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Harvest Energy Solutions Testifies before U.S. Senate on Energy Program in the Farm Bill

Appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry yesterday Mark Olinyk, President of Michigan EIBC member company Harvest Energy Solutions, testified in support of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the 2018 Farm Bill. He stated that REAP’s inclusion in the 2014 Farm Bill was critical to his business’s success.

“REAP has been a component of nearly a quarter of our business,” Olinyk stated “Not only is it critical to our bottom line, REAP allows our clients to save electricity, save money, achieve greater efficiencies, and make their operations more stable, less risky, and more profitable.”

REAP grants and loans help farmers and rural businesses invest in renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Olinyk further said that the program helps to grow the clean and efficient energy industry and create jobs in rural America. The reauthorization bill will have to pass out of Committee before being moved to the full Senate, and then the House.

Harvest Energy Solutions designs, sells, and installs solar panels for its agricultural and rural customers.

 

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Power Restored for 405,000 Georgia Power Customers

Hurricane Irma’s affected about 1 million Georgia Power customers. The utility has restored power to over 405,000 customers in 24 hours, but as of 18:30 Tue, about 545,000 are still without power. Restoration estimates will be given after assessment is complete.

Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe to begin power restoration. Rain, strong winds, and other factors such as blocked areas may also delay the assessment and restoration process.

Update – 18:30 Tuesday

The company is attending to over 9,800 cases (including broken lines and poles)

The hurricane has affected supply in several areas around Columbus, Savannah, Metro Atlanta, etc.

Under severe weather conditions, Georgia Power can use additional resources as part of the Southern Company system. The utility is also part of a national mutual assistance network of utilities. While Georgia Power has requested for help through the network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida.

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An Introduction to The Smart Grid

Marketing and advertising groups often have a tendency to capitalize on technological trends faster than engineers and users can settle into the technology itself. Perhaps it’s no surprise that it is difficult to hold back the motivation to get a product to market and profit. Right now the most glaring example is the practice of […]

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