It's imperative that electric utilities and other pole owners take action to reduce their risk of fire damage to poles and the subsequent outages caused by pole failures. Good right-of-way practices, including regular trimming, clearing and herbicide application go a long way in helping prevent damage.
Hurricane Sandy was the worst storm to hit the Eastern U.S. in a century, resulting in 8.5 million power outages across 21 states-the highest outage total ever.
Good economy or bad, crime is a way of life and affects everyone and every community. This is especially true for utility, telecom and cable providers, where the disruption of service represents lost revenue, increased costs and the broken promise of taking care of customers.
Upgrade measuring and metering devices quickly and safely with pluggable connection solutions for current and voltage transformers.
As mayors and safety officials throughout the Northeast urged residents to stay home as a powerful blizzard headed toward New England, utility storm response crews took the warnings as a sign to get ready to work.
Electrical utilities face numerous challenges each day in their mission to supply customers with reliable energy. Heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, and superstorms have all been blamed for causing millions of people to be stranded in the dark.
Managing the Outage and Restoration Process
Like other types of installations, power generation facilities know the benefits of matching the right equipment to the job. Loads on equipment such as boiler fans and pumps can change with environmental conditions and operational requirements, therefore demand on the motors that run them will vary.
Fleet Managers across the country are quickly turning to Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) software-also known as global positioning system (GPS) tracking-but many of them don't know how to introduce the program to their employees.
Many utility business operators and fleet managers are aware of the need for efficient oversight and simplified communication between the office and the field.
The component too often neglected in vehicle issues is the person involved in the operation.
For many years, vegetation management contractors have struggled to find a good solution for trimming trees along utility line rights of way.
On the booms of utility trucks nationwide, synthetic rope has largely displaced wire cable. The principal driver of this change has been safety.
A 2013 sniper attack on a California electrical substation is back in the news after further investigation suggested the incident was the work of terrorists. To put it simply, safety and security are huge issues in the utility industry.
Utility Products magazine makes every effort to provide you with the latest and most applicable utility-industry articles and information. In this issue, our 15th Annual Readers' Choice Awards feature a collection of articles and product spotlights from 2013 that received the most response.
Keep up-to-date with the latest news and articles from some of the prominent utility product companies and resources.
AEP’s Meter Socket Jumper offers a safe and easy means of bypassing a meter socket. The Socket Jumper can be used with either Ringless or Ring style Meters.
AE Product’s Meter Socket Converter (CNV) converts various Meter Forms to fit the desired application. 14S, 15S or 16S Socket to accept 2S Meter. Optional features available.
AEP’s Service Disconnect Adapter disconnects customer load but maintains power to the electronic meter. The meter maintains reading and communications links for AMR/AMI operations while only disabling the load side.