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A Lineman’s Commitment to Keeping the Lights On, in Good and Bad Times

April 18 is National Lineman Appreciation Day and a chance to thank all linemen
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Only a select few become journeymen linemen at Southern California Edison since the job is both physically demanding and challenging. Gonzalo Garcia, 33, is now part of the utility’s select group of highly skilled individuals after he recently passed all assessments and was offered the competitive position.

“Safety is critical and is a core value at SCE. Everyone takes it seriously, so we can all go home safely to our families every day,” said Garcia, of La Habra Heights.

Long Beach Port Gets Clean Energy Upgrade

With SCE’s help, diesel-powered cranes, tractors and LNG trucks are going electric as part of the port’s zero-emissions goal.
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Forty years ago when rubber tire gantry cranes were first used at the Port of Long Beach, they were the latest thing in technology to move cargo containers around the port.

But the 80-foot-tall green cranes with their 1,000-horsepower diesel engines guzzled 10 gallons of fuel an hour and spewed dirty emissions into the air.

The port, working with Southern California Edison, is hoping to help solve that problem with a demonstration project to electrify nine of the gantries at one of its terminals.

SCE and Other Power Companies Across the Country Transform

Utility leaders agree, customer expectations and new technologies are demanding an industry evolution.
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Electric utilities across the country are seeing an industry change, driven by evolving customer demands and technological advancements.

Edison Scholar Pursues Passion for Environment in Honor of His Dad

In a surprise announcement, Whitney High School senior Justin Hogenauer receives $40,000 from Edison International to pursue a degree in environmental studies.
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By the time Justin Hogenauer was 11 years old, he had already visited all 50 states with his dad, Alan, with whom he shared a passion for traveling, largely in their family car with the license plate “Allofem.”

SCE Puerto Rico Power Restoration Effort Expands

A family with a disabled son gets power for the first time in five months
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As other utilities complete their power restoration assignments and leave Puerto Rico, Southern California Edison’s work on the island has expanded to include new territory.

SCE’s first incident management team arrived in Puerto Rico in December to help set up restoration efforts in Ponce on the south side of the island. Since then, SCE’s teams have been planning and coordinating repairs.

Students Show SCE Linemen Random Act of Kindness for Work During Thomas Fire

The second-graders at Alvin Avenue Elementary in Santa Maria drew pictures and signed thank you letters as part of a national kindness challenge
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“Awesome — that’s so cool! I want to try that!” exclaimed the second-graders in Kristina Velasquez’s class at Alvin Avenue Elementary School in Santa Maria, California.

The 25 students had gathered around a classroom monitor to look at YouTube videos of linemen climbing poles and riding in bucket trucks as they worked to restore power. These are the heroes the kids chose to thank for a recent national Great Kindness Challenge.

SCE Uses Innovation to Improve the Power Grid

New projects will create a safer and more reliable system while reducing greenhouse gases to meet California’s clean energy goals
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It seems like a simple enough idea — Why can’t the power company identify the place on an electrical circuit that caused an outage so fewer customers are affected and it takes less time to fix?

Until recently, Southern California Edison found the origin of an outage just like it has done for more than 100 years — dispatch a troubleman to patrol the entire circuit until the cause could be identified. 

Huntington Beach Ospreys Get a Home Improvement

An SCE crew builds a wooden platform on a power pole so the birds can safely nest.
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Chris Epting, a Huntington Beach writer and photographer, likes to visit the area around Sunset Aquatic Marina to look at the wetlands and photograph the birds.

But on one recent visit, he noticed that an osprey nest on a Southern California Edison power pole he had been photographing for some time had disappeared. He wondered if SCE had removed the nest for some reason even though the birds had been nesting there for about two years. 

STEM Program Helps African-American Males Excel, Go to College

The Long Beach Math Collaborative has been SCE’s community partner since 2011
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Life was all about sports for young Torieaun Hilbert — that is, until he met Doris Robinson.  

For Hilbert, a sophomore majoring in criminology and a football player at the University of La Verne, academics was not a priority when he started high school with a 2.2 GPA.

“I grew up in foster care,” he said. “I didn't have anyone who could explain to me how important education actually is.” 

Engineers Spark STEM Interest at Local Girl Scouts Electricity Workshop

SCE engineers help Girl Scouts earn STEM badges and show them there are bright futures in math and science
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Engineer Lindsey Sayers remembers building a strobe light in her high school electronics class and watching the light flash on when she plugged it in. In awe that something she built worked, she knew then that she wanted to become an engineer.

“It was the first time I created something, and it was the greatest feeling of accomplishment,” said Sayers. “I knew I liked math and so I started thinking, ‘what can I do with this?’”

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