July

1926

Coal unloading at a pulverizing plant in Colorado

coal unloading at a pulverizing plant in Colorado

1956

British heating engineers develop electrified wallpaper that operates on radiant heat.

Electronic heating elements, in the form of flat foil, are bonded to the back of the paper, which is then insulated. According to reports, a room can be warmed within a few minutes after the wallpaper is “turned on.”

1968

Meter could be part of a planter or carriage lantern.
Meter could be part of a planter or carriage lantern.

Utilities attempt to make metering equipment
aesthetics more acceptable in many ways:

1. Lowering minimum height required for installations.
2. Locating meters in less conspicuous places.
3. Encouraging customers to paint meter sockets to match buildings.
4. Using semiflush meter mountings.
5. Using socket meters on residential CT installations.
6. Using self-contained meters on free-standing supports located inconspicuously at the lot line.
7. Installing meters at pad-mount transformers.
8. Using low-profile meter pedestals with URD installations.
9. Encouraging use of factory-assembled combination meter socket and breaker units for installation of four units or more.
10. Supplying factory-wired gang-type meters
for installations of up to six units.
Mailbox meter installtion is easy on the eyes.
Mailbox meter installtion is easy on the eyes.

1979

New automatic telephone answering system saves Anaheim utility department $2,273 annually over telephone company-recommended 4A call distributor system.

New automatic telephone answering system

Calls are recorded on tapes and later converted to trouble
reports by clerical staff.

1999

Panel of three judges of U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rule 2-to-1: EPA’s ozone particulates limits are unconstitutional.

The court says the EPA interpreted sections of the Clean Air Act “so loosely as to render them unconstitutional delegations of legislative power.” The court also refers to the “nondelegation doctrine” in its decision. This doctrine holds that certain issues are too important for Congress to delegate to administrative agencies.

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