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THE CURRENT- News 11-30-18
The link to today's article we cover: https://facilityexecutive.com/2018/11/california-cities-save-energy-efficient-lighting-upgrades/ If you have questions or feedback, please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com
06:29
November 30, 2018
Product Overview- EarthTronics Canopy LED Series Lighting
Episode 100!!! From Facility Executive Magazine- https://facilityexecutive.com/2018/11/california-cities-save-energy-efficient-lighting-upgrades/ Get ahold of CCPS at mike@ccpspower.com
07:27
November 29, 2018
Article 110 of the NFPA 70E PT 2
Continuing the deep dive into the NFPA 70E with part 2 of Article 110. If you would like some more information please email me at mike@ccpspower.com
04:46
November 28, 2018
Article 110 of the NFPA 70E PT 1
We are doing a deep dive into the NFPA 70E today on the POWERCast. If you would like to receive additional information, please send an email to mike@ccpspower.com
06:48
November 27, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- PHYSICAL FITNESS
Today's safety meeting tells you why being more physically fit can be an advantage when working Here is the link to today's meeting- https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/11/26/SAFETY-MEETING--Physical-Fitness If you would like to get ahold of CCPS email me at mike@ccpspower.com
07:06
November 26, 2018
Article 105 of the NFPA 70E
ARTICLE 105 Application of Safety-Related Work Practices and Procedures If you would like some more information, please contact us at mike@ccpspower.com or connect at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:33
November 21, 2018
Electrical Control Panel Identification Requirements
According to the 2017 edition of the NEC- there are strict requirements for labeling electrical panels- we cover those today! If you would like to get more information, please feel free to reach out via email at mike@ccpspower.com or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
06:53
November 20, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Accident Investigations
Click on the link to download this week's safety meeting! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/11/19/SAFETY-MEETING--Accident-Investigations If you would like to get ahold of us for anything, please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
06:20
November 19, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 11-16-18
In the wake of the deadly "Camp Fire" can PG&E survive??? That 's the question. If you would like to contact me please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com, or send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:58
November 16, 2018
Product Review- Apple's AirPods!
Yes, I know- this doesn't have anything to do with electrical power, BUT this is a product that can help you do your job better! Trust me, I know! Here's my thoughts on the Apple AirPods! Email me at mike@ccpspower.com
10:52
November 15, 2018
Reworking and Retrofitting Electrical Equipment
Chapter 8.6 of the 2016 edition of the NFPA 70B is all about what steps you need to take, and what you need to know about retrofitting and reworking your electrical equipment. We keep it short and simple today! If you would like to get ahold of me, send an email to mike@ccpspower.com
06:48
November 14, 2018
Acceptance and Maintenance Tests- The NFPA 70B
Today we coverChapter 11.2 of the NFPA 70B which talks about acceptance and maintenance tests of electrical equipment! If you have any questions that you would like answered, please feel free to reach out to us at mike@ccpspower.com
08:00
November 13, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 11-9-18
Flying Cars need power too! Today's episode covers the announcement made this week at a conference in Dallas where Uber and ChargePoint announced a partnership to design and build charging stations for the flying cars of the future! The story is here: http://fortune.com/2017/04/25/uber-flying-cars-chargepoint/ If you would like to get ahold of CCPS please send an email to mike@ccpspower.com
05:03
November 9, 2018
How does your generator know when to turn on?
Transfer Switch Equipment- Chapter 6 of the NFPA 110 We cover the Transfer switch equipment today on the POWERCast! If you would like to get ahold of me for anything, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
06:02
November 7, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Signs and Tags
Click on the link to find the latest safety meeting for you to download! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/11/05/SAFETY-MEETING--Signs-and-Tags If you have any questions or would like to get ahold of us for anything please send an email to mike@ccpspower.com
06:10
November 5, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 11-2-18
"New Solar Cell Generates Hydrogen Fuel and Electricity" That is the article we give you out of the R&D Magazine- here's the link to the story- https://www.rdmag.com/article/2018/10/new-solar-cell-generates-hydrogen-fuel-and-electricity Please contact me at mike@ccpspower.com if you would like to give feedback or have any other questions.
07:40
November 2, 2018
Top 10 LED Lighting Retrofit things to consider by Emerson
Emerson recently published a white paper in EC&M magazine titled "Retrofit Considerations When Switching to LED's" . Here is the link- http://informacem.lookbookhq.com/ecm_emerson/top-10-retrofit?partnerref=UM_ECM_EmersonSept18CEC_005 If you would like more information, please email me at mike@ccpspower.com
09:58
November 1, 2018
Article 130 of the NFPA 70E Part 2
Energized Electrical Work Permits- When are they needed? That is what we cover today on the podcast. If you need to get in touch with me for anything at all, please feel free to contact me at mike@ccpspower.com
15:51
October 30, 2018
ARTICLE 130 of the NFPA 70E (Pt.1)
ARTICLE 130 Work Involving Electrical Hazards Today we talk about electrically safe work conditions, and when its OK to do energized work. If you would like more info- please reach out to me via email at mike@ccpspower.com
05:53
October 30, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Dressing and Grooming
Click on the link to download today's safety meeting! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/10/29/Safety-Meeting--Dressing-and-Grooming Contact us at mike@ccpsower.com
06:08
October 29, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 10-26-18
Here is the article I cover today in this week's electrical power news! https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/floating-wind-farms-for-california-move-a-step-closer-to-reality-1 If you would like to contact us, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or connect at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
05:13
October 26, 2018
Product Overview- Verdigris Energy Meters
Smart Real-Time energy consumption tracking with AI? That is what Verdigris is! Here's the link to their website for more info! https://verdigris.co/ If you would like more info, please feel free to send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or download the Anchor audio app and subscribe to the podcast and send me an audio message!
