Outsmarting outages with new technology

Posted | March 2, 2017

Imagine sitting down to dinner with family and lightning strikes a nearby utility pole, causing a power outage. Hundreds or even thousands of people could be without power.

Thanks to new fault location, isolation and service restoration technology, energy companies like LG&E and KU now have the ability to detect when an outage occurs and isolate the damage to a smaller area. Power is automatically rerouted around the problem, and many in the neighborhood, including your home, may not even lose power.

As part of LG&E and KU's most recent rate review, the company has requested approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to install more of this technology — known in the industry as "distribution automation" — on a portion of the electric grid that serves customers.

A new animated video explains distribution automation, providing an explanation of how it works along with its benefits.