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Linemen News: November

News Highlights from the Electric Power Industry.

Wildfires and wet, windy weather: It’s what’s on the DISTRIBUTECH Plus agenda next week

With a very active fall hurricane season, plus wildfires, strong wind events, and a pandemic, if you work for an electric utility, chances are you’ve had to deal with at least one incident this fall.

Hopefully, it went fine and you were able to restore power quickly and keep your customers happy. But maybe there’s a better way to go about resiliency and another utility or vendor holds the key for you to understand how to do it better. >> Read more

Hydrogen is having a moment, and power generation is leading the way

At the beginning of the last decade, renewable energy remained an industry-polarizing topic. Legacy energy companies held that fossil fuels would maintain their grip on the industry for generations to come, largely relegating emerging technologies such as solar to the realm of startups.

In 2020, these legacy companies, such as GE and Siemens view hydrogen as a second chance, according to participants in an American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) webinar. >> Read more

Voltus vies to unleash thousands of MWs of demand response capacity in challenge to MISO restrictions

According to CISA, China “has a history of using national military and economic resources to leverage offensive cyber tactics in pursuing its national interests.” The agency warned that attacks could target industries considered critical to U.S. national and economic interests, including: new energy vehicles, power equipment, next-generation information technology (IT), biotechnology, robotics, financial services, defense and other sectors. >> Read more

Consistent Excellence Makes Byron Nuclear Plant Special

Severe storms often bring last-minute surprises. When Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana in late August 2020, it brought less flooding than expected, but far more wind. With sustained winds of up to 150 miles per hour, the Category 4 hurricane uprooted many large trees, causing 130,000 power outages across the state. >> Read more

As many as 179 million Americans are at risk of losing utility services as the country heads toward winter, and electric and gas utility companies are looking at $24.3 billion in unpaid bills, according to an analysis released Oct. 1 by the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association (NEADA). >> Read more

 

Be Prepared. Think Safety.