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“Eclipse Week” In Utilities: August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

Every Friday, we round up the week’s best reads and most notable events occurring within the utilities and energy industries. Given the upcoming solar eclipse that will be visible from the USA this upcoming Monday, August 21, This Week In Utilities will be a bit different. Enjoy!

WEBINAR: Novinium – Smart Monitor Series Pt. 1: Data Collection for Effective Underground Asset Management

Registration is now open for part one of our August Smart Monitor Webinar Series, featuring Donald Kleyweg, Sr. Vice President / Director of Engineering, and Eric Bergstrom, Sr. Vice President / Director of Chicago Operations of HBK Engineering and Branko Horvat, Director of New Product Develpment, Novinium.

💡 Grab your spot, and/or encourage team members to join.

NEWS: National Rural Electric Cooperatives of America – Co-ops Confront Solar Eclipse Frenzy

Over 1 million tourists will flock to central Oregon to bear witness to the eclipse. Co-ops in OR are preparing for the worst. Quotable quote:

“Our co-op is not treating this as a celebratory event,” said Dave Markham, the co-op’s president and CEO. “While many businesses are taking advantage of turning a significant profit on this event, our biggest concern is our line personnel being able to restore power outages and response times for emergency events that require power disconnection.”

READ: Mashable – The upcoming eclipse will affect solar power, but it won’t bring down the grid

Lede: “When the total solar eclipse hits on Aug. 21, it’s going to be quite the party. The problem? Solar panels need the sun to generate electricity.”

How will the eclipse affect solar energy production? If your utility or co-op is located in CA, OR, or NC, you’ve likely already considered the implications. Learn more in this Mashable article.

TIPS AND SAFETY: NASA – Eye Safety During the Solar Eclipse

Growing up, we were taught not to look directly at the sun. On a rare occasion like the eclipse over America, it’s important to remember to use proper technique and precaution when viewing. Use and share these tips from NASA to ensure the safest viewing experience for you and your customers.

READ: Five Thirty Eight – The Solar Eclipse vs. Solar Electricity

“It’s a showdown that could help us build a stronger renewable grid.” Read this very informative article to learn the history, and potential impacts, of solar eclipses on our nation’s grid, and how utilities can learn, adapt, and grow using data from the eclipse.


READ: Bloomberg – An Eclipse Is Just What the U.S. Power Sector’s Been Waiting For

More affirmation that this eclipse will offer itself as a sound lesson for utilities around the nation.

Lede: “Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments.”


Thanks for catching up with us. Be safe while enjoying this historic eclipse, and we’ll see you next week!