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Linemen News: October

September 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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The Other ‘FireFighters’: Utilities Respond to Western Wildfires

With the fire still burning less than a mile away, Bonneville Power Administration’s skilled linemen from Kalispell wrapped up four long, hot days of repair work to the Hot Springs-Rattlesnake 230-kV line in northwestern Montana.

n estimated 95 fires are burning 1.1 million acres in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada and Colorado. Responders are fighting the fires from the ground and the sky, while utilities must also move in as quickly as possible to restore damage to the electric infrastructure, just as they always do in all natural disasters.

Cross Texas Transmission Orders Energy Management System

CTT is a new Texas electric transmission utility selected by the Public Utility Commission of Texas to design, build and own transmission facilities for the interconnection of renewable generation in the Panhandle of Texas.

CTT’s new SCADA/EMS system is set to include the advanced functionality presented by OSI’s next-generation Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Advanced Alarm Management System. In addition, the system will include OSI’s CHRONUS™ next generation historian, a highly efficient data warehousing and business intelligence application suite, designed specifically to handle high fidelity data collection and archiving of massive real-time data sets.

Utility Line Workers: One of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Professions

Here’s an article T&D World ran in 2012. A cursory web search shows that nothing has changed — line workers are still in the top 10 most dangerous professions based on annual fatalities. Even though they do not get much recognition in the public media, these men and women keep the power flowing to hospitals, factories, stores and homes.

Without them, everything from traffic lights to junior’s video game would go dark.

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