Animal-Caused Outages - Problems and Solutions
Newcomers, please read on...
We rely extensively on your feedback and contributions, so please send us your comments, suggestions, experiences, solutions, and questions. We will post your questions or solutions to the Bulletin Board and your experiences (photographs too, please) to the Case Study page the same day we receive them. We will respond to your questions with suggestions and ideas based on our experience and invite others to share solutions that have worked for them. Whatever your problem may be, you can be sure that someone else out there has had a similar experience.
The comments, solutions, and ideas we collect will reside in the main body of this site. Thanks to the contributions and participation from folks all over the world, we have made this a truly unique and comprehensive source of information for the electric utility industry.
To keep things organized and easy to find, the content is divided into three sections; transmission, substations, and distribution. For example, if you know you have a problem with overhead distribution transformers, but you are not sure what is causing it, select "Search by Device", then select "Distribution". If you know you have a problem with squirrels, select "Search by Animal", then select "Squirrels". We suggest you look first in the area (transmission, substations, or distribution) where you have a question to see if there is anything there to help. If not, send us your question and we will post it and any suggestions we may have on the Bulletin Board the same day we receive it. In any case, be sure to check the Bulletin Board before leaving to see if you can help someone else.
We also provide a Product Catalog with product descriptions and links to those Manufacturers who participate in this Web site. The products that are listed in the catalog are those specifically designed to help protect power systems from animals. Hopefully, this will help answer the second most likely question "Now that I know what I need, where can I find it?"
While we certainly hope you will find an answer to your problem, we must remind you that the solutions and remedies appearing on this web site are intended as suggestions only. Animals can be very unpredictable and, for no apparent reason, what works for one utility may not work for another. Any design or device modification should be approved by a registered engineer before implementation. All RUS borrowers must have prior RUS approval before using any non-standard construction or device.
We also have some good news and some (possibly) annoying news...on one hand we've some great photographs that are too good not to include. On the other hand, if it's a slow day on the Internet, load time may take a while. If we get too many complaints, we will remove some of the photographs, so let us know what you think.
If you need some help with engineering design and/or planning, let us know.
A final note..... The quality and usefulness of this Web site will depend on your participation. Sharing your knowledge, experience, and expertise will benefit the entire industry, not to mention overworked, frustrated utility employees.