05:34
October 25, 2018
Does your electrical system have capacity to add to it?
There is a really affordable way (that is often a requirement) to see if our electrical system has the capacity to add additional items to it. It's called a 30 day Load Study! We talk about that today on the POWERCast! If you would like to reach out to CCPS for anything, please send me an email to mike@ccpspower.com, connect at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
06:39
October 24, 2018
Should I schedule my shutdown every 3 or 5 years?
This is a question that gets asked a lot in our industry. Everyone thinks they know the right answer, however there are many things to take into consideration. What does the NFPA 70B say about this? I cover it today as we look at Chapter 8.2. If you have any questions for us or would like to get in contact, please email me at mike@ccpspower.com, or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
05:04
October 23, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- What’s your life worth?
Here is this week's safety meeting!  Download and use for your team meetings by clicking the link https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/10/22/SAFETY-MEETING--What-s-your-life-worth If you would like to reach out to us for anything please feel free to send an email to mike@ccpspower.com, or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:51
October 22, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 10-19-18
Do you have PG&E as your electricity provider? If so you need to listen to this episode as we discuss the new program that PG&E has in place to shut power down to your facility if needed. Here is the link to PG&E's program info- https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-power-shutoff-notifications.page IF you would like more information please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
05:51
October 19, 2018
Product Overview- Gillette Generators
Here is a 50 year old generator manufacturer you may not know about! https://gillettegenerators.com/generators/standby/industrial-diesel/spjd-1000/ If you would like to contact us for anything please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
06:33
October 18, 2018
Load Flow Studies- Chapter 9.4 of the NFPA 70B
Thinking about making changes in your building that may affect the electrical system? You may want to consider a "load flow study" first! If you would like to get more information, please send me an email to mike@ccpspower.com or connect at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor audio app!
05:47
October 17, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Caught in the act!
Here is the link to the safety meeting for this week- https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/10/15/SAFETY-MEETING--Caught-in-the-act If you have any questions please contact me at mike@ccpspower.com, or connect at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
08:37
October 15, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 10-12-18
Hurricane Michael's devastation to the power grid, and a conference coming to Silicon Valley talking about energy storage and battery technology- These are the stories we are covering today on the show. If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com, or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
05:29
October 12, 2018
Product Spotlight- The Leviton Load Center
The Leviton Load Center- learn more here- http://www.leviton.com/standalone/LoadCenter/assets/doc/Load-Center_Brochure.pdf Get ahold of me at mike@ccpspower.com or connect to me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
08:24
October 11, 2018
What is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS System)?
UPS Systems Overview- Chapter 28 of the NFPA 70B 28.1 Introduction. The basic function of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems is to preserve power to electrical or electronic equipment. Most UPS systems are intended to provide regulated power to prevent power supply fluctuations or aberrations that can damage or cause malfunction of sensitive electrical/electronic equipment, such as computers and process controllers. A UPS system represents a sizable investment in equipment specifically installed to provide reliable regulated power to equipment. Therefore, it is essential that the UPS system be maintained in a manner that the UPS itself will not fail. If you have any questions or feedback for us please send an email to mike@ccpspower.com or connect to me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
08:24
October 9, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Mental Fitness
Download the safety meeting topic here to go over and print out for your team!- https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/10/08/SAFETY-MEETING--Mental-Fitness Feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:45
October 8, 2018
THE CURRENT- News for 10-5-18
Here is the latest California Electrical Power news! https://qz.com/1409065/californias-2018-legislative-blitzkrieg-delivered-its-most-ambitious-climate-policies-ever/ Please reach out to me via email at mike@ccpspower.com, connect to me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message by downloading the Anchor audio app and subscribing to the podcast!
07:05
October 5, 2018
Product Review- Westex by Milliken (FR Protection)
Today we cove the brand Westex that has a new white paper out talking about Daily Wear. Find out more about Westex here: https://www.westex.com/about-westex/choose-westex If you would like to get in touch with us, please email me at mike@ccpspower.com, or connect to me on linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
07:29
October 4, 2018
Article 350 of the NFPA 70E (PT 2)
We continue to look at Article 350 of the NFPA 70E- Safety- Related Work Requirements: Research and Development Laboratories.
