Fence News, the national industry magazine, showcased the effectiveness of TransGard fencing in its March issue. Here’s an excerpt:
“Next to weather-related damage, animal intrusions are the most common cause of substation outages. Every year, squirrels, snakes and other climbing animals cause hundreds of substation power outages that leave thousands without power — and cost millions in repairs.
Unlike other types of animal traps and deterrents, the patented TransGard fencing installed by Potomac Edison prevents a wide range of climbing animals – including squirrels, raccoons, opossums, cats, frogs and others – from accessing the substation equipment and discourages them from trying again.
‘Equipment interference from an animal intrusion can cost thousands of dollars in damage and require hundreds of labor hours to repair as well as causing extended outages for customers,’ said James A. Sears, Jr., president of FirstEnergy’s Maryland operations.
‘This special fencing is an economical solution to prevent these types of service disruptions in the future.’
TransGard fences feature a unique modular, freestanding design that offers fast installation, easy access and simple reconfiguration or expansion. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has called the TransGard approach the most effective barrier against animal incursion.”
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