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October 28, 2013 - Industry News

Ameren Illinois Opens New Workforce Training Center

The new Metro East Training Center sits on an 11.5-acre site in Belleville, Ill., and features state-of-the-art training rooms, a high bay for large equipment training, an indoor pole training area, and additional space for CDL and crane training.

Tags: Driver Training, Illinois, Cranes

October 25, 2013 - Industry News

8 States Push to Increase Zero-Emission Vehicles

Eight states recently vowed to increase the nation’s number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) to 3.3 million by 2025. Part of this agreement includes the opportunity for public-private partnerships among states, energy companies and other industry stakeholders.

Tags: CARB, Zero-Emission Vehicles

October 23, 2013 - Press Release

Minimizer Selected for Most Unique Trucks in the World

The truck’s Socage TJJ230 Aerial Lift bucket has a reach of 230 feet, supporting up to six workers at a time. Now it can boast that it’s equipped with Minimizer fenders, too.

Minimizer’s fenders were chosen to outfit a heavy-duty utilities truck, which has an Aerial Lift bucket reach of 230 feet.

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Dominion Report Highlights Fuel Reduction, Record Safety Rates

Dominion was able to displace approximately 286,400 gallons of gasoline in 2012 with the use of natural gas and electric vehicles. (Photo: Dominion)

Dominion has published its sixth annual Citizenship & Sustainability Report (CSR). Performance highlights include continued fuel use reduction through alternative energy resources, and record-setting employee safety performance.

Tags: Sustainability, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Green Fleet

October 18, 2013 - Press Release

Specialized Equipment Management Drives Chevin's Utility Fleet Software Sales

In announcing new utility customers, fleet software company Chevin says that a relatively common piece of equipment in the utility sector, such as the bucket truck, can represent a sophisticated managerial challenge.

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

Telecom, Utility Companies Recognized in S&P 500 Climate Change Report

Sprint, Sempra, and Entergy are just a few of the companies highlighted by the CDP in this year’s S&P 500 Climate Change Report, which tracks how America’s largest listed companies are responding to climate change.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Sprint, Emissions Reduction, Sempra Energy, Entergy

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

More Than 17,500 Utility Professionals Network at 2013 ICUEE

The 2013 ICUEE show floor hit a record 1,173,957 net square feet.

A final registration count of 17,500+ made the 2013 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) the second highest attended in ICUEE history; international attendance was also second-highest.

Tags: Networking, ICUEE, conventions

October 17, 2013 - Industry News

GM to Produce Bi-Fuel CNG Impala

The 2015 bi-fuel CNG Chevrolet Impala  is expected to go on sale next summer. Click on the photo to vew interior and trunk photos. Copyright General Motors.

General Motors will build a Chevrolet Impala sedan that operates on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). The bi-fuel sedan is expected to go on sale next summer as a 2015 model.

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Natural Gas Vehicles

October 15, 2013 - Industry News

Central Maine Power Continues Hybrid Bucket Truck Testing

Photos courtesy of Central Maine Power Co.CMP's bucket truck with a Terex Hypower hybrid system.

Central Maine Power Co. reports that its hybrid bucket trucks are achieving an average of 1.5-2.5 miles more per gallon compared to the standard trucks. Since it began testing two in August 2012, the electric utility has added seven more hybrid bucket trucks to continue evaluating their performance, maintenance costs, and fuel use.

Tags: Maine, Bucket Trucks, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Chevrolet Volt, Terex

October 14, 2013 - Press Release

DIRECTV's Carbon Disclosure Project Score Beats Industry Average for Second Consecutive Year

Mike Palkovic, executive vice president, Services and Operations for DIRECTV, said that from the company's offices and hardware to its van fleet, that it is making continued efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.

Tags: Sustainability, Greenhouse Gases, Emissions Reduction, DirecTV

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

Philadelphia Gas Works to Roll Out 24 Natural Gas Vehicles in Spring 2014

Philadelphia Gas Works operates approximately 600 vehicles in its fleet. It plans to add 24 natural gas models in spring 2014. (Photo: Philadelphia Gas Works)

The NGVs will join PGW’s existing fleet of approximately 600 vehicles, with the majority assigned to its marketing department.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Philadelphia Gas Works

October 10, 2013 - Industry News

FPL Sets Goal to Fill Its Fleet with Only Electric & Hybrid Models

By the end of the decade, FPL plans to purchase only electric vehicles and hybrids for its company fleet. It currently operates more than 620 vehicles that are electric-gas hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or all-electric.

Tags: FPL, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 10, 2013 - Press Release

Sempra Energy CEO Ranked Among Fortune's ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ For 2013

Fortune magazine has named Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), to the magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list for 2013. This is the third consecutive year Reed has been named to the list.