09:01
October 3, 2018
Safety-Related Work Requirements: Research and Development Laboratories
Article 350 of the NFPA 70E is our topic for today's show. From the 2016 edition- 350.1 Scope. The requirements of this article shall apply to the electrical installations in those areas, with custom or special electrical equipment, designated by the facility management for research and development (R&D) or as laboratories. If you have any feedback or questions for us, please send me an email to mike@ccpspower.com or connect with me on linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
08:42
October 2, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Safety Checklists
Click the link to download this week's safety meeting!- https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/10/01/SAFETY-MEETING--Safety-Checklists If you would like to get ahold of us for anything at all, please feel free to reach out to me at Mike@ccpspower.com or connect to me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:40
October 1, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 9-28-18
Here are the 2 stories I covered today! https://lansingpost.com/2018/09/27/gas-turbine-electrical-power-generation-market-analyze-opportunities-market-for-stakeholders-by-identifying-the-high-growth-segments/ https://electrek.co/2018/09/27/solar-powered-electric-bicycle-journey/ If you have anything you would like to contact us about, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com
05:40
September 28, 2018
Product- 30kW Stabiliti Multiport Power Conversion System
Introducing the Stabiliti 30C3 by Ideal Power- http://www.idealpower.com/products/ CCPS is not a manufacturer's rep of any product and does not endorse 1 product over another. We are an independent firm focused on giving you the information you need to manage your facilities. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or connect to me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:42
September 27, 2018
Engine Locations and Environments
Learn the general requirements regarding the rooms and environments that stationary combustion engines and gas turbines should be in. If you would like more information, please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com
06:13
September 26, 2018
What the heck is the NFPA 37???
The NFPA 37 is the standard for installation and use of stationary combustion engines and gas turbines! Today we cover an introduction to the standard. If you have any questions or feedback for us, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or find me on linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:37
September 25, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- HEARING PROTECTION
Download the safety meeting here: https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/09/24/SAFETY-MEETING---Hearing-Protection If you have anything you would like to talk to us about, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com, or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
06:14
September 24, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 9-21-18
Every Friday on the POWRCast we give you the news as it relates to electrical power! Today's stories: Renewable energy continues to grow across the US and so do the jobs! and Electrical Stimulation can help your GUT health!? If you have any questions for me send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
05:25
September 21, 2018
NFPA 110 Code Introduction and Overview
When did the NFPA 110 start and why? Find out on today's POWERCast! From the Code Introduction and OVerview “The overall intent of NFPA 110 is to ensure a reliable source of electrical power. To achieve this, the requirements are divided into eight chapters to guide the user through specific concerns regarding the performance of a standby power system." Reach me at mike@ccpspower.com, linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or via text @805.610.3286
06:01
September 19, 2018
NFPA 70E Article 250- Personal Safety and Protective Equipment
Article 250.1 Maintenance Requirements for Personal Safety and Protective Equipment. Personal safety and protective equipment such as the following shall be maintained in a safe working condition: (1) Grounding equipment (2) Hot sticks (3) Rubber gloves, sleeves, and leather protectors (4) Test instruments (5) Blanket and similar insulating equipment (6) Insulating mats and similar insulating equipment (7) Protective barriers (8) External circuit breaker rack-out devices (9) Portable lighting units (10) Temporary protective grounding equipment (11) Dielectric footwear (12) Protective clothing (13) Bypass jumpers (14) Insulated and insulating hand tools If you would like to reach out to me for anything- send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com, or send me a DM by connecting with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor audio app!
09:51
September 18, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- ELECTRICAL WORK II
Download the safety meeting for your team here!- https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/09/17/SAFETY-MEETING--ELECTRICAL-WORK-II Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or feedback, or if you have a specific topic that you want covered- mike@ccpspower.com, or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or you can send me an audio message here on the anchor app!
10:32
September 17, 2018
THE CURRENT- News 9-19-18
Two stories I am covering this week! A battery powered Ferry in San Francisco? https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-09-14/high-tech-ferry-backdrop-for-16-california-clean-energy-laws And California sets goal of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045 https://www.npr.org/2018/09/10/646373423/california-sets-goal-of-100-percent-renewable-electric-power-by-2045 Got anything you want me to cover? Send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor App!
07:56
September 14, 2018
Product Spotlight- EVBox Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
There are so many charging stations available in today's marketplace and they all have different features and benefits. Today we feature the EVBox "Business Line" Charging stations. Find out more information here: https://www.evbox.us/ If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro OR download the Anchor audio App and leave me an audio message!
08:23
September 13, 2018
Does it make sense to install a "backup" power system?
Today's podcast covers a topic I wrote about last year. You can read the article here: http://education.keepitpowered.com/2017/10/27/the-economics-of-installing-a-backup-power-system-at-your-business/ IF you have any questions or feedback, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro OR send me an AUDIO MESSAGE here on the ANCHOR App!
08:15
September 12, 2018
911 Remembered 17 years later
Today I wanted to use the POWERCast to recall a day that forever changed our lives and our country. I have taken and read the timeline as the History Channel recounts it from https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/9-11-timeline and you can click the link yourself to read as well.
09:57
September 11, 2018
SAFETY MEETING- Back Injuries
Click the link to download this week's safety topic- Back Injuries! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/09/10/SAFETY-MEETING--Back-Injuries If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or connect with me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor App!
