Outsmarting outages with new technology

Posted | August 3, 2018
  • Intelligent controls help automate power restoration.
  • Customers benefit from reduced outage times and duration.
  • Long-term project to install this technology is underway.

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 a long-term project, LG&E and KU are installing more of this technology — known in the industry as "distribution automation" — on areas of the energy grid that serves customers. Customers will benefit from reduced outage times and duration.

Crews are installing new technology to reduce outage time and duration.
Crews are installing new technology to reduce outage time and duration.