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Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference 2019 in Williamsburg, VA

Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) | June 2-5, 2019 in Williamsburg, VA

The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) is an educational conference for fleet representatives from investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors held annually at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

EUFMC attracts fleet executives from over 70 companies in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

Click here to learn more: eufmc.com

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EUFMC Aims to Advance Strategies for Fleet Improvement

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After record-breaking attendance in 2018, the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference is heading back to Williamsburg, Virginia, June 2-5, where it will feature an educational program focused on “Advancing Strategies for Fleet Improvement.”

Earl C. “Duke” Austin Jr., president and CEO of Quanta Services, will deliver the 2019 keynote address. According to EUFMC, Austin has played a fundamental role in Quanta’s significant growth. He spearheads strategic development of the contractor company’s capabilities in assessment, planning, engineering and design, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, operations and management of infrastructure systems.

Other event speakers are scheduled to include Mark Kelly and Jason Schechterle. Kelly, who has been chosen as the featured dinner speaker, is an American astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain who will offer insights to attendees based on his life experiences. Schechterle is a former Phoenix police officer who will facilitate “Burning Shield,” a safety presentation that chronicles his life after a vehicle fire in which 40% of his body sustained severe burns.

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Utility Fleet Safety Track in Denton, TX

Utility Fleet Safety Track at the iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo | April 29 - May 2, 2019 in Denton, TX

We are dedicated to safe utility fleet operations, that's why we've added a Utility Fleet Safety Track to the iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo.

Click here to learn more: utilitysafetyconference.com/agenda/utility-fleet-safety-track

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NAFA's 2019 Institute & Expo in Louisville, KY

NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo | April 15-17, 2019 in Louisville, KY

Get up to speed and stay ahead of the curve at the industry’s largest and most comprehensive annual event, for fleet professionals: NAFA’s 2019 Institute & Expo.

Click here to learn more: nafainstitute.org

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MEA Transportation & Fleet Learning Conference 2019 in Louisville, KY

MEA Transportation & Fleet Learning Conference | April 9-10, 2019 in Louisville, KY

The MEA Transportation & Fleet Learning Conference is designed by and for utility fleet personnel. Topics such as Fleet Emergency Response, Electrification, and Fleet Rightsizing are covered through industry-expert presentations and peer-to-peer learning over two days. 

Click here to learn more: meaenergy.org

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Mid-America Trucking Show 2019 in Louisville, KY

Mid-America Trucking Show | March 28-30, 2019 in Louisville, KY

MATS is where the industry comes together to see what’s happening in trucking. See the newest technology, learn from the experts, connect with peers and more.

Click here to learn more: https://www.truckingshow.com/

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What to Consider When Spec’ing Onboard Scales

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Operating an overloaded truck is categorized as a misdemeanor in most U.S. states. Aside from putting the safety of the operator and the public at risk, overloading also can increase fines and lead to premature vehicle wear and tear.

Fortunately, the availability of today’s onboard scale technology can help utility fleet managers ensure trucks operate at a safe weight.

So, what exactly should fleet managers consider when spec’ing onboard scales? Utility Fleet Professional connected with industry professionals who shared insight into selecting the right applications for your fleet.

Benefits of Technology
Nebraska Public Power District has been using onboard scale systems for more than 10 years and currently has approximately 20 scale systems in use between tractor-trailer units and dump trucks.

NPPD’s primary reason for installing the scale systems was to verify loaded axle weights to ensure they were compliant with DOT bridge laws.

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Chicago Auto Show 2019 in Chicago, IL

Chicago Auto Show | February 9-18, 2019 in Chicago, IL

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 111th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. 

Click here to learn more: chicagoautoshow.com

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Dejana New Plant Visit in Kansas City, MO

Dejana Plant Visit | October 18, 2018 in Kansas City, MO

DEJANA OPENS KANSAS CITY SHIP-THRU FACILITY
Dejana opens 90,000 square foot ship-thru facility in Kansas City, MO. The new facility is entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest Automotive Alley Subtropolois and will primarily install commercial van interiors as well as F150 upfits and accessories that will be shipped to dealerships throughout the United States.

Click here to learn more: https://dejana.com/

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Upper Midwest Utility Fleet Council 2018 Meeting in Kansas City, MO

Upper Midwest Utility Fleet Council 2018 Meeting | October 15 - 17, 2018 in Kansas City, MO

The Upper Midwest Utility Fleet Council (UMUFC) is a group of gas, electric and telecommunications fleet managers who meet twice a year to discuss common problems and learn more about events happening in the profession. The members are drawn from the upper Midwest regions of the United States and Canada including: Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Meetings are generally held the third week in October and April. Annual presentations by truck and auto manufacturers keep the group updated on chassis specifications.

Click here to learn more: umufc.org

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Fleet Con 2018 in Sparks, NV

Fleet Con 2018 | September 10 - 12, 2018 in Sparks, NV

Fleetcon is the fleet education event for all fleet personnel, suppliers, and all types of fleets. Our annual event combines education, networking, and introductions to new technologies, innovations, and solutions. Join others in the fleet industry and learn with - and from - some of the best!

