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We know your crews are on the move, working hard to restore power during this storm season. But here are a few linemen news articles that might brighten a stormy day or give you some trade info you haven’t had time to read anywhere else.
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MEA Crew Receives 2015 Safety Heroism Award

Palmer, AK – The heroism of Matanuska Electric Association linemen recently gained the organization the prestigious 2015 Safety Heroism Award by the Northwest Public Power Association. The Safety Heroism Award recognizes member cooperatives who display acts of unselfish, voluntary assistance in life-threatening situations where significant injury would have occurred but for the help offered.
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5 Moving Videos of the Lineman Life

Last year, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring linemen for their work in keeping the power on and designating April 18, 2013 as ‘National Lineman Appreciation Day. The bill, introduced April by Sens. Isakson (R-GA) and Bennet (D-CO), moved quickly and was passed by unanimous consent. It serves two main purposes – it “recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety” and “supports the designation of April 18, 2013 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.”

Following are five videos T&D World has collected that give a glimpse of these true heroes and the challenges and rewards they face in their chosen career, and in their lives.

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Tesla Battery Revolution Lands in Vermont

A New England utility has rushed to embrace Tesla’s new Powerwall battery as a key future technology as a revolution sweeps the utility sector.

Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power, told The Energy Times Friday that her utility is delighted to be the first utility to strike a deal with Elon Musk’s Tesla to bring the futuristic batteries to its service territory. “This is the technology of the future,” she said.
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Linemen Bury Lines to Ramp Up Reliability

To minimize outages and improve aesthetics, Colorado Springs Utilities linemen must install all new infrastructure underground within the city limits. At the same time, the field crews must maintain more than 1,000 miles of existing overhead infrastructure and, in some cases, work with customers to bury overhead lines.
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