May
06

Seven Steps for Taking Your Outage Strategy to the Next Level

Customer sensitivity to power outages is at an all-time high, but many utilities still rely on outage management strategies and systems that make them vulnerable to extreme events. What should utilities do?

Utility readiness for extreme events starts with the right organizational mindset, a commitment to continuous improvement, and a willingness to think outside the box about system design and architecture long before the storm hits. T&D World has published an ebook outlining practical steps you can take right now for taking your outage strategy to the next level by better understanding where improvements or replacements are needed to your advanced distribution management systems (ADMS) and operational technology (OT) solutions. 

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26

Eaton offering online, accredited residential application training.

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As residential applications grow more complex, there's a new environment where electrical professionals can come together to learn the designs, technologies and installation best practices within today's most advanced power applications. Eaton is offering a hands-on training in an online setting called Power in Focus and features the best of their Experience Centers' environments.

Join three learning tracks, complete with Experience Center demonstrations, a live Q&A session and professional development hours from the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) for select courses.

Single-family

• 2020 NEC updates for residential installations: GFCI, surge, emergency disconnect (PDH class)
• Loadcenters and wiring devices: Providing power throughout your home
• Eaton Certified Contractor Network (ECCN): Taking your business to the next level

Multi-family

• Digital metering: Technical aspects and high-rise applications (PDH class)
• 2020 NEC updates: Six disconnect requirements and arc energy reduction (PDH class)
• Design and best practices for multi-family projects (PDH class)

New technologies

• Powering grid innovation with smart home energy management
• Smart home future trends with Amazon
• Eaton custom solutions for multi-family and single-family applications

Courses, product demonstrations and an expert-led Q&A session kick off April 28. Be sure to join our welcome session at 10:45 a.m. ET.

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12

25 Years of P3

25 Years of Power Protection Product, Inc.

2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of P3's dedication to providing the best products, services, and consultation in the industry. 




Power Protection Products, Inc. (P3) was started over 25 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska. P3's founder, Brian Branigan, remembers that at the time computer technology was being compared to the Gold Rush of the 1800's, and everyone was clambering for a bit of the seemingly boundless technology market. "I once learned about someone that was very successful in the 1800's but didn't mine for gold," recalls Brian Branigan, "He sold blue jeans to miners and this man's name was Levi Strauss. Power can be considered the 'blue jeans' to this technology age - this Gold Rush into technology.' That is how and why P3 was created.



Since its beginning the P3 organization and its focus continues to grow. We deal with a variety of customers across a broad range of industries and the common bond in our approach is respect for the individuals we deal with at all levels. This is not a courtesy, it is a way of life for us. We provide an engaged and energized approach to what we do. Our people are passionate about being a trusted advisor and how we service the customer.

 


At P3 much of our success has come through educating our customer base. P3's sponsoring of Power Quality University is a demonstration of our commitment to serving the best interest of our customers by providing an industry leading educational environment for training, testing, and evaluation of today's power quality and data center solutions and equipment. That is why P3 offers Power Quality University seminars and webinars completely free to anyone who wants to attend.





Even through the challenges of the last year we continued to offer our products, services and Power Quality University education through new and inventive ways. We know change can be hard and we want you to know we will continue to be here to answer your questions and address your concerns and appreciate your continued interest and support. 

Let's celebrate 25 years of service and look to the future for the 

latest up-coming innovations in P3 and the power and data center industries!

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12

NFPA 70E Tip: Lockout/Tagout Training

Do you know the electrical safety requirements provided by NFPA 70E for lockout/tagout training? 

At one time, lockout/tagout training was typically some minimal classroom instruction thing done to "check off the box," and management in most companies was happy with this. The problem is that such inadequacy got a lot of people hurt or killed while destroying millions of dollars of equipment annually.

In certain environments, such as power-generating stations, and certain fields, such as electrical testing, lockout/tagout training was much more rigorous. It involved instruction, demonstration, and practical application while being monitored by a qualified person. And employees would be trained not just once, but retrained (typically on a schedule).

It should not be amazing to anyone that in these environments, the injury, death, and damage outcomes were far different from those that were laxer.
This better way of training made its way into the 2018 version of NFPA 70E [110.2(B)]. It's broken down into three phases:

  1. Initial training. Not only must the employee be trained in the procedures, but the employee must also be trained to understand what their responsibility is in the execution of the procedures.
  2. Retraining. Three criteria are given for when retraining should take place. While some firms have shorter timeframes for this, NFPA 70E requires it at three-year intervals (at a maximum). If the procedure changes, training in the revised procedure must occur. Of course, any time an employee shows a need to be retrained (e.g., through incorrect execution), retraining must occur.
  3. Documentation of training. Keep records of who, what, and when — adding "where" doesn't hurt either.

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05

Biden’s ‘American Jobs Plan’ Calls For $100bn Investment In Such Matters As Electric Resiliency

 Rob Gramlich, executive director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, said, "The transmission tax credit and other policies in the Biden infrastructure plan will enable a couple dozen large scale transmission projects to move forward in the near term."

President Joe Biden's "American Jobs Plan" calls on Congress to invest $100bn to, for instance, build a more resilient electric transmission system, according to a March 31 fact sheet from the White House.

"As the recent Texas power outages demonstrated, our aging electric grid needs urgent modernization," the fact sheet said, adding that a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study found that power outages cost the U.S. economy up to $70bn annually.

According to the fact sheet, Biden's "plan will create a more resilient grid, lower energy bills for middle class Americans, improve air quality and public health outcomes, and create good jobs, with a choice to join a union, on the path to achieving 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035."

Noting that grid investments allow moving cheaper and cleaner electricity to where it is needed most, the fact sheet said that Biden's plan calls for the creation of a targeted investment tax credit that incentivizes the buildout of at least 20 GW "of high-voltage capacity power lines and mobilizes tens of billions in private capital off the sidelines – right away."

Additionally, the fact sheet said, the plan will establish a new Grid Deployment Authority at DOE that allows for better leverage of existing rights of way (ROWs) – along roads and railways – and supports creative financing tools to spur additional high priority, high-voltage transmission lines.

According to the fact sheet, those efforts would create good-paying jobs for union laborers, line workers, and electricians, in addition to creating demand for American-made building materials and parts.

The fact sheet also noted that Biden is proposing a 10-year extension and phase down of an expanded direct-pay investment tax credit and production tax credit for clean energy generation and storage.

