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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?’”

Employees’ Research Leads to Innovative Light Pole Pilot Program

The use of a spring-loaded metal pole could help change how lights high above the ground are changed at SCE facilities.
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A group of employees at Southern California Edison recently found an innovative solution to help fix and replace light bulbs or fixtures high above the ground at its facilities. The spring-loaded metal pole they found online could help reduce injuries among workers.

The SCE employees pitched the idea and it is now being used in a Light Pole Pilot Program at the utility’s Redlands Mountainview facility. Once the pilot is completed, the program could then be used company-wide.

Salvation Army Program Helps Veterans Find Jobs, Get a New Start

Edison International is partnering with the nonprofit to help veterans reintegrate into the community.
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Cris Zavala, a 15-year Navy veteran from San Diego, relocated to the Los Angeles area in 2016, seeking a career change and a new start, knowing few people in his new city. Thanks to help he received from the Compton office of the Salvation Army Haven Veterans Employment Services Program, he discovered a new career.  

SCE Receives State Approval for Four Electric Transportation Pilots

The projects are part of the company’s strategy to help reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution.
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Southern California Edison received approval today to move forward on four pilot projects that will help to expand electric transportation. Transportation electrification is key to meeting California’s 2030 greenhouse gas and air pollution reduction goals.

Local Schools Plug In to Help Improve Air Quality in Their Communities

Schools in the El Monte Union High School District are the first to install EV charging stations through SCE’s Charge Ready program
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The five schools that make up the El Monte Union High School District are all less than 20 miles away from the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. On a good day, students and staff have a crisp, clear view of the local mountains. Too often, though, the mountains appear hazy, rather than clear as they should be, because of the smog.

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