Improving Your Electric Game

| I have finally been able to establish my golf handicap index. According to the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA), I have a 12.2 index. This is a small milestone for me since I haven’t had an official golf handicap since I was a teenager, which was decades ago. ... READ MORE

The Dead Zones Move Inland

| We’ve often mentioned, online and in the magazine, the dead zones in various places around the world, especially the expanding one in the Gulf of Mexico. Almost always, though, they’ve been in the ocean, or in large freshwater lakes like Lake Erie. A new study shows that algae blooms, hypoxia, and the resulting dead zones—the ... READ MORE

Buried in Sand

| It’s common knowledge that the loss of vegetation can lead to soil erosion; we face the situation all the time in areas disturbed by construction, wildfire, or drought. Something we probably think about less often is the fact that the same thing—sort of—can happen underwater. That’s the case near the tiny village of Shoyna on ... READ MORE

The Future of Commissioning and Energy Management: Forward Together

| CxEnergy marks its sixth year in 2019 and has scheduled the annual expo for April 15–18 in Orlando, FL. The event focuses on commissioning; energy management; and testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB); and is presented by the leading organizations in those fields: the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), and the Energy ... READ MORE

We Have a Winner!

| As it happens every year around this time, I’m beginning to schedule next year’s events that I plan on attending. Every year I go to SWANApalooza, which is in Boston, MA, from February 25–28, 2019. In adding this to my calendar, I’m pleased and honored to have been asked by SWANA to moderate one of ... READ MORE

The Right Amount of Water

| We often report on the problems major storms and excess rain bring: flooding, washed-out culverts, combined sewer overflows. The recently released National Climate Assessment, in fact, contains some dire predictions about what’s going to happen as larger and more frequent storms occur in the Midwest, including erosion in agricultural fields and larger algae blooms and ... READ MORE

Assessing Seismic Risk

| It cracked store windows, severed gas lines, and crumbled roadways. It even triggered a tsunami warning. But in the wake of a 7.0 earthquake—the second largest in the state’s recorded history—Anchorage’s water system proved remarkably resilient. In fact, by the following day, power, water, and communications were restored in most of the affected areas, with ... READ MORE

Women in Construction…Discuss

| Not long ago, I was in a discussion with a colleague about young women with ambition. I was asked about how I advise and encourage my daughter (who is a senior in college) as she prepares to leave the world of academia and is in the process of formulating plans to achieve new goals as ... READ MORE

Incentivizing Storage

| Energy storage systems are a fundamental component of a modernized electric grid. Members of the clean energy industry recently outlined the benefits of an investment tax credit for energy storage in a letter to Congress in which they encouraged policy makers to consider the value of supporting the technology’s market growth. Investment Tax Credits (ITC), ... READ MORE

An Erie Future

| The National Climate Assessment released on November 23 includes not only predictions of what will happen on a global and national level, but also detailed regional information. The news for the Great Lakes isn’t good, and as this article points out, it’s especially bleak for Lake Erie. The lake faces several threats, but one of ... READ MORE

The New Excavator Hi-Production Multi-Ripper ® From Leading Edge Attachments, Inc.

| Leading Edge Attachments, Inc.’s ® award winning excavator Multi-Ripper® is the most powerful and productive ripper in the world, however, the new Hi-Production Multi-Ripper takes the design one step further. Operators have testified that this unique patented ripper design can replace a hydraulic hammer for breaking through rock, frozen ground, and coral up to 4 ... READ MORE

John Deere Upgrades Compact Wheel Loader Line With New 244L and 324L Models

| Moline, Ill. (Dec. 11, 2018) — Offering operators increased productivity and significantly faster travel speeds, John Deere redesigned its K-Series compact wheel loader models with the introduction of the 244L and 324L compact wheel loaders. Ideal for landscape/snow removal, ag material handling and construction tasks, the new models round out the full line of L-Series ... READ MORE


| STATESVILLE, N.C. – Doosan Portable Power is growing its successful Certified Remanufacturing Program by adding select generator models and lower cfm air compressor models to the range of eligible machines. Initially available for air compressors originally manufactured by Doosan or Ingersoll Rand rated 750 cfm or above, the program has been expanded to include lower ... READ MORE

Peterson is Named an Approved Lighting Vendor for Vipar Heavy Duty Network

| Agreement takes effect November 1, 2018 GRANDVIEW, MO (November 2018) — Peterson Manufacturing is very pleased to report that as of November 1, 2018, the company became an approved lighting vendor for Vipar HD, the largest heavy-duty truck parts buying group in North America. With a distributor group of over 250 members across the United States, ... READ MORE