Furthermore, Biden's plan aims to mobilize private investment to modernize the country's power sector, the fact sheet said, noting that the plan will support state, local, and tribal governments choosing to accelerate that modernization through such complementary policies as clean energy block grants that can be used to support clean energy, worker empowerment, and environmental justice.

Under the plan, Biden will also establish an Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard (EECES) aimed at cutting electricity bills and electricity pollution, increasing competition in the market, incentivizing more efficient use of existing infrastructure, and continuing to leverage the carbon pollution-free energy provided by such existing sources as nuclear and hydropower, the fact sheet said.

In addition, Biden is proposing a $174bn investment to win the electric vehicle (EV) market, with his plan designed to enable automakers to spur domestic supply chains from raw materials to parts, retool factories to compete globally, and support American workers to make batteries and EVs, the fact sheet said. The plan will, for instance, give consumers point of sale rebates and tax incentives to buy American-made EVs, as well as establish grant and incentive programs for state and local governments and the private sector to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030, the fact sheet noted.

Among other things, the fact sheet said that Biden is also calling on Congress to invest $35bn in the full range of solutions needed to achieve technology breakthroughs that address the climate crisis, including launching ARPA-C to develop new methods for reducing emissions and building climate resilience, as well as expanding across-the-board funding for climate research.

In a March 31 statement, Rob Gramlich, executive director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, said, in part: "The transmission tax credit and other policies in the Biden infrastructure plan will enable a couple dozen large scale transmission projects to move forward in the near term. The biggest barrier to large scale transmission, even more than siting and permitting, is that there is currently no functioning way to recover costs of the large scale interregional 'highways' that we need, through electricity rates or otherwise. We appreciate this administration's focus on deployment and the promise of a Grid Deployment Authority."

Separately on March 31, Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), said, in part: "The direct pay option for renewable generation credits will go a long way toward accelerating the deployment needed to decarbonize the power sector by 2035, and new incentives for transmission and energy storage will be key to securing a more reliable, efficient and cleaner electric power grid."

Wetstone continued: "The inclusion of a federal Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard is vital to ensure we stay on track with the critical emissions reductions needed to make progress addressing climate change. And the Grid Deployment Authority will make it easier to modernize today's balkanized and antiquated grid infrastructure with an advanced Macro Grid capable of delivering abundant, affordable and reliable clean energy."

In another March 31 statement, U.S. Energy Storage Association Interim CEO Jason Burwen said, in part, "From factory to grid to frontline communities, [Biden's plan] has the policies needed to achieve our goal of 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030 to decarbonize our power system, make our infrastructure resilient and put Americans in every state to work in a globally competitive industry."

Burwen continued, "Important parts of the American Jobs Plan — like the 48C tax credit and targeted grants to build or retool factories — promote needed increases in U.S. battery manufacturing capacity and a supply chain that is reliable and independent."

As noted in the fact sheet, Biden is calling on Congress to invest more than $52bn in domestic manufacturers, as well as to invest in existing capital access programs with a proven track record of success, with a focus on supporting rural manufacturing and clean energy.

In a separate March 31 statement, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn said, in part, that reaching a 100% "clean energy future will require new, carbon-free, 24/7 technologies that are affordable for customers."


He noted that EEI and its member companies recently joined with technology and environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to launch the Carbon-Free Technology Initiative.

Kuhn continued: "We also must get critical electric transmission and other energy grid infrastructure built more quickly. The transmission system is key to integrating more renewables, more clean energy, and more technologies into the grid affordably and reliably."

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Potential Policy Outcomes from Texas Power Outages

The power grid is now a top topic of conversation across the United States. 

by Martha Davis, Senior Director of Content of T&DWorld Magazine

On Feb. 15, 2021, rolling blackouts occurred within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) as an unprecedented winter storm covering most of the country shut down many electric generation resources. The electric supply was drastically reduced at the same time as record winter demand, necessitating rotational load shedding as a last-resort measure to avoid a total blackout of the power grid.

As a result of these outages, the power grid is now a top topic of conversation across the United States. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) also recently announced that they would open a joint inquiry into the bulk-power system's operations during this extreme weather event. I'd venture to guess that most folks did not know about things like ERCOT before this winter storm, so it is also not surprising that there was so much misinformation. Typically, most non-energy people don't share my passion and interest in power delivery and it's unfortunate that people had to suffer for us to get this kind of interest in the grid. For that reason, it's been both exciting and strange to hear from so many non-energy folks as of late.

There is a lot of uncertainty in a world where we cry "Black Swan" every few months, and a lot of accusations and blame are still flying around. However, I predict that the primary targets for policy reform will likely involve: (1) power generation mix, (2) the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and (3) market design.

I have also heard a lot of interest in modernizing the grid. Despite the fact we have been expanding smart grid technology, people are fixated on the idea so much of the grid originated in the period after WWII.

Generation Mix

During this winter storm event, the interconnected grid worked, and it moved all of the available power. The failure was with the "Island of ERCOT" and in energy production concerning the natural gas supply, lack of weatherization in generation plants, a lack of wind, and snow on solar facilities. Generation resources across all fuel types shut down, but many politicians still framed the crisis to fit their political agendas. As a result, Texas has become the new frontline in the fossil fuels vs. renewable energy debate. It will be interesting to see if renewable generation continues to be attacked due these outages, despite the facts. That could also cause some complications with the Biden-Harris energy plan that primarily focuses on transitioning to a clean energy future.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

ERCOT is unique for several reasons. It was intentionally designed to avoid federal regulation by FERC and NERC, and the only interconnections it has to the eastern grid are limited HVDC links (Oklaunion is 220 MWs and Welsh is 600 MWs). The HVDC links are a FERC loophole that allows ERCOT to be connected but not under FERC jurisdiction.

It's an open question if there will be changes in the regulation of ERCOT due to this power crisis. However, Rick Perry has reportedly told sources that "Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business."

It's also true that more interconnections could better position ERCOT to share power with the rest of the nation's grid, assuming there are no other transmission congestion or constraints on those lines. However, in this case, it's unclear whether more interconnections would have helped prevent the outages in Texas. The extreme weather covered most of the country, and there likely wouldn't have been extra electricity to send to them since the surrounding RTOs also were having rolling blackouts. Another scenario could play out differently. Regardless, there seems to be a renewed interest in the federal regulation of ERCOT and an appetite for increased interconnection with the rest of the nation's grid.

Market Design

Another way Texas is different than the rest of the country is its deregulated market design. Texas deregulated its wholesale generation market in 1995. In 1999, the Texas legislature required the retail electric market to be opened to competition by 2002. In Texas, power producers are separate from utilities, and there are independent power marketers.

