Situated just south of Detroit, MI, a major automotive engine manufacturer was experiencing a number of animal-caused outages at the substation feeding their power supply. In 2011, this plant saw a rash of animal contacts. The contacts were primarily squirrels but raccoons were also a part of the problem. Squirrels would bridge insulators and raccoons
So how do you best protect against animal-based threats, and is it even possible to achieve zero animal-caused outages once applied? IEEE-1264TM, “IEEE Guide for Animal Deterrents for Electric Power Supply Substations,” discusses many strategies to combat the issue, and this standard examines various strategies deployed, including simulated natural predators, noisemakers, cover-up materials, animal fences
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. Impact on Electric Utilities and Commercial and Industrial Companies That Own Substations Electric utilities face a wide range of potential impacts from animal-caused contact outages
Why do animals pose a threat in the first place? Why would they even be attracted to energized electrical equipment in substations that have fences and complicated climbing structures? Animals seek out substations for the promise of food, shelter, warmth, perching and even general curiosity. In fact, these drivers are why animals in open field
The growing reliance on energy and the implications of its interruption in residential homes, commercial and industrial 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 Find out which four Areas that power outages hit the hardest and how it could impact you!
About the Blogger
This post is the first in a series of seven excerpts from an electric utility industry white paper prepared by FTI Consulting, entitled, THE CASE FOR ELIMINATING ANIMAL-CAUSED OUTAGES IN ELECTRIC SUBSTATIONS AND ON POWERLINES. The full white paper may be downloaded by clicking here.
Darren Barnett, VP MEPP (Manufacturer’s Equipment Protection Program) / Technical Services, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Louisiana Tech University and has over 28 years of experience in the electric power distribution industry. Darren’s career started as a design engineer for a major transformer and components manufacturer. From there he advanced to positions of increasing responsibility, including Quality Assurance Manager, Engineering Manager and Vice President of Components Operations. Darren is an active member of IEEE and was on the committee that developed the 1656 -2010 testing guide for wildlife mitigation products.