10. Entergy Louisiana Energizes Largest Transmission Project in Its History
Entergy Louisiana customers are being served by a stronger, more resilient electric grid following the completion of major transmission projects, including one of the largest in the company’s history. The Lake Charles Transmission Project represents one of the largest single transmission projects in Entergy Louisiana’s history. It included construction of two new substations, expansion of two others, and adding about 25 miles of high-voltage transmission lines – including both 500-kV and 230-kV lines – to move power more efficiently into the fast-growing region.
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9. Linemen Power Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico
This is just one of the few galleries about the Puerto Rico restoration that made our top 10 list. This one was shared by Salt River Project, who sent eight Salt River Project employees to the island to work alongside the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to help restore electricity in the Carolina region.
8. Ten Innovative New Products Seen at Distributech
Distributech is now coming up again, but last year's show coverage appeared in our top 10 list of most popular galleries. This was a roundup of interesting new products for transmission and distribution we saw at Distributech 2018 in San Antonio.
7. Grid Devastation in Puerto Rico
Armies of bucket trucks and linemen were deployed to the island at the end of 2017 and into this year for the experience of a lifetime. Hard, hard work, for sure, to build electric infrastructure pretty much from scratch, but also rewarding, seeing citizens cheer as their electricity is restored.
With that experience has been the sights of the damage to the equipment and homes, one that these linemen will never forget. Western Area Power Administration has been sharing many photos on its Flickr account, and what follows here are some of the images of the damage workers faced when they arrived.
6. Storm Snapshot: Honoring Excellence in Power Restoration
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may be in linemen's rearview mirror, but these storms will likely be remembered for years to come. To honor excellence in power restoration following these hurricanes, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Emergency Response Awards. The following companies were selected due to 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.
5. Five Worst Animal-Caused Power Outages of 2017
Each year, TransGard tracks hundreds of animal outages. During 2017, preventable animal incursions have led to serious outages, costly repairs and damaged reputations for utilities and other substation operators. Here are the Five Worst for 2017, plus a nasty 2018 outage that could make this year’s list.
4. Linemen Compete at the Super Bowl of Rodeos
Number Four was a wrap-up of this year's International Lineman's Rodeo. Nearly 1000 competitors, including 220 journeymen teams and 290 apprentices, scaled wooden poles, rescued mannequins and participated in mystery events this year at the 35th annual Rodeo. This photo gallery showcases the individual and team events. Congratulations to all the apprentices and journeymen linemen for a fun and safe day of competition. Here's to another 35 years!
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3. Blast from the Past: Vintage Tools of the Line Trade
In the early years, linemen worked without power tools, bucket trucks or modern-day climbing equipment. To preserve the history of the line trade, Michael Glueckert, a journeyman lineman of 43 years, has collected tools, accessories and other artifacts. Glueckert, who has been inducted into the Lineman Hall of Fame, built a special barn on his property to house these special treasures,
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2. Powering Puerto Rico: Mutual Aid Continues
Our second-most popular gallery focuses on the mutual aid to restore power in Puerto Rico. Encouraging and amazing images of barges filled with bucket trucks and crews preparing for the task showed the herculean effort needed to rebuild the grid on the island.
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1. Top 5 Highest Paying States for Electrical Linemen
Coming in as our most popular gallery in 2018 is a list of the top highest-paying states for linemen. Based on the latest research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Employment and Wages Study from May 2016), the national average salary estimate for an "electrical power-line installer and repairer" was $68,010 and hourly wage was $32.70. Some states, however, pay significantly more for this occupation. T&D World will post an update when the BLS releases it.