Lights Out!: Top 5 Sporting Event Power Outages

The top five sporting even power outages range in severity from temporary electrical failures to outright forces of nature. Some power failures even resulted in thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. Check out the list and see if you remember where you were when the television feed went dark.

Caterpillar veteran Brian Panizzi joins WPP

Caterpillar veteran Brian Panizzi joined WPP on August 4th as Engineering and Project Manager. Brian will be responsible for helping the sales team design and put together custom solutions for our customers, as well as seeing them through the project management, and completion phases in the shop. Brian will be helping drive and manage our custom packaging division growth. He will also be working with the sales team to create, engineer, and package our own standardized WPP product line. Brian spent 21 years at Caterpillar Inc. in various roles and capacities. He started his career in the special engineering projects group, where he supported Caterpillar customers with the engineering and quoting of custom Marine Engines. From there he moved into the regulatory side of the Marine Group where he worked primarily on EPA, EU, and IMO Emissions requirements on CAT Marine Products. He was essentially the CAT Emissions Specialist, for the Marine Division. Most recently Brian spent his time

WPP expands services into North Texas

We are very pleased to announce that Worldwide Power Products (WPP) has acquired the assets and operations of Alpine Power Systems North Texas generator division on July 01, 2015. Alpine Power’s generator division is now Worldwide Power Products North Texas. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Alpine’s employees and customers into our community. We will be able to provide North Texas customers with increased services and expertise in the future including generator sales or rentals when needed. Soon we will move into a larger facility where we plan to have a large rental fleet, in-house repairs and engine rebuilds, and full-time customer service. In 2008, Worldwide Power Products began the journey to become a leading source for power generation equipment. Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies and the Inc 500 list of fastest growing private companies, WPP raises the bar for its customers with experienced technicians and highest q

Fascinating graphic: top sources and uses of energy in the USA in 2014

When most people are asked about where energy comes from, the most obvious sources come to mind first. Electrical power comes from a nearby generator plant, and gasoline comes from imported oil. These are the two most common sources of energy most of us know about and think we know where they are generated. However, these two categories do not make up all the energy used in the U.S. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or E.P.A., put together a very fascinating visual display of how energy is brought into the country and how it is consumed performing various functions. What at first looks like a big green log with split ends is really an informative energy flow map of all the big areas of energy production and consumption. Everytime I look at it, I learn something new. And many common assumptions are very different from reality. For example, foreign oil only represents a little over 23 percent of energy resources available to Americans. And electrical energy generally come

Lights Out (Insert Your Hometown Here)! Reports: USA power grid fizzling out

Someone said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. That may be true, but for power outages not so much. The city of Detroit suffered its fourth power outage in five years on Dec. 2, 2014. According to news reports, the aging municipally owned and operated system suffered blackouts in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Crumbling Power Grid Leads to Blackouts Detroit is not the only city in the United States with power grid systems ready to fail due to age, lack of maintenance, and vulnerability to terrorist attacks. And while there is lots of talk about rebuilding infrastructure, I have heard little about protection from terrorists. Numerous studies, both private and public, agree that the concerns about the vulnerability of the national electrical to fail is at an all-time high. The system suffers from continuing vulnerabilities, such as aging equipment, outdated engineering, and system structures that are obsolete. Adding to these problems is the lack of adequate security a

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