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January 21, 2019 | Jason Kuiper | big number, reliability, severe weather, T&D
ice lines

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The amount of ice – in inches – OPPD’s transmission lines are designed to handle. Transmission lines are also designed to handle winds of up to 90 miles-per-hour – the equivalent of a weak EF1 tornado.

Ice and freezing rain places additional weight and strain on power lines and support structures. That’s why OPPD’s structures are designed to handle the extreme weather conditions that are common in the Midwest.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and three children and reading crime novels.

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