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  2. The retail availability of the first batch of DOCSIS 3.1 modems continues to be a bit of a moving target. After it initially hoped to start selling its first DOCSIS 3.1 modem at retail by the end of 2016, Arris confirmed that it now expects to spark sales of the device, the SB8200, by “early 2017.” http://www.multichannel.com/blog/bauminator/arris-pushes-back-d31-modem-launch/409873
  3. Still shooting for regulatory approval of its proposed Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases by the end of March, Charter Communications is sorting out how to roll out its new cloud-based video guide and DOCSIS 3.1 technology throughout its footprint. Charter Communications Inc. President and CEO Tom Rutledge -- who aims to transform the fourth-largest US MSO into the second-biggest one through its deals for Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks -- laid out those ambitions Thursday morning. Speaking on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call, which detailed the MSO's continued resurgence in subscriber and revenue growth, Rutledge said Charter executives are now grappling with how to extend their Spectrum guide to all their video customers and how to introduce DOCSIS 3.1 speeds to their even bigger broadband base. http://www.lightreading.com/cable/set-top-boxes/charter-plots-cloud-video-docsis-31-rollouts/d/d-id/720883
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  5. BEAVER COUNTY, Okla. (KVII) — A man working to restore power in Beaver County died Sunday evening, according to Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC.) According to TCEC, the man was part of a contract crew. A second person was being flown to a burn unit in Oklahoma City, the coop said. The identity of the man killed was not immediately released. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads TCEC said the man died after the contract crew "came into contact with a high voltage line". http://abc7amarillo.com/news/local/lineman-killed-while-working-in-beaver-county
  6. PADUCAH, KY - Travelers should be on the lookout for a funeral procession on Interstate 24 this Saturday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation crews will be honoring Josh Franklin by escorting his funeral procession along I-24 and US 641 from the funeral in Paducah to the graveside services near Fredonia. Franklin was a lineman for Jackson Purchase who died after coming into contact with a live wire. The caravan is expected to travel along I-24 eastbound from exit 7 at Paducah to exit 40 at Eddyville starting around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Eastbound I-24 traffic, as well as traffic on US 62 and US 45, may have to be halted by police to allow the procession to enter I-24 at exit 7. The caravan is expected to travel about 55 miles per hour with a police escort and take about 40 minutes to travel along I-24. http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/34307402/slow-moving-funeral-procession-to-travel-along-i-24-eastbound-saturday?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WPSD-TV
  7. When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth. Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole. All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A Key Largo firefighter who made a desperate attempt to save the men also became unconscious within seconds. The firefighter, Leonardo Moreno, an eight-year veteran of the department, was flown to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday. The hole, just wide enough to fit a body, was filled with hydrogen sulfide and methane gas created from years of rotted vegetation, the Miami Herald reported. None of the four men wore masks or carried the air packs that could have likely saved their lives. Moreno descended into the hole without his air tank because he could not fit through the hole with it, according to Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/01/18/three-utility-workers-descend-to-their-deaths-in-florida-manhole-overcome-by-fumes/?postshare=1311484776582641&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.83ccdaddb991
  8. Newfoundland & Labrador LIVESt. John'sMore Streams CBC Radio One Listen Live Home Opinion World Canada Politics Business Health Entertainment Technology & Science Video Canada NL Phil Parsons dies in accident at Maritime Link project Friends remember 30-year-old as a kind and genuine man A man killed in an industrial accident at the Maritime Link project near Stephenville Crossing is being remembered as a kind and genuine friend. Phil Parsons, 30, of Stephenville died Monday at the project's Indian Head site. He was employed by a contractor doing work for Emera. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/phil-parsons-dies-work-related-accident-maritime-link-project-site-1.3939613
  9. A worker on the Maritime Link project site near Stephenville Crossing has been killed, Emera confirmed on Monday night. A 30-year-old man, who was with a contractor, was killed at the project's Indian Head site. A spokesperson for the RCMP said the workplace accident took place at about 3:30 p.m. Police said late Monday night that the man lived in Stephenville. An investigation into the death has begun. Investigators with the province's Occupational Health and Safety Division were on site Monday, police say. Jeff Myrick, a spokesperson for Emera, said Monday night that the company was still gathering details on the incident. "Our thoughts are with the worker's family at this time," Myrick wrote in an email. "Effective immediately we have asked all contractors to stand down so we can take the time to investigate this incident and to do our utmost to support the contractor, its employees and all other workers on the project." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/one-person-killed-workplace-accident-1.3938494
