This month Trayer released an article in Electricity Today Magazine on the five characteristics of storm hardened switchgear. These characteristics, design and build in nature, safeguard the equipment from the worst of nature’s fury. As we have seen from the last few years, unpredictable weather phenomenon show no signs of slowing or diminishing in force. Utilities in more than just coastal regions are protecting their customer’s energy needs through the use of equipment designed and built to storm hardened standards.
A critical component of the reticence of utilities to absorb the cost of more costly hardened equipment. However, the cost of replacing equipment in the event of a failure, coupled with additional failures following a significant storm system, is significantly higher than the initial cost of purchase. Utilities across the country recognize the importance of preparing for the violent storms that have recently cost billions in repairs and down time.