Darren Barnett

Darren Barnett is a Senior Product Manager in Hubbell Utility Solutions' Wildlife Mitigation Business Unit. With a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Louisiana Tech University, Darren has over 28 years of experience in the electric power distribution industry. Darren’s career started as a Design Engineer for a major transformer and components manufacturer. From there he advanced to positions of increasing responsibility, including Quality Assurance Manager, Engineering Manager and Vice President of Components Operations. Darren is an active member of IEEE and was on the committee that developed the 1656 -2010 testing guide for wildlife mitigation products.

Recent Posts

Asset Management Planning for Wildlife Outage Mitigation Planning

Posted by Darren Barnett on Oct 21, 2020 2:00:00 PM

What should utilities do in a situation where they are having an animal-caused outage issue and do not know where to start when they are planning to install a new substation?

An animal-caused outage mitigation mindset must exist within all levels of a utility’s asset management process in order to completely manage the issue (see Figure 5). Utilities need to look internally to all of their processes to understand where there are examples of practices that work well and should be reinforced and also recognize areas of opportunity. Detailed in this section is a high-level review of the areas that should be reviewed, analyzed, understood, improved upon or implemented, when necessary, to support the drive toward zero animal-caused outages.

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Topics: Wildlife Mitigation

The Cost of Outages. How Much Damage Can an Animal Cause?

Posted by Darren Barnett on Oct 7, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Animal-caused electric outages, like all other outages, can cause direct and consequential damage (such as business interruption) to electric utility facilities, C&I customers, residential utility customers and critical public facilities.

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Topics: Wildlife Mitigation

The Impact of Animal-Caused Outages

Posted by Darren Barnett on Sep 23, 2020 10:00:00 AM

The growing reliance on energy and the implications of its interruption in residential homes, commercial and industrial (“C&I”) facilities, and government agencies places an increasing burden on utilities to provide a more reliable power supply than ever experienced in the history of the electric system (see Figure 1).

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Topics: Wildlife Mitigation

Protecting America’s Birds with Greenjacket

Posted by Darren Barnett on Aug 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The Lemon Creek substation is a key site for AEL&P in supplying backup power and electrical distribution to the city of Juneau. It is located near a landfill, a food source attractant to many species of avians. AEL&P had been proactively investigating and testing several avian protection options available in the marketplace. These efforts helped, but there was still a need for further improvement. Following a significant eagle-caused outage that was reported on by the media, the Hubbell Greenjacket Team reached out to AEL&P to offer assistance in solving these issues. 

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Topics: Wildlife Mitigation