You've no doubt heard the age old question: When a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Well, NV Energy will most certainly hear it whenever anything falls on its power lines.
NV Energy was on Mount Charleston Thursday installing sensors on some of its remote power lines. The low-cost sensors will immediately alert them if there's an outage or some other problem. The sensors can also communicate additional information about maintenance issues with the power flow.
Crews installed the sensors on lines carrying 34,000 volts of electricity. No power was interrupted during the installation.
According to the Department of Energy, NV Energy has some of the best reliability and fewest interruptions in the country and the sensors will only improve on that.
"In my mind, one of the best things we get out of it, is it tells us about the power going through. It allows us to decide whether we need to do some preventative maintenance so we can avoid an outage," said Pat Egan, NV Energy. "It can kind of triangulate and tell us where the outage is, so we can get a crew in there more quickly, which is better for us, safer, more effective, gets the power back on more quickly."
A drone was used Thursday to get a bird's eye view of the work.
NV Energy hopes to complete installation of the sensors - throughout the state - by the end of the year. With 45,000 square miles of service area, NV Energy has power lines and substations in some very remote locations.
This will make it easier and more cost efficient to monitor everything which until now had to be eyeballed by employees driving some very long distances.
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