Transmission line repairs hardly affecting utility customersOctober 29, 2020
Historically, when this major T&D utility company performed maintenance and repairs on substations and transmission lines, their customers experienced blackouts that sometimes would last hours or even days. But as grid reliability and metrics became more scrutinized, they began to explore engineered options of reducing or even eliminating power outages during these planned or unplanned events. Working with a major temporary power provider, they devised a custom solution that could be deployed quickly just about anywhere it needed to be. This system would effectively keep the power on for the utility’s customers while they performed work on their infrastructure. Blackouts were reduced from days or hours to mere minutes when the power lines were switched over from utility power to the temporary power and switchgear systems.
Grid hardening, modernization, emergency preparedness and response planning are at an all-time high on the list of priorities for utility companies. Fortunately, whether the work is planned or unplanned, mobile systems can be positioned to keep the lights on for residential and industrial buildings alike. It has been said “no power project is too big for Aggreko” as the company’s track record includes providing all of the power for Panama City (200 MW) when their utility was being constructed, and over 45 MW of natural gas power for a remote midstream oil and gas operation in Texas. It’s not about renting generators, it’s about SAIDI, SAIFI and CAIDI becoming more tightly scrutinized, and the impact of blackout-reducing engineered solutions becoming more widely adopted and implemented.