Ameren Adds New Technology to Crew Trucks

By Justin Conn | Herald & Review DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Don Putnam has a wife and two kids at home, with one on the way. He wanted to make sure he came home to them. Putnam, an Ameren Illinois journeyman lineman based in Decatur who works with electric and natural gas on a daily […]

Integrated Tractor Backhoe has Roots in Southeast Iowa

By Will Smith BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The integrated tractor backhoe-loader is as common on construction sites as workers in hard hats. But few realize the revolutionary machine was developed at the Case New Holland plant in Burlington, all the way back in 1957. “We are known as the inventor of the integrated backhoe, and […]

Hawaii OKs State’s Largest Battery Connected Solar Farm

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved a contract to build the largest solar farm connected to a battery system in the state. State regulators July 28 approved the contract between Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and AES Distributed Energy Inc. to build the 28-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant with a 20-megawatt, five-hour energy […]

DTE Seeks Permission for Nearly $1B Natural Gas Power Plant

EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy Co. announced last month that it is seeking permission to build a natural gas-fired power plant northeast of Detroit as the utility moves forward with plans to close coal-fired plants. If approved, the plans call for a groundbreaking for the nearly $1 billion plant in 2019 in […]

Navy Seeks Tool to Detect Devastating Mineral in Concrete

By Susan Haigh HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is working to develop a new high-tech gadget that can quickly identify whether a debilitating iron sulfide mineral exists in concrete, the same problem that’s plaguing thousands of Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations. Late last year, unbeknownst to many Connecticut officials, the Navy began seeking […]