On November 6th the Mutual Aid Coordinators met at a meeting in Ankeny to discuss the program and ways for possible improvement. Seventeen of the twenty-eight Primary and Secondary Coordinators from electric, gas and broadband utilities attended along with key IAMU staff.
Driven primarily by the popularity of streaming video from Netflix, Hulu, and other sites, a new report says the average residential bandwidth needs will grow by 31% annually for the next several years.
The report, sponsored by network equipment manufacturer Ciena and conducted by ACG Research, cites not only the growth of video streaming in the home, but the fact that multiple users on multiple devices are streaming content simultaneously. It's not just Neflix on the TV...it's Netflix, YouTube, and other video sources streaming to computers, tablets, and smartphones as well.
For more on the report, CLICK HERE.
By John Erickson, Vice President of Operations for American Public Gas Association.
Reprinted with permission of the APGA
I’ve served as a consultant to attorneys in quite a few lawsuits in which natural gas is alleged to have caused damages ranging from multiple deaths from a building explosion to mental anguish caused by “occasional whiffs” of gas odor in another. Unfortunately, there seems to be no argument too far-fetched that a plaintiff won’t involve the utility in the case.
Writing in a blog for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), National Policy Research Analyst Rachel Young talks about the relationship between water and energy.
We know that the two resources are connected: We need water to produce electricity, mostly for thermal power plants (though we are going to put that aside today). We need energy to pump water out of the ground, treat it so it is potable, and then re-treat it after we use it to shower or wash clothes. We also need energy to heat water in our homes, businesses, and industrial facilities. Recognizing these intersections opens up opportunities for utilities and businesses to save more energy and conserve more water, while helping policymakers and regulators design more strategic and cross-cutting policies.
To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.
Several IAMU members have asked for guidance tips on the recognition and prevention of Ebola. Ebola is a virus that compromises the immune system and, depending on our bodily response, causes Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). Ebola is typically spread through contact with blood or body fluids or from an infected person but aerosolized droplets may also carry the virus. Although the risk of contracting EHF at this time is extremely low, it is important to note that there is no approved vaccine, antiviral therapy or, once contracted, effective treatment Ebola.
The year is quickly coming to an end and soon we may be dealing with slick roads and cold temperatures. The weekend time change also shortened your workday. Work zones can be dangerous during any season considering all of the factors that workers are dealing with out on the roads.