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An OPPD first: Energized transmission work

November 16, 2020 | Jason Kuiper | l, reliability, T&D
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When it came to maintenance work needed near Falls City, OPPD officials had to make a choice. Should they take an extended outage to get the work done? Doing so would leave residents without power for long stretches of time.

To keep those customers powered, OPPD hired a contractor that specializes in working on live wires. The video, by Goswen Visual Marketing, highlights the work and what was done.

The following clip shows the effects of galloping lines and why the maintenance on the lines were needed.

Editor note: Due to the nature of their work, OPPD employees and contractors in the field may not always be able to wear masks and follow physical distancing guidelines related to COVID-19.

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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, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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