CCEC has two contracting companies – Lee Electric and C-Phase – working on its distribution system to complete maintenance work and upgrades identified after Hurricane Florence.
After the storm we evaluated what materials held up well and which was were susceptible to failure. We used AMI (smart meter) data to identify vulnerable areas on the system and map out a preventive maintenance plan.
“A lot of the work is being done by contract crews, so our field teams can continue with day-to-day service orders and work orders,” said CCEC Vice-president of Engineering and Operations Will Pittman.
A key piece of our preparedness plan is an increased supply of materials in each of our 23 substations. Other changes and upgrades include:
• Use contractors to replace copper service wires across the system
• Use of contractors to replace more than 1,000 lightning arrestors
• Use of stainless-steel materials that better withstand corrosion from our salty coastal environment.
• Purchase of additional service pickup trucks and an additional bucket truck with a higher reach.
In addition to helping upgrade our distribution system, these contractors and more will be available to help in the event of any significant weather events.
“Having contractors on board will also help us get an early jump on power restoration after any major storm. We have also added four new service technician assistants. That puts a second person in each service truck, which increases efficiency and adds personnel for storm response,” said Line Superintendent Michael Barts.