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Underground High Voltage Cables are a More Attractive Alternative to Power Project Developers - Boston, MA

Darren Kincaid - Friday, July 18, 2014

Overhead lines have long been the prevailing technology when it comes to power transmission across distant locations. However the costs and performance of underground high voltage cables have made them unattractive aesthetically and economically.

Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA is commonly considered when overhead transmission lines are not a viable option. This installation is a better alternative for those areas that present natural obstacles or are crucial to wildlife habitation and migration, or even those places with high population density.

Underground high voltage cables aid power transmission projects to cross areas where environmental sensitivities exist. Underground cables offer no physical obstacles to animals, particularly birds. This alternative has no post-installation visual damage, which is why it is also better in preserving the visual value of historical and natural spots.

The use of underground high voltage cable systems in Boston, MA is generally less hazardous. Apart from being insulated, the underground cables are surrounded by a shield and buried deep within a concrete duct. These systems experience less failures and interruptions than overhead line transmission systems as they are more protected and shielded down below.

Power project developers now consider underground high voltage cables as a more attractive alternative than ever. With the increased environmental restrictions related to overhead transmission and the reduced cost of underground transmission installation, the underground HVCs currently possess a better environmental and economic profile than overhead transmission lines.

If you think that underground options are technically feasible and economically viable for your upcoming projects, contact ElecComm.

Fiber Optics Telecommunication Networks for Safe and Effective Transmission of Information - Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, July 12, 2014

Telecommunication networks in Providence RI must be configured, designed, installed, and managed on a holistic basis as they can make or break the transmission and exchange of data over distant locations. They provide a convenient communication platform for multiple users that is why they must be organized into some form of a network.

A telecommunication network is an electronic system of nodes that facilitate effective communication and other related operations. In year past, it was impractical to use this kind of network to send and receive information be it in the form of telephone call, text, image, or video because most of the links oftentimes are left idle. However, with the help of modern technology and experts from ElecComm, this and other issues have been resolved and avoided.

We want to make sure that you use a cost-effective and energy-efficient telecommunication network to satisfy the specific requirements demanded by your exclusive operations and transactions. This has been made possible by a network that are interconnected and installed such that every user is has an access to one of the communication channels. We use high quality fiber optic cables in any comprehensive cable network we engineer and implement to ensure safe and effective transmission of important information.

Contact ElecComm for concerns regarding fiber splicing, network testing, and other related services.

Underground High Voltage Cables: Powering and Empowering the Modern World - Providence, RI

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, July 03, 2014

Underground high voltage cable installation in Providence RI solves the obstruction in certain operations caused by existing overhead power transmission lines. That is why this underground cable system has become the backbone of most modern day power transmission infrastructure. It has been an economical and effective alternative to overhead power lines, expanding its reach through up-to-date technology.

Underground high voltage cables are powering and empowering today’s world. They have a unique and versatile way of transmitting and supplying electric power. They are out of sight and therefore do not cause impediments to commercial and industrial processes.

In days past, these underground power transmitters were very expensive for installation and maintenance. But today, the cost differential between underground cables and overhead lines are decreasing. This is because of minimized cost production methods, enhanced installation techniques, upgraded technology, improved monitoring, and increased durability and reliability. For all these reasons, more power project developers in Providence RI choose underground high voltage cable installation instead of overhead.

Underground high voltage cable systems can absorb emergency power loads better. They can assist in transmitting power across areas where land is unavailable for overhead lines installation, where land value must be maintained for future expansion and development, or where land is an environmental or a natural heritage site. Their benefits also include supplying power across areas which have natural obstacles or with dense population.

Be powered in the best way. Visit ElecComm now to learn more about the latest options for underground high voltage cable systems installation, removal, and maintenance

Installing and Splicing Fiber Optics Cable for a Faster Telecommunication Network - Wilmington, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Telecommunications refers to the electronic transmission of information through a specific medium over distances. A telecommunication network makes it more convenient for companies and industries to communicate through voice and video calls or multimedia messaging and short message services.

Telecommunication network in Wilmington MA has been integral for industries who participate in the multilateral trading system to meet modern market demand. Computers and telecommunications create value together. Together, they make communication of information between distant locations possible and profitable.

Telecommunication networks require terminals for accessing the network and computers for processing information. There are high-end equipment and software needs to control and facilitate the transmission of data from the sending device to a receiving device through telecommunication links.

The purview of telecommunication networks is distinguished by its geographical scope. Local area networks (LAN) are built for private establishments with several interconnecting buildings. Metropolitan area networks are used to interconnect various LAN within a metropolitan area. Accordingly, wide area networks cover a wider geographical scope.

Fiber Optics cable installation and splicing is most commonly employed to implement telecommunication links. Fiber Optics cable consists of many strands of pure glass with a data-carrying core. Its strands are surrounded by a reflective coating and a protective sheath in order to transmit information in billions of bits per second. It is mostly preferred because its channel capacity is fast rising and is expected to do digital transmission in a much faster speed.

Constructing, maintaining, and repairing telecommunication networks have never been this efficient. Contact ElecComm for more information.

Storm Response to Weather Related Power Outages – Wilmington, MA

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We are in the midst of hurricane season. Severe summer storms are also very common. Many power outages are caused by severe weather like lightning, rain, snow, and wind. Storms and flash floods can cause electrical power to shut down. The damage due to water in overhead lines and underground high-voltage cables can be very expensive and can cause many problems for businesses.

Weather-related power outages can completely destroy vital power systems and supplies. They leave the affected areas without electricity for days, or worse, weeks and sometimes months. If your business has been or can be affected by natural disasters, its electric systems must be protected to prevent unplanned and unexpected power outages.

Today, we are dependent on electrical power. Our livelihood and our leisure time needs a constant and sufficient supply of electricity. Specifically, power supplies are a vital part of life-support systems in hospitals and for airports. ElecComm provides services to major public utilities in New England during major power outages resulting from storms.

More and more business and other facilities require immediate storm response in Wilmington, MA. A loss of power can result in lost data, decreased output, inconsistent productivity, missed deadlines, revenue loss, and loss of life. Storm response with ElecComm includes installation, removal, and maintenance of overhead lines.

Weather is responsible for the majority of major power outages. Now that every establishment is aware of the possible causes and probable losses of power outages, each should be prepared and protected from any brownout, blackout, and power surge. Contact ElecComm directly.

Vehicle Fleet: Solution to a Safer and More Sustainable Electric Line Construction - Wilmington, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 05, 2014

A vehicle fleet may be composed of cars, pickups, trailers, trucks, vans, or related motor vehicles used to deliver products to customers, to travel to client's offices, support telecommunication networks, and more.

Companies with a large-scale vehicle fleet can improve the efficiency and increase productivity in the field. With this service existing at ElecComm, the risks relative to constructing telecommunication networks and installing underground high voltage cables can now be reduced, if not absolutely removed.

ElecComm has an extensive fleet of state of the art equipment for any size of electrical construction crew. Every vehicle in the fleet not only meets all of your needs out in the field but also allows us to select the best equipment to meet your company's budget. All of them are well-equipped with benchmark safety features. These help the ElecComm crew to achieve maximum productivity and protection for both emergency and planned high voltage and communications work.

