For years, utilities have seen a growing need to enable a smarter electric grid, promote cleaner power sources, and replace aging structures. These issues came into sharper focus when US President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This legislation provides funding for many energy initiatives—however, strict compliance guidelines come with the stimulus plan. Find out more.
must optimize current asset efficiency and availability. Downtimes must be limited to planned shutdowns and necessary overhauls only. Stringent maintenance processes can help ensure high levels of equipment reliability. Moreover, proactive planning can establish a stable environment where resources such as personnel, contractors, parts, and tools can be optimized. Future increases in bulk transmission capacity, however, require significant improvements in transmission grid management. A smart grid, for ex