Talbert Manufacturing Offers Versatile 60CC/55SA-LD Trailer

| RENSSELAER, Ind. (Dec. 6, 2018) — Talbert Manufacturing, a North American leader in specialized heavy-haul solutions, offers the 60CC/55SA-LD trailer for optimum versatility. The trailer pairs with Talbert’s optional East Coast-style E1Nitro™ axle extension, allowing for 60-ton capacity with a close-coupled configuration or a 55-ton hauling capacity with a spread axle configuration. This innovative Talbert ... READ MORE

Banyan Water Launches Cooling Tower Integration for its Total Water Management Platform

| Cooling Tower Tracker™ enables up to 50 percent water savings and 10 percent energy savings with unprecedented real-time operational data for cooling towers Banyan Water, the leading provider of data-driven water conservation for the built environment, announced today the launch of its Cooling Tower Tracker™, a feature within Banyan Water Central—Banyan’s proprietary total water management ... READ MORE

LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to create a new U.S. based company, LS Energy Solutions

| LSIS, a $2B Korea-based global leader in power, automation, and smart energy solutions, announced today the acquisition of the Charlotte-based Energy Grid Tie (EGT) Division of Parker-Hannifin, creating a new US-based company, LS Energy Solutions. Financial terms and details of the transaction are not being disclosed. LS Energy Solutions, a premier global energy solutions provider, ... READ MORE

Expansion plans for 100 people over the next three years as AMCS opens its Global Headquarters in Limerick

| Limerick, November 2018: Today, Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection officially opened AMCS’ new global technical and support headquarters in Limerick. Speaking at the event, Minister Breen said: “The growth of AMCS into a global leader of integrated software and vehicle technology for the ... READ MORE

New Rolls-Royce Solutions for Remote Management of Power Plants

| Generic end-to-end platform for secure collection, transfer, storage, and analysis of engine data Allows plant operators to detect errors at an earlier stage to avoid unnecessary downtime and reduce costs Rolls-Royce is developing several new digital solutions that will revolutionize the way its customers manage their power plants with medium speed Bergen engines. One of ... READ MORE

American Baler Company Announces New Hire for Key Account Sales

| Bellevue, OH – American Baler Company is proud to announce and welcome Sean Gertsch as Key Account Sales. Gertsch will be responsible for developing National and OEM Accounts. Previously Gertsch served as a Sales Representative for Hoosier Machinery Solutions where he specialized in sales of capital equipment for recycling and material recovery facilities. American Baler ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Mardi Ditze

| With renewables gaining momentum, sectors such as the government need to continue to find ways to promote new renewables through creative contracting like aggregation structures or supporting policy for renewable development, notes Mardi Ditze, senior energy analyst for the City of Philadelphia. “Rooftop solar and geothermal have made recent advances with Hawaii, Arizona, and California ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   Association of Energy Engineers Blue Star Power Systems Inc. CxEnergy Conference & Expo DCL America Easi-Set Worldwide Generac Power Systems Inc. Martin Energy Group Phoenix Products Power Solutions International Pritchard Brown Robinson Custom Enclosures Shannon Enterprises of W.N.Y.C. Inc. Solar Turbines ... READ MORE


|   Bradley Corp. Bradley Corp.’s exclusive Design On Demand program offers customized services and product solutions that are ideal for large or small industrial applications in the most demanding environments. With in-house engineering experience, system design consultation, and individualized services, Bradley’s qualified experts help design plumbing systems according to each customer’s needs and project goals. ... READ MORE

Clean Peak Standard

| In March of 2018, clean energy advocates in Massachusetts were pushing for a few key priorities: increasing the RPS, extending net metering caps (again), pushing back on aggressive utility proposals for monthly reliability charges for solar energy, and establishing more ambitious long-term goals for energy storage. In the middle of these efforts, Republican Governor Charlie ... READ MORE

Avoiding a Costly Failure

| When power plant operators consider implementing a preventative maintenance program in order to keep their equipment up and running reliably, far too often the non-segregated bus duct is overlooked. The system does not have any moving parts. For this reason, most do not provide the system with necessary maintenance during routine outages. Major equipment is ... READ MORE

Interactivity and Efficiency

| With a constantly growing emphasis on green technology and reduced energy consumption, the future of building automation controls will focus on giving building owners and managers a technology-driven, hands-on approach to managing facilities and monitoring consumption. Building and facility managers are constantly looking to reduce energy consumption and operating costs, which can be realized by ... READ MORE

