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Powering the Powerless

Yamaha lends a hand in Puerto Rico Yamaha Motor Corp. USA’s Outdoor Power Equipment Division has announced that it is donating nearly 400 generators to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts. Yamaha announced in a press release Tuesday that it is donating both its 2000-watt and 2800-watt inverter generator models to the Red […]

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Put Up Your Dukes

Environmental lawsuit competes with groundbreaking project for utility Strategic sweetener or coincidence? Or the everyday shuffle of news—both good and bad—for one of the country’s largest utilities? Whatever the case, Duke Energy dominated Wednesday and Thursday with polarizing headlines: the negative being a lawsuit and public outcry over its coal ash practices, the positive being […]

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Hurricane Updates

Unprecedented storm season affecting electricity across the map Texas, Louisiana slowly recovering from Harvey. This weekend will mark a full month since Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeast Texas and parts of western Louisiana. Though the lowlands in those regions are no longer inundated, clean-up is an ongoing and difficult process. Shermco Industries—based in Dallas but with three […]

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Home of Deep Pockets

Home Depot to pay $5.7 million for selling recalled products The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced August 30 that Home Depot has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products. The hazards posed by the recalled products include, but are not limited to, fire hazards, laceration hazards, and electrocution […]

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Recovery Through Reconditioning

PEARL aids in Harvey’s aftermath by restoring vital electrical equipment As another part of the country braces for the impact of a second deadly hurricane this weekend, those in Texas and Louisiana along the Gulf Coast are only beginning to pick up the pieces and attempt to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. While this is […]

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HH: Avoiding Fire Ants

Potentially fatal stings can be doubly dangerous after severe flooding Another danger stemming from floodwaters is a threat from fire ants. These pests, already terribly familiar to many industrial workers in the Southeast and Texas regions for their ability to destroy electrical equipment, become especially problematic during a flood as they form their own floating […]

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HH: Microgrid Systems

‘Microgrids’ and distributed energy systems provide backup while waiting for relief One of the greatest concerns during a natural disaster is support systems that can aid in a number of ways when standard systems go down and people are still waiting for relief. In the case of electricity, these secondary systems can be found in […]

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HH: Collateral Damage

Secondary threats before and after the nation’s largest hurricane in a decade With Southeastern Texas, and specifically the Houston, Galveston, and Beaumont metro areas, taking on catastrophic flooding and generational damage from Hurricane Harvey for the duration of last weekend, all eyes were rightfully focused on that region heading into this week. The storm is […]

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Silica Valley

OSHA’s stricter ruling on dangerous dust to take effect soon Silica is no laughing matter when it comes to its potential long-term effects. The sand byproduct can cause severe lung cancer, silicosis, COPD, and kidney disease. A recent OSHA rule—set on June 23 of last year but due to take effect September 23, 2017 in […]

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Electric Food

Could renewable energy help solve world hunger? Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, which is […]

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