Tree trimmers are among the 3350 line and support personnel working to restore power after a winter storm on Jan. 17, 2013, dumped heavy and wet snow in parts of Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia served by Appalachian Power.
The Carbon Power & Light crew was featured
on Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” program in 2011 as part of a series on maintaining America’s infrastructure. In
the episode, the linemen change out a wood distribution pole with a steel one.
Con Edison continues to develop technology to keep pedestrians and pets safe from contact voltage. Company crews now use hand-held, directional electric-field sensors to zero in on objects that are energized. Con Edison crews investigating contact voltage reports sweep the device from side to side until the lights on the device glow bright red. The lights indicate the device is near an energized streetlight, sidewalk grating, fence or other object. Con Edison developed the technology with the...
Location undisclosed, North Carolina. 27 August 2011. More like a windy day than a hurricane. A fault in a power pole insulator caused the line to arc. The substation reset the breaker and it arced again. Power crews were on the scene shortly and repaired the line fault.
Elite SRP Crew Repairs Live High-Voltage Power Lines
An elite team of SRP linemen uses the barehand method to repair high-voltage transmission lines without shutting off the power. Electricity flows through their bodies while they accomplish this high-stakes work.
I was on the way to a friend's house when I noticed a strange blue light in the distance. By the time I got there I was glad I had a camera. It looks to me like the fuse blew. However, as humid as it was that night, there was probably condensation on the exterior. This condensation provided a path for an arc to start. The arc continued for over 15 minutes until power was interrupted.
New Power Line for the Montana Limestone Co. Quarry
On Oct. 3, the crushing and screening equipment used to operate the Montana Limestone Company quarry began to operate using electricity from a power line rather than from a diesel generator. For decades, the limestone quarry located 70 miles south of Billings, MT, had been set up as a portable plant. In the 1940s, it was started primarily to supply limestone to the sugar beet industry. The business grew, and Dakota Coal Company bought Montana Limestone in 2002. Montana Limestone became a...
Lineworkers (also known as distribution electricians) are the men and women who work high atop utility poles to keep our electricity flowing. They restore power during outages, operate heavy equipment like bucket trucks and cranes, as well as install overhead and underground power lines, transformers, and streetlights. Lineworkers will play a critical role in the modernization of the electric grid and in the implementation of smart grid components.
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