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  1. Substation outages: Animal caused outages create an explosive year

    Substations: In 2016, climbing animals caused substation outages that wreaked havoc: loud explosions, hazardous driving — even a threat to voters. Each year, TransGard — maker of the patented fence that now protects 2,500 substations — tracks animal outages and compiles a list of the worst … and 2016 offered plenty to choose from. In fact, wildlife near power equipment is the most common cause of outages at public power utilities, according to the American Public Power Association. This year, raccoons, snakes and other climbing animals caused hundreds of outages — although squirrels remain the most likely intruder. Here are five of the worst outages for 2016: 1. Sleepless in Seattle: In May, a section of Seattle awoke to the sound of a substation explosion — one caused by a raccoon incursion that knocked out power to 39,000 customers. KIRO-TV noted that animals cause hundreds of similar outages in the Puget Sound area every year. 2. Danger in Denver: A raccoon infiltrated an urban Colorado substation, blowing a transformer. The outage affected 27,000 customers and shut down traffic lights across a large swath of the Aurora area, creating what KMGH-TV called “dangerous” conditions. 3. “Boom!”: Another animal, another explosion. In small-town Wellington, Kansas, squirrel interference at a substation transformer caused a “really loud boom” that shook several blocks. The outage knocked out power citywide and sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky, according to footage broadcast by KWCH-TV. 4. Rigging the election?: In October, a squirrel knocked out power to a substation serving several buildings in Miami County — including the election board. The disruption affected voter machines and a computer server, forcing early voters to use paper ballots. 5. Snake-out: In Boulder, Colorado, a snake incursion into a substation shut off power to more than 3,000 customers and businesses during the midday hours. Snake outages have become more common, particularly in southern states and habitats with large snake populations. This list represents a fraction of all animal-caused outages, many unreported, at U.S. substations. Many power providers take steps to prevent animal incursions, but thousands of at-risk substations remain unprotected. For information on TransGard’s patented fencing system and how it eliminates outages caused by climbing animals, visit www.transgardfence.com . About TransGard TransGard’s patented fencing was developed exclusively to eliminate substation outages caused by climbing animals, including snakes. Since it was founded in 1990, TransGard fences have been installed at more than 2,500 substations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information or to request a quote, visit www.transgardfence.com . For more information about TransGard or other products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.  

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  2. SRP, ConEdison, Gulf Power lead record satisfaction ratings on J.D. Power study

    Satisfaction ratings by business customers for their utilities improved to a record high in the latest J.D. Power study released Wednesday 

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  3. Utility Company: Vermont utility to delay planned outage until after storm

    Vermont's largest electric utility is going to delay a planned maintenance outage in eastern Chittenden County until after the storm that's expected to hit the region.

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    Fri, 30 Dec 2016

  4. Climbing Animals and Substation Outages: Expensive, Damaging.… Preventable

    Almost every day a critter finds its way into a substation, comes into contact with the wrong equipment, and knocks out power. As utilities, cooperatives and other power providers seek solutions, they have turned increasingly to TransGard fencing.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  1. TVA’s Sequoyah Unit 1 Completes Refueling

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  2. GE Mobile Water Solution Enables Orlando Utilities Commission to Continue Wastewater Treatment During Planned Outage

    Routine maintenance at the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center, and the need to shut down a generation unit at the power plant, left Orlando Utilities Commission with a decreased power capacity to treat its wastewater through regular methods.

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  3. Armenian nuclear plant back online after maintenance outage

    Armenia's only nuclear power plant has resumed power generation after being taken offline for repairs, the country’s energy ministry has said.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  4. Peach Bottom Begins Refueling Outage

    The outage will bring about 1,700 additional workers to the plant for several weeks.

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    Mon, 24 Oct 2016

  5. Energy management: Outage management system enhances utility’s distribution grid operations

    Power management: ENMAX selects GE’s Next Generation OMS to deliver safe, reliable electricity.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  6. Electricity Generation: Vegas Strip resort reopens after power outage , evacuation

    Electricity was restored and a major hotel at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip reopened Friday after a complete blackout and overnight evacuation blamed on damage to the main basement electric line.

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    Fri, 4 Nov 2016

  7. Loviisa Nuclear Plant Refueling and Maintenance Outage to Begin

    Fortum will soon start the annual refueling and maintenance outage at its Loviisa nuclear plant in Finland.

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    Fri, 5 Aug 2016

  8. After storm causes power outage , Australia debates clean energy

    The state's power operator, however, said the outage was unavoidable regardless of electricity sources  

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

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