- Jan 26, 2021 6:04 pm GMT
Avista is one of the most progressive and innovative IOU’s in North America. Emerging technologies that birth new companies, a smart city pilot at Urbanova in Spokane, and a generation fleet that is 57% renewable. https://lnkd.in/gdm9ppG
This proud history will likely help Avista meet the latest challenge featured in the local Spokesman-Review.
Avista customers are calling for more undergrounding of the electric distribution system after the latest wind storm forced 70,000 customers out of service. Customers remember a 1996 ice storm with 100,000 out of service and a 2015 wind storm with 180,000 out of service.
Avista is burying its transmission(sic) lines for new developments and assessing the “undergrounding” of existing lines as part of an effort launched not to combat outages during storms, but to prevent wildfires, wrote Casey Fielder, senior communications manager for Avista Utilities Corp.
Wildfire mitigation is a great reason to underground distribution lines, but perhaps Avista should consider strategic undergrounding, like Dominion did, to improve system resiliency and total time of restoration in the years to come. See an excellent webinar on lessons learned on strategic UG with Dominion at https://lnkd.in/dS9vCU2
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