Surveying Project Sites for American Burying Beetles: What You Need to Know

by Brian Roh March 30, 2016

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) might not be the most glamorous insect — it depends on carrion (dead flesh) from dead birds and small mammals for food and reproduction — but it plays a crucial role in our nation’s ecosystem. As the beetles decompose old carcasses, they return valuable nutrients to the soil, and […]

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What’s Next for Cuba? Rebuilding Its Crumbling Infrastructure

by Mike Beehler March 23, 2016

On March 21, 2016, an American president set foot on the island of Cuba for the first time in 88 years. After decades of deep-rooted communism, Cuba may finally, albeit slowly, open up to capitalists interested in demonstrating the value of free enterprise. Is Cuba ready for the change? All we can do is speculate, […]

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Has Our Industry Moved Past the Era of ‘Big Transmission’ Projects?

by Mike Beehler March 22, 2016

Has our industry moved past the era of “Big Transmission” projects? A September article in Public Utilities Fortnightly (PUF) by Steve Huntoon makes a compelling case that it has. As evidence, Steve cites the ongoing difficulty in getting several highly publicized, long-line transmission projects underway. With all due respect to Steve, I think the answer […]

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Why You Should Consider 3-D Design for Your Next Substation

by Mark Tablante March 16, 2016

During the evolution from manual drafting to computer-aided design (CAD) in the 1980s, many users were hesitant to introduce a new approach to their everyday work flow. Fast forward more than 30 years, and it’s hard to imagine a world without .dgns and .dwgs. Now the power delivery world is at a similar crossroads as […]

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NERC CIP Implementation Schedule

by Michael C. Johnson March 15, 2016

Have you been keeping up with the developments on NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards? With the CIP Version 5 modifications approved under Order 822 and with FERC ruling on the motion to delay enforcement dates of the V5 standards approved under Order 791, the Implementation Plans for both set of standards become easier to […]

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Three Steps for Creating an ADA Transition Plan

by Mike Mack March 8, 2016

As we discussed last week in State Agencies: Implement ADA Transition Plans or Risk Funding, many communities are at risk of losing federal funding due to noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And, as a result, organizations like the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have dedicated its efforts to better serve these communities […]

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