Click here to read more: http://www.fleetcon.org/

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Fleet Management Trends and its Future - Interview with Sean Lyden from Utility Fleet Professional Magazine

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Check out this AUTOsist podcast with UFP editor Sean Lyden where he discusses electrification & other fleet trends! It's episode #11.

Photo by Chase Lewis on Unsplash

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APWA's Public Works Expo 2018 in Kansas City, MO

APWA's Public Works Expo (PWX) Aug 26 - 29, 2018 in Kansas City, MO

PWX provides a first-class multimodal learning experience designed for professionals at all levels and across the entire spectrum of public works. Come prepared to see, hear, touch, and discuss in a variety of traditional and interactive sessions, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities. Attendees can also spend time on North America's largest exhibit floor for public works equipment and services - we've carved out generous portions of non-compete time so you don't miss any sessions. Kick tires, talk about technology, or get the scoop on new products. You can even step in front of a video camera and tell your very own public works story. To take advantage of everything PWX has to offer  with more than 5,000 public works colleagues from North America and beyond, meet us in Kansas City!

Click here to read more: https://pwx.apwa.net/pwx/Event_Details.aspx

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Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), June 3-6, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA

EUFMC June 3-6, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA

The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) is an educational conference for fleet representatives from investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors held annually at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

EUFMC attracts fleet executives from over 70 companies in the U.S., Canada and South America.

Click here to read more: eufmc.com

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NAFA Institute & Expo, April 24-27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA

NAFA Institute & Expo Jan 24 - 27, 2018 in Anaheim, CA

NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo is the largest event of the fleet management industry! The perfect opportunity to increase your networking power, I&E is the largest community of fleet professionals who attend year after year because they experience I&E’s hands-on value. Attend I&E to get real money-saving, time-saving value!

Click here to read more: nafainstitute.org

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NTEA WorkTruck Show 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

NTEA WorkTruck Show March 6 - 9, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

The Work Truck Show® is your once-a-year chance to see all of the newest industry products, choose from dozens of industry-focused training courses, and gain access to technical engineering representatives from hundreds of exhibiting companies. Attendees can interact with thousands of industry professionals; set up meetings with current suppliers or customers; find solutions to resolve technical issues; and talk shop with industry peers at special events and receptions.

Click here to read more: http://www.worktruckshow.com/

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2018 Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL

Chicago Auto Show Feb 10 - 19, 2018 in Chicago, IL

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

Click here to read more: https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/

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ATSSA Traffic Safety Expo in San Antonio, TX

ATSSA Annual Convention and Traffic Expo Jan 28 - 30, 2018 in San Antonio, TX

ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo is the premier event for nearly 3,500 roadway safety professionals and transportation officials from across the USA and around the globe. The convention brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, corporate roadway department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of roadway safety.

Click here to read more: https://www.semashow.com/

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The Final 3

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Each issue, we ask a fleet professional to share three keys to fleet success.

This issue’s Final 3 participant is Keith Gindoff, manager of fleet and energy services for Duke Energy subsidiary Piedmont Natural Gas (www.piedmontng.com), an energy services company that distributes natural gas to more than a million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, with about 1,215 total vehicles in its fleet.

#1. Make data-driven decisions.
“Think of a vehicle as a giant computer, and use the telematics data that the vehicle provides to give you greater insight to make more effective decisions with your fleet. Find a way to generate as much information as possible from the vehicle to optimize your maintenance and replacement schedules for maximum uptime and cost efficiency.” 

#2. Understand the driver’s needs.
“Really get to know the users of the vehicles and assets by going out into the field with them to understand the jobs they need the assets for. When you ask drivers for their opinions and observe for yourself how the vehicle is being used, you will be able to develop much more effective specifications.”

#3. Network with other fleet managers.
“You will learn at a much faster pace if you get to know and work with other fleet managers in your industry. They have already gone through, tested and tried – successfully or unsuccessfully – most of what you will be encountering. So, use their experience and expertise to help you become a more successful fleet manager.”

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Piedmont Natural Gas Expands Its CNG-Powered Fleet

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When it comes to discussions of alternative fuels and sustainability in utility fleets, electrification often takes center stage.

And for good reason. Electric utilities have a vested interest in selling more of their product – electricity – so it makes sense that they would take the lead by making big investments in electric vehicles (EVs) for their fleets. A major contributor to this trend has been Edison Electric Institute’s Transportation Electrification Initiative, which in late 2014 garnered commitments from more than 70 investor-owned electric utilities to devote at least 5 percent of their annual fleet acquisition budgets to purchase plug-in EVs and equipment.

But utility fleets shouldn’t overlook compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of their green initiatives, said Karl Newlin, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Duke Energy's natural gas operations, who also oversees the fleet and public fueling station development at Duke subsidiary Piedmont Natural Gas (www.piedmontng.com), which serves more than a million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

That’s because natural gas not only burns much cleaner than gasoline and diesel, but it also offers – at least historically – more stable pricing than conventional fossil fuels, giving fleets a greater sense of predictability with fuel costs.

Piedmont launched its fleet CNG program in 2009 with 12 natural-gas-powered Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Today, the utility operates 469 natural gas vehicles – more than a third of its total fleet of 1,215 vehicles. And in August, Piedmont expects to open its 11th natural gas filling station available to the public.

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