In Spite of the Hurdles, Alternative Power is Gaining Momentum

Alternative power comes from a variety of sources, and each has its own advantages. This month's feature article, "Alternative Means" by contributing editor Paul Hull, discusses how alternative power sources are gaining speed despite the hurdles.

Alternative power comes from a variety of sources, and each has its own advantages. This month's feature article, "Alternative Means" by contributing editor Paul Hull, discusses how alternative power sources are gaining speed despite the hurdles. Through history, Hull points out, people have resisted new ideas that could improve their lives. People sometimes don't understand new technologies, and there are those who might see their profits affected by better technologies. The beginnings for coal, railroads, electricity, television, computers and telephones weren't without challenges. For new power sources to succeed, those who adopt, approve, install and equip them must know what they are doing. Alternative energies such as solar and wind power are not isolated ideas promoted by unrealistic people-wind power supports some 75,000 American jobs and, according to Hull, that number could more than triple in the near future. Hull presents how the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), training and quality construction will help alternative power gain momentum.

Another feature article in this issue is "Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference 2012 Preview." With the theme "Essential Tools for Utility Fleet Professionals," the 59th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) will take place June 3-6, 2012, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va. The conference will offer a forum where fleet representatives can exchange information and discuss mutual concerns. The annual EUFMC will bring together more than 100 fleet managers from over 50 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors in the US, Canada and South America. In addition, this year's conference has been expanded to meet the need for larger equipment and growing interest by vehicle and equipment suppliers for the electric utility industry. The EUFMC 2012 program will feature presentations by industry experts, manufacturers and fleets; roundtables that address common challenges; and several great speakers. There will also be EUFMC-sponsored activities for families and events specifically for spouses.

Utility Products' also brings you a variety of informative product focus articles this month. Learn more about life-cycle cost analysis to stretch your budget, reducing tire expenses, saving with your air compressor system, protecting ground equipment, spread spectrum time domain reflectometry for utilities, power cable for wind energy systems, computers for harsh environments and time savings, and a geographic information system for the utility communication network.

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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