Innovative system helps Burbank Water and Power keep electricity flowing
February 23, 2015
An innovative analysis — perhaps the only one of its kind in the country — has allowed Burbank Water and Power to identify potential weak spots in its power grid and to fix them before they become a problem.
The utility, which boasts one of the best records for reliability in the nation, averaged 16 minutes of down time for its customers in 2013, compared to a national average of 130 minutes, according to data collected from more than 220 utilities across the United States by PA Consulting Group, putting the local utility’s performance among the top 10% in the industry.
Now, thanks to timely and accurate data about the grid and a helpful software solution, the utility is able to pinpoint transformers which are at risk of failure rather than using an old-fashioned and imprecise “best guess” approach, which utility officials say will result in cost savings and even better performance.
Read full article by Chad Garland on 'the Burbank Leader' website HERE.