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.



New Line Life Podcast: ICYMI: Mutual Aid Without a Storm

Feb. 23, 2024
This audio story showcases an article about the Light Up Navajo project from the 2023 T&D World Lineworker Supplement.
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Overhead Transmission

In Photos: Keeping Birds and the Power Grid Safe from One Another

Dec. 15, 2023
Nesting, hunting, flying, perching, and yes even excreting waste are all natural bird pastimes that, when they occur at the wrong place and the wrong time, can be deadly to the...
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Overhead Distribution

NESC Progresses Power Grid Resiliency

Dec. 12, 2023
The NESC focuses on standards that help to increase worker safety while improving power grid resiliency in overhead utility pole networks.
Photo courtesy of Southern California Edison.
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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Wildfire Risk Mitigation

Feb. 16, 2022
Learn about the tools and practices that minimize power equipment caused fires.
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Hawaii Commission Approves HECO's Five-Year Grid Resilience Plan

Feb. 9, 2024
The decision is an essential regulatory step enabling Hawaiian Electric to move forward with $95 million in funding granted under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs...
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Disaster Response

Consumers Energy’s Reliability Roadmap Helps Restore Power Of 90% Customers In Less Than 24 Hours

Feb. 8, 2024
The plan has helped reduce the length of the average customer outage during normal weather to 176 minutes or under three hours in 2023.
Lineworkers and electricians from Oklahoma, Colorado and Arkansas worked on wiring nearly 200 structures to safety receive electricity.
Overhead Distribution

Just In Time for the Holidays: Electricity for the First Time

Dec. 21, 2023
Lineworkers and electricians from Oklahoma, Colorado and Arkansas worked on wiring nearly 200 structures to safety receive electricity.
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Overhead Distribution

Seasons Are Changing And So Should Our Grid: Meeting Peak Demand

Dec. 19, 2023
New England’s grid operator put a new modeling tool to use and discovered that it has a sufficient winter power supply for the next few years, thanks in large part to the broad...