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Power quality device

January 25, 2016 | Jason Kuiper | how does that work, reliability
power quality device

Utilities attach a power quality device to meters at homes or businesses. It to gather data on the electricity quality there. When customers see “blinking” lights or other inconsistencies in their electricity, OPPD’s various power quality devices help in the troubleshooting process.


The three different devices measure the amount of current and voltage at a home or business. The devices are essentially mini computers that record data about the current and voltage, such as fluctuations, spikes and dips, as well as the times of those fluctuations. The devices stays at the location for days or weeks, depending on the frequency of the original customer concern.

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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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