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  1. 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".
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.”
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.