"The electric power industry is making significant investments in new technologies to improve the reliability and resiliency of the energy grid," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "AEP's Lower Rio Grande Valley project accomplished an incredible technical feat by replacing a record length of transmission lines while the lines remained energized. Traditional construction methods would have required taking those lines out of service, but AEP developed an innovative technical solution that permitted the company to successfully upgrade the system while maintaining service and reliability."
The Rio Grande Valley Energized Reconductor Project is a cutting-edge accomplishment for both AEP and the electric power industry. Through its innovative partnerships with Quanta Services and CTC Global, AEP utilized several advanced technologies that accelerated the work schedule and increased safety. The Energized Barehand work methods and LineMaster Robotic Arm technologies made it possible for all 240 miles of conductor to be removed and replaced without interrupting the flow of electricity.
"AEP's Lower Rio Grande Valley project is a terrific example of an energy company using innovative technologies to provide cost-cutting solutions for customers," said Kuhn. "The dedicated team at AEP is leading the way and truly deserves the 2016 Edison Award."
A video overview of the project is available online.
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly and indirectly support more than 1 million jobs. EEI has more than 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
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SOURCE Edison Electric Institute