Achieving Unprecedented Efficiency

| Technological advances in turbines are underscoring performance improvements, leading to increasingly reliable, efficient, and safe equipment. “The technology advances we see are mostly on safety and monitoring such as electronic trip systems and electronic speed governors,” notes Christiann Bash, spokesperson for Elliott Group. Recent design upgrades have added to reliability and safety and meet safety integrity level ... READ MORE

The Next Generation of Portable Generation

| The demand for portable generators is on the rise. In the industrial category, portable generators can be used in construction and drilling, and at mining sites where uninterrupted electric power is needed but the grid is not accessible—particularly in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, despite the fact that some countries and regions have imposed ... READ MORE

A Wall of Sound

| For those of us who are old enough to remember the early days of rock-and-roll, there was an audio technique and music production formula used to make the big hits of the era—the “wall of sound.” The idea was to channel the various frequencies and volumes of the various voice and instrument tracks to make ... READ MORE

Cogeneration at the Core

| The push for distributed energy resources, particularly in California and New York, is stimulating market opportunities for cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power. The markets for clients interested in buying cogeneration systems, however, have not changed, according to Jim Crouse, Capstone Turbine’s executive vice president for sales and marketing. Now, clients are becoming more aware ... READ MORE

Editor’s Comments: The Energy Transition

| The energy industry is in the midst of a historic transformation as it moves from a traditional grid framework to decentralized, decarbonized, and digital systems. And many believe that the paradigm shift underway will not only affect the power industry, but that it will profoundly impact global infrastructure and economics, as well as the way ... READ MORE

CASE Announces New C Series Motor Graders

| Racine, Wis., December 1st, 2018 CASE Construction Equipment introduces the all-new C Series motor graders. Two new models deliver a wide offering of new weights, horsepower ratings and feature-driven grading solutions for municipalities, as well as small-to-mid-size site prep, road-maintenance and general construction businesses. These new motor grader models feature a variety of standard features ... READ MORE

Start Building the Future

| SWANApalooza is THE place to discuss, deliberate, and debate the latest challenges in the solid waste and recycling industry. During four exciting days, you can expect to catch up with your network of colleagues and make new lasting business connections to build your success. Join the Excitement Let’s keep the momentum going! Join the conversation ... READ MORE

They Call It “Distributed Modular Gasification”

| Recently I’ve been seeing more and more stories on the news and websites and social media about how the world is drowning in plastic. I’m glad this is on the radar of an increasing number of media outlets so that they can spread the word and educate people on the reality of recycling and how ... READ MORE

Rolls-Royce Partners with Northwestel to Deliver Backup Power Systems to Canadian Arctic Communities

| More than 20 MTU Onsite Energy systems will provide backup power and enable uptime and connectivity in more than two dozen communities in Northern Canada Rolls-Royce is partnering with Northwestel, a Northern Canadian telecommunications company, to help provide reliable high-speed internet access to Nunavut, one of the most remote northern territories of the Canadian Arctic. ... READ MORE

US Groundwater in Peril: Potable Supply Less Than Thought

| The US groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist. The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the U.S. The research by scientists from the University of ... READ MORE

Fatberg Forensics

| Just as archaeologists sift through dusty middens to discover the secrets of our human ancestors, today anthropologists are able to analyze greasy pipeline deposits beneath urban areas to uncover the truths of modern society. These oily deposits, also known as fatbergs, are composed of accumulated fats, oils, and greases (FOGs), and whatever else is flushed ... READ MORE

K-Tec’s New Tricerabox 3-Point Hitch Box Blade

| K-Tec Earthmovers have released a new accessory for 500+HP Tractors to enhance earthmoving operations. The K-Tec Tricerabox is a 14’ wide box blade that is mounted to the 3-point hitch on the rear of a tractor. The three functions of the Tricerabox include the leveling blade pulling material forwards, ripper teeth sinking down into the ... READ MORE

Just Recycle the Carbon Dioxide

| The White House Administration recently released part two of its US Climate Assessment in which it details how climate change is affecting our nation more than ever and warns of future catastrophes from coastal flooding to crop failures in the Midwest. Heavy equipment manufacturers have been in the struggle for some time, investing a great ... READ MORE

The Climate Report

| A topic of conversation around our office—and very likely around yours—is the climate report released the day after Thanksgiving. At more than 1,600 pages, it’s the second volume of the National Climate Assessment, released by a team of 13 federal agencies; the first volume was released last year. The federal government is required to produce ... READ MORE

