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November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: 2017 Pricing and LA Auto Show Updates

More 2017 models were priced and automakers unveiled new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Utility Uses Helicopters to Build a Power Line

Photo via Flickr/Aarni Heiskanen

FirstEnergy crews used helicopters to build a power line over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The electric utility employed a helicopter to get the job done as part of a 7-mile, $11 million transmission line upgrade.

Tags: Infrastructure, FirstEnergy, Helicopter, Electric Utility

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

Smart Grid Expected to Cut Down on Fleet Use

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Over the past year and a half, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board, Tenn., has worked to modernize its grid and improve efficiency with automation. With these upgrades, the electric utility will be able to restore power more quickly without needing to send out workers to search for the source of power outages.

Tags: Smart Grid, Electric Utility

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

Tenn. Power Board Approves Bucket Truck Purchase

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The Dyersburg Electric Power Board, Tenn., approved the purchase of a new 55-ft. bucket truck from Altec at a recent meeting.

Tags: Altec Industries, Bucket Trucks, Electric Utility

November 18, 2016 - Press Release

Chevin, NAPA IBS Integration Boosts Parts Spending Visibility

Chevin Fleet Solutions announced that it has integrated its FleetWave software with the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) Integrated Business Solutions (IBS) point-of-sale system.

Tags: Parts Management, Software Integration, Data Analysis, NAPA IBS, Chevin

November 17, 2016 - Press Release

FirstEnergy Trims Trees in Toledo Edison Service Area

Since the beginning of the year, contractors have trimmed trees along more than 2,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines in Toledo Edison's service area as part of the company's $7.2 million vegetation management program for 2016, with an additional 430 miles expected to be completed by year-end.

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

Workhorse Developing Plug-In Pickup

Photo courtesy of Workhorse.

Workhorse Group Inc. hopes to begin production in 2018 on a plug-in hybrid light-duty pickup truck that the company says is designed for fleet usage.

Tags: Workhorse, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Large Pickups, Duke Energy, City of Orlando, Workhorse W-15

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Public Utility Purchases New Trucks

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The City of Grantville, Ga., had trouble finding utility trucks to meet its needs. But it needed replacement vehicles, which led to the city purchasing trucks from Colonia, Ill., over 800 miles away.

Tags: Procurement

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Gas Utility Implements Network Information System

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Athens Gas Department (Ala.) deployed Trimble's network information system to improve its overall operations. The system is designed specifically for energy utilities, and collects all asset data to create a comprehensive network model for support of engineering analysis.

Tags: Trimble

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Van News: 2017 Driver Assist Technologies

Ford and Peterbilt announced new driver assist systems for its new models and GM and Nissan announced more details for its 2017 packages.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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