TransGard Case Studies

Power providers in every region of the United States protect their assets with TransGard. In substations large and small, rural and urban, in every climate, TransGard fences have earned a reputation for cost-effective deterrence of animal outages. Learn more about our customer experiences in these in-depth case studies.

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Smart Birds – Smarter Solution

Birds pose their own set of challenges to electrical substations: they can fly into equipment, their nests can drop debris into sensitive areas or collapse completely, and bird droppings are corrosive health hazards with the capacity to create unwanted connections between components. But as difficult as birds can be, smart birds are worse. Why? An intelligent bird can figure out how deterrent systems work and can adapt its activities to make those systems useless. This

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Solution for snakes in the southwest

Squirrels are often viewed as the most likely suspect of an animal-caused outage.  But in Texas, the problem often doesn’t scamper in — it slithers. CoServ Electric, which operates 29 substations across North Texas, experienced multiple outages in 2019 from bull, corn, and rat snakes crawling into substations. Each outage cost thousands of dollars in repairs and man-hours, and it tested the patience of customers accustomed to receiving reliable power. “Snakes will enter a substation

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TransGard helps prevent snake damage

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), a generation and transmission cooperative with more than 400 substations in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Kansas, had been plagued for decades by repeated substation outages caused by the incursion of bull snakes. Some substations were experiencing multiple outages each week, resulting in $15–20,000 in lost revenue and repair costs with each outage. Billy Young, WFEC substation supervisor, was introduced to TransGard Systems at an industry conference. He learned that

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Reliability: “An investment well worth making”

Duke Energy supplies and delivers energy to approximately 4 million customers via 1,400 distribution stations across five states, making it one of the largest electric power companies in the nation. According to Jim Wilson, Reliability and Integrity Planning Specialist with Duke Energy, protecting substations in such a large territory from animal damage was difficult. Raccoons, squirrels and snakes were responsible for repeat damage at “problem” substations, resulting in service disruptions, extra man-hours and expensive repairs.

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Savings in the “hundreds of thousands”

New York State’s Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) operates some 165 substations and provides electricity to 362,000 residents and businesses across six counties in upstate New York. In the early 1980s, RG&E began searching for ways to address a growing problem of outages caused by squirrels and raccoons entering substations and damaging or destroying equipment. Animal damage caused 20% of all substation outages — second only to weather as a cause of damage. “We tried

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Customized design – total elimination of outages

Mishawaka Utilities electric distribution system is the second largest municipal utility in the state of Indiana, providing service to a population of 46,557. The utility operates 11 substations located at strategic points throughout the city of Mishawaka and maintains the distribution system, which consists of nearly 127 miles of overhead and 176 miles of underground distribution lines. In 2001, Mishawaka began to explore the application of an animal deterrent system for one of its substations

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