Nebraskans tend to crank up the air conditioner to combat the heat and humidity of Midwestern summers.
This kind of weather can also be tough on electric equipment, which is why OPPD takes added steps to help ensure reliable service when customers need it most.
“Transformers can get overheated with extra use,” said Aaron Smith, Director of Operations for OPPD. “The oil that insulates a transformer and cools it also gets overheated and can fail. The heat and humidity can cause breakdowns.”
OPPD takes additional steps to ensure the system works when it is needed most. The utility has a team that works to strategically place new electrical infrastructure in the right places. These locations are based on usage history and future projections for usage to ensure circuits don’t overload.
When a heat wave hangs around the service territory, OPPD holds extra crews to cover calls into the evening. This includes warehouse employees who ensure replacement equipment is on-hand if needed.
“We do that so we can provide a quicker response and get the power on faster. We don’t want our customers to suffer long in the heat,” Smith said.
Some additional steps OPPD takes during extreme heat:
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