Linemen News: March 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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SCE Reduces Injuries with Spring-Loaded Light Poles

A group of employees at Southern California Edison (SCE) recently found an innovative solution to help fix and replace light bulbs and fixtures high above the ground at the utility’s facilities in California. The spring-loaded metal pole they found online could help reduce injuries among workers. Read on…

Engineering Complexity in Substation Design

In 2007, Portland General Electric (PGE) began planning to replace an 80-year-old substation and nearly 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of aging 15-kV submarine distribution cables to ensure both downtown Portland, Oregon, U.S., and the city’s South Waterfront District have an adequate supply of reliable power to support the area’s growth and development. Today, 11 years later, the $83 million Marquam project is nearing completion. Read on…

A complicated calculus keeps the remaining coal fleet alive

Some of the coal plants that are still running are scheduled to retire, but that still leaves a sizable fleet of operating coal plants. What’s keeping them alive? The answer isn’t simple — it’s a mix of economics, commodity pricing, and regulations. Read on…

Thinking Small: Fiber Optic Microcables

Microcables are becoming very popular, and it’s important to understand their purpose, applications, and installation.These smaller fiber optic cables are designed for applications where large numbers of fibers are required and space is at a premium. In particular, microcables have been used extensively in data centers and metropolitan networks. Read on…

Modular Power and Renewables

With abundant free energy sources such as wind and solar power just waiting to be harnessed, it is unacceptable that areas of the world have intermittent power or no power supply at all. Fuel flexibility creates opportunities to bring electricity to these areas. Read on…

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