PowerNews: Underground Fire Leads to Extended Power Outage

South Bend Power Outage Due to Underground Fire Leaves Businesses Scrambling Downtown South Bend, Indiana faced a rather unusual power outage this past weekend when a fire ripped through underground passages, eventually damaging power delivery lines for more than 800 customers. Problems began Friday evening, and officials estimated that repairs could last into Sunday evening. What was…

In-Depth: New ERS1500RTNC Ruggedized UPS

Reliable backup for extreme temperature and humidity environments from Minuteman Minuteman’s new ERS1500RTNC ruggedized UPS break the mould on power protection for extreme environments – a massive investment is no longer a requirement to protect transportation equipment and other devices located in extreme environments. The ERS provides Automatic Voltage Regulation and 1500VA capacity that is high temperature…

PowerNews: Power Outage ‘Hiccup’ Briefly Halts Summer Fun

Rides at Canobie Lake Amusement Park grind to a halt as power fails Summer fun for many families means cotton candy, midway games, and of course, roller coasters. Guests at Salem, New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park recently got a surprise when a power outage occurred, leaving them stranded on several of the park’s attractions. Backup generators kicked…

PowerNews: Raccoons Wreak Havoc in Indiana Substation

Furry animals surpass countermeasures to bring down power We’ve talked before about the wide range of things that can cause a power outage. One of the least predictable is wildlife, with outages being caused by snakes, rats, and even owls in the past. Officials in Richmond, Indiana recently learned that even the best countermeasures can be outsmarted when a pair…

Tech Tip: UPS Network Management with SNMP Accessories

Power is great, but it’s how you can control it that counts Since the advent of network communications, engineers have found ways to make life easier by connecting devices together. This has, of course, extended into the realm of power, with UPS network management making life easier for admins and technicians with widespread devices under…

PowerNews: Texans Face High Power Bills Following Cold

Summer-esque heating bills shock North Texans after cold winter In early March we shared the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) warning about conserving electricity as temperatures plummeted. The threatened rolling blackouts never happened, but it seems the chickens have come home to roost as a substantial number of customers across the area are facing unusually high…