Cleco explains the restoration of electricity after storms
Cleco explains how power is restored after a storm, as Hurricane Ida is expected to cause extensive and prolonged power outages due to its strength and size.
âSafety is a priority in everything we do, so once conditions are safe we ââwill start patrolling our transmission and distribution systems to determine the extent of the damage,â said Clint Robichaux, Support Manager distribution operations.
“After a major storm like this, it can take several days to fully assess all the damage and know how long it will take to restore power to all of our affected customers.”
In addition to Cleco staff, the company has hired approximately 1,100 contractors to help with storm restoration and is working to add more resources to its storm restoration team, including damage assessors, line technicians electrical and vegetation specialists. Below is an overview of how Cleco restores power after a storm:
- Safety is a priority in everything Cleco does. Once conditions are safe, workers begin to assess ground and / or aerial damage.
- Then the transmission and distribution lines are inspected and repaired. Transmission lines are essential for the restoration of electricity as they carry electricity from power plants to substations which provide electricity to distribution lines which provide electricity to homes, businesses, etc.
- Electricity is first restored to essential community services, such as hospitals, nursing homes, water systems, fire and police departments, etc.
- Electricity is then restored for the greatest number of customers in the shortest possible time until electricity is restored for all customers who can receive electricity.
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