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data management from substations to
better manage our systems and their associated equipment. For the practitioner,
the authors show a migration strategy for
moving to the digital substation along
with introducing the data warehouse
while discussing the challenges with
data analysis. For educators, a practical
substation automation laboratory used in
india is discussed along with hardware
and software considerations. This chapter concludes with industry case studies.
Chapter 5 gives the reader a deeper
understanding of energy management
systems (eMss) for control centers that
are used to manage our transmission systems. This chapter explains the various
operating states of the power system and
the sources of grid vulnerability. eMss
for the deregulated electricity market
are discussed along with the challenges
faced. The eMs framework includes
the transmission operation management
in coordination with generation operation management with their necessary
simulation tools explained. areas that are
noted include the eMs time frame, software applications, and data flows. For
those not familiar with generation operation and management, they will find
this chapter very beneficial in gaining an
understanding of the careful balancing
act that must be managed through these
systems to insure the reliability of the
electric system. in addition, the real-time
transmission operations and management
functions are highlighted, rounding out
the complexity of insuring a secure and
reliable electric grid. study mode simulations are discussed in detail next, providing the reader with excellent insight. This
chapter concludes by providing a beneficial overview of the recent deployment of
phasor measurement units and wide-area
measurement systems (waMss) while
comparing them to eMss with waMss.
Chapter 6 discusses the distribution
automation and distribution management
systems (dMss). The advantages of distribution automation were quickly realized
by electric utilities. Their functions are
discussed in this chapter moving from customer to feeder to substation automation.
The various subsystems are highlighted,
such as outage management, customer
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information, geographical information,
and asset management. dMs application functions are discussed, including
integrated volt-var control, fault detection,
isolation and service restoration (Fdir),
plus Fdir control strategies with reliability indexes. advanced analytical dMs applications are described, including optimal
feeder reconfiguration and optimal capacitor placement. Future trends are then highlighted on how social media can improve
reliability and customer satisfaction.
Chapter 7 moves the reader to smart
grid concepts that will help to ensure the
high quality of service to our customers
and highlights the differences from the
"old grid" to the "new grid" by the use
of these advances. The use of smart grid
solutions and their potential to optimize
our transmission and distribution systems
are noted. smart grid solutions are the
enabler of some of the new technologies
coming to market such as distributed energy resources, energy storage, advanced
metering reading, plug-in electric vehicles, and smart homes. a dose of reality is
careful noted, considering lessons learned
in the deployment of smart grid technologies along with some select case studies.
i applaud the authors for taking the
time to give our industry a very thoughtful resource on such an important, and
rapidly changing, topic. This book also
provides the next generation of power
engineers with a ready reference to understand where we have been and where
we can go in the not-too-distant future.

book begins with the founding of sprague
electric (as the sprague specialties Company) in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1926,
which featured a tone control device
invented by robert sprague, Frank Julian
sprague's oldest son by his second marriage. i found sprague electric's contribution to the development of capacitors
very interesting and impressive.
it was impressive to learn about the
contributions that the sprague electric
Company made to the world war ii effort. The book explains the many technical areas that sprague electric was involved in during the war, along with their
expansion to meet those important needs.
Their efforts included manufacturing storage capacitors that were used in triggering
mechanisms for the decisive Manhattan
Project. The world war ii contributions

-David W. Roop

by sprague electric resulted in the company receiving the prestigious excellence
or "e" award five times.
The period after world war ii brings expansion for sprague electric to other states
as they prepared for the dynamics of the
electronics era and the transistor. i found
it interesting that, by 1933, all three sons
of Frank Julian sprague had worked for
sprague specialties. The book explains the
differences in their personalities and how
those differences affected the company.
i have always been interested in the
origin of transistors, and this book provides some excellent information on
how the transistor came into being. The
background of research and development

Sprague Electric: An
Electronics Giant's Rise,
Fall, and Life After Death
By John L. Sprague, 2015, ISBN-13:
9781503387812
anything connected with Frank Julian
sprague always whets my reading appetite. when i received the book, i thumbed
through it right away and found that it
had some great pictures of the sprague
family members and other key individuals involved with sprague electric. The
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2015.2487198
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