Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to the new era of Power Quality Assurance Magazine - an era defined by the recent inclusion of this magazine into Intertec Publishing's impressive family of technical publications.

I'm bold enough to label this business move an "era" because I think it mirrors what the future holds for power quality concerns - as harmonics and PQ problems continue to infiltrate into other industries. It is not surprising that increased reliance on sensitive systems and delicate equipment is making others beside facility and utility managers realize that reliable, consistent power is a must. What is exciting is that Power Quality Assurance is perfectly poised and uniquely qualified to get the word out.

By partnering with existing magazines in Intertec's publication rack, our message about the necessity for quality power will reach an audience comprising everyone from T&D to communications to electrical contractors. How exciting that we can harness the resources with the highly reputable publications at Intertec, including Transmission and Distribution World, Utility Business, Telephony, EC&M, and CEE News. Get the picture? We are out to create a synergistic relationship with our new resources tapping into industries hungry to learn what power quality means to them. The time is ripe for spreading power quality awareness. And education at the T&D, communications, and contractor levels means making your life easier.

New Faces at Power Quality Fortunately, we are able to draw on more than just Intertec's magazines to further our ambitious vision. Power Quality Assurance welcomes Mike Eby and Ellen Parson, who have the industry experience to guide us as we move forward.

Mike Eby takes over as Editor-in-Chief with this very issue while continuing his role as Editor-in-Chief of EC&M magazine. Prior to this, Mike served as the Executive Editor of Transmission & Distribution World magazine for five years. Before joining Intertec Publishing, Mike held various engineering titles within the Substation and Transmission Engineering Groups at Florida Power & Light. Mike comes to us fully equipped to guide us into this new era.

He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and an M.S. degree in engineering management in 1994 from the University of South Florida. Mike is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and serves on several Power Engineering Society committees. He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In addition to Mike, Ellen Parson joins us as Senior Managing Editor. Like Mike, Ellen pulls double duty and manages editorial/production of EC&M as well as Power Quality Assurance. Ellen earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1994, Ellen joined the editorial staff of CEE News as associate editor. And in 1995, became senior associate editor of EC&M. Her contributions to the magazine quickly earned her a promotion to Managing Editor and now Senior Managing Editor. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

This exciting new relationship with a publishing company that is highly involved with the electrical and communications industries will enable this magazine and the power quality industry to leap into the new millennium. Look for Mike, Ellen, and me at the key industry events. And speaking about key events, mark your calendar for this year's Power Quality Conference, Sept. 9-13, in Chicago. If you are interested in presenting a technical paper, deadlines are now - and as I hope you've inferred by now, this is your opportunity to be a "voice of the industry."