As recent storms have proven, extreme weather conditions threaten lives, disrupt the economy, and devastate electric generation, transmission and distribution systems, often resulting in very long power outages.
As the result of the rapid expansion of smart grid and advanced meter infrastructure, many utilities around the country are replacing existing meters with new solid-state smart meters and two-way communication devices. These new systems offer significant benefits to the consumer and utility.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that 13 major U.S. employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for workers driving plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
The fifth annual Sylvania Socket Survey from Osram Sylvania finds that consumers are adjusting to new legislation and energy-efficient lighting options, with about half saying that they plan to switch to new lighting technologies.
In these times of rapidly changing technologies and consumer needs, industries must react with agility. Two of the electrical industry’s biggest heavyweights launched divisions and services in an effort to evolve with the times.
cold winter weather serves as a reminder for employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide exposure, says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), which is based at Oregon State University, chose Newport, Ore., as the future site of the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave-energy test site in the United States—the Pacific Marine Energy Center.
It’s been said that, if you talk to three economists, you will get no less than four different and equally plausible explanations for why the economy is the way it is. This same principle could be applied to recent observations about the nation’s housing market.
President Obama gave his State of the Union Address in February, and between all the political rhetoric and criticism, there were signs that the administration’s direction could affect the construction industry.
As states recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, especially damage from wind and trees falling on overhead power lines, many people are now debating whether to transition from overhead to underground systems in hopes of reducing weather-related outages.
Extreme weather in extreme temperatures poses the most danger to electricity transmission and delivery. Unfortunately, we have seen time and again that it is in those circumstances that electricity service is needed most.