ElecComm offers the highest quality tools and equipment, engineered to shorten installation time and increase safety. Through an extensive vehicle fleet a better means of safe and effective overhead or underground electric and communications line construction is made possible. With the most reliable technical support and customer service, ElecComm continues to cater to your concerns pertaining to telecommunication networks and underground high/low voltage cable by providing cable installation equipment as well as cable pulling equipment in their vehicle fleet.

For more information contact ElecComm.

Underground High Voltage Systems: Eliminating Hazards in Rural and Sensitive Locations - Wilmington, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 30, 2014

High Voltage cable systems serve a significant role in the scope of electricity transmission and distribution networks all over the world. Today, these systems can now be optimally installed in highly populated places or immensely sensitive environments, either underground or underwater.

Underground transmission cabling solutions in Wilmington, MA prevent the high-voltage cables from coming into contact with people or with other objects, while containing and controlling leakage current. High voltage underground cables can either be directly buried, gas-insulated, or placed in a trough or in tunnels. In direct-buried high voltage underground systems, conductors and insulators are buried below ground, showing no visible sign of the cables. Instead of being directly buried, high voltage cables are placed in a tunnel bored deep beneath the ground. Gas-insulated lines are a rather new technology that consist of tubular aluminum conductors which carry the current. The lines are then enclosed in an inflexible metallic tube filled with an insulating gas. This alternative is known for having a sheath that partially cancels magnetic field thereby reducing it. In trough, the conductors are placed closely paralleled to one another and contained in a concrete trough flush with the ground surface.

Underground High Voltage Systems have made it possible to reliably and conveniently transmit high-voltage power from production to consumption points all over the national grid. Replacing conventional overhead lines with underground systems wipes out the visual impact of large power lines. Underground transmission cabling solutions in Wilmington, MA also ensure that there are no audible noise and electromagnetic fields in particular areas.

For more information about the installation, removal and maintenance of overhead and underground electric/communications distribution systems, contact the ElecComm.

Why Optical Power Meter are Used in Telecom Network Testing - Wilmington, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Since today's high-bandwidth networks rely on fiber optic infrastructure, an optical power meter must be used to check the power in fiber cables. It is a test instrument and a monitoring system to ensure that the network downtime is minimized.

The technicians who install or maintain any type of fiber networks should bring fiber optic power meters with them. These optical power meters are designed to help manage real-time conditions, control power generators, and solve related problems with a wide range of power measurement and a high accuracy test precision.

These testers are used to support clear-cut operations such as FTTx stationing or benchmarking, fiber network testing or troubleshooting, certification or verification capabilities, and documented loss or power level measurement. There are different kinds of power meters to choose from, depending on the type of network you are working on. Whether you use a general-purpose, high-accuracy, multi-functional, or a semi-automated optical power meter, it is just a matter of getting the right gear for what is required for a particular job.

Optical power meters are used to either measure the absolute power contained in a fiber optic signal or measure the optical loss in it. Accurate calibration is needed depending on which case this tool is used upon to come up with smooth sailing telecommunication networks.

To know more about optical power meters and telecommunication network, visit or contact the ElecComm.

Golf Course Netting Systems are a Mandatory Investment in Wilmington, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Golf course netting for driving ranges has become more and more important as the popularity of golf and ‘hitting a bucket’ has skyrocketed. Golf course netting is a good investment that guarantees many benefits to your driving range. Golfers can enjoy the game without risks and you are protected from liability.

Protect your golf course and driving range by investing in driving range netting and poles. These businesses entail risk to both spectators and players. That is why safety and protection should come first. Golf range netting systems help prevent unexpected damages to nearby houses and businesses. It also protects cars and pedestrians in the area. Golf course poles and nets also separate the driving ranges from the active course area.

The requirements to your golf course may vary based on location and weather. Specialized golf netting products and durable steel poles are needed in installing golf range netting systems. Redden nets are the best golf course netting in the industry, for a longer life and better safety. The poles and nets should be custom-built to match each golf course's requirements and preferences.

For more information on designing and installing golf range netting systems, checkout ElecComm.

Fiber Optic Splice Experts for Hire in New England

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 08, 2014

Splicing fiber optic cable is a significant skill when connecting them in a variety of configurations. So what are the things to consider when hiring fiber optic experts. Basically, their job is to install, repair, and maintain fiber optic wires and cables.

Tools and techniques

Fiber optic experts must be trained in using fiber optic splicing tools such as adapters, attenuators, connectors, couplers and splitters. Experts also use modern techniques to carefully cut, connect, and test the wires.

Splicing and installation

Fiber optic splicing must be done in such a way that the quality of the signal will be preserved and network reliability will be improved. Thus fiber optic splicers must be experts in alignment to ensure high-speed communications.

Accurate and appropriate

Experts use fiber optic splicing tools to measure electric lines accurately and arrange cable colors appropriately. They must also be able to provide correct equipment location, splicing records and other needed information in the fiber optic database.

Diagnose and repair

Fiber optics are used in electronics and communication. Networks are usually complex and often it is hard to figure which specific part is malfunctioning. This is why fiber optic technicians must be experienced in monitoring and diagnosing cable and wire problems, and stay updated on new ways to fix them. They must be available anytime for emergency coverage for fiber restoration.

Residential or Commercial

Splicing fiber optic cable works for both residential and commercial purposes. So technicians must be well-versed in splicing and installing fiber optics inside, outdoor, and underground.

For communications line construction and other related services, contact ElecComm.

It is Safer Than Ever to Hire Electric Power Line Construction Contractors - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OSHA issued a final rule that revises a 42-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with general industry standards.

The final rule also revises general industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment.

The updated standards for general industry and construction include new or revised provisions for host and contract employers to share safety-related information with each other and with employees, as well as for improved fall protection for employees working from aerial lifts and on overhead line structures. In addition, the standards adopt revised approach-distance requirements to better ensure that unprotected workers do not get dangerously close to energized lines and equipment. The final rule also adds new requirements to protect workers from electric arcs.

The new standard for electrical protective equipment applies to all electrical construction work and replaces the existing construction standard, which was based on out-of-date information, with a set of performance-oriented requirements consistent with the latest revisions of the relevant consensus standards. The new standards address the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment, including new requirements that equipment made of materials other than rubber provide adequate protection from electrical hazards.

“This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor organizations have persistently championed these much-needed measures to better protect the men and women who work on or near electrical power lines.”

For more information on electric line construction contractors, contact ElecComm.

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Golfers Choose Courses and Ranges with Well Maintained Golf Course Netting - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Do you plan to expand or improve the facilities at your golf driving range? Now that spring is here, it may be time to upgrade the facility. Planned improvements will make the driving range more of a top-of-mind facility when the season starts each year.

Most golf courses and driving ranges share a boundary with something. Golf course netting protects your neighbors and protects you from liability.

Expansion and improvement of your golf range will improve customer demand during early spring, late fall and winter. When the range is in good repair, it is the range that gets chosen first. If your range offers amenities or facilities for events, this is an even bigger reason to ensure that golf course netting is in good repair.

This season, your golf course and driving range scheduled improvements should include replacing the netting around the driving range.

Many public-access golf courses closed last year nationwide. Mainly this is caused by loss of revenue. When a golf course or range is well maintained, attractive and convenient, sales increase, increasing revenue.

For more information on golf course netting and poles, contact ElecComm.

