UTILITIES: Companies drowning in big data reach for technology life preserver Katherine Ling, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 A spoof on an old joke goes: A tree falls on a power line; does it make a sound? Please subscribe to Greenwire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.