The Ice Buster is a high-quality tool that's designed to attach to the fiberglass hot stick you already carry on your truck, and it can be safely used from the ground without having to climb a pole or climb into a bucket. Just lift it to the wire and walk, letting it ride the line behind you. The Ice Buster turns and shears away the ice with just light to moderate effort on your part, depending on the size of the conductor and ice accumulation. In other words, it works while you walk.
PG&E Opens $28.5 Million State-of-the-Art Electric Control Center in Fresno
PG&E has opened a state-of-the-art, $28.5 million electric distribution grid control center. By early next year, it will be one of three new grid control centers - the others in Concord and Rocklin - that will control PG&E's 140,000-circuit-mile electric distribution system that delivers electricity to homes and businesses.
Regional fire officials requested SDG&E to send its Erickson Air-Crane, the Sun Bird, to help fight a fast-moving brushfire near the U-S Mexico border. The Sun Bird made several water drops on the Cowboy Fire, which started Sept. 2, 2010 and burned more than 800 acres near the communities of Campo and Potrero before being contained four days later.
The CLNR project is trialing a range of innovative network technologies including electric energy storage. We have installed six energy storage batteries of varying sizes, at strategic points on the Northern Powergrid electricity distribution network, watch a time lapse video showing the work that went into installing our largest 2.5WVa/5MWH battery at Rise Carr in Darlington.
Karl Keel from PEC, who will be featured in a future Lifeline in T&D World's "Electric Utility Operations" section, shares his excitement about being at the International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo 2013.