Overhead Distribution

Typically 35 kV to 1.4 kV, distribution systems take power from the bulk system to deliver to individual customers via overhead lines.


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Although utilities have digitized their analog records, the legacy grid data is not always consistent and manual processes are still required. Using machine learning to analyze available data can verify its accuracy and simplify the update process.
Test and Measurement

Tracking Decades-Old Power Poles with Machine Learning

Nov. 1, 2023
Utilities must organize and make sense of a tremendous tranche of legacy power grid data, but AI may offer answers.
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Overhead Distribution

Chelan PUD Commissioners Suggest To Adopt Five-Year Reliability Goal To Reduce Outages

Oct. 6, 2023
With new investments, PUD staff recommended a target to reduce outage to an average of 42 to 67 minutes a year time over the next five years.
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Overhead Distribution

Identify Environmental Impacts Earlier With GIS

June 15, 2023
GIS solutions can help utilities to overcome environmental permitting delays in overhead electrical distribution.
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In conjunction with its undergrounding strategy, Alabama Power is increasing the number of protective devices on a given distribution feeder, reducing the number of customers between protective devices and, ultimately, the number of customers impacted by an outage.
Electric Utility Operations

Dynamic Data, Technology Drives Grid Improvements at Alabama Power

Feb. 9, 2023
Alabama Power uses a complex mix of technology, infrastructure and data to operate a smarter, more resilient electric grid.
Dominion Energy South Carolina crew members from the Mount Pleasant operations center work to ensure the safe transport of equipment and a 40-foot, Class 4 wooden pole as they prepare to launch from a nearby marina on Isle of Palms, S.C.
Overhead Distribution

Dominion Energy Crew Restores Power to Barrier Islands Along SC Coast Without Line Trucks

Feb. 1, 2023
Dominion Energy storm restoration crews faced a major challenge restoring power to some of its island customers, accessible only by boat.


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Wildfire Risk Mitigation

Feb. 16, 2022
Learn about the tools and practices that minimize power equipment caused fires.
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Grid Security

House Subcommittee Passes Bills On Transformers, Reliability, Hydropower And Nuclear Power

Nov. 2, 2023
The bills will encourage development of small and next-generation projects.

Get a Head Start on Spring With Winter Maintenance

Nov. 2, 2023
Neglecting winter sprayer maintenance can cost you time, money and effort in the spring. Jump-start the next spraying season with a few common-sense winter maintenance tips.
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Overhead Distribution

System Hardening and Other Benefits of Covered Conductors

Nov. 1, 2023
It is easy to take distribution system storm and wildfire hardening, as well as overall reliability, to the next level with complete project planning.
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Overhead Distribution

Spacer Cable Lightning Performance

Nov. 1, 2023
With spacer cable, the objective is to have a higher impulse strength than what could be presented by a lightning impulse.