Tags: Awards, Sempra Energy, SDG&E, SoCalGas

October 9, 2013 - Industry News

Austin Energy Dance Production Draws More Than 6,000 Attendees

Photo by Amitava Sarkar

“PowerUP”— a performance featuring the employees and machinery of Austin Energy — showcased 50-plus linemen, electrical technicians, and Austin Energy employees in a choreographed 90-minute dance with bucket trucks, cranes and field trucks, and a set of 20 utility poles.

Tags: Austin Energy, Forklift Danceworks, dance production

October 7, 2013 - Press Release

German-based Ruthmann Brings Truck-Mounted Aerial Platforms to U.S.

TIME presenting the first model – a RUTHMANN T 175A mounted onto a Freightliner 3-axle chassis – at the ICUEE trade show earlier this month in Louisville, Ky.

RUTHMANN, a German truck-mounted aerial platform manufacturer, has achieved yet another significant milestone in its export-expansion campaign. The company’s work platforms will now be marketed in North America by TIME, a leading American truck-mounted aerial platform manufacturer.

Tags: Aerial Devices

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Telecom Fleets Recognized as Environmental Leaders

DIRECTV, DISH Network, and AT&T fleet professionals were among 40 individuals recently recognized as 2013 Sustainability All Stars by Green Fleet magazine.

Tags: Sustainability, AT&T, DirecTV, Fleet Sustainability, DISH

October 4, 2013 - Industry News

Chevrolet and GMC Announce Expanded CNG Offerings During Green Fleet Conference

The 2015-MY Chevrolet Silverado HD will be offered in a bi-fuel version.

During this week's Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Chevrolet and GMC announced new bi-fuel CNG versions of their 2015 Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Natural Gas Vehicles, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express, Bi-Fuel, CNG

October 2, 2013 - Press Release

NES Rentals Introduces an Online Equipment Rental Store

NES Rentals, one of the largest aerial equipment rental providers in the country, announced the release of the 24x7 Rental Manager, a fully automated online equipment rental store. The 24x7 Rental Manager is found on the home page of the NESRentals.com website.

Tags: NES Rentals, Equipment Rental

October 1, 2013 - Press Release

WMECo Providing Much-needed Support for Electric Vehicle Technology

WMECo’s electric vehicle information center hotline provides customers with information on electric vehicles. It's staffed Monday through Friday with a team of specialists dedicated to providing information about this emerging and increasingly popular technology.

Tags: Massachusetts, Hotline, WMECo, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2013 - Press Release

Telogis for Utilities Delivers Increased Safety, Efficiency and Visibility

Telogis for Utilities, an industry-specific extension of the company's location intelligence platform, provides cloud-based telematics, dynamic routing, commercial navigation, real-time work order management, and mobile integration services for some of the world’s largest electric utilities and utility contractors with large numbers of mobile workers.

Tags: telogis

September 30, 2013 - Industry News

Consumers Energy to Roll Out Mobile Storm Units for Faster Service Restoration

Consumers Energy is stationing three mobile storm units across Michigan to help crews restore power more quickly after storms. The 53-foot long box semi-trailers will be staffed during storm deployment by company personnel and are ready to roll out with short notice. The units are equipped with items most often needed for storm work. (Photo courtesy of Consumers Energy)

Strategically located in Grand Rapids, Jackson, and Cadillac, Mich., the mobile storm units will be deployed to areas where powerful storms are forecast to hit, and will serve as staging areas for crews performing service restoration.

Tags: Disaster Relief, Consumers Energy, Emergency Response Vehicles, Storm Response

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

Details Announced on 2015 Ford Super Duty

2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty

Ford introduced the 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup September 26 at State Fair of Texas, featuring a second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 turbo diesel engine, increased towing capabilities, and a refreshed, Texas-inspired King Ranch model.

Tags: 2015-MY, Ford Super Duty

September 27, 2013 - Industry News

2015 Silverado HD & Sierra HD Pickups Unveiled in Texas

Chevrolet and GMC have unveiled the all-new 2015 models of the Silverado HD and Sierra HD full-size pickups.

Tags: Chevrolet, GMC, 2015-MY

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Elizabethtown Gas Pushing for More CNG Use in New Jersey

The utility filed a request with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to build public and commercial access CNG fueling stations and promote the use of CNG as a viable alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel for fleets operating in the state.

Tags: Infrastructure, New Jersey, Natural Gas Vehicles

September 24, 2013 - Press Release

Utility Fleet Sales & Rental Becomes Terex Utilities Regional Rental Provider

Utilities and Utility Fleet Sales & Rental (Utility Fleet) have teamed up to offer customers greater access to Terex utility equipment in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Tags: Terex, Utility Fleet Sales & Rental

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