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May 16, 2014

Wildlife Outages Can Be Mitigated With Uninterruptible Power Supplies

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

Power outages are inevitable circumstances we typically see when it comes to nature, but it’s not always weather-related. Wildlife has a hand in obstacles when it comes to staying on and connected, so much that an Indiana substation had its fair share of challenges thanks to a bunch of pesky raccoons.

According to a recent blog post from the folks at Minuteman Power Technologies, the power feed that services hundreds of home was shorted thanks to these furry problem starters, not only ending the supply of power, but their lives as well. While unfortunate for both the raccoons and the residents who were left in the dark, protective measures that were put in place were completely bypassed by the varmint, causing a substantial outage that left staff scrambling to get everyone back on the grid.

Typically, substation outages affect more people and thus garner more attention than outages on distribution lines. If a squirrel gets into a substation and takes out a breaker, it will trip off a whole circuit.

A quick search tells us that to best prevent wildlife outages at substations, keep the substation free of unnecessary clutter and check the perimeter fencing for gaps or shallow openings underneath.

Of course, the protective measures did what they were supposed to do; shut down after the short occurred. However, this highlights the importance of using an uninterruptible power supply and how it can eliminate the concern of downtime, particularly for the smaller business, that cannot afford to be without power.

Aside from maintaining power when necessary, UPS prevents data loss and offers surge protection. The UPS automatically switches to AC-generated battery power, preventing the spike or surge from harming whatever is connected to it. A UPS also prevents power fluctuations.

Minuteman UPS/Para Systems (News - Alert) is a provider of unique and robust power protection solutions and offers an array of products, from outlet surge protectors to UPSs.

Using power protection equipment can save institutions thousands in costly damages due to outages as well as keep things running smoothly and efficiently in the event of an interruption or total outage, whether it is due to Mother Nature or unwelcomed wildlife.

To reduce outages, substations can use utility traps for animals at the site for later release. For everyone else, there’s UPS.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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