The Wire

Energy news from Omaha Public Power District

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Why can birds safely sit on power lines?

Whether a bird is safe sitting on a power line comes down to how they are perched there.

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What’s a ground fault circuit interrupter?

These are common sights in your home, and they perform an important function by preventing shock from electricity.

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Infographic: Overhead vs. underground power lines

OPPD considers several factors when determining whether to install power lines above ground or below. Both options have advantages and disadvantages.

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Handling effects of heat on the electric system

When temperatures rise, OPPD takes extra precautions to ensure reliable electricity for customers when they need it most.

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Landscaping near electrical equipment

The plants you choose for your landscaping around this equipment should still allow OPPD crews to access the unit in the event of an outage or repair.

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Video: The difference between types of power lines

Transmission lines and distribution power lines have unique jobs within the electric system. Watch this video to learn more.

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