What is Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) really? The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is an international regulatory authority over bulk power systems for North America. Bulk power systems are categorized as transmission level systems that are operated at roughly 100 kV or higher. Unlike distribution level systems they massively affect customers in the event of …read more
Most utility poles in North America are wood. In fact, 99% of all poles in the US are wood. It is estimated that there are 130 million wood poles in the US. Steel poles on the other hand cost 70% more than wood poles. What is the benefit of the higher price? Longer pole lifespan. …read more
Joint use pole attachment managers know that attachees are constantly attempting to adjust their rental rates. Many times attachees push to move their rental rate from a cost-based rate to a rate that short cuts the utility and rate payers in the long run. Co-ops at least have a new weapon to combat sneaky bills …read more
Distributed generation (DG) is smaller scale technology that generates electricity for users’ locations. It can be many things, including but not limited to: Wind turbines, solar arrays, or hydro. Basically, it allows users to generate their own power rather than being tied to central power stations like coal, nuclear, or natural gas. Usually DG users …read more
You may have heard the term NJUNS before. Maybe not. NJUNS stands for “National Joint Utilities Notification System.” NJUNS is a not-profit-organization that helps support effective joint use communication between utilities and attachees.