05:32
September 10, 2018
THE CURRENT- Electrical Power News 9/7/18
Microgrids being welcomed into CA! Here's the article I cover today! https://microgridknowledge.com/microgrid-bill-california-sb-1339/ If you would like some more info or have any feedback for me, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or send me a dm at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or send me an audio message here on the Anchor App!
04:07
September 7, 2018
Product Preview- Lutron Grafik Eye 4000
Today we cover the Lutron Grafik Eye 4000- http://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentLibrary/LCP128_US.pdf If you would like more information or have questions or feedback, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or dm me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor App!
05:14
September 6, 2018
Should you replace old electrical panels?
A question that came up yesterday in a meeting with a customer was whether or not they should replace old electrical panels in a 40 year old building. The answer to the question is not black or white and there are a number of factors that go into the right decision. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or dm me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor App!
04:49
September 5, 2018
Safety Meeting- Emergency Procedures
Download the safety meeting topic here: https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/09/04/SAFETY-MEETING--Emergency-Procedures If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send an audio message to me on the Anchor App!
05:05
September 4, 2018
HAWAII- Hurricane Lane Update- The Current August 24, 2018
We are giving you the electrical power news relating to Hurricane Lane and the effects that it is having on the state of Hawaii, specifically on the island of Maui. For the BEST coverage of any weather event in the country, follow Mike's Weather Page (not me) on Facebook. He is by far, the best in the business and a trusted and reliable resource! https://www.facebook.com/mikesweatherpage/ If you have any questions or feedback, please email me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
05:03
August 24, 2018
Product Overview- Appleton PlexPower Series Factory Sealed Contactors and Motor Starters
From Facility Executive magazine- "A lightweight alternative to traditional cast and bolted systems that delivers component-level protection." Here's Emerson's product spec page: https://www.emerson.com/en-us/catalog/appleton-plexpower-c-ms--nec-cec CC Disclaimer CCPS is not a manufacturer’s representative of any products on the market, nor do we endorse one particular brand or product over another. We are an independent firm aimed at offering our customers our input and the knowledge they need in order to make the most informed decisions that keep their facilities running smoothly, safely, and within their budget constraints. That being said, we DO want to use this platform to inform you of any products that are available that you may not be aware of. If you would like more information please feel free to reach out to me via email at mike@ccpspower.com or LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
05:03
August 23, 2018
Lockout/ Tagout Principles
We continue our deep dive into Article 120.2 of the NFPA 70E which focuses on Lockout/ Tagout Principles. General. Electrical conductors and circuit parts shall not be considered to be in an electrically safe work condition until all of the requirements of Article 120 have been met. Safe work practices applicable to the circuit voltage and energy level shall be used in accordance with Article 130 until such time that electrical conductors and circuit parts are in an electrically safe work condition. If you have any questions or feedback please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro. You can also send an audio message to me here on the Anchor app!
07:39
August 22, 2018
Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition
The NFPA 70E is the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Today we cover Article 120 titled- “Establishing An Electrically Safe Work Condition.” Article 120 is broken out into sections and the first is 120.1- Lockout/ Tagout Program- covers the general purpose and employer responsibilities. If you have any questions or feedback you want to send to us, send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com, or DM me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor App!
10:39
August 21, 2018
Safety Meeting Topic- Eye Protection
We give you a new safety meeting topic to go over with your team every Monday. This week's topic is "Eye Protection." Download the meeting here: https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/08/20/SAFETY-MEETING--EYE-PROTECTION If you would like to get ahold of me please email me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
05:51
August 20, 2018
THE CURRENT- News Week of 8-13-18
Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority says that it has fully restored power to all residents who lost power as a result of Hurricane Maria nearly 1 year ago! AND SoCal Edison is saying that they could potentially be shutting down power to high risk fire areas in the event of severe weather in an effort to be proactive with fire prevention! If you have any questions or feedback, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or dm me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on Anchor app!
05:25
August 17, 2018
Product Spotlight- The FLIR CM275 Meter with Imaging
The FLIR CM275 clamp meter combines thermal imaging with electrical measurement into powerful inspection, troubleshooting, and diagnostic tools. More info here: https://www.flir.com/products/cm275/?utm_medium=Banner&utm_source=ElectricalContractor&utm_campaign=25.02.A.RW.ElectricalContractorHoverExpandAugust&utm_content=CM275 DISCLAIMER CCPS is not a manufacturer’s representative of any products on the market, nor do we endorse one particular brand or product over another. We are an independent firm aimed at offering our customers our input and the knowledge they need in order to make the most informed decisions that keep their facilities running smoothly, safely, and within their budget constraints. That being said, we DO want to use this platform to inform you of any products that are available that you may not be aware of If you would like more information please feel free to reach out to me via email at mike@ccpspower.com or LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro
04:56
August 16, 2018
Electrical System Studies Part 2
We are continuing to look at chapter 9 of the NFPA 70B today which focuses on Electrical System Studies. Yesterday (in episode 37) we talked about the first 2 kinds of studies listed in chapter 9- short circuit studies, and coordination studies. Today we will focus on the other 3 types of studies that chapter 9 talks about- Load Flow Studies Reliability Studies Risk Assessment Studies Now it’s important to understand that all the studies listed in chapter 9 are as the NFPA states “an integral part of system design, operations, and maintenance.” And remember- copies of each type of study, along with the single line diagrams for the electrical system should be turned over to the facility maintenance department in an effort for them to operate a safe, efficient, and reliable electrical system. If you need help gathering all of this together, or maybe even just starting from scratch, CCPS can assist with the process. Please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com for more detail.
