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Tragedy in Illinois

Terminated worker at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora open fires in warehouse A terrifying incident at an Illinois valve manufacturing facility last week may cause manufacturers to rethink their managerial and security practices. Five victims were killed and six others wounded—including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex February 16, […]

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NYC Blue

Transformer explosion in Queens turns the sky neon-blue A transformer explosion at a major utility in New York City made national headlines December 27, when the electrical surge at a Con Edison substation in the borough of Queens caused an electrical fire that turned the NYC night sky a vibrant, eerie shade of blue. Via […]

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#RepairLife

After natural disasters, the repair process deserves a hashtag A recent update from one of the busiest seaports in the world caught the eye of Electrical Apparatus writers. It wasn’t the most directly related item, but it shed a widespread light on just how extensive the repair process can be. More than six years following […]

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Starbucks, Exelon Go Green

Long-term agreement will use renewables at Illinois locations Constellation, an Exelon company and the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, has signed a long-term agreement with Starbucks to power more than 340 company-operated Illinois stores with 100 percent renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power (EGP) North America, Inc.’s HillTopper wind project in Logan County, Ill. […]

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French Riots

Cost of diesel heightens frustrations to breaking point Prices of fuel in Europe are peaking to a crescendo of public frustration. In Paris, tear gas and water cannons were enlisted to disperse protesters after a second week of demonstrations against the rising costs of fuel, namely of the diesel variety. Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysées […]

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PG&E Updates

Federal judge demands answers about utility’s role in wildfire Updating a previous item, California’s primary utility is facing increased scrutiny connected to the “Camp Fire” wildfire that is devastating a large portion of the state. A federal judge overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation from the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion is demanding answers from the utility […]

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Climate Report

Contents shock public, arouse political scrutiny The U.S. released a federal climate report November 23, outlining detailed projections that racked the nerves of much of the country and planet. Those paying attention to renewable energy and climate change in recent years are likely aware of many of the statistics, but the report, which was backed […]

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PG&E

Embattled utility yet again faces scrutiny for wildfires California’s primary utility is facing increased scrutiny connected to the “Camp Fire” wildfire that is devastating a large portion of the state. An NBC News report Tuesday suggested that the company may have known about a recurring issue that potentially triggered the fire. Sources in the report […]

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Headwinds

Fury, frustration, even tears from proposed Seneca Wind project in Ohio Wind farms can be immensely beneficial as a renewable energy source. But local turnouts like those at this week’s continuing debate in Tiffin, Ohio show that they are sometimes viewed as an imposition to residents. Around 500 residents were reported to have shown up […]

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Optimatics Joins Suez

Water infrastructure company to help digital transition To help in its transition to all-digital infrastructure, a major player in the water industry has enlisted the services of Optimatics, an annual WEFTEC exhibitor. Following the acquisition of a minority stake alongside Emerald Technology Ventures in 2017, Suez acquires the entire share capital of Optimatics via Suez […]

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