Linemen News: December 2016

Highlights from the World of Linemen News

Here are some industry news and information articles from around the web, just for you.
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Energy management: Outage management system enhances utility’s distribution grid operations

GE announces that ENMAX Power Corporation (ENMAX) has selected GE Energy to deliver the Outage Management System (OMS) module of its Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to enhance the utility’s distribution grid operations.

This solution will help ENMAX maintain reliable and safe electricity supply in the face of severe weather events, as well as improve stakeholder engagement by providing multiple communication methods for customer communications. The system is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2017… Read More

Fall protection: Top 10 cited violations for 2016

The OSHA announcement of top 10 cited violations for 2016 was one of the most highly anticipated events at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in October. While the topic of violations can be uncomfortable, it serves a greater good; Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, said it best: “Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards.”

The guide offers insight into each of the violations, and it broadens safety discussions by pulling in numbers from fellow governmental organizations such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Leading the charge of OSHA citations in 2016 are fall protection violations, with slightly under 7,000 citations for the year and down 6% from 2015. OSHA inspectors are citing fewer scaffolding violations each year, too—total citations are down nearly 30% since… Read More

Down to the wire, Michigan passes sweeping renewable energy, retail choice reforms

The OSHA announcement of top 10 cited violations for 2016 was one of the most highly anticipated events at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in October. While the topic of violations can be uncomfortable, it serves a greater good; Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, said it best: “Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards.”

In the same vein, Graphic Products has produced a comprehensive Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016 guide so employers can keep helpful information at their fingertips, and distribute to managers, contractors, and crewmembers. As well as full explanations on each of the 10 most-cited violations, crew leaders and employers can benefit from the illustrated guide, including handy graphics depicting the OSHA violations. The guide also serves as a … Read More

PG&E hits California net metering cap

Dive Brief: Pacific Gas & Electric has hit the cap on its retail net metering program (NEM) and will now move new distributed generation customers into its NEM 2 rate, which includes a one-time fee of $145 for the utility to connect systems of less than 1 MW to the grid.

Additionally, new solar customers will be on a time-of-use rate plan, and will pay a charge on electricity purchased from the grid to help fund low-income or energy efficiency customer programs.

The initial phase of net metering in California… Read More

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