Member News- September 9, 2020

PPL Electric Utilities Hits Reliability Milestone

Smart grid devices, like the one pictured in this installation on the PPL Electric grid in 2017, are helping to improve reliability across the entire PPL grid. These devices work with an automated power restoration system to automatically isolate an outage, reduce the number of affected customers, and reroute power to keep the lights on for more customers. Without such a system, an outage’s effect is far greater and restoration time is extended.

PPL Electric Utilities’ automated smart grid power restoration network has enabled the utility to avoid one million customer outages since 2015.

The milestone, which PPL believes has no equal among U.S. electric utilities, means its 1.4 million customers have collectively avoided 100 million minutes in the dark. That translates to 190 years.

The smart grid network – a combination of state-of-the-art sensors and switches, coupled with advanced software systems – is part of a significant investment made by PPL in the power grid overall over the past decade. Smart grid instantaneously reroutes power in the event of a problem, keeping the outage area contained to the smallest possible footprint.

Smart grid is in place across our grid and continuously works to support strong reliability for all our customers, around the clock.

Hitting one million avoided outages represents our commitment to using technology to benefit customers and provide superior reliability. Click here to see a video on this achievement on behalf of those we serve.

Meuser Recognized for Pro-Business Record

On Wednesday, August 26th, Congressman Dan Meuser was recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the Spirit of Enterprise Award. Since 1965, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has rated senators and members of Congress based on the votes they have cast for or against business priorities. While casting pro-growth votes remains essential, the U.S. Chamber now gives lawmakers credit for showing leadership on positive legislation and reaching across the aisle to get things done.

“The Congressman has been a great friend of business during his first term in Congress. We look forward to his continued partnership and know that businesses in Pennsylvania’s 9th District are better off because of him,” said Ryan Gleason, Congressional & Public Affairs Manager at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the Columbia Montour Chamber will have the opportunity to discuss issues with the Congressman at a virtual event scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 12:30. Details are available here.