Custom Golf Course Poles and Netting - Boston, Hartford

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Golf season is fast approaching. The tough winter has many golf courses and driving ranges around the Boston area left with work to do on their property; golf course netting in disrepair, poles and lights that need to be replaced or added. For the protection of the course, the patrons, neighbors and by-standers, golf courses and driving ranges need golf course netting that is safe and secure.

ElecComm provides installation of poles and netting for driving ranges and golf courses along with replacement netting and free estimates. All netting is done with Redden Nets. Now is the time to get course and ranges set up and squared away before the golf season really begins.

All golf courses are different with different needs. The golf course safety netting and poles need to be custom designed and sized for each individual location. ElecComm installs golf course netting and you can count on it to be designed and custom fitted to meet your needs.

For information on netting installation, contact ElecComm.

Electric Transmission Lines and Gas Pipelines are Needed Throughout New England

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 21, 2014

A lack of pipelines into New England is making natural gas costlier, pushing up wholesale electricity prices in the region by 55 percent last year. The news comes as no surprise as New England's six states are literally at the end of the nation's energy pipeline. What to do about it is another matter.

Some stakeholders are pinning their hopes on a proposal offered by the region's governors to fast-track construction of hundreds of miles of new natural gas pipelines and the construction of hundreds of miles of new transmission lines.

The average price of wholesale electric energy rose to $56.06 per megawatt hour, up from a historic low of $36.09 in 2012.

Higher fuel prices result in higher power prices. New England sits on the doorstep of the Marcellus Shale, which has increased supply and lowered natural gas prices significantly, at least in areas of the country that can access that gas. However, the limited pipeline capacity coming into New England means that sometimes natural-gas-fired generators have difficulty getting fuel, and that not only pushes up prices, it also creates a risk to reliable operation of the power system.

Natural gas is the predominant fuel used to generate the region's electricity, amounting to about 46 percent of generation in 2013. Wholesale power prices tend to track the price of natural gas.

The rising price undermines the attractiveness of natural gas, which is in high demand as an alternative to costlier heating oil.

But limited pipeline capacity into New England has made it difficult for some natural-gas-fired generators to get fuel, pushing up prices and risking reliable operation of the power system.

Pipeline constraints, particularly in winter when demand for home heating rises, have pushed up the average spot price for natural gas in New England to the highest in the country. Until new pipelines and equipment and new electric transmission lines are built, prices for natural gas and wholesale electricity are likely to remain volatile.

The higher electricity prices due to the cost of gas should prod officials to switch from fossil fuels, particularly using wind power that can capitalize on gusty New England winters.

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Massive Power Outages are Caused by Severe Storms and Human Error – Boston, Hartford

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 13, 2014

March has so far been a cold and snowy month. Right now the Northeast is under a high wind advisory, which has already caused power outages in some areas.

Major power disturbances can be triggered by storms, heat waves, solar flares, and many other sources, but all have roots in the mechanical and human vulnerabilities of the power grids themselves. "Power delivery systems have a lot of parts, wires, transformers, and other components all nicely tied together—which means there are a lot of things that can go wrong," explained Clark Gellings of the nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute. "Pieces break down and people make errors. A system is designed to tolerate a certain amount of disruption but past a certain point, it's simply gone too far and it falls apart."

The "great Northeast blackout," which began when a power surge near Ontario set off a chain of power failures across New York State and beyond, covered 80,000 square miles. "Within four minutes the line of darkness had plunged across Massachusetts all the way to Boston," reported NYT on the day of the outage. "It was like a pattern of falling dominoes—darkness sped southward through Connecticut, northward into Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada."

Utility companies across New England seek the help of ElecComm for maintenance and repair of power lines after storm damage. For more information, contact ElecComm.

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The Right Golf Course Netting Protects You From Liability – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 07, 2014

It was a tough winter with lots of snow, rain, and wind. But spring is around the corner and it is time to start getting golf courses and driving ranges ready for the upcoming season. Winters like the one we just went through leave golf course and driving range netting in disrepair. Additionally, more and more homes and businesses are being constructed abutting driving ranges. It is the responsibility of the range to protect neighboring homes from stray golf balls.

With the new homes and businesses being built on the boundaries of your driving range, liability increases. Golf course netting can better protect your business keeping your insurance premiums at a minimum.

Golf courses and driving ranges around New England need poles and netting for golf courses that is safe and secure in order to protect against property damage and personal injury. To maintain your reputation – and minimize your liability – you need the best netting available with installers who are experienced in installation and design.

ElecComm provides installation of poles and netting for golf driving ranges and golf courses, along with replacement netting and free estimates. All of our golf course netting is done with Redden Nets.

Custom designed and customized to fit your needs, your customers and your neighbors will be completely satisfied with your golf course netting installation. For information, contact ElecComm.

Wind and Solar Power Need Transmission Lines – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 28, 2014

With the increased interest in renewable energy like solar power and wind farms, states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been building solar fields and discussing wind power. In fact, many, if not all New England States, offer incentives to companies and businesses who choose to invest in solar and wind energy.

Massachusetts has become one of the leaders in renewable energy. Solar power, however, has surpassed and outpaced wind energy in recent years. Renewable energy capacity is growing by 25% per year, and solar is growing even faster.

Electric power transmission is the process where large amounts of electricity produced at power plants like industrial-scale solar facilities, is transported over long distances for eventual use by consumers.

Wind turbines and solar panels are not all that is needed for renewable energy transmission. If there are no existing suitable transmission facilities available for newly constructed solar energy power plants and wind farms new transmission lines and associated infrastructure is required. Turbines and solar panels are what the public sees, but transmission lines, transmission towers, and substations  to bring the power generated to the energy grid are necessary as well.

Engineering and project management are also a massive part of this endeavor. For more information on power infrastructure construction, contact ElecComm.

Are you in the renewable energy industry? To ensure that the project is successfully connected to the grid, contact ElecComm.

Should We Bury Overhead Power Lines? Massachusetts, Connecticut

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 13, 2014

The majestic trees that line streets across  American are a beautiful sight most of the year. Then there are the weeks when a winter storm hits, and the trees shed ice-laden limbs that crash down on the power lines below. It's at those times when millions of voices rise as one to ask, "Why aren't these &@$#*%! wires underground?" And with a winter like the one we have been having, this question has been asked a lot.

The answer: Money.

After a storm that knocked out electricity to 2 million customers, regulators took a look at what it would cost to bury the overhead power lines. The state Utilities Commission concluded the project would be "prohibitively expensive."

"Such an undertaking would cost approximately $41 billion, nearly six times the net book value of the utilities' current distribution assets, and would require approximately 25 years to complete," the report states. Customers' rates would have to more than double to pay for the project, the commission' staff found.

It's not the snow, it's the ice

And underground power lines "are not without their disadvantages," they concluded. While more reliable "under normal weather conditions," they take almost 60% longer to fix when something does happen to them.

Underground power lines make up about 18% of U.S. transmission lines. Nearly all new residential and commercial developments have underground electric service. But it noted that underground power lines cost five to 10 times more than overhead wires, don't last as long and cost more to replace.

"Buried power lines are protected from the wind, ice and tree damage that are common causes of outages, and so suffer fewer weather or vegetation-related outages," it concluded. "But buried lines are more vulnerable to flooding, and can still fail due to equipment issues or lightning."

