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A typical careful day in the life of a lineworker

“We don’t say, ‘hurry up.’ ” Like many of his days as an electric co-op lineworker, Larry’s day actually started the night before. He was getting ready for bed when a woman reported her power was out. It was Larry’s weekly overnight to be on call, so the co-op truck was already in his driveway.

A Solid Session

The Wisconsin Legislature on March 22 wrapped up regular business for a two-year session, in which the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association had significant accomplishments. An early issue was Governor Walker’s budget item eliminating stray voltage programs at the Public Service Commission and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Hard work netted a 16–0 Joint

Robots & Sensors, Part II

The benefits of utility automation Last month, we discussed utility technologies for monitoring, data collection, and remote-control technologies, such as AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). This month, we’ll dive deeper by looking into utility automation––or the ability of the system to respond to an event without any direct human

Annual Meeting Educates | Tesch Elected to CFC Board | Russian Influence | Nuke Fuel Storage | Nowak Departs PSC

Annual meeting educates, serves host community Some 6,000 electric co-op leaders attended the recent National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Participants heard presentations on industry practices including worker safety, attracting and retaining young professionals in rural America, cybersecurity and technology issues, and voted on member-generated resolutions to guide the organization’s

Brewing up History in Potosi

St. Louis, Missouri, has Anheuser-Busch and the Gateway Arch. Milwaukee has Miller High Life and the Milwaukee Art Museum. And Potosi has Good Old Potosi Beer and the National Brewery Museum. That’s right, this village tucked in southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area—with a population that hovers around 700 is the site of the country’s National Brewery