  10. Several net-metering bills got their first hearing in the Montana Legislature this week, setting off another session in which lawmakers will attempt to fine-tune how small electricity generators sell excess energy to the state’s electric grid. “Net metering” refers to the credits that dispersed energy producers, including homeowners and businesses throughout the state, receive from utility companies that own the transmission infrastructure to distribute their excess power. On Tuesday, a pair of bills introduced by Sen. Pat Connell, R-Hamilton, won the approval of utility companies operating in the state, while opponents testified the measures would effectively dampen the state’s growing sector of rooftop solar and other small electricity operations. Senate Bill 1 would require dispersed generators to install “smart grid” technology that he said would improve the safety and reliability of the electrical grid, including electricity meters equipped with inverters and two-way communication systems to limit potential disruption to the grid. “I am just suggesting that those folks in the exponential expansion of net metering need to be just as responsive to the protection of the grid and the supply of electricity for all of our constituents,” Connell said, noting that he supports the growth of independent generators in the state’s energy sector. Renewable-energy advocates argued against the technology mandate, however. Orion Thornton, with the Montana Renewable Energy Association said the proposal is premature, given the absence of existing standards for the technology required by the bill. http://www.dailyinterlake.com/article/20170111/ARTICLE/170119972
  11. ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - There has been an explosion at a power plant in Adams County. The explosion took place at Dayton Power and Light's J.M. Stuart Station on U.S. 52 between Aberdeen and Manchester. There are reports of six people injured. No word on the severity of those injuries. http://kcby.com/news/nation-world/explosion-reported-at-ohio-power-plant
  12. LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Clean Energy Future, a Boston-based developer of gas-turbine power plants, announced today that it will build a second 940-megawatt plant here. The Trumbull Energy Center will be right next door to its twin, the Lordstown Energy Center, now under construction and expected to go into service in June 2018. The company expects to have financing for the Trumbull Energy Center in place by this December. Construction is planned to begin in January 2018. The second plant should be in service by May 2020, said William Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future. Financing for each of the Lordstown plants is about $900 million, said Siderewicz. Because the power plants use the exhaust heat of the gas turbines to run a steam turbine, the combined cycle system is rated at 66 percent efficient, he said, or roughly twice as efficient as a typical coal-fired power plant. In other words, the electricity should be priced at about half the cost of power from coal plants, said Siderewicz, in an interview before today's press conference. Together, the two power plants will generate 1,880 megawatts, enough electricity to power 1.7 million homes, he said, and at a much lower cost than conventional coal and nuclear power plants. Clean Energy Future and its partners are building two similar gas-turbine power plants in Oregon, Ohio, about a mile from a FirstEnergy coal-and-coke-fired power plant that will be shut down or sold because it cannot compete with gas. http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2017/01/second_lordstown_gas-fired_pow.html
  13. DETROIT (WJBK) - A DTE worker responding to a call of a downed wire is robbed at gunpoint on Detroit's west side. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt, but the bad guy is still on the run. Wild winds knock down power lines overnight in Detroit. When that happens DTE has a plan to make sure no one is hurt by a downed wire. "We deploy regular employees, moms, dads, brothers and sisters out into the field," said Michael Lynch, director of DTE Security. That's what happened at the corner of Epworth and Joy. Video of a DTE Energy crew watching a line was taken from a convenience store at the intersection.. On the video watch as a man appears and walks towards the crew. http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/228589124-story
  14. Siskiyou County, Cal.- A contract employee with Pacific Power died Monday morning after an accident involving a tree branch. The Oregon man was with a crew on State Route 89 near Mt. Shasta City when the accident happened. “The individual had been attempting to remove a tree branch, and the tree branch evidently snapped back and struck the victim,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. The victim’s name has not been released. Both the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and Pacific Power are investigating the incident. Pacific Power released a statement Monday afternoon saying, in part, “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of this lineman during this difficult time.” Sheriff Lopey says the incident is a warning to everyone. “If you’re working or traveling or simply outdoors, just be prepared,” Lopey said. “Try to avoid [going out] if possible and realize it’s very, very dangerous out there.” https://kobi5.com/news/pacific-power-lineman-killed-in-siskiyou-county-in-weather-related-accident-44106/
  15. Dive Brief: The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has applied to the Department of Energy for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada. SPP would transmit the electricity on an emergency basis for five years using existing international transmission facilities owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The exported electricity would be surplus energy in excess of SPP’s load requirements. SPP did not provide reasoning for the proposal in its request, and did not return requests for comment before press time. Dive Insight: With the integration of Basin Electric in October 2015, SPP’s grid reached into Canada. Basin Electric’s systems' deliver electricity to 2.9 million consumers in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico. SPP’s territory covers portions of the same states, as well as Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. In the wake of Basin Electric joining SPP, the organization in January 2016 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve tariffs that would allow recognize the U.S.-Canadian border as a point of sale for transactions with a Canadian transmission provider. http://www.utilitydive.com/news/southwest-power-pool-seeks-doe-approval-for-electricity-sales-into-canada/433343/