06:20
August 15, 2018
Electrical System Studies
Chapter 9 of the 2016 NFPA 70B talks about the 5 types of studies that should be done to your electrical systems. Electrical system studies are a critical part of designing and maintaining and operating electrical systems. Engineering studies are typically broken up into these categories: (1) Short-circuit studies (2) Coordination studies (3) Load-flow studies (4) Reliability studies (5) Risk Assessment study If you have questions or feedback please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the anchor app!
05:25
August 14, 2018
Safety Meeting- Electrical Work
Here is the link to today's safety meeting titled "Electrical Work." You an download and print it out to be used with your team! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/08/13/SAFETY-METING--Electrical-Work If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or send me an audio message here on the anchor app!
05:18
August 13, 2018
THE CURRENT- NEWS Week of 8/6/18
2 Stories in the news specifically relating to electrical power out of California this week- Here are the headlines and the links: Debate at the State Capitol Regarding Utility Company Liability with Wildfires: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/09/637230064/california-wildfires-set-off-big-political-fight-on-who-should-pay-for-damage LADWP Proposing Pumped Hydro Storage at Hoover Dam- https://www.ecmag.com/section/green-building/los-angeles-considering-pumped-hydro-storage-hoover-dam If you have any questions, feedback, or inquiries please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
04:34
August 10, 2018
Product Spotlight- System Manager App by Honeywell
NOTIFIER® System Manager is a cloud-based application that streamlines life safety system operations through mobile event notification and access to system information. System Manager is powered by eVance® Services, and provides additional capabilities when combined with eVance® Inspection Manager and/or Service Manager. Here is the link to more information: https://www.securityandfire.honeywell.com/notifier/en-us/browseallcategories/network-and-integration/software-solutions/system-manager If you would like more information, or have any feedback, comments, or questions, please reach out to us at mike@ccpspower.com, or find and dm me on LinkedIn @ linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the anchor app!
01:41
August 9, 2018
Scheduling Electrical Maintenance
We dive into Chapter 8.2 of the NFPA 70B today and talk about what the standard is for scheduling electrical maintenance If you would like to send me feedback or have comments or questions, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com, or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or you can send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
06:13
August 8, 2018
Personnel Safety- Chapter 7 of the NFPA 70B
Remember back in Episode 2 I this POWERCast series by explaining to you what a "Qualified Person" was in the eyes of the NFPA 70E? IF you missed it, I suggest going back to it when you get time. Chapter 7 continues to talk about personnel safety and how important it is with your electrical systems! If you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to reach out to me by email at mike@ccpspower.com, DM me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or download the Anchor app and send me an audio message!
05:09
August 7, 2018
The Importance of Safety Meetings
Here is the link to the POWERCast's weekly safety topic! Print it out to go over it with your teams! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/08/06/The-Importance-of-Safety-Meetings If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com, send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or send an audio message to me here on the Anchor app!
05:59
August 6, 2018
The CURRENT- NEWS week of 7-30-18
EV Charging News for California in this week's episode of The Current- Here is the link: https://www.ecmag.com/section/your-business/will-federal-government-slow-californias-shift-evs Please feel free to reach out to me via email at mike@ccpspower.com or send me a DM at linked.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the anchor app!
03:48
August 3, 2018
Product Preview- Fulham LED Linear Retrofit Kits
Today and every Thursday we give you an introduction to a product on the market that you may not know about. CCPS is NOT a manufacturer's rep of any brand or product nor do we steer our clients towards the purchase of any particular product over another. However, we do use this platform to let you know what is available! Today is the Fulham LED Linear HD Retrofit Kit https://www.fulham.com/product-systems/led-systems/led-linear-high-output-retrofit-kits/ If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback that you want to send our way, please reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com, or DM me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
03:22
August 2, 2018
Building an Electrical Maintenance Performance Contract
Want to know what you need to include in your contracts when outsourcing electrical equipment maintenance tasks? That is what we cover in today's POWERCast! If you have any questions or feedback that you would like to send my way, please feel free to email me at mike@ccpspower.com or DM me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro. You can also send me an audio message here on the Anchor App!
10:22
August 1, 2018
Establishment of a Systematic Program- NFPA 70B Chapter 6.4
Chapter 6 Deep Dive of the NFPA 70B Continues… Chapter 6.4- Establishment of a Systematic Program “6.4 Establishment of a Systematic Program. The purpose of any inspection and testing program is to establish the condition of equipment to determine what work should be done and to verify that it will continue to function until the next scheduled servicing occurs. Inspection and testing are best done in conjunction with routine maintenance. In this way, many minor items that require no special tools, training, or equipment can be corrected as they are found. The inspection and testing program is probably the most important function of a maintenance department in that it establishes what should be done to keep the system in service to perform the function for which it is required.” Please feel free to reach out to me at Mike@ccpspower.com or DM me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app by subscribing to the POWERCast.