Under-regulated and vertically integrated market structures, utilities often own their generation plants and power lines. Most utilities also operate some spinning reserve power generation in the event of an emergency.

In a deregulated market like Texas, power generators have a financial incentive to produce only as much power as they can sell. In other words, power generators lose money if they make excess power.

Additionally, in the Texas market, customers can choose among several electricity providers. However, "electricity choice" becomes relatively meaningless when there is no power, and worse if the only supplier charges $9,000 per MWh.

On the other hand, other states with regulated RTOs (MISO and SPP) and vertically integrated utilities had rolling outages too.

A Fourth Option

At this point, it is difficult to predict which of these potential policy outcomes will move forward, and that likely depends on which of these narratives stick. It is also a real possibility that everyone has completely moved on six months from now, and no real changes are made like that experienced with the 2011 freeze. That would be a mistake, in my opinion, but it is a real possibility.

Balancing Resilience and Rates

This issue is complex, and investigators will most certainly have a lot to untangle. The key moving forward will be balancing reliability and spending. That is becoming especially difficult with extreme weather events that seem to be occurring more frequently.

David Roop, a transmission expert, told T&D World, "The Texas issue is compounded by the pressure that the natural gas industry continues to face in serving customers for heat while gas generation becomes more critical for electricity supply."

"Our markets do not provide incentives to encourage resiliency investment by providing a return for these investments. Whether it is weather extremes, cyber protection, solar storms, or electromagnetic protection, they can all be addressed by this industry with some needed investments, but they require markets, customers, legislators, and regulators to support this movement" according to Roop.

If increased resilience is the desire of customers, they must ask regulators and policy makers to support investment for resilience for extreme events by implementing market and regulatory changes. However, customers must also understand that with this desire will come rate impacts.

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22

Midwest Utilities Expand Nation's Largest Interstate EV Charging Collaborative



Four energy companies join existing group of 

six utilities to support the growing use of EVs.

Last year, Ameren announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration among energy companies that committed in good faith to build an extensive network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the Midwest. Duke Energy, MidAmerican, Liberty, and Midwest Energy recently joined the existing group of six utilities to support the growing use of EVs. With this network of stations, EV drivers will be able to travel 1200 miles from Detroit to Colorado — and points in between — with confidence there will be ample locations to recharge along the way.


The automotive industry expects EV adoption to grow from 1.5 million to 18.7 million vehicles by 2030. To meet the demand, an estimated 9.6 million public EV charging stations will be needed. Only about 100,000 stations are in service today, which is why Midwest energy companies are joining forces to support cleaner transportation.

The four energy companies, serving customers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma, are the newest companies to sign the Memorandum of Cooperation already in place among Ameren Illinois, Ameren Missouri, Consumers Energy (Michigan), DTE Energy (Michigan), Evergy (Missouri and Kansas), and Oklahoma Gas and Electric. Midwest Energy is the first member-owned electric cooperative to join the agreement with investor-owned utilities.

"In the Midwest, large cities are connected by vast rural areas, so drivers spend more time on the road and travel longer distances," said Richard Mark, chairman and president of Ameren Illinois. "The EV movement is happening, and we're proud to be part of a coalition that will help to provide motorists with convenient and economical charging options throughout the region."

By 2030, Ameren intends for 100% of its new light-duty vehicle purchases to be electric. The utility also plans to electrify 35% of its overall vehicle fleet, including light-duty, medium-duty, heavy-duty, forklifts, and ATV/UTV by 2030.

"We recently set our own goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050," said Marty Lyons, president of Ameren Missouri. "That means looking internally to transition more of our own energy generation to renewables, as well as thinking about how we can help other industries reduce their own carbon footprint. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, which is why we're making it easier for consumers and businesses to charge and use EVs."

Utility programs supporting the Memorandum of Cooperation are subject to regulatory approvals and aim to have the charging infrastructure in place by the end of 2022.

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15

Schneider Electric’s Square D™ Energy Center Named NAHB Global Innovation Award Winner

• Leading industry association recognizes Schneider Electric's innovative solutions for next-generation energy monitoring and control capabilities
• Scalable grid-to-plug solutions offers enhanced energy management for backup power, battery storage, solar and more for the modern home

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced its Square D™ Energy Center was selected as the winner of the 2020 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Global Innovation Award (GIA). The Square D™ Energy Center, powered by Wiser Energy intelligence, took home the Product of the Year award for its ability to create a smarter, safer, and more connected home.

NAHB's Global Innovation Awards honor the most innovative products, services, homes and communities in the global residential building industry – from new augmented reality technology to ultra-efficient HVAC units and everything in between.

The Square D™ Energy Center is an all-in-one home energy system that provides unprecedented residential insights and monitoring capabilities into residential energy use. Users can monitor and custom-control energy use from across a home's entire ecosystem with a single app, as well as enable instantaneous backup power from batteries, and generators. With this industry leading technology, home builders are differentiating their offer while providing homeowners the ability to make sustainable energy choices and power what matters the most – even during an outage.

"Our generation is faced with an unprecedented energy crisis, and households account for a staggering one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. As an industry leader, we are focused on innovations for home builders that will ensure homes of the future are more sustainable, energy efficient, and resilient," said Richard Korthauer, Vice President, Home & Distribution, Schneider Electric. "We are proud that the NAHB has recognized the Square D Energy Center as we work with home builders nationwide to incorporate technologies to futureproof homes by making them sustainable and more resilient."

Code-compliant, energy-efficient system that is easy to install

The way a home sources and uses energy is changing. Square D™ Energy Center makes it easy for home builders to get ahead of their competition and install transformative technology from a company they already know and trust.

The stylish, smart and code-compliant system, powered by Wiser Energy intelligence, integrates an array of smart home technology from grid to plug and also includes the safety of whole-home surge protection for greater energy savings and homeowner piece of mind. The Square D™ Energy Center seamlessly enables the convergence, scalability, and optimization of residential distributed energy resources, including utility power, solar power, energy storage, future smart home devices and generators. Further, this new solution allows home builders to easily address changing building regulations, including California's Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

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08

Eaton again ranks among the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Power management company Eaton has been recognized as one of the 2021 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

"It's a privilege to have once again been named one of the world's most ethical companies," said Craig Arnold, chairman and CEO, Eaton. "This recognition reflects the commitment of our 92,000 employees who serve all our stakeholders with uncompromising integrity and dedication to our mission to improve the quality of life and the environment."
Eaton has been named to the list 10 times since the Ethisphere Institute created the World's Most Ethical Companies designation in 2007. The company is one of only eight honorees in the Industrial Manufacturing category. In 2021, 135 honorees were recognized spanning 22 countries and 47 industries.

