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Dark Side Of The Sun

A recent storm in Hawaii reveals the plus-minus of rooftop solar Downpours from Tropical Storm Lane battered Hawaii in late August, and the highly touted solar industry there, recently championed for being one of the first sustainable systems to power an entire state, felt it had dodged a bullet. 13,000 Hawaiian Electric (HECO) customers lost […]

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Hurricane Florence

Utilities in the Carolinas brace for an unpredictable storm Hurricane season is upon us again, and a new region is threatened this September. The Carolinas, which were last impacted severely by Hurricane Matthew in 2015, evacuated coastal areas earlier this week expecting an overnight landfall of Hurricane Florence in the early hours of Thursday morning. […]

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Old King Coal

Phasing out, across America and abroad Coal-fired power plants, as well as their nuclear cousins, have been shutting down in recent years. This is no secret. Many more have been forced into early retirement at an increased rate over the last five years, especially, due to the rise of renewable energy resources, environmental regulations, and […]

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CWIEME Follow-Up

Details scarce, promises big Two weeks after a surprise announcement that left many scheduled showgoers hanging, we check back in on details of the CWIEME Chicago trade show and conference. CWIEME Chicago, the mecca for all things coil winding and insulation, will now not take place until next September 16-18, 2019, in case you hadn’t […]

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The New NAFTA

Mexico in? Canada out? U.S. satisfied? Wait a second… Updating an item from last week’s Direct & Current e-newsletter, the United States government reached a preliminary agreement with Mexico this week to revise and reform a proverbial reboot the North American Free Trade Agreement, which at the moment may exclude Canada. The results, according to […]

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Drones & EVs

Are the most robust markets for electric motor applications, says report Due to miniaturization in engine technologies, passing regulations for drone usage from the FAA (Federal Aviation Association) and the emergence of battery-powered plug-ins for automobiles, the global market for electric motors is advancing, according to a new report from BCC Research released Wednesday. Drones […]

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Electrician’s Discount

Window of opportunity in next 6 weeks The 10,000 Oregon electricians who will renew their licenses over the next six weeks will save more than $2,000,000 renewing their electrical licenses with ElectricalLicenseRenewal.com, according to a PRNewswire release Monday. This figure is “conservative given the average price of earning 24 hours of electrical continuing education in Oregon is roughly $340,” the renewal […]

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Puerto Rico Powered

PREPA says island is finally out of the dark Officials in Puerto Rico declared Wednesday that the country’s power grid was officially, fully restored. PREPA (Puerto Rica Electric Power Authority), the country’s only power provider, made the claim it has restored power to all of its 1.5 million customers. The island has gone without power […]

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GE: Trust The Process

Despite headlines, it’s not all bad for General Electric You might have seen that General Electric just laid off over 200 workers from its GE Power branch in Schenectady, NY. Perhaps you noticed July 30, when GE Digital, a promising standalone cousin created in 2015, announced it would be selling off its assets. Possibly you’ve […]

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The Hoover Battery

Could a national landmark represent a changing of the guard in power supply? In many ways, the Hoover Damn represents an epoch antithetical to the current era of renewable energy. Constructed during a five year period from 1931-36, during the Great Depression, it stands as one of the most monumental (and costly) public works projects […]

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