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This Week In Utilities – October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017


Welcome back to #TWIU. Every Friday, we round up the week’s best reads and most notable events occurring within the utilities and energy industries. Here’s what you may have missed this week:

VIDEO: Puerto Rico Turns to Unproven Montana Company for Massive Power Restoration Job, But No One Knows Why |

Is a relatively-unknown 2-year old power company from Montana going to be able to restore power to the entire island of Puerto Rico? Federal budget allocation seems to suggest so. The team dives in deeper.


READ: Germany’s Shift to Green Power Stalls, Despite Huge Investments | New York Times

“Over the past two decades, Germany has focused its political will and treasure on a world-leading effort to wean its powerful economy off the traditional energy sources blamed for climate change.

The benefits of the program have not been universally felt, however.” Click the image below to read the full NYT story.

Katharina Zinnecker and Norbert Bechteler at their farm in Betzigau, Germany. Income from their solar panels is “safe money, not like cows,” Ms. Zinnecker said. Credit Corinna Kern for The New York Times


READ: Moniz: Utilities should prepare for very low carbon future | UtilityDive

Lede: While the Trump Administration is taking a number of steps to bolster coal-fired generation and rescind climate regulations, electric utilities should prepare for a very low-carbon future, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told Utility Dive at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas last week.


READ: U.S. initiative #PowerAfrica supports Engendering Utilities | Power Africa

A US-AID program is aimed at increasing women’s participation in the electric utility workforce. The program called “Engendering Utilities” works with seven utilities in five African countries, including Kenya Power and Light Corp and Nigeria’s Ibadan Electric Distribution Company and Eko Electricity Distribution Company.


FUN: Archived images of electricity pylons in various countries | Science Museum of UK

Hundreds of historic photos of electricity pylons are now online for those who love pylons (and who doesn’t?)


WEBINAR: Smart Monitor Webinar II, now available to view for free On Demand | Novinium

Our PreVent™ Smart Monitor webinar is now available to view on demand. We encourage you to share this webinar with team members who you feel need to see it.

Key takeaways:

▪️ Manhole event risk factors, and why they are on the rise nationwide

▪️ Strategies to leverage real-time data analytics to boost system performance

▪️ How to prevent asset failures and mitigate risk through remote monitoring


EVENTS: ECNE Fall Conference, Minnesota Power Systems Conference (MIPSYCON), and FMEA

Most utilities have a backlog of underground cable rehabilitation work that must be addressed in order to meet system reliability targets; our goal is to help utilities proactively address these issues. We are very interested in hearing your perspective on how your organization tackles these issues today.

We’ll be in attendance at each of these events in the coming weeks. If your team will be in town for any of them, let’s put time on the calendar to grab a bite or coffee.

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Thanks for catching up with us. See you next week!