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Why We Lose Power in Very Cold Weather – Boston, Providence, Hartford

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The extreme cold temperatures have highlighted the vulnerability of power systems equipment in very cold weather. Snowstorms can lead to power outages in the Northeast, but cold weather alone can be enough to cause problems. Power companies ask customers to conserve energy to prevent a cold-weather outage. The average person might ask, ‘why would my power go out when it’s just cold outside?’

The electric system consists of thousands of components with lots of moving parts. These systems work best when they operate at the right temperature and moisture/humidity range they were designed for. When they are new, these devices are designed and rated to operate correctly in even extreme temperatures. But as they age—and much of our infrastructure is well beyond it’s life span—they may not operate well in extreme conditions.

Most of the time, when power system equipment is subjected to extreme cold or hot weather, all is well as long as it is not subjected to stress. When it gets too cold, hot, or moist, many of these devices operate slower, faster, or less predictably than they normally would—especially when they are called upon to perform really hard work, such as a circuit breaker or switch opening fast enough to protect the system from a short circuit caused by a tree branch falling on a line.

Anyone who has lost electricity during a storm with high winds knows that trees and other nearby items can pose a threat to power lines. But even if there is no snow and ice to send branches tumbling onto the above-ground lines, tree roots can cause problems by providing a pathway for ice to build up around lines underground. In both cases the lines are already stiffer than usual from the cold, making them more vulnerable.

Wind can also cause malfunctions in the power system by blowing tree limbs into lines or rocking trees hard enough to have the roots of the trees rub against the underground lines. Over 40% percent of outages come from trees, and another 20% come from animals.

Another issue with extreme temperatures is that consumer demand for energy is usually higher. Heat pumps are operating almost continuously, emergency heat systems and electric space heaters may be running as well. If temperature extremes are worse than forecast and/or happen faster than forecast, the utilities may not have planned for or had enough time to bring sufficient generation online to support the demand.  This can result in local or widespread overloads that may cause service to some neighborhoods to go offline automatically or switch to rotating blackouts.

In an age when more homeowners are using solar panels to generate their own electricity, bad weather usually limits the output of these devices and increases the amount of energy the utility must supply, making the problem even worse. Self-generation of electricity by customers essentially hides the true energy demand of a residence or building from the utility, making it difficult for them to know how much energy they must be able to supply instantaneously when those self-generation sources go offline or are substantially reduced.

There are many things that utilities can do to minimize the impact of extreme cold or hot weather on power system operation. Ensuring that power plants are properly insulated so that their support equipment is working.  Replacing aging infrastructure, adding additional status monitoring equipment, and improving load forecasting for given weather environments can also help.

All of these measures come at a cost—especially the replacement of aging infrastructure—and unfortunately, few are willing to see their electricity rates go up to pay for such improvements. At some point, aging infrastructure starts to fail more often and more catastrophically, resulting in more inconvenience for longer periods of time at much higher cost.

For more information on power line and infrastructure repair during extreme weather, contact ElecComm.

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Making Power Line Infrastructure Improvements for the Super Bowl – New Jersey

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 30, 2014

Officials in New Jersey are working hard to ensure that the power does not go out in Sunday’s Super Bowl. No one wants a repeat of last year’s big game.

In addition to finding and fixing any electrical system defects that might cause an outage, workers have had to protect the power supply against the threat of an ice storm or other extreme winter weather too.

PSE&G has bolstered its infrastructure against bad weather and equipment failures. The upgrades include adding a power line to augment the two already in place to deliver power to the stadium complex. Each of the lines is capable of supplying the entire 12 megawatts of electricity that MetLife Stadium normally requires to power the lights and the rest of its standard power needs. In addition, the utility has positioned a backup mobile transformer less than a mile from the stadium, which can be deployed in case the normal circuitry that supplies the stadium fails.

New Jersey's stadium authority, which has responsibility for the electricity once it gets inside the complex, has upgraded its substation and taken steps to make sure everything works properly in the stadium itself. That included hiring an outside electricity construction consultant in an effort to spot and fix flaws.

Power engineering experts said that in some ways, the setting of the game—the first open-air venue in a cold-weather region to host the Super Bowl—actually makes it less likely that an electrical mishap will occur. MetLife doesn't have a massive air conditioning and heating system to draw huge amounts of electricity and add to the complexity of managing use.

Stadiums are particularly vulnerable to blackouts because they rely upon metal halide lights. While metal halide lamps are relatively efficient and produce bright light, they're sensitive to sudden drops in voltage.

In addition to checking wiring and equipment inside and outside the stadium, officials can guard against such disruptions by trimming tree branches that could fall on lines and cause short circuits, and by installing barriers to keep squirrels and other animals away from them.

Worries over a possible Super Bowl outage are symptomatic of a larger problem. Utilities have been spending money in recent years to modernize the grid and improve reliability.

But those improvements are being outpaced by our increasing dependence upon electric-powered gadgetry, the "always-on, always-connected society." As a result, people have become less tolerant and less patient when electrical power technology breaks down.

Even these big events have become more and more dependent upon things powered by electricity-the big replay screens, all of the electronic media at the game.

The worries about an outage dramatize a larger issue-the need to overhaul an aging electrical grid which was designed in the mid-20th century. We're putting more demand on it. We're stressing it in ways it was never designed to be handled. Power outages are happening every day in our homes, factories, and schools, but they're not getting as much attention as the Super Bowl.

For more information on improving power infrastructure, contact ElecComm.

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Down Power Lines Safety Tips – Boston and New England

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter is upon us. This means winter storms of snow, ice and strong winds which tend to bring down power lines. ElecComm assists electric utility companies around New England with storm response for down power lines. However, as we plod through winter in the Northeast, ElecComm wants to ensure that you are prepared for potential safety hazards presented by downed electric power lines.

Severe and fatal injuries can occur by touching- or being too close to- power lines. There is no room for mistakes if you come upon a down live power line.

Downed power lines may be live. Stay at least 35 feet away. Electricity can travel through water and the ground around power lines.

  • Immediately report any downed wires to the local authorities or electric company. Remain far back.
  • Refrain from clearing snow, ice or storm debris until the power is disconnected or power lines are repaired.
  • If a power line lands on your vehicle while you are in it, stay in the vehicle until emergency responders arrive. Exiting a vehicle that has been contacted by a live power line is extremely dangerous. Similarly, do not attempt to assist someone if their vehicle is in contact with power lines.
  • If you notice the power line is on your vehicle before you enter, stay out of the vehicle, back away, and call the authorities and/or the local utility company.

For more information on down power line maintenance, contact ElecComm.

Electric Line Storm Response During Winter Storms – Boston, New England

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 17, 2014

Traditionally, severe winter storms lead to thousands of people spending days without electricity, while hundreds of thousands more use it non-stop and use more of it. This kind of demand puts huge amounts of pressure on existing power grids around Boston and New England.

During winter storms NSTAR, WMECO, PSNH, Unitil, NHEC, and other smaller electric companies experience very high demand for power right. Restoring power and repairing down power lines caused by heavy snow and ice is just one issue facing electric utilities all winter long.

