RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Entergy Mississippi, Inc. fired back Tuesday in the war to stop power outages caused by ground-traveling critters.
A Ridgeland substation belonging to the company has been newly outfitted with a state-of-the-art, animal-proof fence designed to virtually eliminate power outages caused by squirrels, raccoons, possums and other furry creatures.
Last June, a squirrel caused a major outage at the Ridgeland substation during rush hour in Ridgeland. More than 3,500 residential and business customers were without power and traffic lights were out along some of the city's busiest arteries. The damage affected two main breakers and several feeder breakers. Entergy crews worked for more than 2-1/2 hours to restore power.
Tues,day this same substation is surrounded by a new fence topped with angled shielding to prevent animals from climbing over. In addition, the fence's 3/8-inch wire mesh is fine enough to keep even snakes from crawling through.
And just in time, too—historically, September is the highest month for squirrel-related substation outages.
"This new fencing will definitely make a substantial improvement in reducing certain animal-related outages, including outages from squirrels," said Charles Bryan, Customer Service Manager for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. in Ridgeland. "We already have an animal mitigation design in place that helps prevent problems caused by birds." "We're confident that the new fence will result in improved reliability for the thousands of customers served by the Ridgeland substation."
Entergy Mississippi discovered the vanquish fencing system while researching animal-mitigation strategies used by other utilities, including Duke Energy, where the technology has achieved an impressive track record for reducing animal-related outages.
The upgrade to the Ridgeland substation cost approximately $125,000 to install.
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