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Given the recent price reduction
in costs associated with photovoltaic
(PV) energy, "A Grid-friendly Plant"
addresses the impact of this medium on
the stability and integrity to the electric
grid. this article covers the design of a
PV plant that includes a plant controller contributing to the reliability and
stability of the grid, as well as having
the ability to ride through extreme variations in voltage and frequency.
"decisions, decisions" is the presentation of a distribution system capable of
accepting and implementing asset management concepts. the implementation
begins by recognizing stakeholders and
their needs. only then is the distribution
system determined, leading the distribution system framework to be developed
by asset management tools. finally, the
framework is discussed in both long- and
short-term asset management.

IEEE Award Winners
Be sure to look at "society News," where
we report on the accomplishments of
four Ieee Power & energy society
members tom Lipo, Hamid toliyat,
Willem Boone, and Wanda reder who,
respectively, were the recipients of the
Ieee medal in Power engineering, the
Ieee Nikola tesla Award, the Ieee
Herman Halperin electric transmission
and distribution Award, and the 2014
richard m. emberson Award. A hearty
congratulations to all!

GE Memories
the brief but poignant "History" column is by old friend and contributor tom Blalock and was originally
published in The Berkshire Eagle in
Pittsfield, massachusetts, last year.
the piece invokes tom's memories
of the building that had been General

electric's high-voltage laboratory and
was demolished last year. on a personal note, I also have memories of
the facility where I was introduced to
transformer impulse testing as a fledging engineer and offer my thanks to
tom for the flashback.

The Eye of the Storm
this issue's "In my View" column by
Gerald B. sheblé takes a provocative
look at u.s. utilities. In "utilities in the
eye: Caught in the Perfect financial,"
Gerry offers in-depth reviews of the
multitude of parameters that can have
adverse effects on these utilities individually and collectively. He concludes
that each and every utility must closely
examine the economic process if it is
to survive. strong words that call for
reader commentary, so let's hear it!
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