04:18
July 31, 2018
Safety Session- Throwing Electrical Disconnects
Monday is reserved for Safety Topics! Here is the topic for today- print it out and go over it with your team. Here's the link: https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/07/30/SAFETY-METING--Throwing-Electrical-Disconnects If you have any questions or feedback that you would like to send my way, feel free to reach out to me at Mike@ccpspower.com, or send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticialpowerpro or you can even send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
05:20
July 30, 2018
The CURRENT- NEWS week of 7-23-18
HEAT WAVE!! lets talk about it in this weeks Current!!! Here's the links to the 2 articles I pulled from today talking about the heat wave and the effects that it has on the grid! https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-power-west-prices/socalgas-maintained-natgas-supplies-to-california-power-plants-in-heat-wave-idUSL1N1UM11U http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-heat-wave-southland-20180723-story.html If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me on linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
03:56
July 27, 2018
Product Overview- Exiscan XDV IR Window
Infrared Scans are an important part of predictive maintenance and a very affordable way to mitigate risk! But it's important to take all safety precautions when conducting the infrared and visual inspections of electrical equipment! 2 Inspections, 1 Window Exiscan XDV WindowThe XDV series is a “Dual-View” inspection window that combines an 4 inch by 4 inch infrared (IR) window, with a 1.7 inch by 4 inch visual inspection window. https://www.exiscan.com/inspection-products/infrared-windows/xdv-series-dual-view-infrared-visual If you have any questions or feedback please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com, or send me a dm at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, OR send me an audio message on the Anchor App.
05:16
July 26, 2018
Identification of Critical Equipment- Chapter 6.3 of the NFPA 70B
Chapter 6.3.1.- Identification of Critical Equipment reads- “Equipment (electric or otherwise) should be considered critical if its failure to operate normally and under complete control will cause a serious threat to people, property, or the product. Electric power, like process steam, water, and so forth, might be essential to the operation of a machine, but unless loss of one or more of these supplies causes the machine to become hazardous to people, property, or production, that machine might not be critical. The combined knowledge and experience of several people might be needed to make this determination. In a small facility, the facility engineer or master mechanic working with the operating superintendent should be able to make this determination.” If you need to reach out to me for anything at all please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on the anchor app!
04:15
July 25, 2018
Single Line Diagrams- What the NFPA 70B says.
Continuing our deep dive into Chapter 6 of the NFPA 70B we talk specifically about Single Line Diagrams. If you would like a copy of the NFPA 70B you can order a PDF version at NFPA.org- https://catalog.nfpa.org/ If you would like to reach out to me for anything at all, please send an email to mike@ccpspower.com, DM me on linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app.
03:50
July 24, 2018
SAFETY SESSION- GROUND FAULT PROTECTION
Today we cover GFCI (Ground Fault Protection) Download the meeting topic here: https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/07/23/SAFETY-MEETING--Ground-Fault-Protection Here are a few facts: 1 milliamp- A faint tingle. 5 milliamps- Slight shock felt; disturbing, not painful. Average individual can let go. Involuntary reactions can lead to injury. 6-30 milliamps- Painful shock; muscular control lost. The point where it is difficult, or impossible, to let go. 50-150 milliamps- Extreme pain; respiratory arrest; severe muscular contractions; cannot let go; possible death. IF you have any questions or need to get ahold of us, please email me at mike@ccpspower.com, or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send an audio message to me here at the Anchor app! Thanks for listening!
05:08
July 23, 2018
The CURRENT- week of 7-16-18
The CURRENT is the very latest in electrical power news over the last 7 days. Our stories this week: 1. EPIC project by PG&E announced some of its findings 2. Electrical Storms force a beach closure in Southern California 3. US Dept. of Energy awards funding towards solar technologies If you would like to reach out to me for anything you can email me at mike@ccpspower.com, or find me on linkedin at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or even send me an audio message on the Anchor app!
02:34
July 20, 2018
8 HOUR LOW VOLTAGE TRAINING CLASS
This episode lines out one of the classes that CCPS offers to our clients we work with. Our 8 hour "Low Voltage Qualified Course" is designed specifically for those employees that work in or around electrical equipment. Whether it's out in the vineyards, or in a manufacturing facility, or in an office environment, the people working in, on, or around electrical equipment need to have the proper understanding of the risk involved. For more information- https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/07/19/8-hour-Low-Voltage-Qualified-Course Get ahold of me at: Mike@ccpspower.com linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message on Anchor!