  16. MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - A Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative system worker was injured Friday afternoon in McCracken County when he made contact with a live power line. The company says the journeyman line technician was taken to Lourdes hospital by ambulance, and he will remain their until he can be flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for further treatment. “The soul of our organization has been rocked by this injury," President and CEO Dennis Cannon said in a news release Friday. "All of our focus is now on our fellow employee and his family. We ask that our members and the community please join us in praying for his health, his family, and the medical personnel who are in charge of his care." Jackson Purchase says company officials have notified the Kentucky Public Service Commission, and the incident is under investigation. Homes on Bethel Church Road in Magruder Village in Kevil — the area where the incident happened — are experiencing a power outage, according to the company. The company says it cannot release any other information at this time while officials focus on the employee's well-being. We will bring you more information when it becomes available. http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/34202969/jackson-purchase-energy-worker-injured
  17. A report that Russian computer attackers had penetrated a Vermont electrical utility company may have turned out to be baseless, but the nation's grid is in "imminent danger" of cyberattacks, the Energy Department warned Friday. "Widespread disruption of electric service because of a transmission failure initiated by a cyberattack at various points of entry could undermine U.S. lifeline networks, critical defense infrastructure and much of the economy; it could also endanger the health and safety of millions of citizens," the DOE said in a massive 494-page report. "Also, natural gas plays an increasingly important role as fuel for the nation's electricity system; a gas pipeline outage or malfunction due to a cyberattack could affect not only pipeline and related infrastructures, but also the reliability of the nation's electricity system." To deal with the threat, Congress should update the Federal Power Act to grant the DOE emergency powers over the electrical grid, the report said. Cyberattacks on electrical systems aren't an academic matter. Ukraine's grid was disrupted by cyberattacks attributed to Russia, which is engaged in territorial disputes with the country over eastern Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula. The US intelligence community also has blamed Russian cyberattacks for interfering in the US presidential election, with President Barack Obama retaliating with sanctions. https://www.cnet.com/news/us-warns-imminent-cyberattack-threat-on-electrical-grid/
  18. Secure your loads!!!

    This was on the news yesterday... UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — It’s an incredible if not frightening sight. A giant spool of wire rolling down a highway in Fayette County, headed right for traffic. The huge wooden spool fell off a truck on Route 40 around 9 a.m. Wednesday and started rolling, heading east into Uniontown. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/01/05/watch-spool-of-wire-falls-off-truck-rolls-down-route-40/#.WG5DzxZpCJ8.twitter These guys were very lucky that no one was hit by the run away reel. Secure your damn load!
  19. Lineman electrocuted at Khag

    Khag: A lineman with the power development department died on Tuesday while repairing high-tension electricity line at Nagbal, Khag in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The lineman was identified as Abdul Qayoom Zargar, a resident of Kandhama, Beerwah.Official sources said that the lineman was working on the line as a transformer was being installed by the PDD. Sources said that the power supply has been snapped to the whole area after the incident. The residents alleged that the lineman became the victim of gross negligence by the employees of the power department who did not take precautionary measures while working on the HT line. http://kashmirreader.com/2016/12/28/lineman-electrocuted-at-khag/
  20. A Lower Mainland rehabilitation centre for raptors has seen a dramatic increase in the number of bald eagles and other birds of prey that have received electrical shocks — some fatal — from power lines and transformer boxes. The O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society says its Delta, B.C. rescue centre has received 47 birds of prey that suffered electric shocks so far in 2016. Most were killed instantly or had to be put down later. Last year, the rescue centre saw 31 cases of raptors suffering electric shocks. Most have been bald eagles, but several hawks and one osprey have also received electric shocks. "We've had some that are electrocuted and are just dead on arrival," said raptor care supervisor Martina Versteeg. "They can have wings blown off or their sides opened, but unfortunately we sometimes get them still alive in this condition," Versteeg said, adding that most of the animals that arrived alive had to be euthanized. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-raptor-rehab-treats-birds-of-prey-shocked-by-power-lines-1.3913533
  21. OTTAWA - Firefighters put out a blaze at the National Research Council hydro substation that began late Monday night after an explosion in a hydro vault, according to Ottawa Fire Services. The call came in at 8:51 p.m. to 1200 Montreal Road for a report of arcing on the vault, which caused a power outage. There were some power outages in the area. The last truck to leave the scene was at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday. The fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2016/12/27/22693066.html
