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

What Training Do Linemen Need Today and Considerations For Your Line Crew

Posted by CHANCE Lineman Grade Tools on Oct 16, 2020 10:00:00 AM

There are few jobs that are more dangerous than that of a utility lineworker. A commitment to safety is of utmost importance, both in the design of tools and equipment and in the training given to understand how to use them properly.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

5 Things to Consider When Selecting an Underground Enclosure

Posted by Bryan Hunley on Oct 13, 2020 6:00:00 AM

There are many choices and considerations with regards to deploying OSP broadband infrastructure today. Determining what type of underground enclosures to support that infrastructure can seem overwhelming with all of the solutions offered by multiple manufacturers. This article will help provide guidance on navigating through some of those product selection choices.

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Topics: Communications, Enclosures

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

Cover-Up Equipment: Selection and Care

Posted by Joseph Cardona on Sep 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Hard Plastic vs. Rubber Cover-Up Equipment

Deciding which cover-up equipment is best for the job depends on several factors, including the system voltage, types of energized equipment, and work methods (rubber gloving vs. hotsticking).

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools, Safety

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

An Interview with Kevin Mabie, Communications Northeast Territory Manager

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Sep 11, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Meet Kevin Mabie, Northeast Territory Manager, as he discusses his communications industry outlook for the next five years - and how increased access to fiber bandwidth will help drive future growth to rural areas.

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Topics: Communications

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

The Importance of Lead Length for Arrester Applications

Posted by Ryan Freeman on Aug 17, 2020 1:00:00 PM

A commonly overlooked consideration in arrester applications is the impact of lead length. The inductance of lead wires can produce an inductive voltage drop which in turn will lower system protection. This voltage drop only occurs if the lead carries surge current and is in parallel with the equipment being protected. This resultant voltage is added to the discharge voltage of the arrester during a surge event, thereby reducing the protective margin of the system. The lead wire’s inductance is not strongly influenced by conductor diameter, but rather of overall lead length. Therefore, care must be taken to keep the lead length to a minimum in both distribution and substation applications.

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Topics: Arresters

How to Avoid Putting Strain on Fiber Communications Lines

Posted by Chad Davis on Jul 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When securing a fiber line to a pole, building or at mid-span, installers must be careful not to cause undo stress or strain on that fiber line. If they do, it can cause a break in the line, which in turn would cause an outage/disruption in service. Fixing this would be very expensive and time consuming, not to mention a huge inconvenience for everyone involved (contractor, worker, the public and customer).  

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