Distribution lines are likely targets for lightning strikes. Once the lightning touches the line, the surge divides and travels both directions. The lightning surge will then probably cause an insulator to flash over. Why?
"In the old configuration, if we lost either feeder, 750-800 customers were without power until a trouble-crew drove out to open and close the switches to isolate the outage and restore power," shared the utility.
Power surges can damage electronic equipment if not adequately protected. Surge arresters protect a variety of equipment, distribution transformers, power transformers, underground cable, and insulators, from overvoltage. The proper arrester selection can prevent equipment damage.
In 2014, Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) acquired RFL Electronics, a protection and communication equipment manufacturer. The addition of RFL to HPS’ family of brands broadened our substation offering and forged a partnership between territory managers and regional sales engineers to elevate the technical expertise HPS provides its customers. Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) witnessed the benefit of this newly formed partnership firsthand.
Topics: Substation Security
1. Drilling down into product information - When you hover over "Products" on the homepage, you'll see a dropdown with different market options (Data & Communications, Electrical & Electronic, and Power & Utilities). The "Connectors" selection under Data & Comm is different than Connectors in Power & Utilities. Make sure you are in right market before you choose your category selection.
Products are divided by product categories (i.e. anchors, arresters, connectors, switching, etc.) and then subcategories.
Topics: Digital Transformation
DORELCO is a rural electric cooperative located in the town of Tolosa, Island of Leyte, in the Philippines. They provide electrical service to 13 municipalities throughout a mostly rural area.
The electric service division of Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC) has been in operation since 1905. Today, Fayetteville PWC is responsible for delivering power to over 80,000 industrial and residential customers across Cumberland County in North Carolina. They are a generation and distribution utility featuring 32 substations at 69kV and 230kV and a peak load of 490MW.
Utilities depend on their wood structures lasting 25-30 years. Therefore, it’s important to specify quality material in manufacturing wood braces. Apitong wood is a dense fiber hardwood, grown in the Asian forest, making it an optimal resource for utility braces.
Topics: Pole Line Hardware
The performance of utility brackets is critical, especially in the event of a major storm or natural disaster where you need maximum support for expensive equipment. So how do you decide on aluminum versus steel brackets to support your equipment? Here are five quick ways that aluminum outperforms steel every time when used to make utility brackets.
Topics: Pole Line Hardware
Each utility has a set of guidelines for weather conditions in their area which takes into consideration ice and wind loading. If distribution connectors are installed properly (per manufacturer instructions) then everything should work as designed.