Bolingbrook, Ill.—Greenjacket, an innovative solution for electrical cover-up on substations in both the electrical utility and industrial sectors of the marketplace, has been named AltaLink's preferred solution for reducing substation wildlife contacts and improving overall transmission system reliability. AltaLink credits Greenjacket for its dramatic 95 percent reduction in bird and other wildlife outages since the covers have been installed in 2006.
AltaLink, Canada's only fully independent transmission company, owns more than half of Alberta's transmission grid and serves 85 percent of the provincial population. AltaLink is responsible for the maintenance and operation of over 7,000 miles of transmission lines and 280 substations in Alberta. According to AltaLink, the Greenjacket program has resulted in the System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) and the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) improvement of up to 2.7 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively.
"I am very focused on making investment decisions that bring value to our customers," says Dennis Frehlich, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of AltaLink, "Our investment decision in Greenjacket to reduce wildlife outages at our substations was a very easy decision. It is cost effective, has consistently delivered 90 percent to 95 percent outage reductions at our installed sites, saves customers downtime and protects wildlife. There are few investments in our business that achieve those results."
According to the statistics in studies from both Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), animal caused outages can be attributed to at least 18 billion dollars in lost economy each year. Many "unknown" outages are also animal caused, which would make that number significantly greater.
Founder and President, Marty Niles added, "The key to preventing animal caused outages is a better fitting product. Gaps leave the system compromised and susceptible to animal contact and can often create shelter for smaller animals and bugs, which attract larger predators. Greenjacket works because it covers risk points completely and eliminates opportunities for animal nesting and contact. Significant cost savings are realized in outage related downtime, repairs and labor overtime costs that are a typical result of bird or animal contact with energized equipment."
The product of choice for many of North America's largest electric utility companies is Greenjacket, distributed in the U.S. through Salisbury by Honeywell. Greenjacket is unique in that in involves a technology that allows the company to customize covers for a complete fit over all risk points. There is no "one size fits all" approach that effectively covers gaps and risk points. Precise fit Greenjacket covers solve this problem. In addition, they are the only company that has the ability to install a comprehensive system of covers in an energized yard. The cost savings on avoiding both forced and unforced outages is significant, as is the savings on equipment repair and replacement. This product has been so effective in preventing animal contact that several companies have adopted Greenjacket as the standard for their animal mitigation strategy.
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