SCANA’s Gift

Dominion to buy beleaguered southern utility in $14.6B stock merger Nuclear plant operator SCANA has been looking for a helping hand since last summer, when the V.C. Summer plant was abandoned. Dominion Energy, the Richmond-based utility, reportedly agreed to an all-stock merger Wednesday expected to lower customer rates and assist financial obligations related to the […]

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Going With the Grain

Bartlett Bearing opens branch in Grain Valley, Missouri Bartlett Bearing, the household industry name founded in 1951 in Philadelphia, has added another branch to its list of locations: Grain Valley, Missouri, outside Kansas City. Bartlett is a family-owned independent distributor of bearings and related components servicing the electromechanical repair market nationwide. The company’s corporate headquarters […]

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Sierra Madre Wind Project

Long-developing wind project using DC to cut emissions A large-scale energy project that has been on the docket for almost a decade appears to be moving forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. At least one catalyst in the ongoing production of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre wind project is good old DC transmission. Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and […]

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Hubbell Widens Scope

Acquires Aclara for $1.1 billion in cash Hubbell Incorporated, the Shelton, Connecticut-based parent company of Haefely Hipotronics and Burndy, has agreed to acquire smart-infrastructure company Aclara Technologies, of St. Louis, for the price tag of approximately $1.1 billion in cash, according to a December 26th press release. Hubbell sees the transaction as a boost to […]

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Tragic Accident

Arizona family dies due to heating malfunction Carbon monoxide is inferred as the likely cause of death in a tragic fatal accident at an Arizona cabin where a family of four were found dead last week, including a three and four year-old. Police deputies are waiting on official feedback from medical examiners—but have said they […]

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Cool It!

Motor ventilation requirements vary by motor type; here are the major ones No machine, whether electrical or mechanical, operates entirely friction-free. Types of heat dissipation: convection, radiation, and more. Safe heat removal requires: Adequate heat flow paths from heat sources to heat dissipation surfaces. “Adequate” meaning low resistance to heat flow and short path length. […]

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Reader Profile

Dispatch from a hurricane disaster area When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico September 19, the island had already experienced catastrophic damage and power outages from two hurricanes in two previous weeks. In terms of nature’s unforgiving force, worse was still to come. In terms of human recovery, the worst was far off.  In […]

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More Than Motors: HVAC/R

Part One of a new series in EA exploring fields of expertise for electromechanical service professionals looking to expand HVAC/R service may represent an untapped opportunity for many service companies. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, as the acronym goes, refers to the mechanics of maintaining an environment within established ranges of temperature, humidity, and […]

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Electrical Manager

Coping with change in the workplace Organizational change comes in many forms: new bosses, new employees, mergers, acquisitions, transfers, promotions, demotions, downsizing, job enlargement, temporary assignments, job rotations, sabbaticals. And being confronted with one or more of these is not a matter of “if” but “when”. The first step to accounting for said changes is […]

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The Fix Is In

On-site repair has always been important, but times are changing On-site repair has always been integral to plant and shop maintenance and business. However, in changing times, who does what—and how they do it—are changing as well. While traditional repairmen still make “house calls”, equipment end users in many industrial sectors are cutting back on […]

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