Summer is unofficially over, and while the temperatures may be cooling, the other parts of our lives are heating up. We can see by the reduced number of articles in this month’s Wire that the heat of the dog days of summer slowed the pace of life and work to a slow roll. But now, following our summer invigoration, fewer people will be away from the office for vacation, and work will rev up to the fastest pace of the year until we hit holiday season. Off-work responsibilities increase too, especially for those with school-age children, and those that manage their fantasy football league. Before we know it, leaves will fall, pumpkins will proliferate, and stores will welcome the ever-earlier arrival of Santa Claus and his merry bunch of elves.
I hope you had the opportunity to take advantage of the shortened week that Labor Day (aka Labour Day to our neighbors up north) has provided us, as we turn the corner from summer into fall. Another summer is in the books and now it’s time for crisp fall days, playoff baseball, planned outages, and apple cider.
FERC Approves Two New Voltage and Reactive (VAR) Reliability Standards On August 1, 2014, FERC approved two Reliability Standards in a letter order, VAR-001-4—Voltage and Reactive Control and VAR-002-3—Generator Operation for Maintaining Voltage Schedules.