10:39
July 19, 2018
Planning and developing an Electrical Preventative Maintenance Program (Part 2)
We continue our deep dice into Chapter 6 of the NFPA 70B and talk specifically about- Chapter 6.2.1.3 “The third step should be the assembling of all documentation. This might necessitate a search of desks, cabinets, computers, and such, and might also require that manufacturers be contacted, to replace lost documents. All of the documents should be centralized, controlled, and maintained. The documentation should include recommended practices and procedures for some or all of the following: (1) Installation (2) Disassembly/assembly (interconnections) (3) Wiring diagrams, schematics, bills of materials (4) Operation (set-up and adjustment) (5) Maintenance (including parts list and recommended spares) (6) Software program (if applicable) (7) Troubleshooting If you have any questions, feedback or anything you need to get ahold of us for, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpwoerpro, or send me an audio message o Anchor!
09:15
July 18, 2018
Planning and developing an Electrical Preventative Maintenance Program
Chapter 6 of the NFPA 70 B starts with some good overview of planning for a successful maintenance program. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please feel free to email me at mike@ccpspower.com, send me a DM at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send an audio message to me on the Anchor app!
06:06
July 17, 2018
SAFETY SESSION- ELECTRICAL SHOCK
Is it Voltage, Amperage, or both that are dangerous? We answer this today in our safety meeting! Click on the link to go to the safety meeting topic to download for your records. https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/07/15/SAFETY-MEETING--Electrical-Shock Safe Current Values Amps 0.001A (1 mA) Cannot be felt 0.001 - 0.008A (1 - 8 mA) Felt, but not painful: muscle control is not lost. Unsafe Current Values Amps 0.015 - 0.02A (15 - 20mA) Painful shock: muscular control lost; cannot let go; not harmful to body organs 0.02 - 0.09A (20mA - 90mA) Burns; breathing extremely difficult; sore muscles 0.1 - 0.2A (100mA - 200mA) *Ventricular Fibrillation (a fatal heart condition) 0.2 - 2A (200mA - 2A) Burns; paralysis of the lungs; nerve damaged if above 600V 2A and up frying currents; severe burns of two types: 1. External: caused by arcing on contacting 2. Internal: cooking of the organs and flesh. Results in: amputation or destruction of vital organs mike@ccpspower.com
06:48
July 16, 2018
The CURRENT- week of 7-9-18
The Current is where we find and tell you the latest news stories relating to the electrical power world. This week is a follow up to the PG&E news regarding responsibility for the fires last year. Find the story here: https://www.kqed.org/science/1927059/pge-customers-to-foot-the-bill-for-wine-country-fire-costs-under-revised-bill Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or feedback at all. I can be reached at mike@ccpspower.com and at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro. You can also send an audio message here on the Anchor app!
04:19
July 13, 2018
Product Overview- The Meltric Switch-Rated Generator Plug
Need a quick, easy and safe way to connect a generator to something? The Meltric Switch-Rated Generator may be an option- check out their product literature here- http://www.meltric.com/pdfs/meltric-generator-plugs_d.pdf If you have any questions or feedback for me, please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or at LinkedIn.com/in/criticalpowerpro. If you have the Anchor app you can even send me an audio message!
05:34
July 12, 2018
What makes an effective Electrical Preventative Maintenance Program
Chapter 5 of the NFPA 70B talks about the 7 essential components that make up an effective maintenance program. They are: 1. Responsible and qualified personnel 2. Regularly scheduled inspections, testing, and servicing of equipment. 3. Survey and analysis of electrical equipment and systems to determine maintenance requirements and priorities. 4. Programmed routine inspections and suitable tests 5. Accurate analysis of inspection and test reports so that proper corrective measures can be prescribed 6. Performance of necessary work 7. Concise but complete records IF you would like to reach out to me for anything please feel free to send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on the Anchor app!
09:21
July 11, 2018
Why do facilities need an effective preventative maintenance program?
Let's talk NFPA 70B which outlines the recommended practice for electrical maintenance! Chapter 4 is titled- "Why an Effective Electrical Preventative Maintenance (EPM) Program Pays Dividends" If you would like to get ahold of me, please email me direct at mike@ccpspower.com, or find me at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send me an audio message here on Anchor!
04:46
July 10, 2018
Safety Session- ARC Flash
Monday means safety meetings! Today the topic is ARC Flash! Download the safety topic below and share and discuss with your team. Don't forget to also fill out and sign the roll sheet that comes with it, so you can keep it with your safety records. If you want to hear us cover any particular subject feel free to contact us! https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/2018/07/08/SAFETY-MEETING--ARC-Flash Contact Info- mike@ccpspower.com or linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or leave us an audio message on the anchor app! CCPS uses https://www.uscompliancesystems.com for all safety and compliance.
05:52
July 9, 2018
The CURRENT- week of 07-02-18
The News for the week! PG&E is gearing up for the largest Lithium-Ion battery installation ever! Here's the link to the story: https://www.utilitydive.com/news/pge-to-replace-3-gas-plants-with-worlds-biggest-battery-projects/526991/ If you would like to get in touch with me personally, please email me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me on linked.com/in/criticalpowerpro You can also leave me an audio message on the anchor app!