There are actually a multiple issues in the winter when it comes to supplying power. A high demand for power, and extreme cold, stresses power equipment and can often cause additional power outages. When downed electric lines need repairs during storms, re-energizing a power line that's been out of service needs to be brought back on-line in sections, because of the extreme cold. That means power needs to be restored gradually. Often it can then fail again because of the temperatures.

For these scenarios, when power lines need emergency storm response, power companies around New England enlist the services of ElecComm, an electrical line contracting company in Massachusetts.

Power companies are not asking homeowners or business owner to cut back on power during the cold temperatures of a New England winter. However, being conservative back when possible is beneficial.

Adding to extreme demand on the power grid is the widespread nature of this arctic blast. It's not just local, it's regional.

For more information on electric line storm response, contact ElecComm.

Power Line Repairs and Maintenance During Winter Storms - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 03, 2014

During winter storms, like the Nor'easter pummeling the east coast today, ElecComm provides assistance to all the major public utility companies in New England by restoring power during major power outages caused by storms. When high winds and heavy snow brings tree limbs down on power lines, keeping power companies scrambling to restore power and utilities they call ECC.

During winter storms, often 1000’s of electric utility customers can end up without power. In order to reduce that number as fast as possible and to restore power to residential and commercial customers, utility companies call power line construction contractors like ECC.

Today, the National Weather Service is expecting gusty winds through mid-morning along with snow and below freezing temperatures. Both accidents and snow could bring down power lines and ECC is ready for storm response.

Our team is fully crossed trained and is ready for dispatch in preparation for any planned or unplanned event. Contact us for more information.

Warmest Holiday Wishes to You and Your Families

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Today's blog post is a simple and sincere note of thanks for allowing our business to be part of your lives. It is our sincere wish that throughout this Holiday season you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship. May you and all you hold dear return from the Holiday season safe, rewarded, and rested.  Sincere best regards to you all.

Electric Line Contracting Companies Ready for Storm Response – New England

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 20, 2013

There is a rain or ice storm headed our way this weekend, depending on where you are in New England. With lots of snow already on the trees and adding wet rain or heavy ice could mean downed trees and slippery roads. Both could mean power outages.

In preparation of winter storms utility companies around New England line up utility contracting companies and tree companies just to be safe. In the case of a power outage, electric line construction companies can hit the road performing utility line repairs and maintenance in order to get electric company customers power again.

Electric line contractors bring equipment, people and supplies to the areas that it is believed they will be most needed.

A few times each winter severe storms leave New Englanders without power. Utility companies use electrical contracting companies and tree contract workers to assist in restoring power as needed.

Over the recent years, ECC provides assistance to major public utilities throughout the Northeast restoring power during major power outages resulting from storms. For more information contact ElecComm.

Power Line Repair to Restore Power After Winter Storms – Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 13, 2013

The snow storm is fast approaching. During the winter power outages in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the rest of New England are very common. Power companies and private businesses all over the region need help restoring power by repairing and maintaining power lines across the Northeast. They find that help at ElecComm.

When 100’s or 1000’s of residents or businesses lose power, it is hard to keep ‘life’ running smoothly. PSNH, NSTAR, WMECO, Unitil, and NHEC all seek the services of ElecComm because they know the quicker their customers regain power, the happier they will be.  Repair to overhead electric lines during a winter storm is part of the role of an power line construction contracting company.

ElecComm crews work to restore power for utility companies as well as for private businesses all New England including the Cape and islands. The ElecComm team is fully crossed trained and is ready for dispatch in preparation for any planned or unplanned event.

For more information on storm response and power restoration, contact us.

ElecComm Hiring Lineman Class C

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 02, 2013

ElecComm is hiring! ElecComm is one of the largest 24x7 underground and overhead high/low voltage electric and communications line construction companies in New England. If you believe you are qualified, please email your resumes to info@eleccommc.com.

Lineman class C

  • Must have valid divers license
  • Must pass background check
  • Must be able to pass drug screening
  • Must be able to climb poles and complete type A,B transfers
  • Be advanced in lashing coax and fiber
  • Be advanced in coax splicing, cutting in single and dual cable equipment
  • Be versed in installation of ADSS cable, dead end kits, slack points, and frame any pole for a run
  • Able to install fiber and coax in underground system
  • Able to run underground equipment

For more information, contact us.

ElecComm is Hiring Lineman Class A

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 02, 2013

ElecComm is hiring! ElecComm is one of the largest 24x7 underground and overhead high/low voltage electric and communications line construction companies in New England. If you believe you are qualified, please email your resumes to info@eleccommc.com.

Lineman class A

  • Must have valid divers license
  • Must have CDL class B license
  • Must pass background check
  • Must be able to pass drug screening
  • Must be able to climb poles and complete all types of transfers
  • Must be able to transfer and hook up power supplies and ONU’s
  • Be advanced in lashing coax and fiber
  • Be able to coax splice all equipment.
  • Be versed in installation of ADSS cable, dead end kits, slack points, and frame any pole for a run
  • Able to install fiber and coax in underground system
  • Able to run underground equipment
  • Must be able to run his/her own truck
  • Understand maps and designs associated with rebuilds and new builds
  • Complete any aerial or underground run of any size.
  • Must be willing to be on call

For more information contact us.

Winter Storms Can Reap Havoc on Utilities - Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 22, 2013

Winter storms can happen at any time and they can really reap havoc on the utility lines around the state. Several Mid Atlantic East coast states have been dramatically affected by winter storms over the course of the last few years. Additionally, it is predicted that this winter could be very challenging.

Utility companies and electric line construction companies send storm response teams out all winter long all around East coast to rebuild electric lines and to restore power to the residential and business customers that lose power during these snow, ice, wind, and rain storms.

ElecComm is an electric line contracting company that provides assistance to major public utilities throughout New England restoring power during major winter storms and unexpected power outages. ElecComm is fully crossed trained and is ready for dispatch in preparation for any planned or unplanned power outage. Contact us.

Electric Line Construction Storm Response - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 15, 2013

As winter approaches, utility companies and electric line construction companies are readying electric lines for storms and winter weather. This entails trimming trees and performing repairs and maintenance to overhead lines.  When winter ice, wind, and snow storms strike electric companies as well as cities and towns are often stretched thin doing electric line repair work in the aftermath of these storms.

ElecComm is an independent electric line construction contractor with an innovative, 24/7 a storm response team that is always available to go to work for towns, private companies, utility companies, ISPs, and universities around Boston.

When winter weather affects fiber optic networks, overhead and underground electronic transmission, distribution and telecommunication systems, ElecComm is the electric line contracting company of choice in Boston and New England.

When municipalities, developers and electric companies need to install, remove and maintain underground and overhead electric lines, fiber networks and communication distribution systems, or for storm response, contact ElecComm.

Utility Contracting Companies for Electric Line Construction and Maintenance – Boston, Hartford

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 07, 2013

Full-service utility contracting companies offers turnkey services for electric transmission, distribution and telecommunications, including engineering, procurement and construction as well as working with transformers and sub-stations. ElecComm provides project management, design, engineering and end to end management expertise for all electric line construction projects.

ElecComm thrives on the completing any power line construction project in the most rugged terrains during the worst weather, in any temperature. In fact, the worst weather in New England facilitates even more business in electric line construction and maintenance. During winter storms ElecComm is the company that utility companies across New England call in order to restore power faster.

