballed in describing the victory of Ricardo Martinelli, a victory not as spectacular as that of Mine That Bird but no less convincing, having pulled steadily ahead of his rival Balbina Herrera Read more [...]
More Leftward Leaning…and Now for Panama

More Leftward Leaning…and Now for Panama

Further to this trend I was pointing out a few weeks ago, now we see that el presidente Rafael Correa won reelection in Ecuador, the first such repeat in three decades.  So the people must like him.  A close associate of president-for-life hopeful Hugo Chávez, Correa is seeking a constitutional amendment that will set him up to be president until 2017.  Meanwhile he continues to refuse to pay his country's bills to outside suppliers whom he deems illegitimate, threatens to give Read more [...]
Five minutes of fame …

Five minutes of fame …

Is about the only thing the assembled leaders of the Americas could walk away with from President Obama at the recently concluded Summit of the Americas.  Except for Hugo Chavez, who turned three minutes of face time into endless new press coverage, to say nothing of the new life he breathed into Eduardo Galeano's book Open Veins of Latin America (the second time Mr. Chavez has boosted the fortunes of an otherwise dormant book). But what of the Summit itself?  Was anything of value Read more [...]
To the Left, To the Left …

To the Left, To the Left …

We are witnessing a slow but steady shift in the elected leadership in Central and South America from the solid right-leaning sedulous figures of the oligarchy to more populous-leaning representatives who may show the world a different way to advance democracy.  With the recent election of Mauricio Funes, representing the once revolutionary but increasingly mainstream and now majority party FMLN in El Salvador, we now have a continuum of elected leaders in the hemisphere who have the opportunity Read more [...]
New Certification Scheme in the Gulf Region

New Certification Scheme in the Gulf Region

We have been advising member companies for a decade about electrical product standardization and certification in the Persian Gulf region.  When we started the NEMA Global Initiative in the late 1990's most of the information we had was second hand.  That changed when we hopped on a plane and visited Riyadh, the first time in NEMA's then 75-year history that such a visit was made.  Working with the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO), we learned for the first time that Read more [...]
Beijing Olympics and Making Progress

Beijing Olympics and Making Progress

Looking out of the window on this date in 2004, here is the picture I took from the NEMA Beijing office that we had opened a few months earlier:                   Yesterday, our NEMA Beijing colleague Jia Ke took this one from the same window: During the interval, while the construction crews converted an urban redevelopment site into a latter-day world famous landmark, we’ve assisted over forty member companies establish, enhance, and expand Read more [...]
VAP on Parade

VAP on Parade

Once again, as is done every two years, hundreds of hours of valuable time have been expended to solicit, respond, collate, and distribute a report on the status of the adoption of IEC standards by the 21 member economies of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Everyone in the private sector involved in this years’ effort, one that covered 168 targeted IEC standards, has remarked to anyone who would listen that the effort has contributed not one iota of additional electrical safety to the Read more [...]