Day: September 22, 2018

Northern Indiana Utility Ditching Coal in Favor of Renewable Energy in Next 10 Years

Northern Indiana Utility Ditching Coal in Favor of Renewable Energy in Next 10 Years Sarah Bowman | Indianapolis Star A northern Indiana utility is moving away from coal, and fast. The Northern Indiana Public Service Company announced Wednesday that it will speed up the retirement of its coal-fired generation by as much as 10 years — …

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Editorial: Terrible Tragedy, but State’s Response Is Reassuring so Far

Editorial: Terrible Tragedy, but State’s Response Is Reassuring so Far The Lowell Sun On Sunday, the evacuated residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover — three communities rocked by Thursday’s tragic gas pipeline explosions — were allowed to return to their homes. Utility workers, state and federal inspectors, police and political leaders working around the …

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Braid: Stopping All Pipeline Work Was Unnecessary and Unfair

Braid: Stopping All Pipeline Work Was Unnecessary and Unfair Don Braid | The Province Why on earth is the Trans Mountain pipeline construction halted by a court order? It didn’t have to be. So far, nobody has appealed the Federal Court of Appeal’s disastrous Aug. 30 ruling. The only concrete action is Ottawa’s move Friday …

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Gas Company Reported 760 Miles of Risky Pipes a Year Before Explosions

Gas Company Reported 760 Miles of Risky Pipes a Year Before Explosions New Hampshire Union Leader Nearly a year before dozens of explosions and fires ripped through three Merrimack Valley communities, Columbia Gas identified more than 750 miles of leak-prone pipeline that needed to be replaced, according to documents filed with the Department of Public …

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Service Restored in Adams, Juneau, Columbia Counties After Contractor Cuts Line

Service Restored in Adams, Juneau, Columbia Counties After Contractor Cuts Line WISC-TV The 911 lines in Adams and Juneau counties are back up. The lines were down for about five hours Monday after a third-party excavator dug into and severed two fiber-optic and copper telecommunications lines, according to officials with Frontier Communications. The damage was about four …

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Report: Utility Investment in Fiber Optics Could Enhance Smart Grid

Report: Utility Investment in Fiber Optics Could Enhance Smart Grid Kevin Stark | Electric Light & Power Utilities with fiber optic networks can establish a more robust smart grid by improving the chatter between smart devices and power providers, according to a new study. The Navigant Research report suggests utilities should invest in fiber optic cables or …

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Dozens of Massachusetts Excavators Fined for Dig Safe Violations

Dozens of Massachusetts Excavators Fined for Dig Safe Violations Mary C. Serreze | Mass Live Massachusetts pipeline safety regulators issued around $275,000 in Dig Safe fines last week, with 79 excavators facing civil penalties. At the top of the list was K. Daponte Construction Corp. of Fall River, with eight Dig Safe violations in Cambridge, …

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Carolina Utilities Assess Florence Infrastructure Damage

Carolina Utilities Assess Florence Infrastructure Damage Pam Radtke Russell & Debra K. Rubin | Engineering News-Record As flooding spread in the Carolinas one week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in eastern North Carolina, utility crews still pushed to restore power and maintain clean water supply. Duke Energy said on Sept. 20 that about 49,000 power customers …

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