The work – expected to be completed in December – is part of
‘Penn Power has made significant investments in smart grid technologies over the past several years, helping improve our reliability performance and testing new equipment which our sister utilities have since successfully implemented in their own service areas,’ said
Hundreds of homes and businesses in the region will benefit from the installation of nearly 30 new automatic reclosing devices at substations and along neighborhood power lines, which will help limit the frequency, duration and magnitude of service interruptions. These electrical devices work like a circuit breaker in a home, shutting off power when problems arise, with the added benefit of allowing a substation or power line to automatically turn back on within seconds of certain types of outages to ensure power is safely maintained letting customers flow. This technology is safer and more efficient as it often allows care workers to automatically restore service to customers instead of sending a team to investigate.
If the device detects a more serious problem, e.g. For example, if a fallen tree hits electrical equipment, it isolates the outage to that area and limits the total number of customers affected. The intelligent technology will quickly pinpoint the location of the failure and help utility staff better understand the cause of the failure to speed up recovery.
Automated voltage regulators are also installed to ensure safe, constant voltage levels along power lines on extremely cold or hot days that cause high power demands. In addition to avoiding voltage issues for customers, the devices could potentially help save energy by evenly distributing power so that all customers served by a single power line receive the same safe, reliable flow of electricity.
Eventually, additional power lines will be built to provide more flexibility in recovering from outages due to events such as storms and vehicle accidents. The new power lines will help reduce the length and overall number of customers affected by an outage by switching to a backup line for faster service restoration.
This work builds on system upgrades that have been made across the board over the past several years
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