As utility fleets prioritize ergonomics and operator experience, we delve into the evolving trends shaping bucket truck designs and accessory specifications.
From training solutions offered by CM Labs Simulations to Terex Utilities' commitment to sustainability through renewable energy certificates, this article aims to equip fleet managers with valuable insights.
Join us as we navigate the latest advancements, including anniversary celebrations, EVs, and new products.
2023's Top Utility News
The utility industry is experiencing a transformation in bucket truck trends, with investor-owned utilities emphasizing ergonomics and an enhanced operator experience in their fleet selection.
This shift has influenced boom designs and accessory specifications to provide greater flexibility in personnel positioning, and utility companies are advised to consider these factors comprehensively to optimize productivity and ensure safe work practices in their operations.
CM Labs Simulations is set to unveil innovative training solutions catering to the utility market, providing organizations, employers, and line worker schools with tools to tackle workforce safety, training, and recruitment challenges.
The company's Smart Training Technology, utilizing proprietary algorithms and patented methods, offers simulation training based on authentic machine behavior and real-world data, ensuring a realistic and effective learning experience.
Terex Utilities has achieved 100% renewable electricity for its South Dakota facilities by strategically purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates from local utilities.
The RECs, verified and tracked by the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, not only help meet environmental standards but also enable customers to offset fossil fuels in their power supply mix, fostering investment in carbon-free energy production and promoting advancements in sustainable energy solutions.
Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has requested approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a significant pilot project aimed at converting organic waste, including chipped wood and nut shells, into renewable natural gas (RNG).
If given the green light, this initiative would be California's largest RNG project, potentially producing 4.5 billion cubic feet of fuel annually from agricultural waste, significantly contributing to carbon reduction and offsetting emissions equivalent to removing up to 52,000 gasoline vehicles from the road each year.
The Terex Hi-Ranger TM Series, designed for transmission applications, marks its 20th year, offering three models with working heights of 87, 100, and 125 feet. Featuring advanced capabilities such as 78˚ of elevation above horizontal, 168° of upper boom articulation, and 90° of lower boom articulation, this non-overcenter aerial device allows line workers precise positioning for efficient work.
Zeus Electric Chassis showcased its all-electric bucket concept truck for the first time.
The 19,500 GVWR truck featured a custom-engineered Reading Truck Classic II service body and a Terex Hi-Ranger LT40 aerial device upfitted to the Class 5 Zeus Z-19 Electric Smart Chassis.
Stellar Industries launched three new products and updates for utility fleets:
- Bale-style pull-handle toolbox system.
- Stellar LM220m poly lube skid.
- A cordless drill pump feature on several models of their self-loading single-reel cable trailers
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provided updates on its efforts to enhance technology, allowing electric vehicles (EVs) to function as virtual power sources, mitigating load growth, and promoting a sustainable energy future.
PG&E emphasized its commitment by showcasing resources, programs, and incentives to make EV ownership more economically accessible for all customers.
JLG Industries now offers new a compact crawlers — X660SJ straight-jib (SJ) compact crawler boom lift — and new Bi-Energy technology on its X770AJ and X1000AJ compact crawler boom lifts.
Duke Energy will build a first-of-its-kind performance center to model and accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of zero-emissions EV fleets.
It will be for light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
The site will be located at Duke Energy's Mount Holly Technology and Innovation Center and will incorporate microgrid integration.
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