PSEG-LI

No. 455: Kalikow knows, Empire invades, Rod Stewart stays on track – and why WOS is A-OK with PSEG

  The final countdown: The clock is ticking, dear readers, as we speed toward the climactic conclusion of another busy workweek. To set a proper Friday mood, straight from 1986 … please welcome Swedish rockers Europe! Play it again: Please be sure to reduce and reuse whenever possible today – Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Einigkeit macht stark: Hello to our many readers in Belgium, where they’re having a busy one – Nov. 15…


At WOS, rewriting the code on workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // In-demand coding skills may prove to be just the ticket for three dozen under-employed college graduates, thanks to a socially minded nonprofit and a leading regional utility. New York City-based Workforce Opportunity Services – a registered 501(c)3 aiming to diversify and bolster regional workforces by preparing underserved communities to fill specific industrial gaps – has created a 15-week coding course in collaboration with PSEG, a sort of “last mile” effort designed…


In energetic bus-based two-step, an ‘elegant’ e-effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious school bus pilot program could ease the summertime burden on regional energy grids (students not included). Suffolk Transportation Service – a Bay Shore-based bus operator boasting a fleet of 1,400 school buses, 80 transit buses and 143 paratransit buses – has submitted a proposal to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that would see electric-powered school buses not only replace traditional gas-guzzlers during the school year,…


Albany plugging $79M into SBU campus efficiency

By GREGORY ZELLER // A variety of state-funded efficiency upgrades – including new lighting, ventilation and operations-management systems – are included in a new Stony Brook University infrastructure-improvement plan. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a comprehensive $79 million strategy to bring additional energy-efficient improvements to the Long Island jewel of the State University system. Financed and implemented by the New York Power Authority “in partnership with SUNY,” the upgrades target several SBU facilities –…


Albany energizes ‘solar-plus-storage’ across LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // State officials are once again supercharging residential and commercial clean-generation energy technologies on Long Island. With Albany having already set parameters for energy-storage technologies – and committed $400 million to advancing said tech – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that an additional $55 million will be made available over the next five years for cutting-edge energy-storage efforts specifically on Long Island, with the first $15 million available now. The funding – essentially,…


Habitat Suffolk’s milestone moment is on the house

By GREGORY ZELLER // With projects all over the county and a bevy of happy homeowners moving into new digs, busy Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk is closing in on a major milestone. The independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International plans to complete its 200th house in September, an affordable home in Wyandanch that will rise via a “special three-week blitz build,” according to the Middle Island-based nonprofit. Habitat Suffolk Director of Development Les…


Food bank, friends unite to help LI shutdown families

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d like to think that hardworking men and women – particularly those dedicated to government service, which is essentially service of the people – wouldn’t have to struggle to put food on the table. But with the partial federal government shutdown now four weeks along and no end in sight … well, here we are. To that end, Island Harvest Food Bank on Thursday announced new programs designed specifically to assist…


ULC Robotics, PSEG-LI send in the drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look, up in the sky – and you just might see a fleet of flying robots checking out PSEG Long Island’s power lines. The Uniondale-based utility has deepened its ongoing relationship with Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics, calling in ULC-operated UAVs to inspect PSEG-LI power lines and equipment. The drones are 4.5 feet wide and weigh about 25 pounds each, and while on PSEG-LI duty are operated by licensed UAV pilots and engineers…


Debrief: For STEM warrior Havasy, it’s personal

Don’t get Ray Ann Havasy started about STEM. Actually, please do – the founder and director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning is more than happy to dish on the benefits of STEM education (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the importance of engaging young minds way before high school. That’s one of the two main components of the Rockville Centre-based CSTL, which launched in 2000 first as a continuing-education effort for…


Size matters plenty at HIA-LI’s big annual show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking its 30th year – and the 40th anniversary of the organization responsible for it – this year’s annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference may be the biggest yet. Already self-billed as Long Island’s largest business-to-business trade show (few can argue), the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island’s annual showcase – set for Thursday in Brentwood – is slated to feature a record number of exhibitors (375-plus at last count)…


Nor’easter zaps 90K, despite post-Sandy ‘hardening’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days after trumpeting its hardened infrastructure, PSEG Long Island faced a stiff test Sunday – the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – as a massive nor’easter pummeled the region. So how did the utility fare? Roughly 36,000 Long Island customers were reportedly without power early Monday morning, after the “perfect storm” convergence of a one-time tropical system and a powerful cold front battered the Island with torrential rains and 75-mph…


Robot manufacturer unveils int’l growth plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two key hires will help a leading Long Island robotics manufacturer double down on its commitment to international energy-market innovation. Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics Inc., an energy services and energy research-and-development firm serving global utilities, has recruited two energy-industry veterans – one in the United States, one in the UK – with expertise in innovative technologies and processes. Thomas Barracca – whose extensive résumé includes stints with PSEG-LI, National Grid and the…