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November 4, 2016 - Press Release

Duke Energy Announces Executive Appointments

Duke Energy announced five executive appointments focused on strengthening the company's regulatory and economic development initiatives.

Tags: Duke Energy, New Hire

November 4, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. Public Utility Expands PHEV Fleet

Photo via Wikimedia.

Sacramento County's Municipal Utility District (Calif.) will expand its plug-in electric vehicle fleet to include 27 sedans, 21 trouble trucks with electrified buckets, and 16 electric lift trucks by the end of 2017.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Sacramento County, Utility Trucks, EV Charging Stations

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Former Wash. Utility Manager on Trial for Theft

Photo via flickr/Karen Neoh

A former manager for the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District, Wash., faces trial for allegedly misappropriating $20,000 in district assets.

Tags: Crime & Fraud

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Utilities Face Issues with EV Adoption, Energy Storage

Photo via flickr/Chris Hunkeler

A number of reports tackle the issues that arise as EV adoption grows and more utilities seek to integrate energy storage into their operations.

Tags: Fitch Ratings, Navigant Research

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: Recalls, Delays, and EVs

A number of OEMs issued recalls or production delays. Also, BMW and Fuso announced new ventures into electrified vehicles.

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

Fla. Utility Upgrades Communications System

Florida Power & Light (FPL) is upgrading its communications system for field employees. The utility is partnering with Florida-based Harris Corporation to upgrade its legacy analog radio communications system.

Tags: Florida, Harris Corporation, Electric Utility

October 21, 2016 - Industry News

New York Power to Install 300 EV Charging Stations

Photo via flickr/marlordo59

New York Power Authority will build the charging stations with the option to provide installation and networking services. The utility can also offer infrastructure and services to governmental customers at lower rates and favorable financing terms.

Tags: New York, EV Charging Stations

October 20, 2016 - Press Release

EUFMC Sets Theme for 2017 Conference

Recently announced, this year's conference theme is "Providing Educational Value to Utility Fleet Professionals."

Tags: Conference, EUFMC

October 18, 2016 - Press Release

Columbia Gas of Ohio Paints Bucket Trucks Pink

More than 20 backhoe buckets were painted for the cause and dozens of service technicians will help spread awareness of breast cancer throughout the month. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Gas of Ohio)<br />

You just might see pink construction equipment if we're doing work in your area during the month of October. In Eastern and Northeastern Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio crews painted their backhoe buckets pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tags: Bucket Trucks, Columbia Gas, Breast Cancer Awareness

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: ATA and 2017-MY Updates

This week, OEMs announce more details for its 2017 models and truck news comes from the ATA Conference in Las Vegas. Also, Ford and Mercedes-Benz issue recalls for their popular van models.

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Fla. Utilities Get to Work As Hurricane Matthew Moves North

The National Hurricane Service downgraded the hurricane to a Category 2 storm at 5 p.m. Friday, reporting maximum winds of 110 mph. The Center also discontinued all coastal warnings south of Volusia County, and utilities in Florida have begun restoration efforts.

Tags: Florida, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Electric Utility, Orlando Utilities Commission

October 7, 2016 - Press Release

New York Power Authority, GE Sign Agreement

GE Power announced an agreement with the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) to provide software that will monitor, analyze, and enhance the performance of NYPA electricity generating assets across its 16 generating facilities and electricity transmission network.

Tags: New York, Partnership, Software, GE Power, NYPA

October 7, 2016 - Industry News

Natural Gas Utility Tests Larger Trailers

Fairbanks Natural Gas in Alaska is upgrading to larger trailers to transport liquefied natural gas to its customers. The utility first ran a pilot program using the custom-made trailer last fall, which has a 13,000-gallon capacity and can hold 30% more gas than traditional LNG trailers.

Tags: Liquefied Natural Gas, Fuel Transport

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

DC Water Uses Biodiesel to Fuel its Fleet

Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board

DC Water now uses biodiesel fuel to fuel all 230 of its diesel vehicles, including sewer trucks, utility and dump trucks, crane trucks, and crew cabs. The agency uses a B-20 blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

Tags: biodiesel, National Biodiesel Board, B20, DC Water

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

Minn. Utility Opens New Facility

Austin Utilities (Minn.) opened its new Service and Operations Center to the public, which combines the utility's three sites into one main facility. Austin Utilities expects to save $2.5 million over the next 10 years with the new center, which solves several safety and regulation issues that the old sites faced.

October 6, 2016 - Press Release

Fla. Utility Halfway to 1 Million Solar Panels

Construction continues at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County, Fla. (Photo courtesy of FPL)

Florida Power & Light Company, the largest generator of solar power in Florida, has completed the installation of half of the 1 million new solar panels it plans to add by the end of this year to power its customers.

Tags: FPL, Solar Power, Utility Fleets, Solar Panel

October 6, 2016 - Industry News

Seattle Electric Utility to Construct $12M Training Facility

Seattle City Light plans to build a new training facility to help expand its workforce. The public utility currently conducts training at various sites, but plans to consolidate all training into a 13,000-sq. ft. facility that is expected to cost $12 million.

Tags: Training, New Facility, Seattle

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Washington Gas Exceeds GHG Emission Reduction Goals

Washington Gas announced that it has exceeded its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals four years ahead of schedule. The utility planned on reducing its GHG emissions 70% by 2020, but has already reached a 74% reduction from its fleet and facilities.

Tags: Washington, Utility Fleets

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

S.D. Utility Truck Aids in Fair Ride Rescue

Utility workers from the Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative in Rosebud, S.D. helped rescue a group of fair-goers after their ride stopped in mid-air.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Pa. Utility Invests in Technology for Fleet

Pa.-based PPL Corporation, one of the largest utilities in the country, is investing $16 billion in improvements to its infrastructure over the next five years. Among those improvements is the adoption of new technology in its fleet, which the company hopes will improve service and operations.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Bucket Trucks, Unmanned Aircraft, PPL Corporation

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Ark. Utility Fleets Send in Reinforcements for Infrastructure Projects

Photo via Entergy Arkansas

Entergy Arkansas, which provides electricity for over 700,000 customers in 63 counties across the state, announced that it is investing $1.7 billion in electrical infrastructure improvements throughout its service area between 2016 and 2018.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Entergy

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: GM Recalls and Updates from Ford and Daimler

Daimler and Ford announce plans for future models and GM recalls a number of its models for air bags.

Tags: Utility Fleets

September 21, 2016 - Press Release

Sempra Energy Announces Executive Appointments

Sempra Energy today announced several executive appointments as part of the company's ongoing leadership development and succession planning process.

Tags: Retirement, Sempra Energy, New Hire

September 19, 2016 - Press Release

Global Sign & Awning Grows Bucket Truck Business

Photo courtesy of Beacon Financing

Beacon Funding is recognizing Global Sign & Awning for utilizing boom truck financing to advance its business growth.

Tags: Financing, Bucket Trucks, Boom Trucks, Beacon Financing

September 9, 2016 - Industry News

New FAA Rule Allows Utilities to Expand Drone Use

Photo via Flickr/Budi Nusyirwan.

A new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that went into effect in late August is enabling more utility companies to consider unmanned aircraft systems to improve operations.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Drones, Regulations, FAA

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