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July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Crane Industry Services Expands NCCER Offerings in Northeast

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New England Crane School in New Hampshire and Cranes101 in Massachusetts are now approved as NCCER Accredited Training and Assessment Centers (ATS/AAC), under the sponsorship and support of Crane Industry Services.

Tags: Cranes, NCCER, Industry Certification

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Texas Utility Starts Drone Pilot Program

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The pilot program will cost $35,000 and is expected to take about a week to complete. Video from the drone will be analyzed to identify loose connections, leaking oil, rust and deterioration, and any hot spots.

Tags: Pilot Program, Utility Fleets, Drones

July 24, 2017 - Press Release

Altec Recognized at White House Made in America Event

Leading manufacturers from around the country were invited to participate in the event, which highlighted a U.S.-made product from each of the 50 states. Altec showcased an Altec AN67 Aerial Device.

Tags: White House, Altec, President Trump

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

AEM Updates Digger Derrick Safety Manual

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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has updated its Digger Derrick Safety Manual, which features information on lifting, pole setting, digging operation, calculating load capacities, and personnel platform safety.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Safety

July 17, 2017 - Press Release

J.D. Power Releases Utility Satisfaction Study

The study measures customer satisfaction with electric utility companies by examining six factors: power quality & reliability; price; billing & payment; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service.

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Va. Utility Worker Dies from Electrocution

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A lineman for the City of Danville, Va., was responding to a power outage in an elevated bucket truck when the accident occurred.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Utility Fleets, Safety

July 14, 2017 - Press Release

EEI Announced Business Diversity Award Recipients

Presented annually by the Edison Electric Institute, the awards recognize companies for their outstanding efforts in advancing purchasing opportunities for diverse suppliers within the electric power industry.

Tags: Edison Electric Institute

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Ameren Donates Bucket Truck

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The 2006 Ford F-550 bucket truck is valued at $7,800, and will be the village’s only aerial truck.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Ameren

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Offers Rebates for CNG Use

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Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Clean Fuel Rebate applies to customers who fill up at PG&E-owned CNG stations in Northern and Central California.

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Water Utility Van Falls into Sinkhole

A Cleveland Water employee was investigating a possible water main leak when the street started to collapse, his van sinking with it.

Tags: Sinkhole, City of Cleveland, Water Utility

June 30, 2017 - Press Release

Chicago Utility Opens Training Center

The state-of-the-art facility will provide annual training to more than 1,600 utility workers and fire officials across the region, while also providing much-needed vocational programming to help prepare Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students for future jobs in the gas and energy field.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Peoples Gas

June 30, 2017 - Press Release

7M Plug-ins to Hit the Road by 2025, Report Claims

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A new report from the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute for Electric Innovation projects more than 7 million plug-in vehicles will be on U.S. roads by 2025, representing 7% of all vehicle sales and 3% of all registered cars and light-duty vehicles.

Tags: EV Charging Stations, Utility Fleets, Edison Electric Institute

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Former Utility Employee Charged with Selling Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

A former utility contractor employee has been charged with selling fleet vehicles and using company funds for personal use.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Theft

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

FPL Forms Fleet Fueling Partnership with Train Company

Photo courtesy of Robert Madrid for FPL

FPL, which has used biodiesel in its trucks for nearly two decades, will supply Brightline with 2 million gallons of biodiesel-blended fuel annually through a two-year contract.

Tags: FPL, Biodiesel

June 30, 2017 - Press Release

Terex Utilities Hosts Annual Service School

Instruction covered technical topics, including boom and rotation hydraulic overload protection, dielectric testing, hydraulic leveling, side load protection, controls, and more.

Tags: Terex Utilities, Training, Utility Fleets

June 29, 2017 - Product News

GM, MapAnything Partner to Increase Fleet Productivity

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General Motors will offer a connectivity service powered by MapAnything, Inc. that combines telematics fleet management and customer relationship management to fleets in a subscription service, GM has announced.

Tags: OnStar, Productivity, Customer Service, General Motors, Sales Fleets

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

Acela Truck Company Offers Extreme-Duty Trucks

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The company resets Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) from the U.S. Army to a near-zero-mile condition for use in oil and gas, mining, pipeline construction, and other commercial fleets.

Tags: Extreme Duty Trucks, Acela Truck Company, Military Trucks, Utility Fleets

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: Fleet Incentives and Additional Features

FCA, GM, and Nissan released their fleet incentives for the 2018 model-year, and several OEMs offered updates on their 2018 models.

Tags: Utility Fleets

June 19, 2017 - Press Release

Florida Public Utilities Earns Safety Achievement Award

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Florida Public Utilities Company, has earned a Safety Achievement Award from the American Gas Association for excellence in employee safety.

Tags: Recognition, Utility Fleets, American Gas Association

June 19, 2017 - Press Release

FirstEnergy Recognized for Emergency Response Efforts

FirstEnergy led a large-scale emergency effort that restored a majority of customers within 24 hours, and 98% within 48 hours. Overall, about 438,000 man-hours were worked, including replacing 500 utility poles, 200 transformers, and more than 30 miles of wire.

Tags: Recognition, FirstEnergy, Edison Electric Institute

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Wash. Fleets Saved 20M Gallons of Petroleum in 2016

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Western Washington Clean Cities partners and member fleets collectively saved 20.6 million gallons of petroleum last year through fleet efforts. The group recognized eight public-sector fleets and fleet professionals for their efforts.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Washington, Clean Cities, Recognition

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Utility Contractor Cited After Electrocution Death

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A KTI Utility Construction employee was preparing a worksite for utility pole installation when his bucket truck came in contact with the energized transmission line.

Tags: OSHA, Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Citation, Fatal Accidents

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Neb. Utility Expects to Save $50,000 on Insurance

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Consolidating its insurance policies will increase the value of the Metropolitan Utilities District’s insured property while lowering premiums and fees.

Tags: Insurance, Omaha Metropolitan Utilities District, Utility Fleets

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Terex Debuts Optima TC 55 Aerial Device at EUFMC

Photo courtesy of Terex Utilities

The company showcased its latest features and introduced the Optima TC 55 aerial device, which features lower travel height, better ground access, and improved boom speeds.

Tags: Terex, Bucket Trucks, Terex Utilities, EUFMC

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ameren Illinois Shows Off Utility Equipment

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The utility exhibited a mobile storm trailer, mobile substation, vapor extraction unit for natural gas leaks, and bucket truck.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Ameren

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