Electric line construction project also have a significant number of environmental constraints. In addition to the engineering and project management, utility contracting companies need to be constantly aware of the migration patterns of wildlife including birds and fish. Also, they need to be minimally invasive when cutting and clearing for the right-of-way.

A lot of the work that is done is designed to expand and upgrade the power grid system in New England. In fact, utility companies are planning and scheduling projects of this sort over the next few years as residential and commercial construction continues to increase throughout New England.

Projects include upgrading transmission lines, wind farm projects which can include the construction of wind turbines, a new substation and interconnection to the power grid, and maintenance and repair projects. For more information contact ElecComm.

Electric Line Construction in for New Developments Across MA and New England

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 01, 2013

As new commercial and residential developments are built around Massachusetts and New England, the need for fiber optic networks, telecommunication networks, and electric line construction is in demand. To supply power to businesses and homes  lines need to be built and existing infrastructure needs upkeep.

Additionally, city development or building rehabilitation needs electric line construction companies to work with existing utility companies to expand electric and utility distribution. ElecComm, based in Massachusetts, works closely with utility companies across New England in power line construction and maintenance. ElecComm provides project management, design, engineering and end to end management expertise to all electric line construction projects.

Utility companies and communities across Massachusetts and New England are constructing or updating electric transmission linestelecommunication networks, and fiberoptic networks. Let ElecComm assist in the project development and management of these construction projects. Construction companies, utility companies, and  municipalities are all the types of clients who call us to make use of our services.

For electric utility transmission and distribution, contact us.

Power Line Construction and Maintenance Services

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 18, 2013

As the population grows and commercial buildings and retail space increases there is more demand on utility companies, electricity in particular. As demand increases, power infrastructure including utility lines, poles, and supply and transfer stations need to be built and maintained. ElecComm Power provides power and energy construction services such as design, construction, maintenance, engineering, and infrastructure services to the utility industry.

If your construction company needs a fiber-optic cable services company, choose the company that the utility companies around New England are choosing. ElecComm Power has project management capabilities and fully trained and qualified field personnel who have the skills to make sure that operations run smoothly at every stage.

For new construction of fiber optic cable jobs or splicing, testing, restoration, ongoing maintenance you can depend on us. ECC services utility companies in New England on construction, maintenance, and repair as well as state and local government, communication service providers, federal projects, municipalities and private companies. Contact us.

Utility Line Storm Response In New England

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 11, 2013

Winter weather is on the way. During storm season, your utility company monitor the weather in the New England service area. They do this along with the weather services. If severe weather – rain, snow, strong winds – are on the way, they begin to put people and equipment in place as soon as possible. Additionally, they begin to contanct ElecComm. ElecComm helps New England utility companies with repair and maintenance of utility lines as well as with storm response.

Your utility companies work with cities and towns days before storms hit in order to maintain open lines of communications. They are also confident in our ability to respond to the needs of towns and municipalities when it comes to storm response for downed utility lines.

In the event of a weather emergency you can rely on the expertise of ElecComm, as well as our relationships with your utility companies, to get your power back up and running. For more information contact us.

Reliable Storm Response for Damaged Power Lines - ElecComm

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 04, 2013

Winter storm season is fast approaching. When wind, rain, ice and snow bring down power lines in Massachusetts this winter, know that ElecComm has been getting ready all year to help electric and utility companies turn the power back on.
 
ElecComm has the heavy-duty machinery and the employees who are trained in electric and telecommunication services repairs; we also have expertise in the installation of electric lines and in the installation of power line transformers. We have been helping utility companies around New England in the restoration of power after storms.

Each day electric and telecommunication companies must ensure that their consumers have access to the services supplied to them.

When power lines and infrastructure is damages from storms, this work requires a quick response. ElecComm can be sent to any area in New England where damage to electrical wires has caused a disruption in the services provided to electric customers. Contact us.

Assistant Project Manager - Fiber Optics Division Needed

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Assistant Project Manager (APM) is responsible for assisting the Senior Project Manager (SPM) with overall fiber optics project planning and scheduling, resource allocation, project accounting and control. Providing technical direction and ensuring compliance with quality standards. The APM responsibilities include but are not limited to: Project planning, cost management, staff supervision, time management, quality management and safety management.

Responsibilities:

With direction from Senior Project Manager oversee the fiber splicing and construction projects including:

  • Review and maintain splice plans, test result, and as-builds.
  • Assist with NOC and On Call rotation.
  • Attend site walk outs with customers.
  • Assist in estimating, project scheduling and staff scheduling.
  • Attend weekly project status meetings.
  • Assist crews in troubleshooting through the use of Industry software, maps and designs.
  • Ensure that projects activities move according to predetermined schedule.
  • Assist in devising the project work plans and make revisions as needed.
  • Monitor the progress of the fiber projects on a regular basis and report regular status updates to the Senior Project Manager and customers as needed.
  • Periodic inspection of work sites.
  • Ensure project documents are complete.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • A two year associates degree in project management or related experience preferred.
  • 5-10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry with an emphasis on outside and inside plant construction.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a project management capacity.
  • Extensive knowledge of fiber optic splicing and testing practices and procedures.
  • Ability to oversee small to midsized projects
  • Must have excellent written communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a 365/24/7 environment.
  • Ability to fusion splice and otdr test is plus.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of fiber splicing and network testing.
  • Ability to read and understand fiber splicing designs and maps.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and find work around as needed.
  • Maintain and update project designs, maps and as-built.
  • Effective time management and logical decision-making ability.
  • Capacity to handle pressure.
  • Strong computer skills necessary, including excel, word, power point, Auto Cad, Visio, OSP Insight, Fast View, any Utility or telecommunications database software.

Golf Course Netting for Country Clubs and City Driving Ranges - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 20, 2013

Country club, golf course and driving range owners and managers need to always be thinking how to improve golfing facilities. Updates are constant, but never forget to regularly be updating the outside as well as the inside.  Installing golf course nets and poles is another way to improve your country club, range or course.

With reliable golf course netting, driving ranges can be established in more urban or more populated areas. Durable golf netting makes it possible for golfers to get their practice swing in at driving ranges in areas with limited available space.

Golf course netting and poles at driving ranges prevent golf balls from causing property damage and injury to pedestrians. While the trajectory of the ball may be hampered by a shorter city driving range, golfers will see the initial flight and that initial trajectory is enough to let you know if the ball was hit well.  

High quality golf netting allows practicing golfers to drive actual golf balls rather than practice balls. However, golf course netting is constantly exposed to elements so should be inspected regularly. For high quality golf course netting, contact ElecComm.

Power Line Repair and Maintenance After Severe Storms - Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 13, 2013

Big, severe thunder and lightning storms ran through Massachusetts last night. Rain and snow storms are the types of natural scenarios that cause serious power line damage.  When strong storms sweep across New England leaving tens of thousands of residential and commercial electric customers in the dark, utility need help with the maintenance and repairs of power lines.

Most power line damage results from strong winds and, in the winter, heavy wet snow. In the months leading up to winter, power companies seek assistance in power line maintenance. During and after powerful storms, these same utility companies seek help in power line repair.   

ElecComm Power is the go-to power line construction company in Massachusetts that services all of New England and New York. In fact, we are the preferred electric and communications line construction company for utility companies like Public Service of New Hampshire, Western Mass Electric, Unitil, New Hampshire Electric Co-op and NSTAR. We have been restoring power during major power outages resulting from storms for years.