Schneider Electric Delivers Unmatchable Insights to Electrical Systems through Asset Connect

| Enables predictive asset performance management for connected equipment throughout an electrical distribution system Provides 24/7 monitoring, remote access and SMS alerts about the status of an electrical system Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced Asset Connect, a new modernization solution that allows facility managers to ... READ MORE

Water Research Foundation Releases Report about Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water

| The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has released a new report, Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water Treatment Process Performance: Development of Evaluation Protocols and Management Practices (4590). The frequency and intensity of wildfires, especially in the western United States, has increased in recent decades. Drinking water utilities may face issues with water quantity and availability, source ... READ MORE

City of Huntington Beach Partners with Stem, Inc. for AI-Powered Energy Storage Services

| California municipal leader adopts innovative technology services to improve taxpayer savings while contributing to sustainability and grid relief The City of Huntington Beach, California announced that it has selected Stem, Inc., the global leader in energy storage, for its first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered energy storage systems. Stem will build a 235 kilowatt-hour (kWh)-sized system at ... READ MORE

Hydrogen Rises

| Throughout the past century, there have been a number of attempts to launch hydrogen-powered energy infrastructure that were obstructed by economic and technological factors. There was the network of hydrogen generating windmills proposed by J.B.S. Haldane in 1923, the solar-hydrogen-fueled economy suggested by John Bockris in 1970, and the hydrogen fuel cell-powered concept put forward ... READ MORE

The Bull’s-Eye Effect

| We’ve all seen the images of Paradise, the town that was virtually destroyed by the latest round of wildfires in California. As this article and others have pointed out, many photos of the burned areas often show something surprising: “The buildings are gone, but most of the trees are still standing—many with their leaves or ... READ MORE

The Bull’s-Eye Effect

| We’ve all seen the images of Paradise, the town that was virtually destroyed by the latest round of wildfires in California. As this article and others have pointed out, many photos of the burned areas often show something surprising: “The buildings are gone, but most of the trees are still standing—many with their leaves or ... READ MORE

Look at What We’ve Built

| How much of the stuff in the world is yours? In other words, if you added together the weight of all the objects humanity has created—the bridges and buildings and statues and airplanes and park benches and bulldozers and all the rest of it—and divided it by the world’s population, what would be the total ... READ MORE

Earthquakes, Eruptions, and Evacuation

| In the US, we are accustomed to hearing news of—or even experiencing—the damage of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. Most of us, however, will never have to worry about a volcano erupting nearby—but residents of Hawaii’s Big Island are currently facing that reality. Over 1,700 people living near Leilani Estates ... READ MORE

Fighting It Out Below Ground

| There can scarcely be a more loaded subject in the arid Southwest these days than water: who has it, who needs it, and who gets to take it from someone else. The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association has just published an analysis of the situation in that state. Although it’s specific to Arizona and the ... READ MORE

Another Dam Argument About Water

| What do you do when federal and state goals are at odds over a project within that state? What if the project itself is on federal land, but the work would affect large areas outside federal jurisdiction? Those are questions California and federal officials are arguing now in relation to expansion of the Shasta Dam. ... READ MORE

Into the Woods

| How much time do you spend in the forest? According to an organization that dedicates a lot of effort to studying these things, the average American visits a wooded area—and this can include an urban forest—110 days each year. Recreation is only a small part of what forests provide, though, even for those who visit ... READ MORE

What to Do With the Mud From Montecito

| As you might have seen or read in the past week, the community of Montecito, CA, has experienced catastrophic mudslides following the Thomas Fire. As I write this, 20 people are known to have died, several others are missing, dozens of homes have been completely destroyed, and hundreds more have been damaged. Montecito is a ... READ MORE

Trouble Down Below

| As if Florida and other coastal states didn’t have enough problems, what with frequent hurricanes, tropical storms, coastal erosion, and flooding, some of them are also being undermined from below.  Earlier this year, a sinkhole caused the evacuation of a Florida neighborhood, a result of the collapse of the underlying limestone. Any place with karst ... READ MORE

Your Credit Rating Just Got More Complicated

| One of the tricky things about sea level rise is that it’s not happening equally in all places. Lots of people picture the world’s oceans as a sort of huge bathtub: If you add water, say from melting polar ice, then the level should go up evenly everywhere, right? But for a variety of reasons, ... READ MORE

Embracing Invasive Species

| We’ve talked a lot on this website and in Erosion Control magazine about invasive species, from kudzu to the salt cedar beetle. Sometimes non-native species are introduced into an ecosystem deliberately: as ornamental plants, or vegetation used to shore up eroding hillsides, or animals and insects used as biological controls to eradicate other undesirable species. ... READ MORE