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  1. Utility poles from Trident Industries

    Utility poles: As utilities continue to look for new ways to keep the power on during severe weather, reports find that the total number of minutes customers are without power each year has been increasing over time. In the most comprehensive analysis of electricity reliability trends in the United States, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Stanford University finds that severe weather events are linked to a 5-10 percent increase in the total number of minutes customers are without power each year. The culprit continues to be the inability of wood poles to stand up to the force of winds coupled with snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain. Once again, grid operators are tasked with answering questions from their customers as to why repair takes so long, and the answer continues to be the difficulty and time draining effects of needing to install new wood poles. Numerous utilities have improved their Emergency Preparedness Programs by turning to composite poles and Trident Industries for assistance in strengthening and hardening their distribution systems. Trident Industries, the leading manufacturer of composite utility poles for utility transmission and distribution, offers significant advantages over traditional materials like wood, steel, and concrete. “Utilities face significant challenges following major weather events such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, and fires,” commented Peter Ceko, CEO of Trident Industries. “In order to safely and quickly restore power to residential and commercial customers following these events, more and more utilities are utilizing Trident products.” Surveys among utility linesmen who have worked with Trident poles have shown that it takes approximately half the time to install composite poles compared to competing materials. The report, “Assessing Changes in the Reliability of the U.S. Electric Power System,” analyzed reports for a large cross-section of utilities representing nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity customers spanning 13 years from 2000 to 2012. Researchers pinpointed what utilities and their regulators refer to as “major events,” or events generally related to severe weather, as the principal driver for the increase. The superior strength and wind tolerance of Trident poles have made it a perfect application for storm hardening. About Trident Industries Trident Industries is a manufacturer of reinforced, composite utility distribution, transmission and lighting pole products. Trident Industries line of environmentally-friendly products emphasize quality, value, reliability, safety and performance. Trident Industries Products are made in the USA. For more information about Trident or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.  

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    Tue, 15 Sep 2015

  2. Safety products: Customer-ready outage intelligence

    Utility safety: OMNETRIC Group responds to severe global weather events with Outage Intelligence innovation. The latest in outage intelligence technology, unveiled at DistribuTECH 2016, enables utilities to better anticipate, prevent and react faster to outages.

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    Thu, 18 Feb 2016

  3. FirstEnergy wins EEI award for outage restoration in Florida, South Carolina

    FirstEnergy Corp. has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from EEI 

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  4. In energy review, DOE calls for upgrading power grid technology

    DOE said that of the initial report’s 63 recommendations, 21 are fully or partially reflected in federal law and 29 have been fully implemented through actions by the administration

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  1. Palmetto Electric Cooperative improves severe weather responsiveness with SEDC'S IVR system

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    Fri, 26 Aug 2016

  2. Safety products: Weather forecasting services keep communities safe

    Utility safety: Schneider Electric and PlanetRisk recently joined forces to better protect communities from the effects of unpredictable and severe weather by now offering improved weather forecasting services through collaboration and shared resources.

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    Thu, 13 Oct 2016

  3. Met-Ed to conduct storm restoration drills to prepare for severe weather

    Metropolitan Edison Co., a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., will conduct two emergency readiness exercises in late March and early April to review the company's storm restoration process  

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    Thu, 31 Mar 2016

  4. Energy management: Outage management system enhances utility’s distribution grid operations

    Power management: ENMAX selects GE’s Next Generation OMS to deliver safe, reliable electricity.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  5. Advanced lightning and severe weather alerts

    Weather Decision Technologies announces partnership with Earth Networks for advanced lightning and severe weather alerting.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2012

  6. Utility safety: Repair outages caused by severe weather

    Energy management: Space-Time Insight situational intelligence helps utilities rapidly repair outages caused by severe weather

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    Mon, 15 Dec 2014

  7. FPL completes outage restoration to customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew

    Damage to FPL electrical equipment was due largely to debris and fallen trees and limbs

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    Thu, 13 Oct 2016

  8. FPL responding to outages caused by Hurricane Matthew

    FPL crews worked through the night, helped by in- and out-of-state workers from other utilities and electrical contractors

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

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