  22. A proposed electricity transmission line that could power Mississippi homes and businesses would be a $1.9 billion economic benefit to Mississippians, the project’s developers say. Southern Cross Transmission Project, a unit of the wind power-driven San Francisco-based utility company Pattern Energy, on Monday released a study led by Seattle accounting firm Moss Adams touting its proposed interstate transmission line project. The plan is to build a 400-mile transmission line spanning from the Texas-Louisiana state line to the Mississippi-Alabama state line that could power hundreds of thousands of homes in between. Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development, said the project would be the nation’s first overhead high voltage direct current transmission lines constructed in nearly two decades. “When complete, the project will provide significant reliability and economic benefits by connecting two robust systems. All of the capital investment required for the project is being provided by private investors,” Garland said in a news release. Once built, electricity would flow into Mississippi from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, transmission grid. ERCOT announced in November that wind generation provided more than 15,000 megawatts of electricity for their service region—which includes most of Texas—about 45 percent of the region’s demand for power at that time. http://www.oxfordeagle.com/2016/12/29/transmission-line-project-could-be-worth-2b-to-states-economy/
  23. The U.S. state of Hawai’i has set its sights on reaching a target of 48% renewable electricity by 2020 and 100% by 2040. A plan filed with the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission by the Hawaiian Electric Companies last week outlines the steps for fast-tracking the installation of renewables in the state. The new goals are quite a step up – originally, the 2020 goal for the state was 30 percent renewables and 100% by 2045 . The plan incorporates the continued and rapid uptake of private grid-connected rooftop solar, energy storage and also the expansion/upgrading of infrastructure. HECO estimates there will be 165,000 privately owned solar power systems in the state by 2030, more than double the current tally of 79,000. “Hawaiian Electric already has the highest percentage of customers using rooftop solar of any utility in the U.S. and customer-sited storage is seen as a key contributor to the growth of the renewable portfolio on every island,” states HECO. The plan also forecasts the addition of 360 megawatts of utility-scale solar and 157 megawatts of wind power. Among recent large-scale projects is the state’s biggest solar farm – the 27.6-megawatt Waianae Solar Project, which was due to commence operations this month. http://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-news/hawaii-renewable-energy-em5836/
  24. SPRINGFIELD -- Eversource Energy in 2016 invested $940 million to improve and maintain the Massachusetts power grid, the company announced this week. The stated goal of the grid modernization effort is to increase the "efficiency, reliability and resiliency" of the electric system and make it less vulnerable to weather-related outages. Among big-ticket items, Eversource built a new electrical substation along the South Boston waterfront. In order to withstand ocean storms, the facility was placed on an elevated platform with supports anchored 80 feet into bedrock, the company said in a statement. In Western Massachusetts, a massive new transformer at the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Facility substation, combined with a mile-long high-voltage power line, are expected to "improve the flow of electricity along the commonwealth's electrical superhighway." http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/12/eversource_reports_940_million.html
  25. NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - One person has been rushed to the hospital and residents are without power after a Florida Power and Light contractor was electrocuted in North Miami. Officials responded to the scene, near Northwest Fifth Avenue and 129th Street. FPL crews have the area blocked off as they continue to work to restore power to the neighborhood. Neighbors said they heard a loud explosion, just before 5 p.m., and shortly afterwards, an ambulance arriving on scene. One person was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. FPL said the victim was a contractor for the company. Their condition is unknown. http://wsvn.com/news/local/fpl-contractor-electrocuted-in-north-miami/
  26. A federal judge in Charlotte has ruled that Duke Energy does not owe Westinghouse Electric $352 million in disputed costs after canceling a contract for a nuclear power plant in Florida. The case before U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn stemmed from Duke’s termination of an engineering, procurement and construction – or “EPC” – contract for a nuclear plant in Levy County, Fla. Progress Energy, which Duke acquired in 2012, had joined two other power companies in contributing to Westinghouse’s development of an advanced reactor, the AP1000, that was to be used in Levy County. Progress later pulled out of that consortium. Progress canceled its EPC contract with Westinghouse in 2014. It cited delays in getting a federal operating and construction license because of a Westinghouse design error, and a change in Florida law on recovering construction costs from ratepayers. Westinghouse, according to court documents, said that canceling the contract would cost Progress a previously-agreed $30 million termination fee. But it also added $482 million – which it later reduced to $352 million – that Westinghouse said was Progress’ share of developing the AP1000. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article123312599.html#storylink=cpy http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article123312599.html
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