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Linemen News: January 2019

Linemen News

New England Utility to Install System to Eliminate Voltage Flicker

Linemen Light Up the World One Village at a Time

Linemen from Colorado and Oklahoma electric cooperatives volunteered their time and talents to give the gift of electricity to two remote villages in Guatemala.

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and Colorado Rural Electric Association sent 15 volunteer linemen to electrify two remote villages in northwestern Guatemala: Pie del Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas.


10 trends shaping the electric power sector in 2019

Renewable energy is increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. Distributed energy is upending the economics of the grid. Climate change is presenting new threats to power systems and their regulatory models.

As with any disruption, the reshaping of the electricity industry is multifaceted, with a litany of competing interests and narratives working to shape the direction of the transition. What will rise to the surface in the year to come? Here’s what we expect…


Beyond Simply Tracking Utility Assets: A New Approach Powered by New Tools

It has become a cliché to say it, but facts are facts: The energy industry is experiencing tremendous and fast-paced change.

Distributed energy resources (DERs) are quickly changing the energy mix, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digitization are driving transformational change, utility markets are deregulating, new regulations are being promulgated, and customers are demanding more services and options to make their electricity consumption cleaner and more affordable.


AI-powered solution to automatically detect vegetation near power lines

Enview, a team of Silicon Valley-based data scientists and engineers, is working to solve one of the biggest challenges facing utilities — quickly identifying threats before they become incidents.

Major incidents, like last year’s historic wildfire season, and the cascading failure which caused the Northeast Blackout of 2003, may result from contact between vegetation and power lines. The ability to identify the exact location and clearances of high-risk vegetation early, and at scale, helps operators prioritize and address the problem areas.


Safety: Remote switch actuator

CBS ArcSafe®, a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, introduces its remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Eaton Series G – LG frame molded case circuit breaker (MCCB).

The lightweight, portable CBS ArcSafe RSA-230B allows technicians to remotely close or trip the circuit breaker from a safe distance of up to 300 feet while stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.


Blackline Safety to deliver $1.4M in connected gas detection to major U.S. utility company

A major utility company in the United States purchased $1.4M of Blackline Safety Corp. (TSXV: BLN) connected safety products with services to be delivered over three years.

Under this order, Blackline will deploy its combination gas detection and safety monitoring system for remote locations, comprised of G7x employee-worn monitors and vehicle-mounted G7 Bridge portable satellite base stations.


Storm Safety Tips

It’s that time of year when keeping mindful of possible winter weather is of the utmost importance. Here are some helpful tips to bear in mind during this hazardous winter season. And another on hazardous winter weather from our own Marty Admire: A former lineman.

Be Prepared. Think Safety.