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New Technology Enhances Electric System Reliability for Three Florida Cities

image credit: Cairo Vanegas from FMPA trains KEYS lineworkers on TripSavers operation and safety.
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Public Relations Specialist Florida Municipal Power Agency

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities in Florida.

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Demonstration project tests new technology to avoid power outages for customers

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7, 2020 – Electric customers in three Florida cities benefited from fewer power outages thanks to technology installed on power lines that feed electricity to customers. The installation was part of a technology demonstration project coordinated by the Florida Municipal Power Agency, an Orlando-based wholesale power agency, with the Town of Havana, Keys Energy Services (Key West) and Tallahassee.

The technology, called TripSavers, is a device capable of detecting faults on power lines, which can lead to outages, and clearing the problem to maintain power to customers. The devices can resolve many common fault conditions caused by animals, lightning and vegetation without the need to send lineworkers to the scene.

FMPA identified a deployment strategy based on varied factors from the municipals. The project goals included reducing outages on laterals and decreasing number of momentary interruptions.

TripSavers increased the overall system reliability of the three Florida municipal electric utilities compared to the prior year period and showed successful results including:

  • Prevented 1,731 customer interruptions.
  • Showed that even a small deployment of the technology can have a big impact to a city’s reliability.
  • Proved that targeting electric lines that historically experience the most interruptions yields the most benefits.
  • Showed that the technology can be beneficial to utilities of varying sizes.

FMPA was awarded a research grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Developments (DEED) program. In addition to the grant, the project was funded by FMPA, the three participating cities and S&C Electric Company, the manufacturer of TripSavers.

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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities in Florida. FMPA’s mission is to provide low-cost, reliable and clean power, plus value-added services for FMPA’s owner-customers that benefit their communities and customers. The 31 members of FMPA serve nearly 2.6 million Floridians and employ more than 3,700 people.

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Matt Chester on Oct 7, 2020

Prevented 1,731 customer interruptions.

That's a lot! Is there any sense of how long a typical outage would have been had this technology not been available to address the issue in a timely manner? 

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