This month, I bid a fond farewell to my friends and colleagues at IBEW 1245. My family and I are moving to Portland, Oregon so that my son can start kindergarten up there and we can be near family. While I am very much looking forward to returning to Oregon, I am sad to be… [Read More]
Archives for July 2016
A California utility is facing a major test with distributed energy resource aggregation. Using smart inverters, residential battery storage and General Electric’s Distributed Resource Management System (DERMS), Pacific Gas & Electric is setting out with a pilot project to see how these technologies can strengthen the system while demonstrating their operations.
This is an open letter to all members of IBEW 1245, and to members of all unions in general. I’m not that active in the union, but I do attend my local union meeting pretty regularly. I go to learn what’s going on with my own workgroup (clerical) and everyone else working for PG&E. As… [Read More]
In late 2015, Hitachi Ltd, a Tokyo-based multinational conglomerate, completed acquisition of AnsaldoBreda from its former parent company, Finmeccanica. IBEW Local 1245 represents the non-management workers at AnsaldoBreda’s Bay Area manufacturing facility, which builds and services rail cars for San Francisco Muni as well as other mass transit systems. Local 1245 is the only IBEW… [Read More]
It was only two years ago that Elroy Holtmann spent about $20,000 on a home solar array to help cover the costs of charging his new electric car. With the savings on his monthly electric bills, he figured the investment would pay for itself in about a dozen years. But then the utilities regulators changed the… [Read More]
IBEW International Representative Charlie Randall swore in the newly elected members of the Local 1245 Advisory Council in Reno on July 23, 2016.
NV Energy filed a proposal this week to grandfather rooftop solar customers into Nevada’s original net metering rates for 20 years, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The new net metering policy approved earlier this year reduced the remuneration rate paid to distributed solar owners and put all new and existing users on the new rates.
Unit #2551, South San Joaquin ID, has changed its unit meeting date to the second Wednesday of the month, and the meetings will begin at 3pm. The location will remain the same. –Charley Souders, IBEW 1245 Business Rep
Unit #2518, Modesto ID, has changed its unit meeting to the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm. The location will remain the same. –Charley Souders, IBEW 1245 Business Rep
The IBEW and AT&T have agreed to a first contract for over 3,000 telecommunications workers in 14 states across the country. The IBEW organized the former DirecTV workers this spring after AT&T purchased the company last year. The three-year deal, which will be voted on in August, includes wage increases, signing bonuses, more generous health… [Read More]