"Having a strong values-based ethical culture is a responsibility shared by every Eaton employee and paramount to earning and maintaining the trust of shareholders, customers, employees and the communities in which we operate," said Joe Rodgers, senior vice president, Ethics and Compliance, Eaton. "We are guided by our core values every day and this recognition demonstrates Eaton's commitment to acting with integrity and doing business right."
Ethisphere evaluates each year's honorees by assessing their culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, and diversity. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe.

"While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies lead – above all other institutions – on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity," said Timothy Erblich, chief executive officer, Ethisphere Institute. "The World's Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at Eaton for earning the World's Most Ethical Companies designation."

For more information about Eaton, their ethics or career opportunities, visit Eaton.com.

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World's Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). More information about Ethisphere can be found at: https://ethisphere.com.

Eaton's leaders claim their mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services, providing sustainable solutions that help their customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton's 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and they sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. Eaton has approximately 92,000 employees. 

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Biden Orders Review of Energy, EV Battery Supply Chains



Resilient supply chains will protect the nation from facing shortages of critical products, accelerate U.S. leadership of clean energy technologies.

President Biden has signed an Executive Order calling for an immediate 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains of four key products, including large-capacity batteries such as those used in electric vehicles (EVs). The order also calls for a more in-depth one-year review of a broader set of U.S. supply chains, with a focus on the energy sector industrial base among others.

With actions being taken to tackle the climate crisis, there will be a large demand for new energy technologies like EV batteries in the future. By identifying supply chain risks, the United States can meet the president's goal to accelerate U.S. leadership of clean energy technologies.

While the United States is a net-exporter of EVs, it is not a leader in the supply chain associated with electric battery production. The nation can better leverage its sizable lithium reserves and manufacturing know-how to expand domestic battery production.

The 100-day review will identify near-term steps the administration can take with Congress to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains for these critical goods. The other key products under focus for the 100-day review are:

Semiconductors: The United States has always been a leader in semiconductor development. However, over the years, the nation has underinvested in production, while other countries have learned from its example and increased their investments in the industry.
APIs: In recent decades, more than 70% of API production facilitators supplying the United States have moved offshore. This work will complement the ongoing work to secure supply chains needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Critical minerals: These are an essential part of defense and high-tech products. The United States needs to ensure it is not dependent upon foreign sources or single points of failure in times of national emergency.
The broader one-year review includes more energy. It involves:

A focus on six key sectors: These include the energy sector industrial base, the defense industrial base, the public health and biological preparedness industrial base, the information and communications technology (ICT) industrial base, the transportation industrial base, and supply chains for agricultural commodities and food production.
A set of risks for agencies to consider in their assessment of supply chain vulnerabilities: Agencies and departments have been directed to review a variety of risks to supply chains and industrial bases. These reviews must identify critical goods and materials within supply chains, the manufacturing or other capabilities needed to produce those materials, as well as a variety of vulnerabilities created by failure to develop domestic capabilities. Agencies and departments are also directed to identify locations of key manufacturing and production assets, the availability of substitutes or alternative sources for critical goods, the state of workforce skills and identified gaps for all sectors, and the role of transportation systems in supporting supply chains and industrial bases.
Recommendations on actions that should be taken to improve resilience: Agencies are directed to make specific policy recommendations to address risks, as well as proposals for new research and development (R&D) activities.
A sustained commitment to supply chain resilience: The government will commit to a regular, ongoing process of reviewing supply chain resilience, including a quadrennial review process.
Consultation with external stakeholders: The government cannot secure supply chains on its own. It requires partnership and consultation with the American people. The E.O. has directed the administration to consult widely with outside stakeholders, such as those in industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, communities, labor unions, and state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.
The E.O. will build on bipartisan Congressional action and leadership on this issue, and the administration will remain in close touch with Congress to solicit recommendations during the review.

In recent years, American households, workers, and companies have increasingly felt the strain of shortages of essential products. Building resilient supply chains will protect the United States from facing such shortages. It will also facilitate needed investments to maintain America's competitive edge and strengthen U.S. national security. Biden has directed his administration to work with U.S. partners and allies to ensure that they too have strong and resilient supply chains.

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22

Eaton's power engineering courses, demonstrations and insights are now available on demand

Eaton's online training program, Power in Focus, is now available on demand. This online experience is packed with the education and training needed to power the electrical industry—and your career—forward. Eaton's on-demand portal includes classes with professional development hours from the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Watch our courses, see Experience Center device demonstrations and expert-led Q&A sessions at any time to learn from the experts who power what matters.

Whether your business is in commercial buildings, healthcare, data centers, electric utilities or industrials, Power in Focus is packed with the education and insights needed to power what matters – advancing the electrical industry and your career.

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08

Eaton releases Power Xpert SPD for connected surge protection

Eaton has released the Power Xpert SPD, the latest addition to its family of surge protective devices to help protect critical equipment.

The device has advanced monitoring display and communication capabilities in addition to historical surge logging. It's ideal for industrial environments where downtime caused by surge events is unthinkable.

The Power Xpert SPD enables customers to capture and categorize surge events by low, medium and high categories according to IEEE standard C62.41.

The connected solution enables customers to remotely monitor surge data in real time or store events in a log with time and date stamps they can use to predict future surge events or enact proactive maintenance of critical equipment.

The Power Xpert SPD is also designed to ensure the highest level of cybersecurity available to protect against potentially devastating cyberattacks. 

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01

President Biden's Vision for the Power Sector

President Joe Biden brings a marked shift in U.S. energy policy priorities, with clean energy being central to his plan.
President Joe Biden brings a marked shift in U.S. energy policy priorities, with clean energy being central to his plan. The Biden Plan to "Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and an Equitable Clean Energy Future" and "Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice" will launch a national effort aimed at creating millions of jobs, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, and delivering a clean energy future. According to the Biden campaign, the plans are designed to "modernize our nation's electric grid, making it smarter, more resilient, and ready to meet the changing needs of a net-zero greenhouse-gas-emissions economy." I've been asked several times recently what this plan includes, so I spent an entire day sifting through the Biden Plan and removing jargon in an effort to identify its key components. Its key provisions include following:







Infrastructure Investment

To build the next generation of the electric grid, President Biden will leverage existing infrastructure and rights-of-way, along roads and railways, to promote faster and easier permitting. The Biden Administration will also work with utilities to install advanced metering equipment; deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and upgrade transmission lines to support larger regional electric markets that can distribute renewable energy.

