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The Top 10 Most Unusual U.S. Blackouts of 2017

Like years past, 2017 didn’t disappoint when it came to unusual outages. From bees to bears, quarrels to coughs, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most peculiar:

  1. Statue of darkness. Not even Lady Liberty is invulnerable to power outages. The nation’s most famous statue was left without its hallmark illuminating lights for several hours March 7. Although there was some online speculation that it was a deliberate move to show solidarity with the Day Without A Woman inequality protests scheduled for the following day, the National Parks Service said the New York City blackout was probably due to construction work.
  2. Beeware. Crews in Bradford, Ill., were busy as bees June 11 after a tree branch, rotted from beehives and honeycombs inside, broke off and landed on power lines. The subsequent outage was prolonged when crews had to find a way to remove the state protected insects without harming them, and were forced to wait for the arrival of state agency employees.
  3. Why did the chicken cross the road? There was a whole lot of squawking over a blackout in Felton, Del., on Dec. 12. Sixty customers were left without electricity for two hours following a crash involving a tractor-trailer truck carrying a load of chickens. The collision not only cut electricity to area residents, but snarled traffic after the flock escaped.

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Power Outage Annual Report

Kohler Industrial Diesel and Gas Generators

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NETA Certification for Generator System Service Personnel

This information sheet discusses NETA certification and details the standards NETA is laying down and how they apply to generator set system installations and why NETA certification is being requested and specified.

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Refer a Friend and Get a $100 Rebate

Earn a $100 rebate when you refer a friend to buy a KOHLER® generator from 8 to 150 kW. Offer expires December 31, 2018.

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Kohler Power Solutions Center

Kohler has developed the Power Solutions Center (PSC). The PSC has been developed with your input and your request for an improved sizing and specification tool. We have also incorporated additional tools to make the job of sizing and specifying a power system easier.

The PSC is Kohler’s user-friendly spec and sizing program. An innovation so advanced, it will change the way power systems are specified.

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Ultimate Service Associates is a premier power solutions provider to organizations with a nationwide power network.

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