Outages, especially those caused by weather events, continue to pose significant problems for utilities including decreased customer satisfaction and reduced income.
Imagine a major storm just blew through your service territory and caused widespread electric outages. Towns, villages and cities--municipalities--are so affected that they are requesting the electric utility to send a representative to their emergency operations center (EOC) ...
We live in an age where bigger is better--bigger burgers, bigger flat-screen TVs and, in the world of clearing vegetation, bigger equipment.
We could kill all the vegetation that interferes with us, but what kind of a world would that leave us? Nature itself can do that. Look at the effects of drought in our country. Managing the vegetation that interferes with our utility infrastructure has never been easy.
I had the honor and pleasure of attending my son's graduation from military basic training. I can't tell you how great it felt watching the proceedings. Not only was I a proud father but I also was proud to be an American.
Worker mobility is not a new concept for utilities. Since industry inception, service technicians and even managers have spent most of their working hours in the field.
About two years ago, Pat Osborn, GIS and Facilities Coordinator for Inland Power of Spokane, Washington, began looking into the benefits that transitioning its 4,000 rural area lights to LED technology would bring to his co-op and its members.
Without a doubt, man-handling drill pipe is historically one of the greatest risks of drilling. The solution is to mechanize the process, getting vulnerable human body parts away from heavy masses in motion.
It's no longer surprising to learn about serious security breaches at even the largest companies. Whether it's a cyberattack carried out by hackers or some negligence that exposes employee or customer data, IT security has more challenges than ever.
The use of composite material for poles and crossarms is rapidly gaining acceptance and use throughout the utility industry. Composite poles are increasingly being used for many distribution and transmission applications.
Managing vegetation growth can be an ongoing battle, but there are solutions to help make the job easier for utilities while keeping customers happy.
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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.