Clean Energy Innovation

The plan calls for infrastructure investments resulting in a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. Specifically, the vision includes a carbon free power sector by 2035.

    • Creation of a new cross-agency Advanced Research Projects Agency on Climate (ARPA-C) to target affordable technologies to drive cost reductions in clean energy technologies, including battery storage, negative emissions technologies, next generation building materials, renewable hydrogen, and advanced nuclear.
    • Accelerate R&D on battery technology and domestic production capabilities, with a focus on developing the domestic supply chain of batteries for EVs and the grid to complement renewable energy resources.
    • Research investments and tax incentives for carbon capture and sequestration technologies, including lowering the cost of carbon capture retrofits for existing power plants.
    • Accelerate innovation in supply-chain resilience by investing in research to bolster and build critical clean energy supply chains in the U.S., addressing issues like reliance on rare earth minerals.
    • Investments in the national laboratories and high-performance computing capabilities.
    • Appoint FERC commissioners who will drive market reforms, like expanding regional electric markets, integrating renewables and demand-response, and promoting long-term infrastructure planning to achieve a clean energy economy.


Electric Vehicles


The plan aims to remove barriers to the use of EVs, including concerns about price, range, and access to charging stations.

    • Build a national electric charging system of 500,000 public charging outlets so that Americans can drive anywhere in the United States in an EV by 2030.
    • Help state and local governments plan for the widespread adoption of EVs.
    • Restoring the electric-vehicle tax credit and incentivizing businesses to shift their fleets to EVs. Additionally, Biden says that he will ensure that the U.S. Department of Energy invests $5 billion over five years in battery and energy storage technology, to boost the range and slash the price of electric cars.
    • The U.S. Department of Transportation will also provide an additional $1 billion per year in grants to ensure the charging stations are installed by certified technicians.
    • Convene the U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation to coordinate on special demonstration projects, e.g. testing new highways that can charge EVs while in transit, and pilot projects that use EVs as mobile energy storage units. The Departments will provide grants to cities, towns, and counties that are open to piloting new kinds of charging infrastructure.
    • Enact policies to promote domestic manufacturing of EVs.
    • Workforce training like the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP).

Energy Efficient Buildings

The Biden Plan will reinstate tax credits for residential energy efficiency; it also expands tax deductions for energy retrofits, smart metering systems, and other emissions-reducing investments in commercial buildings.
    • Increase investment in low-income weatherization programs and key technologies like electric heat pumps.
    • Work with local and state governments and the private sector to expand the utilization of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).
    • Reinstate the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which will expire in two years.

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18

5G: Opportunities and Challenges for Electric Distribution Companies

Electric utilities to be both users and participants in this new world of communications.

The advent of newer telecommunications technologies, such as 5G, is bringing to realization many new capabilities including wireless broadband services, low latency connectivity, and the ability to bring millions of internet connected devices — all of which will have a direct and indirect impact on electric distribution utilities.

There are realistic and practical opportunities for electric utilities to be both users and participants in this new world of communications. Utilities, regardless of their governance structure, business structure, or size, will have an opportunity to engage with these technologies. The level of participation will range from passive users to active partners, from pure infrastructure agents to collaborative contributors, and from pay-for-services rendered to possible owners of these capabilities.


The level of engagement utilities will have depends on a number of factors that will impact the relationship between utilities and communications providers. These generally include regulatory constraints, which may dictate the level of participation or ability to enter into commercial enterprise, corporate governance structure, the franchise or operating structure that sets the boundaries of what services can be offered to customers.

Additionally, there is the willingness that utilities will have to invest time, dedicate resources, and allocate capital — all of which translates to the potential financial, reputational, and service risk, as well as the opportunity to reap rewards that would be associated with the varying depth and breadth of the commercial arrangements.

The Promise of 5G

The fifth-generation wireless communications generation (5G) is based on the standards adopted by the International Telecommunications Council (ITC) and their third-generation partnership program (3GPP). It is an open, interoperable standard used by virtually all carriers. The major changes that this technology promises are improvements in the following requirements: speed, reduction in latency, higher bandwidth, greater capacity for connected devices, a targeted 99.999% uptime, the goal of 100% coverage, reduction in network energy usage, and up to 10-year battery life.

In terms of numbers, 5G speed will be up to 10Gbps peak data rate (a 10x to 100x improvement over 4G networks), latency will approach less than 1 msec (compared to 50 msec to 100 msec in 4G), there will be 1000x bandwidth increase per unit, and the network will support up to 100x the number of simultaneously connected devices.

The 5G map of functionality visually shows these areas that have been classified as massive internet of things (IoT) or machine type communications (mMTC), ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC), and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB).



Providing ultra-reliable low-latency services for 5G with unattended data centers Source: J. Varga, A. Hilt, C. Rotter, and G. Járó

Operational Opportunities for Utilities to Leverage Carrier-Based 5G

While the primary focus for this new technology from a common carrier's perspective seems to center around broadband services, the most likely areas that will be important to electric utilities will be the increased capacity to support field area network needs for connected grid devices. The "Grid of Things" will greatly benefit from the connectedness afforded by the larger IoT.

"We plan to leverage our AMI network for connectivity needs, but that may change as we deploy more 'grid-edge' devices," said an executive of a mid-sized mid-Atlantic utility.

Low-latency services potentially offer the opportunity to leverage this technology to support mission critical applications, such as protective relay management, SCADA, and substation communications.

"Use of 5G can potentially provide SCADA and other system data over a cellular network versus a hard-wired solution through fiber or copper," said a general manager of a Connecticut public utility.

The high data rate mmWave wireless broadband services may be applied to augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), an area where some utilities like Duke Energy and EPRI are actively leveraging, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will improve asset management and visualization.

Utility-Owned/Private LTE

As technologies continue to provide improved performance capabilities, the industry demand for hardware, software, and services is driving the cost of these components further down the price curve. In many cases, utilities may already own frequency spectrums where these assets can operate and are exploring and deploying private LTE (PLTE). In the past few months, new frequency auctions in the 3550 MHz to 3700 MHz band were held in an area known as Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS). Approximately 400 licenses were obtained by 11 electric utilities (6 IOUs, 4 co-ops, and one Muni).

Challenges 5G Creates for Electric Utilities

There are key foundational elements for this new communications infrastructure that include the use of existing and higher frequency spectra. These are the low band (less than 1 GHz) and the mid band (1 GHz to 10 GHz). These are where most of the 4G and LTE systems currently operate, but 5G involves the introduction of the high-band (15 GHz to 95 GHz) spectrum or mmWave.

