NVEnergy upgrading neighborhoods across Vegas

LAS VEGAS — High winds can cause havoc to power lines, quickly meaning "lights out" for those with an aging infrastructure. That's why NVEnergy says they are beginning to improve service in neighborhoods that need it most. 

On Thursday, crews worked to make sure there will be one less area they need to worry about — along Charleston Boulevard between Nellis and Lamb. Power lines in the area are more than 40 years old.

"Let's face it, no one wants their power to go out and if it does, it's usually at an inconvenient time," said Brandon Eaton of NVEnergy. "These projects allow us to pre-plan our work, set-up the designs, and coordinate with customers."

Several months ago, the electric company began a project to replace ten poles and some 40 transformers in the area. Eaton said it will improve service for roughly 2,000 customers.

Improvement jobs like this, along with agreeable desert weather, makes NVEnergy one of the most reliable utility companies in the country, says Mark Severts, a spokesman for NVEnergy.

"In terms of measuring the number of outages and the length out of outages, NVEnergy is among the top ten best in the nation," Severts said.

While power lines would be better protected underground, replacing the old with new is the best thing, Eaton says. "We're replacing poles, attachments, cross arms, transformers and insulators." 

All that new equipment will better stand-up to strong southern Nevada winds. 

"By coming out here on a preemptive basis, we think we can mitigate outages and lessen the impact on customers," said Eaton.

In all, NVEnergy says they serve more than a million people in Nevada and Thursday's work is an example of the type of work they do yearly across the state. 


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