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Linemen News: January

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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Short-Circuiting the Learning Curve with Lineman Training Center

Fifteen years ago, Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) had a vision—to create a training center to prepare the next generation of field workers. In November, KMU’s dream became a reality as it cut the ribbon on its new $3.2 million facility.

KMU, an association of municipally owned and operated utilities in Kansas, broke ground on the 20,000-sq-ft building back in October 2015. The association opened the new training center to meet the needs of its members, who were facing the challenges of an aging field workforce… Read More

Distributech LIVE Conference 2017

Get the full scoop on DistribuTECH’s 2017 jam-packed conference line-up. See why electric power and water utilities and renewable generators are riding the wave…. Read More

Four State Governors to Work to Modernize Grid

The National Governors Association has announced that four states— Kentucky, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington—will participate in a new effort to help modernize the electric power sector. Through the project, state teams will design action plans around issues such as fostering grid modernization, resiliency and environmental stewardship.

Evolving economic trends, technological advances, customer preferences and policy changes have created challenges to utilities’ traditional business model. Through the NGA project, states will address those challenges, learning how to effectively navigate… Read More

Solar in 2017: As non-traditional markets break records, more doors open for utilities

A shift away from third party financing to cash or loan purchases has opened up a new window of opportunity for utilities.

Solar energy broke its own growth record in the third quarter last year, but it looks like those numbers will be broken again as solar installations finish out 2016 in strong form…. Read More

Sterlite Power project to build transmission projects in India

Sterlite Power, Indian developer of independent power transmission systems, commissioned the Purulia-Kharagpur Transmission Project.

The project consists of two 400-kV double circuit lines with a total length of 169 miles including the 69.5 mile long Purulia-Ranchi and 100 mile long Kharagpur-Chaibasa lines. Sterlite Power will operate and maintain the project, traversing through the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal, for 35 years.

With the commissioning of its fifth project, Sterlite Power is now managing a portfolio of 4,063 circuit Km of operational transmission lines and two substations spread across 11 states.

Sterlite Power bagged the Purulia-Kharagpur transmission project through a tariff-based competitive bidding under the build, own, operate and maintain model. The line will contribute to … Read More

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