Because of the physics of propagation, the high-band network will require a dense array of communications elements, known as small cells. In general, 'small cells' are defined by both their range — that is, how far the signals they transmit and receive can travel — and in many cases, the number of simultaneous users they can support.

Given the proliferation of microcells and the drive for carriers and infrastructure firms, like American Tower, Crown Castle, and SBA Communications, to leverage existing structures like electric distribution poles there is an increasing need for greater standardization of issues such as regulatory requirements, policies, safety concerns, and aesthetics.

Regulatory Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established key requirements through various orders: "Pole access also is essential to the race for 5G because mobile and fixed wireless providers are increasingly deploying innovative small cells on poles and because these wireless services depend on wireline backhaul. Indeed, an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 small cells will be constructed by the end of 2018, and these numbers are projected to reach 455,000 by 2020 and 800,000 by 2026."

To facilitate the deployment of small cells, the FCC adopted a streamlined process for the rollout of these assets including setting governance over shot clocks and guidance over local governance regarding spacing, equipment design, and aesthetic concerns. It also established a new pole attachment process that includes "one touch make-ready" (OTMR), in which the new attacher performs all make-ready work.

OTMR speeds up and reduces the cost of broadband deployment by allowing the party with the strongest incentive — the new attacher — to prepare the pole quickly by performing all of the work itself, rather than spreading the work across multiple parties. This also covers areas such as overlashing.

Source: Seattle City Light

In the United States, approximately 25 state legislators have enacted small cell legislation that streamlines the facilitation of these assets. These include applications to access public right of ways, caps on costs, and fees and shot clocks for consideration and processing.

Policies

Utilities like CPS Energy (CPSE) have put in place a set of policies that addresses best practices. They have established an Energy Pole Attachment Program to facilitate constructive dialog with attaching entities and ensure transparency: "CPSE standards provide for a non-discriminatory, consistent, and streamlined approach for the access and use of CPS Energy Poles in a manner that will facilitate the delivery of the variety of communication services offered today, as well as assist with speed-to-market processes for future technologies in a manner that is consistent with the safe and reliable operation of CPS Energy Facilities."

CPSE has a website for access to its pole attachment standard to facilitate this process.

Summary and Call to Action

The use of electric poles for placement of 5G mmWave small cells will happen. Electric utilities need to investigate, evaluate, and execute the following actions:

Fully understand the regulatory and legislative orders as they relate to OTMR requirements, shot clock, and reduction of barriers.
Follow the local governance guides that may apply in states where there is a policy or rule.
Develop internal policies and practices that comply with these regulations.
Establish collaborative relationships with carriers and tower installation companies.
Maintain equality and transparency.
Seek ways to collaborate on needs and services (that is, powering, access, and possible use of existing communications backhaul).

Acknowledgments

This article is a summation of work performed by EnerNex under a contract with Distribution Systems Testing, Application, and Research (DSTAR), which is a consortium of electric utilities, facilitated by GE's Energy Consulting business (General Electric International, Inc.), sharing the results of distribution research. 

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The 10 Craziest Code Violations of 2020

Presenting the most bizarre electrical installation mishaps of last year that violated the NEC.

Suspended Ceiling Surprise 

Russ typically likes surprises, but not when they smack him in the head when he's removing suspended ceiling tiles. This junction box was just resting on top of the ceiling tile, and it fell right out when he slid the tile over. Surprise! Boxes must be supported in accordance with one or more of the methods specified in Sec. 314.23(A) through (H). These methods include: securely fastening the box to a surface; rigid support in the form of a brace; using nails or screws to fasten the box; using clamps, anchors, or other identified fittings; or even using support wires. There are no Code rules that permit simply resting the box on top of a removable ceiling tile. Installing a box in this manner could cause physical harm to the unsuspecting worker who moves that ceiling tile. It can also startle someone to the point where it knocks them off the ladder and results in serious injuries. Thankfully, this event did not result in any injuries. Another problem is the lack of cover for this box. Section 314.25 requires a cover, faceplate, lampholder, or luminaire canopy to be installed for a completed installation.


Holiday Hazard

This Christmas lighting display was quite a surprise. Russ discovered it on his way home from teaching class on a Tuesday night. While the gas station manager probably had good intentions, he clearly had no idea of the dangerous conditions he created by draping Christmas lights all over the gas pump island! Some of the light strings were swinging in the breeze and actually contacting the middle dispenser. Extension cords were strewn on the ground from the building to the island, and more cords ran from the island to the perimeter of the lot to illuminate rows of trees. In the photo, one of these orange extension cords is visible on the ground right in front of the pumps. Table 514.3(B)(1) describes the areas within 18 in. horizontally of these dispensers as Class 1, Division II. This Class 1, Division II location also includes the area 18 in. above grade level, extending 20 ft horizontally in all directions from the dispenser enclosures. Wiring and equipment installed in Class 1 locations must comply with Art. 501. These holiday lights and extension cords are not designed for use in hazardous locations. With no intention of being a "Grinch," Russ felt compelled to notify the Fire Prevention office about this unsafe display. The lights were removed the following day.

Airing Your Dirty Laundry

"This was taken from the second floor back deck of an apartment," says Stephen M. Daniels, president of Stephen M. Daniels Electrical Contractors in Lancaster, Pa. "The clothesline was tied to the triplex feeding the main electrical service." Although we cannot be 100% sure if these wires are covered by the scope of the Code, it certainly makes for a great conversation if they are. Section 230.9(A) requires service conductors installed as open conductors or multiconductor cable without an overall outer jacket to maintain a clearance of at least 3 ft from windows that are designed to be opened, doors, porches, balconies, ladders, stairs, fire escapes, or similar locations. Section 230.24(A) requires overhead service conductors to have a vertical clearance of not less than 8 ft above the surface of roofs. This vertical clearance above the roof is required to be maintained for no less than 3 ft in all directions from the edge of the roof. Lastly, Sec. 300.11(D) prohibits cable wiring methods from being used as a means of support for other cables, raceways, or nonelectrical equipment.

How Low Can You Go?