For any planned or unplanned event you need a team of electric utility contractors  that is fully crossed trained and ready for dispatch. Contact ElecComm Power.

Power Line Maintenance and Repair in Winter – Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 06, 2013

Winter is fast approaching and it is predicted to be a big one in Massachusetts and New England. Power companies need assistance with repair and maintenance of power lines before and after the storms strike. When storms and natural disasters cause major power outages; utility companies need help restoring power. ElecComm is the company that is called in the New England Area. In fact, our primary business is construction, repair and maintenance of overhead and underground power lines.

ElecComm installs, removes and maintains underground and overhead high and low voltage electric lines, fiber optic cable, and communication lines in all environments. We are the company that New England utility companies call to get their customers back on the grid and in power.

As a utility or broadband company in New England, you need to know who you can trust and who is equipped for both emergency and planned high voltage and communications work.

When large developments, new neighborhoods and condos are built, power needs to be brought to those homes. ElecComm is the company to call in the New England area. The overhead line segment of our business includes the installation, removal and maintenance of overhead power lines for major utility companies, state and local government, communication service providers, municipalities and private entities.

For more information, contact ElecComm.

Power Line Construction for Solar Farms Being Connected to Electricity Grids - MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 30, 2013

There are currently at least 11 solar arrays operating atop landfills in Massachusetts, with at least two dozen more in development, according to the state Department of Energy Resources.

Solar farms are connected to the electricity grid. Power generated is transferred from the solar panels into the National Grid system and the utility will sell the electricity back to municipalities at a below-market rate. The solar farm newly built in Methuen will be saving the city as much as $80,000 a year.

Solar farms built atop the former municipal dumps across Massachusetts are now tapped into the electrical grid and expected to defray city utility bills. However, power lines construction is needed to disperse and transport the electricity.

In Methuen, the solar panels installed at the Huntington Avenue landfill each produce about as much energy as a bicyclist. But collectively, the photovoltaic array can power roughly 250 homes when operating at peak capacity.

Massachusetts has taken aggressive action in recent years to tap into renewable energy. More and more electric line construction and transmission infrastructure needs to be built efficiently and economically.

Solar installations across the state now have the capability to generate 298 megawatts of power. Initially, Gov. Deval Patrick sought to reach 250 megawatts by 2017. But that level was surpassed this spring and the governor has since established a new benchmark of 1,600 megawatts by 2020.

For more information on power line construction in Massachusetts, contact ElecComm.

Excerpts - Eagle Tribune

New England's 24/7 Emergency Power and Data Network Service Provider

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

You see ElecComm power service equipment and our people providing trusted power and networking services across all of New England. But what exactly does ElecComm do and what is behind all those professional people and powerful equipment?

ECC is a reputable organization and is the TRUSTED company for both emergency and planned high voltage and communications work across New England. In the 13 years it’s been in business, our team has laid and spliced thousands of miles of cable up to 35,000 volts. ECC is UWUA Local 369 company with our core focus on safety, health, and training. Our workforce is highly skilled and cross trained in order to perform every aspect of electric and communications work in the underground and overhead.

ECC’s electrical power restoration response team is available 24x7 for both overhead and underground emergency outages bringing power back to life for customers. For emergency telecommunication repair or new lay down services, we provide cradle to grave project management and equipment installation services.

If you and your business simply can’t tolerate the upcoming and recurring fall and winter New England power outages that WILL take down power and data communication networks, consider us your 24x7 emergency responders. Write our name and number (ElecComm Electric Power Service: 866-466-2931) into your company’s disaster recovery plan.

The Electric Grid, Power, and Distribution Cables – Boston

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 17, 2013

The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after the largest blackout but it remains vulnerable.  The electrical grid is a complex system of power plants, transmission lines, and local distribution networks that deliver power to homes and businesses. Made of three major grids — Eastern, Western and Texas — it is divided into hundreds of smaller sections.

Below is a summary of how power flows on the system, who oversees it and what went wrong in the August 2003 blackout:

Power Generation: The roughly 6,000 power plants nationwide use coal, natural gas, nuclear fission, wind or sun to generate electricity. The amount of power generated at any given time must match customers' demand for power exactly, or the system becomes unstable.

Power Transmission: A network of high-voltage power lines delivers large amounts of power over long distances, from power plants to substations in population centers. There are 450,000 miles of transmission lines in the U.S., organized in networks designed to be able to continue to deliver power even if part of the network fails.

Bulk Power: The power plants and transmission networks make up the bulk power system. The responsibility of this equipment was given to the North American Electric Reliability Corp. after the blackout. Many aspects of the system, including pricing and reliability, are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The plants and wires are operated by investor-owned utilities, transmission companies, and federal nonprofit agencies.

Power Distribution: This network of smaller lines and equipment delivers low-voltage power from substations to customers through overhead lines and underground cables. Failures in this system from weather or other factors are responsible for most of the outages customers’ experience. Distribution is handled by hundreds of different investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities and cooperatives. It is regulated at the state level.

What Went Wrong: In 2003, trees came into contact with several transmission lines operated by Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., and utilities and regional grid operators failed to stop the outage as the instability cascaded in the regional grid and beyond, eventually affecting 50 million people in eight states and parts of Canada. Investigators said FirstEnergy's grid management, regional operators' responses, the tools used to monitor the situation, and communication among the parties involved all contributed to the problem.

For information or assistance on maintenance of existing power lines or construction of new lines, contact ElecComm.

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High Voltage Electricity Lines Bring Renewable Energy to the Grid- MA, RI, Cape Cod

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 09, 2013

Many states are trying to increase their potential for- and use of- wind power. A key problem however is the lack of high-voltage electric lines to connect the areas where turbines churn out power to the regions that need the power.

It isn’t easy to build power lines, particularly those that would have to stretch across several states. A complex — and sometimes conflicting — patchwork of federal and state rules apply.

Building transmission lines is a process, that once complete, can add renewable energy to the grid faster.

The location of power-transmission lines is increasingly important as state renewable energy targets drive investments in wind and solar power. President Obama’s ambitious renewable energy goals and his plan to tackle climate change have further raised the stakes.

The nation’s aging power grid wasn’t designed for today’s demand. For decades, the setup was relatively simple: High-voltage electric lines connected major coal, gas or nuclear plants to nearby communities that needed the power. More than 200,000 miles of transmission lines crisscross the country.

Now, as government incentives and technological advances spur investments in wind and solar energy, experts see a need for more transmission lines to link scattered turbines and solar panels to the grid — especially as the U.S. demand for energy rises again after dipping during the recession. As recently as five years ago, the country was building about 1,000 miles of transmission lines each year. That rate has more than doubled, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corp., and it’s expected to reach 3,600 miles a year by 2018.

For information on transmission line construction, contact ElecComm.

Excerpts - Washington Post

Inncentive Sign on Bonus Program for Fiber Optic Splicers

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 01, 2013
ElecComm is now hiring experienced Fiber Optic Splicers, including a Sign On Bonus Program. Please email your resume to info@eleccommc.com. If you qualify we will provide additional information about the program.

