Highlights from the World of Linemen News
The GridEx III report, which was released at the end of March, reviewed findings from the scenario to measure attainment of exercise goals, and includes feedback from GridEx III participants. GridEx III planners designed the large-scale cyber and physical attack scenario to overwhelm even the most prepared participants. Read More
San Diego Gas & Electric has signed a contract with Hecate Energy Bancroft, LLC for a new 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage facility that will be capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to four hours. The company also contracted for 18.5 MW of energy efficiency projects with Willdan Energy Solutions, with the goal of launching measures to help customers’ reduce energy usage in local buildings related to heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting and other commercial features. Read More
One in five people in the world have no access to electricity. Case in point: in a small rural village in Guatemala, 54 families were cooking their food over an open flame and illuminating their homes by candlelight.
Today, however, a lightbulb shines brightly inside and outside each dwelling—thanks to the hard manual labor by 10 linemen from four electric cooperatives. Last fall, the linemen spent more than two weeks framing poles, stringing wire, and setting up transformers in the village as part of a program supported by the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association and the NRECA International Foundation. Read More
A first-of-its-kind workshop, Omicron Energy’s New Trends in Reclosers and Testing— Enhancing the Reliability of the Grid event will bring together the “who’s who” in reclosers, testing, and reliability. The workshop will be held in Houston on April 27-28, 2016.
Wayne Bishop, marketing manager at Omicron, has led the effort to get the players in the recloser sector together to address and collaborate on the trends and technology coming about with the transformation of energy. Read More
NV Energy has exceeded its renewable energy requirements for 2015, according to a recent filing of its required 2015 Renewable Portfolio Standard Annual Report with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. The filing shows that the utility achieved a 21.2 percent renewable credit level in southern Nevada and 31.3 percent level in northern Nevada — exceeding the 2015 legislated requirement of 20 percent, based on total energy sales. Read More