01:32
July 6, 2018
Product Overview- The Masterpact MTZ Circuit Breaker
This week we talk about the Schneider Electric Masterpact MTZ Circuit Breaker. Here are the links to find out more information: https://www.schneider-electric.ca/en/work/products/explore/masterpact-mtz/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=133&v=kK144nvW860 DISCLAIMER CCPS is not a manufacturer’s representative of any products on the market, nor do we endorse one particular brand or product over another. We are an independent firm aimed at offering our customers our input and the knowledge they need in order to make the most informed decisions that keep their facilities running smoothly, safely, and within their budget constraints. That being said, we DO want to use this platform to inform you of any products that are available that you may not be aware of If you would like more information please feel free to reach out to me via email at mike@ccpspower.com, LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro, or send me an audio message on the anchor app!
02:57
July 5, 2018
What does our nation's independence and electrical power have in common?
I think everyone knows the answer is Benjamin Franklin! This episode was great to record and I learned so much from doing my research of the origins of our nation and electrical power! Happy Independence Day from CCPS. We hope you enjoy. Below are the links to the sites that I read from and was able to get my information from to share with you. https://www.fi.edu/history-resources/franklins-lightning-rod http://www.benjamin-franklin-history.org/declaration-of-independence/ If you have any questions please feel free to email me at mike@ccpspower.com or send me an audio message on the anchor app. You can also find me on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/criticalpowerpro
07:01
July 4, 2018
What is actually required by law?
The most asked question by facilities people is always "What is required by law?" That is a GREAT question that I try to demystify a little for you. Be sure to send in any questions you may have via email to mike@ccpspower.com or find me on LinkedIn at- https://www.linkedin.com/in/criticalpowerpro or send an audio message to us on the anchor app! Also be sure to visit electricalpowersafety.com to sign up for our newsletter where you can get emailed safety meetings, special deals, and a lot more!
02:55
July 3, 2018
Safety Session- Extension Cords
Today is a Monday edition of the POWERCast which means it's a SAFETY SESSION. Today's safety topic is "Extension Cords." We all use them from time to time, but did you know that there is a right time and way, and a wrong time and way to use them? Download the safety topic here. https://www.electricalpowersafety.com/single-post/safetymeeting-extensioncords If you have any questions or feedback we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to me at mike@ccpspower.com or find me on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/criticalpowerpro. Also- if you have the Anchor app- send me an audio message! Thanks for listening!
04:02
July 2, 2018
News- The "Current" Week of 6/25/18
Here's our recap of the week's biggest news stories in the electrical power world for the week of 6/25/2018 If you have any questions or feedback to give us- please email me at mike@ccpspower.com or DM me on linkedin at www.linkedin.com/criticalpowerpro
01:58
June 29, 2018
New Power Metering Device On the Market
Schneider Electric’s EM4900 Series Multi- circuit Power Meter! DISCLAIMER CCPS is not a manufacturer’s representative of any products on the market, nor do we endorse one particular brand or product over another. We are an independent firm aimed at offering our customers our input and the knowledge they need in order to make the most informed decisions that keep their facilities running smoothly, safely, and within their budget constraints. That being said, we DO want to use this platform to inform you of any products that are available that you may not be aware of. Here is the link to their product description on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=60&v=_10EhGkLeNE Here is Schneider's website: https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/ If you have any questions or feedback to give us- please email me at mike@ccpspower.com or DM me on linkedin at www.linkedin.com/criticalpowerpro
02:15
June 28, 2018
Emergency Power Systems Maintenance Intro
Do you need to maintain your emergency power systems? Do you want to prolong the life and protect my investment in the system? Do you want to have the best chances of the system operating properly when needed? Do you want to have people working in, on, or around the systems stay as safe as possible? We give you a little intro to the NFPA 110 Chapter 8 that talks about maintenance programs. You can download a copy of the NFPA 110 here at https://catalog.nfpa.org/NFPA-110-Standard-for-Emergency-and-Standby-Power-Systems-P1224.aspx: If you have any questions or feedback to give us- please email me at mike@ccpspower.com or DM me on linkedin at www.linkedin.com/criticalpowerpro
03:19
June 27, 2018
Qualified Persons- NFPA 70E
How does the NFPA 70E define a "qualified person?" Are the people that are working in, on, or around your electrical systems qualified people? We will spend just about a minute going over that and giving a little clarification. If you would like your own copy of the 2018 edition of the NFPA 70E you can download a copy for $74 at https://catalog.nfpa.org/NFPA-70E-Standard-for-Electrical-Safety-in-the-Workplace-P1197.aspx?icid=D533 If you have questions for me send them to mike@ccpspower.com or DM me at linkedin.com/criticalpowerpro
02:10
June 26, 2018
Introducing the "Power Minute"
We are CCPS and we exist to help you keep your facilities and important things powered! The "Power Minute" will be your quick dose of tools that you can use to make your job of keeping your site powered a little easier. Whether it's product reviews, electrical code and NFPA updates, or safety topics, we try to give you valuable content, in a quick format that you can listen to on your own time! If you have ideas of what we can cover, or feedback for us, please send me an email at mike@ccpspower.com, connect with us on Anchor, or DM me at linkedin.com/criticalpowerpro
01:45
June 25, 2018
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