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A Unified Drive

A South African motor repair service defies the odds Unidrive Electric Motors has scored another major achievement with its appointment as the official repair and service center for Zest WEG Group’s low voltage motors division in South Africa. It is another symbol of credibility for a company that has defied the odds over the past […]

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Fighting the Fire

24/7 monitoring for potential fire threats across utility’s service area In preparation for the 2018 wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has opened its new Wildfire Safety Operations Center in San Francisco. The center, which will be staffed 24/7, will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and coordinate […]

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Tractor Trailblazers

Precision agriculture at the University of Nebraska You heard it straight from the Husker’s mouth: tractors are getting an upgrade. A new six-figure research initiative at the University of Nebraska will focus on improved testing the cornerstone of agricultural machinery; primarily on the efficiency of its power sources. “Tractors play an important role in precision […]

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WindPower 2018

AWEA hold’s annual conference in the city of wind All too fitting that it should be held in The Windy City. WINDPOWER, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind and renewable energy conference, kicked off this week in Chicago with Steve Lockard, AWEA’s newly elected Board Chair and President and CEO of TPI Composites, providing the organization’s […]

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A Week on the Hill

FERC cybersecurity standards revised; Pruitt faces Congress The good, the bad, and the government. This week started with one department on Capitol Hill meeting expectations and assuaging the people, as FERC revised its cybersecurity standards. With an endless stream of politics in between, Thursday saw another culmination—and possible comeuppance—for a different government branch as EPA […]

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WEF Scholarships

Recipients of 2018 Singapore Water Week scholarship announced Six utility leaders have received scholarships to attend the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2018. The scholarships will “help recipients break down international barriers, accelerate technology transfer, and create an understanding of innovative policy options to advance resource recovery across the water sector,” Alexandria, Va.-based WEF said […]

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Recharge, Rethink

ABB news of both varieties: power grids, EV stations When you have 136,000 employees across 100 countries, I guess you grow to expect the good and the bad. Weathering the unexpected—and filtering negative outcomes—are probably woven into the company mantra. Heck, it’s sometimes even calculated to release one as a counterweight to the other. So […]

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Generating Buzz

Energy milestone reached in United Kingdom Official figures produced March 29 by the United Kingdom’s governmental publishing service show an energy milestone was reached in 2017. They show that wind farms and solar panels produced more electricity than the country’s eight nuclear power stations for the first time. Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also continued to […]

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Nestle Pumps Up

The company just won a highly opposed decision in Michigan. In a state that has become a referendum on water equity, an important decision was made this week. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved Nestlé’s plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. Michigan citizens were outspoken against the […]

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Hack Attack

Cyberattacks target FERC, U.S. energy infrastructure The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is among the targets of alleged Iranian hackers indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on March 23. Nine members of an Iran-based company stole data from hundreds of universities and dozens of companies around the world, the DOJ said, acting in many cases on […]

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