Toledo Edison Completing Three-Year Grid Modernization Project in Lucas County to Strengthen Local Power System
- Aug 18, 2022 12:59 am GMT
"Every project is customized and designed to address the particular reliability needs of each community," said
Utility personnel are finalizing electrical equipment upgrades in seven substations in the greater
These electrical devices work like a circuit breaker in a home that shuts off power when trouble occurs, with the added benefit of automatically reenergizing a substation or power line within seconds for certain types of outages to keep power safely flowing to customers. This technology is safer and more efficient because it often allows utility personnel to automatically restore service to customers in lieu of sending a crew to investigate.
If the device senses a more serious issue, like a fallen tree on electrical equipment, it will isolate the outage to that area and limit the total number of affected customers. The device's smart technology will quickly pinpoint the location of the fault and help utility personnel better understand the cause of the outage to help speed restoration.
Additional power lines that tie together existing circuits are also being constructed to provide more flexibility in restoring service following outages. The new power lines will help reduce the length and overall number of customers impacted during an outage by switching them to a backup line for faster service restoration.
Lastly, nearly 140 capacitor banks were installed to help ensure all customers served by a single power line receive the same flow of safe, reliable power by evenly distributing electricity down the line. These devices are expected to reduce energy usage for customers served near the beginning of a power line because they will benefit from optimized power voltages being fed into their homes or businesses.
Beyond the company's investments in power lines and equipment, Toledo Edison has installed nearly 130,000 smart meters for customers in
"The projects we've completed under the first phase of our grid modernization plan have proven to be successful in reducing many power interruptions," said Shuttleworth. "This has laid the foundation for us to further enhance service reliability across our entire service area in
In addition to power infrastructure upgrades, the proposed plan also includes several pilot programs that could provide enhanced customer benefits, such as installing automated devices in neighborhoods throughout Toledo Edison's service area that are prone to animal- or tree-related outages, implementing programs designed to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and installing a battery energy storage system designed to support increased EV charging load along the
Toledo Edison serves nearly 315,000 customers in northwest
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Editor's Note: Photos of Toledo Edison crews completing the grid modernization work under the previously approved plan are available for download on Flickr. Video footage/B-Roll of utility crews completing grid modernization work can be viewed and downloaded here.
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