Western Area Power Administration Foreman III Lineman Ed Hunt replaces spacers along a span of the Ault-to-Craig 345-kilovolt transmission line in northern Colorado Sept. 12.
Art Mochizuki, LADWP
Temperatures soared into the triple digits in early July in Los Angeles, leading to an unprecedented demand for electricity. Linemen for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power responded to widespread outages, which topped 106,000 of the utility's 1.5 million customers. For example, a power crew is shown finishing up the replacement of underground equipment to restore power to an apartment building.
Installing a Switch
Robert Gracie, IBEW Local 636
Linemen from IBEW Local 636 in Ontario, Canada, remove a gang-operated load break switch on a de-energized 28 kV line and replace it with a Scada mate automated switch from S&C Electric.
Working as a Team
Zac Walker (bottom left), Rich Mutschler (top left), Mark Droog (top right), and Steve Shade (bottom right) of Lowell Light and Power competed in the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The three journeymen linemen and apprentices enjoyed a day of competition, camaraderie and fun at the annual rodeo.
Competing in Georgia
Aaron Willmert (top) and Ian Hansman, journeymen linemen for Cobb EMC, replace an insulator on a jumper at the Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo. Their team, which also included Jeremy McBrayer, won first place in the journeyman hurtman rescue and placed third in the journeyman mystery event #2 in the EMC division. Cobb EMC also won several awards in the apprentice division at the 2018 competition.
Powering Puerto Rico
Eric Bowden, a lineman for Local 104, spent a month in Puerto Rico restoring power. After he returned, he submitted this photo to T&D World for the 2018 Lineman Life Photography Contest, and he won first place.
Recognizing Excellence in Restoration
Florida Power & Light
Hurricane Irma caused millions of power outages across the southeastern United States. In response, line workers from across North America came to the aid of the impacted electric companies through the electric power industry’s mutual assistance network. Mutual assistance is an essential part of the electric power industry’s service restoration process and contingency planning. Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently recognized companies that put forth outstanding efforts to restore service promptly to the public following the hurricane. The recipients of EEI’s Emergency Response Awards were selected based upon their ability to respond to a crisis swiftly and efficiently, overcome difficult circumstances, use unique or innovative recovery techniques, communicate effectively with customers and restore service promptly. Florida Power & Light won an Irma Recovery Award for restoring power following Hurricane Irma.
Distribution crews from Nebraska Public Power District restore power to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, following a wind storm.
Tackling a Tree-Caused Outage
Puget Sound Energy crews restore power after a tree toppled onto a power line, which also brought down a power pole in Woodinville, Washington.
Western Area Power Administration Linemen Dave Horton and Dana Trimble restring conductor on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 19, following Hurricane Maria.
By competing in mystery events, like this hot sticking event, journeymen linemen teams demonstrate the skills of the line trade at the International Lineman’s Rodeo.