EXPERIENCED FIBER OPTIC SPLICER

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Splice fiber optic cables using single and mass fusion equipment.
  • Test fiber using Optical Time Domain (OTDR), power meter and light source, field testing with a light identifier.
  • Trouble Shooting.
  • Install required enclosures, FDP’s, and hardware.
  • Maintain existing plant without causing signal failure interruptions.
  • Maintain test documentation.
  • Maintain project tracing information (production sheets, time sheets, and customer required paperwork).
  • Capable of working at 18 + heights (bucket truck, poles, ladders).
  • Keeping a safe working environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate teamwork by cooperating and assisting co-workers as needed.

Required skills/qualifications:

  • Proficient at completing certification testing of fiber optic systems.
  • High School Diploma.
  • Ability to work aloft up to 50’ in a bucket truck, or ladder, or climb utility poles.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. Must have a responsible driving record.
  • Understand construction prints and splice schematics.
  • Proficient in the use of all test and splicing equipment and must know how to use computer and all software used by the company concerning the completion of fiber optic projects.
  • All applicants must be able to pass a background check, and drug screen.
  • Attend work on time as scheduled.
  • Must possess strong problem solving, decision making, analytical skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to read, write, understand, and follow written procedures.
  • One (1) year of technical education or equivalent experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience required with basic construction and/or electrical skills and the willingness to be cross-trained in other areas of communications site maintenance.

Power Line Construction for Wind Farms in RI and MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This week, the US government is going to sell competitive leases for wind energy through an auction for leases for wind farms off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The area, which is 9 nautical miles off the coast of Rhode Island, sitting between and to the south of Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard, will be auctioned as two leases. It is estimated that the area could support enough electricity to power more than 1 million homes.

To go with the infrastructure of a wind farm, the high-voltage electric lines are needed in order to bring the power from the turbines to the grid.
 
It isn’t easy to build power lines, especially if they are too carry power across states or oceans. Several complex federal and state rules need to be followed and understood so that there is no delay in the completion of the wind energy projects which can affect investments. Electric line construction companies experienced in project management will more easily jump the impending hurdles.

There are currently no offshore wind farms in the United States, however, several are being developed in state and federal waters. For more information on building power lines for wind farms, contact ElecComm.

Electrical Transmission Line Construction - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 18, 2013

For Overhead electric transmission, Underground electric transmission and Underground high voltage cables in Boston, you need an electrical construction company that specializes in project management, design, engineering and end to end management expertise.

For electric utility transmission and distribution ElecComm is a construction and fiber-optic cable company that is experience in utility line construction execution and management. This allows for cost effective projects to be completed in the timely manner.

For the installation, removal and maintenance of underground and overhead high and low voltage electric lines, fiber optic cables and communication distribution systems in every environment ElecComm is the company of choice for utility companies across New England.

If an entirely new utility system is needed, our services include engineering, design, fueling, logistics and construction projects. Construction companies, utility companies, manufacturing, municipalities and commercial properties seek our work.

Want more information? Contact ElecComm, an electric and communications line construction company

New Electric Line Construction for New Apartments and Condos

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 12, 2013

As the housing market faltered and more people were renting there was an increase in construction of apartments and condos. Even as the housing market improves, the apartment complex and condominium construction boom continues.

The increase in apartments and condos also requires new electric line construction and the electrical infrastructure improvements that are required to add hundreds of housing units to the ‘grid’.

Many of these apartments and condos are luxury homes. This means that not only are electric lines required , multiple phone lines and cable for all rooms is also necessary. Most of these lines are being run underground, however new poles and transformers are also needed.

For large, important electric construction jobs, large commercial construction companies entrust ElecComm. With staff adept at project management, construction companies can count on ElecComm to keep the project on schedule and on budget.

For all new electric line construction needs, or for improvements to existing electric infrastructure, trust ElecComm, contact Us.

ElecComm Services at a Glance

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, June 29, 2013

We service a wide range of customers, but we thought we'd take a moment here to summarize our primary service offerings:

  • Underground High/Low Voltage Cable Install, Removal, Splicing: ElecComm's core business focus is on the installation, removal and maintenance of overhead and underground electric/communications distribution systems.
  • Telecommunication Networks: ElecComm has the ability to engineer, manage and perform the construction, splicing, testing maintenance and restoration of fiber, copper, and hybrid fiber-coax telecommunications networks.
  • Storm Response and Overhead: Over the recent years, ECC provides assistance to major public utilities throughout the Northeast restoring power during major power outages resulting from storms. In addition, ElecComm (ECC) has expanded the overhead segment of it's business to include, the everyday, installation, removal and maintenance of overhead lines.
  • Golf Course Poles and Netting: We provide installation of poles and netting for golf driving ranges and golf courses along with replacement netting and free estimates. All netting is done with Redden Nets.
  • Power Service Restoration Division: Whether it is a planned outage or an emergency situation, ElecComm Power Services will keep your business up and running.

For more information on any of these services, click the associated links above. Of course we welcome you to contact  us here at ElecComm.

Incentive Sign on Bonus Offered by ELECCOMM!

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 27, 2013

ElecComm is hiring experienced Fiber Optic Splicers and has created a Sign On Bonus Program. Please email your resume to info@eleccommc.com and if you qualify we will provide additional information around the program.

EXPERIENCED FIBER OPTIC SPLICER

Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Splice fiber optic cables using single and mass fusion equipment.
  • Test fiber using Optical Time Domain (OTDR), power meter and light source, field testing with a light identifier.
  • Trouble Shooting.
  • Install required enclosures, FDP’s, and hardware.
  • Maintain existing plant without causing signal failure interruptions.
  • Maintain test documentation.
  • Maintain project tracing information (production sheets, time sheets, and customer required paperwork).
  • Capable of working at 18 + heights (bucket truck, poles, ladders).
  • Keeping a safe working environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate teamwork by cooperating and assisting co-workers as needed.

Required skills/qualifications:

  • Proficient at completing certification testing of fiber optic systems.
  • High School Diploma.
  • Ability to work aloft up to 50’ in a bucket truck, or ladder, or climb utility poles.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. Must have a responsible driving record.
  • Understand construction prints and splice schematics.
  • Proficient in the use of all test and splicing equipment and must know how to use computer and all software used by the company concerning the completion of fiber optic projects.
  • All applicants must be able to pass a background check, and drug screen.
  • Attend work on time as scheduled.
  • Must possess strong problem solving, decision making, analytical skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to read, write, understand, and follow written procedures.
  • One (1) year of technical education or equivalent experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience required with basic construction and/or electrical skills and the willingness to be cross-trained in other areas of communications site maintenance.

Utility and Power Line Repairs from Summer Storms – Boston, Portsmouth

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Earlier this week, all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, sudden summer thunderstorms reaped havoc on trees, homes and power lines causing power outages for hundreds of customers. Summer storms happen anywhere at any time, especially during hurricane season. Utility companies regularly contract electric line construction companies for utility line repair and maintenance in order to get their customers’ power turned back on as soon as possible.

Utility companies and electric line construction companies need reputable storm response teams from line construction companies who are fully crossed trained and are ready for dispatch in preparation for any planned or unplanned weather event.

ElecComm provides assistance to major public utilities companies throughout Massachusetts and New England including PSNH, WMECO, Unitil, NHEC, and NSTAR,  restoring power during major power outages resulting from storms. For more information on ECC, contact us.