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Linemen News: July 2018

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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Charge Ready 2 Program to Expand EV Infrastructure

Two years ago, Southern California Edison launched Charge Ready, a pilot program to increase the availability of charging for passenger electric vehicles. After having recently installed Charge Ready’s 1,000th EV charging station, SCE yesterday filed its plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to expand the program to support the installation of 48,000 more charging ports. The proposed $760 million program would continue over four years.


A Revolutionary Way of Detecting Voltage

HD Electric Company adds the LOOKOUT Voltage Detection Network to its product offering. The LOOKOUT is a network of voltage detectors that detect strong electric fields surrounding high voltage conductors and fleet equipment and alert users to nearby dangerous energized conductors before an incident occurs.


Portland Installs Smart Sensors on Light Poles for Safety and Efficiency

More cities are embracing digital technology to help them make better decisions, improve efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. In June, the City of Portland, Ore., adopted a “Priorities Framework” for its Smart City PDX initiative. The initiative is designed to address inequities and disparities in the community by using data and investing in technology-driven projects that will improve the lives of the city’s inhabitants.


Bill to Take California to 100% Clean Electricity Gains Traction

The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, historic legislation to transition California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. The vote could have been influenced by the more than 38,000 messages and signatures in support of the legislation from a range of stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, clean energy industries, business communities, and environmental justice organizations.


PG&E Proposes Plan for 567MW of Energy Storage

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week requested approval of four energy storage projects totaling approximately 567 megawatts (MW), in a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

In January, the CPUC authorized PG&E to launch an accelerated solicitation for energy storage projects capable of meeting reliability needs for three specified local sub-areas in the northern central valley (Pease local sub-area and Bogue local sub-area) and spanning Silicon Valley to the central coast (South Bay – Moss Landing local sub-area).