Russ wasn't 100% sure where the service point was for the service conductors installed overhead from the pole on the right-hand side of this building. It could be at the pole, line terminals of the meter, or at the splices on the wires entering the weatherhead. For this discussion, let's say the service point is at the pole. That being the case, the lowest point of the drip loop is way too low and is not NEC compliant. Section 230.24(B)(1) requires a minimum clearance of 10 ft from the lowest point of the drip loop to this sidewalk, which is accessible to pedestrians. These drip loop conductors are only 7½ to 8 ft above the sidewalk. Russ says he's average height and he could almost touch them while standing underneath and reaching up. A person just a little taller than Russ could easily reach them. Regarding another concern, there also appears to be some communications cables "hitching a ride" along the service raceway. This is a violation of Sec. 300.11(C) and Sec. 805.133(B). To be Code compliant, these cables must be independently secured and supported.

This Drives Me Plumb Crazy

As you can see by this photo, plumbers and electricians are still waging a never-ending battle for space. Russ didn't know who was here first, but the result is an installation with no clear working space as required by Sec. 110.26(A). For equipment such as switchboards, panelboards, and other equipment likely to be examined, adjusted, serviced, or maintained while energized, Sec. 110.26(A)(1) requires a minimum working space depth ranging from 3 ft to 5 ft, depending on conditions and voltage. The minimum width of the working space required by Sec. 110.26(A)(2) is 30 in., or the width of the equipment, whichever is greater. The minimum height required by Sec. 110.26(A)(3) for the working space extends from the floor, grade, or platform to a height of 6½ ft or the height of the equipment, whichever is greater. Working in crowded and cramped conditions such as this greatly increases the danger of the already hazardous job of working on energized electrical equipment. Building owners and managers need to recognize this threat and coordinate with all the building trades in an effort to prevent situations such as this from arising on their property.

Rogue Receptacle Installation

Brandon Spivey, owner of Event Horizon & Services in Nashville, Tenn., was kind enough to share this photo with us. He said, "The plugs were covered with a fabric panel with no other housing." Brandon also said he is "new to this all, and learning, but this seems like a Code violation." Brandon, you are correct. There are definitely Code violations here. Section 406.5 requires receptacles to be mounted in identified boxes or assemblies. Attaching receptacles to a couple of wooden blocks does not meet Code minimum requirements. It appears these boards were being used as some type of "box extender." A listed extension ring or listed box extender should have been secured to the flush-mounted box instead. The exposed energized terminals create a shock hazard and violate the rules of Sec. 406.5(I), which requires receptacles to be enclosed so that no live terminals are exposed to contact. The lack of a box cover for the outlet box is a violation of Sec. 314.25. According to Brandon, an equipment grounding conductor (EGC) run separately from the circuit conductors was connected to these isolated ground receptacles. This violates Sec. 250.146(D) and Sec. 300.3(B) if the EGC was not run with the circuit conductors.

Subpar Subpanel Feed

This photo was sent in by Eugene Lawrence with E-1 Electric LLC, in New Orleans. "We noticed this load center at a house in New Orleans," says Lawrence. "We were called out to check on a job done by others. These photos show what we found. They were trying to feed a subpanel. As you can see, the feeder cable coming out of the conduit is connected to an added 'wrong main.'" This was a great catch, Eugene. The original panelboard is not being used in a manner consistent for which it was designed and listed. Installing extra foot lugs on the bus bars and using circuit breakers from the wrong manufacturer violates the requirements of Sec. 110.3(B). The installers also failed to properly identify the grounded neutral conductor with white or gray as required in Sec. 200.6(B). Installing NM cables in PVC conduit located in an outdoor wet location such as this is a violation of Sec. 334.12(B)(4). Section 300.9 reminds us that "where raceways are installed in wet locations above grade, the interior of these raceways shall be considered to be a wet location."

Trespassers Beware!

Stephen M. Daniels, owner of Stephen M. Daniels Electrical Contractors of Lancaster, Pa., was kind enough to share this photo with us. "I was doing a service call for a dead circuit (forgive the pun), and took the panel cover off," said Daniels. "There were missing knockouts, which is how the furry panel guest got in. This is another reason why the Code calls for no open KO in panels or boxes." Russ could not agree more. Installing knockout seals is important for many reasons, including keeping trespassers out of the enclosure. Section 110.12(A) makes it clear that unused openings (except mounting holes and other openings such as drainage holes and air vents that are intended for the operation of the equipment) must be closed in a manner that provides protection substantially equivalent to the wall of the enclosure. Sealing up the unused openings also helps keep arcs and sparks from escaping (and possibly igniting) nearby combustible materials. Debris and liquids can also fall into unsealed and unused openings, causing damage to internal parts of the equipment. While the Code rules will not always prevent every critter from finding a way into enclosures, they will help minimize the possibility.

Unclamped Cable Collection

Who needs cable connectors when the cables can simply be shoved into the panelboard cabinet? This is obviously not the correct way to terminate NM cables in a panelboard cabinet. Section 312.5(C) is very clear when stating "each cable shall be secured to the cabinet, cutout box, or meter socket enclosure." There is an exception relieving this requirement for NM cables installed through sleeves entering the top of surface-mounted enclosures. However, the exception is not applicable to this installation. Similarly, Sec. 300.11(A) requires cables to be securely fastened in place. With no connectors used to secure these cables to this cabinet, we can say these cables are not securely fastened in place. Another violation here is the use of "tandem" or "twin" circuit breakers in this panelboard. This is a circuit-limiting, class CTL-type panelboard designed for only 12 circuits. Using circuit breakers and panelboards in a manner not consistent with their listing or labeling instructions is a violation of Sec. 110.3(B). For panelboards, Sec. 408.54 requires a design to prevent the installation of more overcurrent devices than that for which the panelboard is designed, rated, and listed. This could include notches on certain bus bars to accommodate only certain types of breakers.

Which Way is Up?

At first glance, Russ thought this circuit breaker was turned off. Upon closer examination, he realized it was in the ON position, despite the handle pointing in the down position. There are even two sets of ON/OFF labels facing in opposite ways that add to the confusion. For circuit breaker handles that operate in the vertical position instead of operating rotationally or horizontally, Sec. 240.81 requires the "up" position of the handle to be the ON position. This breaker is off when the handle is up and on when the handle is down. It appears this circuit breaker enclosure may have been designed to be installed upside down as well as right-side up. Installing a circuit breaker in this position may have been permitted at one point, but it has not been allowed for a very long time. It can lead to a terrible mistake if the user is not paying very close attention to the ON/OFF markings on the enclosure. Can you imagine what could happen in an emergency if this switch was accidentally thrown into the ON position when the operator thought he was shutting it off?

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14

The Eaton 2021 Learning and Development Guide is here

Eaton's 2021 Learning and Development Guide offers opportunities for creating personal development plans catered to your goals. Complete with course descriptions, class schedules, registration links, and recommended training plans that cover all experience levels, it's never too early to start developing your training strategy for the new year.  

