Case Studies

Smart Birds – Smarter Solution

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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 […]

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Solution for snakes in the southwest

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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 […]

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TransGard helps prevent snake damage

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Zero outages across 200+ substations


Ameren is the largest electric utility in Missouri and the second largest electric utility in Illinois, servicing approximately 2.4 million customers across both states. The company maintains 2,400 substations, 1,400 of which are in Illinois. According to Steve Wolter, a consulting engineer at Ameren, at least 50% of the company’s […]

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