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Another Tragedy With Novelty EVs

Skateboarder was going 20 mph, “did not know the laws” of EVs The most common form of electric vechicle—cars—have left no evidence of being any less safe than their traditional counterparts. Yet, a disturbing trend has been rearing its head amongst the novelty section of the EV world that includes scooters, bikes, all-terrain vehicles, and […]

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Pandemic Hits Workforce

How the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting China’s factory output Competition between the United States and China is a long-explored topic; one that has escalated of late. Most of this boils down to subtopics like trade disagreements, workforce, manufacturing, and factory schematics. Until 2020, when a wild card thrown into the mix is taking the conversation […]

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The Energetic Debate

EA’s Utilities department makes an online appearance! Utilities are getting a lot of press lately, from the battle over energy conversion to an increased demand for lineworkers, so we have a crash course for you this week to bring you up to date. Virginia Clean Economy Act. A progressive agenda scored a battleground victory February […]

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A “Five-Alarm” EV

Original LAFD vehicle will begin street rescues next year The Los Angeles Fire Department will help continue the electric vehicle wave after purchasing an all-electric, emission-free fire truck from Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer this week. LAFD signed on the dotted line for $1.2 million dollars. The Rosenbauer model—said to be the first of its kind—is what […]

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Open Source: Grid Defenders

LF Energy, Alliander formulate a shield for the IoT to combat cyberattacks LF Energy, a Linux Foundation project charged with accelerating the decarbonization goals of the energy and electricity sectors through open-source technology, announced its latest project, Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF), February 6. GXF is a scalable and technology-agnostic industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform […]

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Blade Runners

Phased-out wind turbines are not so eco-friendly Progressive solutions are not without their ironies, and the wind power industry is encountering one of its first long-term hurdles as we enter 2020. A Bloomberg report earlier this week detailed how most wind turbine blades are not reusable—and are therefore starting to fill up landfills worldwide. The […]

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N.J. Gives Fair WARNing

Notification period now 90 days, part-time employees now counted New Jersey became the first state to draft legal requirements for laid off employees this month, due to take effect in July of this year. The law expands upon the original WARN Act of 1988, and will increase prenotification time and require severance pay in “certain […]

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Mitsubishi Hacking Scare

Electric division confirms information leakage; suspects Chinese hacking group Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, one of Japan’s biggest defense and infrastructure contractors, confirmed this week it was victim of a hack that divulged sensitive information in those realms—by way of an employee’s compromised account, no less— in the summer of 2019. The Tokyo-based electrical corporation says it […]

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Electrocution in Cincinnati

Multiple safety failures blamed for tragedy   A dozen standards were ignored or not followed last June when LeRoy Garrison, 48, was electrocuted when installing a pole for a city crime camera.  Following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, the City Of Cincinnati has been cited for the following violations: Employees were […]

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Plant closings and opioids

Alarming statistics suggest a connection  A new study by Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has revealed that opioid deaths among individuals of prime working age are eighty-five percent higher in counties where factories have been closed. The study, which is available online, specifically looked at auto plants.  Interviewed by […]

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