utility honored for innovative work in wooden pole inspections and
helping to improve overall safety, reliability and
ALLENTOWN, Pa., Oct. 10,
2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PPL Electric Utilities is proud
to announce it has won a pair of Achievement Awards from the
Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC). The awards
recognize revolutionary innovations to PPL Electric's wooden
utility pole inspection process and its application of a
distribution settings automation tool that increases the safety,
reliability and efficiency of its electric grid. Both awards were
presented on October 6 at the 2022
AEIC annual meeting in Scottsdale,
"Becoming one of the top utilities in the country doesn't happen
overnight," said PPL Electric Utilities President Steph Raymond. "It takes innovation and a
questioning mindset. That's what allows us to continue to find new
ways of doing things and breakthroughs in processes in
non-traditional places. These awards are perfect examples of our
continuous drive to innovate on behalf of our customers."
For researching and implementing a technological leap in wooden
utility pole inspections, PPL Electric was awarded the AEIC
President's Award, the organization's highest recognition. Using
resistance drill-based wood pole inspection technology, PPL
Electric ran three pilot programs to map the extent of the
condition for external decay, then developed and tested a new drill
bit design, along with software improvements, to automatically
calculate the exterior and interior decay.
This comprehensive resistance drill-based inspection — which is
unique to PPL Electric — has improved detection of pole failures
and decay as well as reduced the cost and duration of inspections.
What used to take a five-person crew a week to complete can now be
accomplished in just two days with a two-person crew. The increased
inspection efficiency allows PPL Electric to be more responsive to
emergent needs and achieve annual inspection goals faster, more
accurately, and at a lower cost.
PPL Electric also received an AEIC Achievement Award for its
work in implementing an adaptive Distribution Protection Analysis
Toolkit (DPAT) that automates processes and increases the safety,
reliability, and efficiency of the electric grid.
Through a supported partnership, PPL Electric used Electric
Power Research Institute's (EPRI) DPAT to create an automated
system that develops and routinely checks settings on its
distribution network. This enables the overall system to work more
efficiently and helps avoid unnecessary disruptions in service that
could be caused by incorrect settings.
In addition, the tool can identify gaps in settings, as well as
in system design and configuration, to clear potential faults from
the system. This helps prevent safety risks to employees,
customers, and the public.
"AEIC is proud to recognize PPL Electric Utilities with two
awards this year for projects that significantly improve utility
operations in key areas," said AEIC CEO Steve Hauser. "Their unique approach to pole
inspection leadership and innovation in power system analysis is
improving operational efficiency exponentially."
PPL Electric Utilities delivers safe, reliable and affordable
electricity to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in
eastern and central Pennsylvania.
It regularly ranks among the country's best utility companies for
reliability and customer satisfaction. PPL Electric Utilities is a
major employer and an active supporter of the communities it
serves. It is a part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of
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Founded by Thomas Edison and his
associates in 1885, AEIC is the electric utility industry's
longest-serving and preeminent association. Today, AEIC's members
work closely together to share knowledge and provide guidance to
the industry essential to achieving a modernized grid that delivers
a secure energy future for all. To learn more about AEIC, its
technical committees, and member companies, visit
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