Energy news from Omaha Public Power District
Power poles support thousands of miles of electric lines, here is what makes up the poles.
The replacements' combination of steel and fiberglass have a longer life than the existing wood structures.
See how OPPD prepares for the damaging effects of ice and wind on power lines - and how wind alone can be just as dangerous.
A number of things can cause an outage: stormy weather, animals interfering with equipment, tree limbs in power lines or equipment failure.
The equipment added to power lines stops them from falling victim to "galloping" during icy winter weather.
Distracted driving, or other causes can lead to accidents impacting electrical equipment – and leaving customers in the dark.
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