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Members of Congress visit NEMA plants

Von Roll, Siemens, GE, others give tours to elected officials Several members of NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) have recently seen elected officials pay visits to their facilities. Jonathan Roberts, COO of Von Roll USA, Inc. told EA about having a member of Congress visit his company’s Schenectady, NY location, saying “Congressman Tonko visited our […]

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Florida utility strengthening system against hurricanes

Florida Power & Light Co. has announced a three-year plan to continue and accelerate the strengthening of its electric system against high winds associated with hurricanes and other major weather events. The utility plans to invest about half a billion dollars over the next three years to continue improving the resiliency of the electric system. […]

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ABB opens service center in Singapore

Swiss automation and power technology provider ABB has opened Jurong Island Service Center as part of a strategic move to be closer to customers on the industrial island off the southwestern coast of Singapore. ABB calls service one of its “key focus areas,” and the company provides support for a wide range of its products, […]

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GE invests in cloud-based Grid monitoring

General Electric’s Digital Energy business has made a minority investment in Power Generation Services, Inc., a turnkey provider of managed energy services for distributed generation and distributed energy resources in North America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. GE plans to add the PoGens capability to its suite of Grid IQ products to form […]

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U.S. construction firms expect growing demand

Many U.S. construction firms plan to start hiring again, and most contractors predict demand will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year, according to survey results recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey, conducted as part of Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Industry Hiring and Business […]

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Ohio utility urges energy conservation

In anticipation of extreme cold weather this week, Dominion East Ohio is asking customers to turn down their thermostats and lower the setting on their water heaters if they can do so safely. The utility is also asking businesses to reduce the use of natural gas for manufacturing or processing “if practicable.” “Such conservation efforts […]

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Report on unionization from the Dept. of Labor

A report issued by the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that unionized workers earned more in 2013 than their non-union counterparts and received more in the way of employment-based benefits. “Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2013, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.3%. […]

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Distributors’ meeting at Boston’s Copley Square to go on

The National Association of Electrical Distributors is alerting members that the association’s annual meeting, scheduled to be held at the Marriott Boston Copley Place May 4-7, is going forward as planned but that attendees can expect enhanced security measures. The hotel is located just a few blocks from the site of the April 15 bombing. […]

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Utility seeking cause of Super Bowl power failure

Breakers, loads, standby generators, and transformers are the surprise topic of water-cooler conversations today as people discuss the power failure that plunged the Super Dome into near-darkness as the third quarter of the Big Game was getting underway Feb. 3. “Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes […]

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Congress extends wind energy tax credit

The U.S. wind power industry heaved a collective sigh of relief Jan. 1 when it was announced that Congress had included a long-sought extension of wind energy tax credits in the so-called “fiscal cliff” bill that has passed both houses of Congress and now moves to President Obama for his near-certain signature. “America’s 75,000 workers […]

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