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2008-09-05 15:00:27

California utility regulators ordered an investigation into the risk of wires breaking on utility poles that hold large numbers of cables and power lines. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) called for the probe this week in a report on the danger of wildfires due to "pole overloading." "We don't know how widespread and serious the problem is, which is precisely why we're setting up the protocols and beginning the broad-scale inspections," Richard Clark, director of the CPUC...

2008-09-05 09:00:33

CHICAGO, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As teachers do their best to enforce solid study habits this fall, it is a good time for parents to remind their children about the ABCs of electricity safety. Electrical shocks and fires injure thousands of people each year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 28,300 residential building electrical fires cause 360 deaths, 1,000 injuries, and $995 million in direct losses annually. "Safety is ComEd's first priority, and our customers...

2008-08-27 03:00:52

Energex, a power generation and distribution company, has announced that more than 9,300 Gold Coast homes and businesses in Queensland, Australia, will benefit from the recent completion of an A$7.1 million upgrade to its Robina substation and other associated network upgrades in the area. The main component of the project was the commissioning of two new 60MVA transformers in the substation, replacing two 30MVA transformers, and effectively doubling available electricity capacity for...

2008-08-02 15:00:18

By Emily Tsao, The Dallas Morning News Aug. 2--A man suspected of trying to steal copper wiring was severely burned Friday morning atop a utility pole he had climbed, authorities said. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Sherrie Lopez said the man had been hit with about 7,000 volts of electricity, possibly twice. His rescue was hindered because his flesh had melded with metal on the pole near Irving. James Buster McKay, 51, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in...

2008-08-01 15:00:40

By Mary Childress, Charleston Daily Mail, W.Va. Aug. 1--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Phone service to many Verizon customers in the East Bank-Cabin Creek area has been out since Tuesday, when thieves trying to steal copper scaled a utility pole and sliced a cable. It's a common occurrence in eastern Kanawha County, but this repair job has been more difficult than others, technicians say. Copper thieves usually cut a line in two places and haul away the section. This time, someone hacked...

2008-07-29 12:01:02

By Dan Atkinson, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 29--NEWBURYPORT -- In the spring, several marinas were robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars in copper wire. And the thief may have been cooling his heels across the way from one of his victims. Acting on a tip yesterday, police found thousands of feet of wire sheathing hidden in the crawl space at 333 Merrimac St., across the street from the Newburyport Boat Basin, which lost $50,000 worth of wire. The Newburyport Yacht...

2008-07-19 06:00:20

By Eric Ferreri, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 19--DURHAM -- When the rain comes, you may have better luck navigating East Forest Hills Boulevard in a canoe than in your car. Forest Hills residents have long grumbled about excessive stormwater running over the boulevard during and after heavy rains -- a result, one resident says, of the backing up of a culvert that isn't large enough for the amount of water that runs through Third Fork Creek. Recently, the situation...

2008-07-02 09:00:46

TUCKER, Ga., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 1, the electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia observed the first anniversary of legislation to bring harsher penalties to those charged with metals theft. "Metals theft is not a victimless crime," says Bill Verner, vice president, government relations, communications and member services with Georgia EMC. "Consumers foot the bill for replacing and repairing the damage left by a wire thief." In 2007, the EMCs and Georgia EMC led an...

2007-05-11 18:00:27

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: What: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) 16th Annual Lineman's Rodeo and Family Festival Who: David Nahai, President, Board of Water & Power Commissioners Sixty-five teams of journeyman and apprentice electric distribution mechanics (better known as linemen) from public and private power companies throughout Southern California and other Western states compete in this event which showcases the safety techniques,...

2006-07-21 11:57:28

By Eileen O'Grady HOUSTON (Reuters) - Power outages that left more than 1.5 million customers without lights this week have fired up criticism that U.S. utilities aren't investing enough to fortify electrical lines against wind, lightning and falling trees. Blackouts in the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic states left neighborhoods without power just as a heat wave settled across most of the country, giving the electricity industry a public relations headache. Utilities blamed violent...