Linemen News: December 2017

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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Storms, Trump and Microgrids: The Top 10 POWERGRID Stories of 2017

Well, 2017 is almost in the books and it certainly was a year to remember. We think history will prove this right, with a new president and historic storms and new technologies remaking the power grid. Here is our top 10 list of industry stories for the past year… Read More

PNNL Expands Cyber Security Situational Awareness R&D

Steven Ashby, Director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, described how his organization has been working in collaborative efforts with industry, academic and other organizations in “developing and delivering new technologies and approaches to better measure, analyze, predict and control the electric power grid, adding that “long the way, we also are looking at ways to protect it from all kinds of risks, including cyber attacks.”

PNNL is based in Washington State, and Ashby referenced the recent PNNL work in an article he wrote for the Tri-City Herald, a local newspaper.

Ashby noted that just last month, one of PNNL’s experts testified before Congress about advanced cyber security… Read More

Pilgrim nuke goes offline as Northeast buffeted by winter storm

The Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts was removed from service on Thursday afternoon as a winter storm buffeted the region, forcing grid operator ISO-NE to turn to power imports and other resources to supply electricity.
The outage was due to the loss of one of two power lines feeding into Pilgrim, plant owner Entergy said, and the plant will remain offline to perform maintenance. ISO-NE officials said local reliability was never in danger, but the outage will “further challenge the region on fuel availability” as gas and oil plants generate at higher levels… Read More

Safety First: Linemen Learn Tips to Protect Their Crews

As a young journeyman lineman, Thad Adams survived an electrical contact accident. Thirty-five years later, at the age of 66, he has 19 grandchildren, celebrated his 45th wedding anniversary with his wife, Rosemary, and recently retired after a long career in the line trade.

Not all linemen, however, are as fortunate. Between 2003 and 2007, more than 1200 electrical workers were killed by contact with electricity. Forty-three percent of those injuries were caused by contact with overhead lines and 27% were the result of workers coming into contact with wiring, transformers and other electrical components… Read More

10 trends shaping the electric utility industry in 2017

An interesting look back at what we THOUGHT was going to happen in 2017!
The dawn of the Trump era holds uncertainty for the power sector, but the trends pointing toward a cleaner grid are still very much in play… Read More

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