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03

Linemen scholarships winners from Nebraska, Kansas & Missouri!

The ILRA has been awarding scholarships to students in lineman training programs for nearly 20 years. 6 of the 9 winners are in the P3 territories! Join us in congratulating them. 

 Nearly 20 years ago, the International Lineman's Rodeo Association (ILRA) began awarding scholarships to well-deserving aspiring line program students. Today, the ILRA has given out $100,000 in scholarship money to future linemen nationwide. Each and every one of the recipients so far has had a successful career in the line trade, said Dennis Kerr, scholarship chair, which makes him proud of what the ILRA has accomplished through the scholarship program.

"Many of the scholarship recipients have competed at the International Lineman's Rodeo," Kerr said. "For example, one of the first winners works for Evergy, and for the last three years, he and his team have walked across the stage receiving many awards. One year, they were number one. It makes you feel good when you see that, and it said a lot about the program."

To apply for the scholarship, the candidates must submit a resume, personal essay and two letters of recommendation. The Scholarship Committee, including Kerr, who is retired from DTE; John Bircumshaw, retired from Rocky Mountain Power; Lawrence Kazmierski of Quanta Services; James Lake of Ameren Illinois; and Larry Aguayo of CPS Energy, then score the applications and select the winners.

When the scholarship program first began, Kerr expected to get all the applications from one school. Through personal outreach to many of the line school programs nationwide, however, he has received applications from across the country. For 2020, the ILRA even awarded scholarships to students from new programs, Kerr said. The following photo gallery showcases the 2020 winners for the ILRA Scholarship Program from states in P3's territory.

Alexandrea Bryant

Twenty-seven-year-old Alexandrea Bryant grew up with a strong interest in science and math and pursuing a career as a lawyer. While she has an immense respect for lawyers, however, she realized that she wouldn't be happy in a desk job. Since she was 15, she has worked at least two jobs to support herself and her brothers, and she has traveled around the country for different opportunities. She worked three jobs totaling 96 hours a week to save up for line school. "I want to be a lineworker for many reasons," Bryant said. "I want to be challenged physically and get out of my comfort zone. I know the value of hard work, grit and determination and having a career. I want to show my little brothers that anything is possible." 

Heston Kavanaugh

Nineteen-year-old Heston Kavanagh is pursuing a career in the line trade because he enjoys working outdoors. While he is aware of the conditions he will be working in and knows the work will be challenging, he said it will be well worth it. His brother works as an apprentice for Evergy in Pittsburg, Kansas, and he is looking forward to following in his footsteps. He is now in the power technology program at Pratt Community College following jobs working for a mechanic and a farmer. "I worked all throughout high school and maintained good grades," Kavanagh said. "I have a good work ethic and interact well with others."

Weston Pfeifer

When driving through the country after a major storm, eighteen-year-old Weston Pfeifer remembered seeing linemen working on the poles. From that point on, he knew he wanted to go into the line trade. "I knew this was for me," Pfeifer said. "My dream is to become a journeyman lineman at Midwest Energy."

Zachary Kearney

Twenty-five-year-old Zachary Kearney of Walnut Shade, Missouri, earned his bachelor's degree in multimedia communications and journalism and served as a Disney cast member before transitioning to preparing for a career in the line trade. "I always was stuck in the underlying feeling that what I was doing wasn't important," Kearney said in his application. "My Dad suggested that I become a lineman, and I thought of it to be an honorable career."

Boyd Cole

Nineteen-year-old Boyd Cole (shown with his class at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City) decided to follow in his dad's footsteps by pursuing a career in the line trade. "I know it is demanding and dangerous, but it is also rewarding and has a good pay scale," Cole said. He is now pursuing his associate's degree in power distribution from Metropolitan Community College, and he said the scholarship will help with out-of-pocket expenses during his schooling.

Caden Adkins

Caden Adkins, the son of a lineman, has line work in his blood and has spent many years watching his father compete at the Rodeo. After graduating with his associate's degree in electric power distribution, Caden Adkins is looking forward to a career as an electrical lineman and eventually as a troubleshooter. Adkins, who has his eye on a future career with Wheatland Electric or Evergy, applied for the scholarship to help pay for his schooling. "I enjoy being outside and working with my hands," Adkins said.

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30

Eaton Experience Center training through an online, accredited education program.

Power engineering applications are growing more complex. That's why we're offering the best of our in-person Eaton Experience Center training through an online, accredited education program.

Learn the designs, technologies and installation best practices for today's most advanced power applications across 24 professional-development classes—and get credit for it with professional development hours from the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) for select courses, from the experts who power what matters.



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16

Trump Replaces FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee

President Donald Trump today named James Danly as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Danly has served as a Commissioner since March 2020; prior to that he served as general counsel to the Commission since joining FERC in 2017. He will replace Neil Chatterjee as head of the agency that regulates interstate transmission of electricity and natural gas.

"It has been my utmost pleasure to have served under Neil Chatterjee, both as General Counsel and alongside him as Commissioner," Danly said. "I have learned a tremendous amount from his expertise and insight, and I am proud of the work we've been able to accomplish under his thoughtful watch.

"Neil has truly left his mark on FERC and the energy sector by brokering a significant agreement allowing us to move forward with liquefied natural gas terminals, which helped secure our American energy independence," Danly added. "He also made a lasting impact through his commitment to protecting competitive markets, modernizing our policies under PURPA, expediting the approvals of much-needed critical energy infrastructure and so much more. I thank Neil for his leadership, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in this new role."

Chatterjee, who joined the Commission in 2017 and served as Chairman from August to December 2017 and since October 2018, congratulated Danly on his appointment and said the Commission will be well-served by Danly's leadership.

"It's been the honor of a lifetime to serve as the Chairman of FERC alongside my colleagues and staff, who represent some of the most talented and hardworking professionals in the U.S. government," he said.

"During my tenure, we've faced challenges like overcoming the significant no-quorum backlog to grappling with an unprecedented global pandemic. But we've had a great many achievements as well, including bringing PURPA regulations in line with today's realities, building out our energy infrastructure and approving LNG terminals, unleashing the power of new technologies like storage and distributed energy resources, and most recently taking groundbreaking action to consider carbon pricing, just to name a few.

"All of these actions have significantly contributed to making American energy more reliable, resilient and accessible for the people we serve," Chatterjee said. "But our work – my work – at the Commission isn't over. I look forward to working with my friend, Chairman Danly, as well as the next Administration to continue to carry out our important mission." 

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