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December 18, 2017 - Industry News

How One Utility Responded to the California Wildfires

Photo courtesy of SDG&E

San Diego Gas & Electric in California has brought in a helitanker with the equivalent capacity of five fire trucks, staged crews in areas at risk of high winds, and increased trucks and staff on the ground.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, SDG&E

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Electric Utilities Send Teams to Puerto Rico

Photo: public domain/U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The electric power industry deployed a contingent of seven incident management teams (IMTs) to Puerto Rico to support ongoing power restoration efforts across the island.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, Puerto Rico, Edison Electric Institute, Hurricane Maria

December 14, 2017 - Press Release

JLG Launches Site to Explain Changing ANSI Standards

ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards govern the access equipment industry and address machine design, safe use, and training in North America. The anticipated changes will move North American manufactured machines more towards a global model.

Tags: Regulations, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices, Safety, JLG

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

Utility Recognized for Fleet Greening Efforts

Photo courtesy of Chicago Area Clean Cities

Commonwealth Edison Company serves 4 million customers across northern Illinois and operates more than 1,750 trucks fueled by biodiesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, Clean Cities, ComEd, Alternative Fuels

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Utility Equipment Investigated for Connection to Fires

Photo of smoke from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, Calif., via California National Guard/Flickr

Southern California Edison (SCE) is under investigation for its connection to recent fires in the state. Six fires began earlier this month as seasonal Santa Ana winds picked up, affecting nearly 264,000 acres across five counties in the region.

Tags: Southern California Edison, Fire, Natural Disaster

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

JLG Unveils New Tires for Telehandlers

The company partnered with Continental Tires to offer the TeleMaster, made of highly specialized rubber compounds that work together to offer a comfortable ride, excellent traction, and longer service life, according to the company.

Tags: Continental, Tires, Telehandler, JLG

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Seattle Startup Seeks to Plant and Sustain Trees with Drones

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The company has run several pilot programs, including one with Oregon-based utility Clean Water Services, who enlisted help from the company for a watershed restoration project.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Tree Planting, Drones

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Miss. Man Arrested After Stealing Bucket Truck

Photo via Mark Wolfe/Wikimedia

The bucket truck was reported missing by Southern Electric Corporation in Mississippi.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks

December 4, 2017 - Press Release

Utilimaster to Hire 100 Workers

The company is seeking workers to fill several positions during the facility’s first shift, including a plant manager, plant supervisors, general assemblers, and skilled trades team leaders including welder, decalers, electrical assembly, and mechanical assembly.

Tags: Utilimaster, Utility Fleets

December 4, 2017 - Press Release

Genie Hosts Online Training for Operators

In an effort to educate customers on new standards for aerial operator training, Genie is answering questions on its website and through social media December 4-8.

Tags: Training, Genie, Utility Fleets, Aerial Work Platform

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Utility Truck Stolen with Employee Still in Bucket

Photo via Wikimedia

An employee of Elmwood Place Public Works, near Cincinnati, was in the bucket hanging Christmas lights when the truck was stolen.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Utility Fleets

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

PG&E Continues Aerial Smoke Patrols to Spot Wildfires

Photo courtesy of PG&E

PG&E will continue operating fixed-wing aircraft to spot smoke along two routes in areas that have not received significant rain and remain dry.

Tags: PG&E, Utility Fleets, Aircraft

November 17, 2017 - Press Release

Eversource Donates Bucket Truck to College

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The vehicle will be used in training students to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and to safely complete electric overhead construction.

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

FPL Sends 1,000 Power Line Poles to Puerto Rico

Photo courtesy of FPL

Thirty-three trucks delivered the poles to Port Canaveral where they will be loaded on a cargo ship scheduled to leave for Puerto Rico this week.

Tags: FPL, Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria

November 16, 2017 - Press Release

Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau Partners to Expand Training Opportunities

The grants, which are open to the public through the SC&R Foundation are awarded to individuals pursuing a career in the specialized transportation, crane, or rigging industry.

Tags: Training, Utility Fleets, Grants, Cranes

November 16, 2017 - Press Release

New License Plate in Georgia Pays Homage to Linemen

Photo courtesy of Georgia EMC

According to the state's utility partners, the timing of the unveiling event is especially meaningful after Tropical Storm Irma caused more than 1.5 million outages in Georgia.

Tags: Georgia, Utility Fleets, License Plates

November 9, 2017 - Press Release

Terex Hosts Delegation of Chinese Electric Utilities

Photo courtesy of Terex Utilities

Terex Utilities hosted a delegation of representatives from electric utilities in China and shared U.S. best practices and technologies in live line maintenance.

Tags: Terex, Utility Fleets

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

1,000+ Linemen Participate in International Utility Competition

Photo courtesy of Terex.

More than 1,000 linemen attended the 34th International Lineman's rodeo, held in Bonner Springs, Kan.

Tags: Terex, Utility Fleets, Utility One Source, Service Skills Competition

November 3, 2017 - Press Release

Utility Contractor Works 2.5M Hours Without a Lost Time Accident

The service provider achieved a safety-performance milestone when it recently exceeded 2.5 million man hours without a lost time incident

Tags: Utility Fleets, Safety

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

N.Y. Sends 220 Utility Trucks to Puerto Rico

Photo via Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he will deploy new emergency utility crews to Puerto Rico on Nov. 4 to restore power following Hurricane Maria.

Tags: New York, Utility Fleets, Natural Disaster, Bucket Trucks, Emergency Planning, Hurricane Maria

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Genie Introduces Four New Extra-Capacity Booms

Photo courtesy of Genie

Genie's Xtra Capacity (XC) feature allows customers to work with up to three people on board while still leaving room for tools and job site materials.

Tags: Genie, Boom Lift, Utility Fleets, Aerial Devices

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Equipment Stolen from Utility Job Site

Photo via Flickr/Maggie

The culprits forcibly entered a staging area over a weekend, broke into several vehicle and storage units, stole equipment, and caused vehicle damage.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Theft

October 23, 2017 - Press Release

AEP Ohio Deploys Helicopters for Transmission Line Maintenance

The work utilizes a specially-equipped helicopter which allows the line to remain energized while crews perform the maintenance.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Helicopter

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

How PG&E is Using Drones for Wildfire Response

Photo courtesy of PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric teams operated flights over fire zones in Northern California, capturing videos and still images of PG&E equipment.

Tags: PG&E, Fire, Emergency Response, Drones

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Con Edison Implements Chevin FleetWave Software

Photo courtesy of Chevin

The utility hopes to track vehicle use and availability and accurately capture and measure fleet operating costs, vehicle productivity, accidents, warranty, and campaign data.

Tags: Con Edison, Chevin FleetWave, Chevin

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