Going Back to Cali

Wyoming-to-California wind power proposal brings heat An exemplary battleground for old vs. new—in the form of coal vs. wind—is the state of Wyoming. The axis is the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project: Billions have already been invested for a project that would create a huge wind farm in southern Wyoming, build a subsequent connectivity line […]

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Lightbulb Moments, Awarded

Where work and fun intersect: Finalists for the 2017 Edison Awards  Edison Universe has released a list of finalists for the 2017 Edison Awards, honoring “the best in innovation and innovators,” and providing a glimpse into the future. Vibram, of Albizzate, Italy, is nominated for its advanced cold-weather gripping shoes (look for more on this […]

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Big Name Round-up

News from Toshiba, Siemens, ABB, Schneider, and more… Names familiar to EA readers have caught headlines recently, for a multitude of reasons. Here’s a summation of recent activity that includes some of the more recognizable names in the industry. ABB inks offshore project with Statoil off Norway. The company has signed a “project specific agreement” for the […]

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What’s Inside That Building?

U.K. defense and science researchers developing sensory gadget Here’s a useful bit of spyware for defense departments: University College of London researchers have developed a portable gadget that can detect electric motors, combustion engines, turbines, air conditioning units, fans (including those inside computers), and any other rotating machinery that yields an electromagnetic field—all from behind a […]

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Fatal Crash in Melbourne

Former energy efficiency CEO among four Texans killed Tragedy disrupted a pleasure trip on Tuesday when a chartered plane crashed into an Australian mall, killing all five people on board—including four notable Texans on the “trip of a lifetime.” The men were Russell Munsch, co-founder of a law firm; Glenn Garland, a retired CEO of a Texas-based […]

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Electrical Apparatus Show podcast is coming soon!

The brand new Electrical Apparatus Show podcast is coming soon! If you were ever curious about what an interview with EA editors is like or if the EA writing team has a sense of humor, the new biweekly podcast is meant for you. The Electrical Apparatus Show podcast will feature recent industry news, briefs on […]

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Operation Doomsday

Shutdowns abound offer another view of energy, manufacturing While the new year (and administration) ushered in high hopes for many in support of onshore manufacturing and a resurgence of traditional forms of energy, the reality could be immensely different, if certain signs are to be interpreted as an incoming pattern. One example to keep a close […]

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Hold the Door

Handle security for the good of the realm First came the latch, then the padlock, then the chain, then multiple padlocks, then the slide lock…before anything electrical was installed. The first element of electromechanics to appear in door security was the keycode. Now, electromechanics appear to be rapidly permeating the industry. Allegion Electronics, for one, […]

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Lithium-Ion Guru

Canadian battery researcher wins $1M award, Tesla backing  A leading researcher of lithium-ion batteries has won the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. 2017 winner Jeff Dahn is considered Canada’s leader in lithium-ion battery research and one of the world’s leading innovators in battery technology. He’s worked with things for over 40 years that […]

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Utility Players

PG&E crime, FPL’s hardened system, $1.5b PJM Interconnection upgrade Our round-up of utilities headlines from the past week begins with an unusual sentence—and one that could offer a portent of things to come for those complicit in white-collar crime. Pacific Gas & Electric: public shaming, community service, monitoring for 2010 explosion. Pacific Gas & Electric executives were sentenced […]

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