Wildlife Induced Outages and Protection of Overhead Lines and Substations

The world’s requirement for ever more reliable and cost effective operations continues at pace, with down time measured and penalized in minutes and seconds.

In the last 20 years, an increasing realization within the industry better understands that the external, generally uncontrolled, effects of wildlife are responsible for a far greater amount of unplanned outages than previously acknowledged.

As a result, wildlife and asset protection has become an area of increased interest given that reducing unplanned outages equates to improved efficiency. Consider the following:

  • The cost of a single outage can run into hundreds of thousands of $$$ (References 3,4,5,6)
  • Potential fines for not adequately protecting wildlife <$500,000 (Reference 5)
  • Wildlife outages per year number tens of thousands
  • The global cost of wildlife induced outages per year >$10bn    
  • 50% of wildlife induced outages caused by birds.

 

Along with our better understanding of the challenges comes an additional pressure from environmental bodies who have the best interests of the wildlife at risk of being electrocuted uppermost in their arguments. Historically the area of concern was most often that of the electrical power provider whose reliability was the critical factor but today both points of view require consideration. This paper deals with the wide range of applications where wildlife interact with our electrical network. We define the problem and illustrate the potential solutions using modern materials and design to enhance reliability while protecting our wildlife. 

This paper is primarily concerned with the problems, costs and long term solutions caused by wildlife (birds and animals). It will highlight various other sources where the outage/damage was caused by one of the other mediums but the solution would be the same as if a bird or animal was the prime cause. 

 

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Wildlife Induced Outages and Protection of Overhead Lines and Substations

The world’s requirement for ever more reliable and cost effective operations continues at pace, with down time measured and penalized in minutes and seconds.

In the last 20 years, an increasing realization within the industry better understands that the external, generally uncontrolled, effects of wildlife are responsible for a far greater amount of unplanned outages than previously acknowledged.

As a result, wildlife and asset protection has become an area of increased interest given that reducing unplanned outages equates to improved efficiency. Consider the following:

  • The cost of a single outage can run into hundreds of thousands of $$$ (References 3,4,5,6)
  • Potential fines for not adequately protecting wildlife <$500,000 (Reference 5)
  • Wildlife outages per year number tens of thousands
  • The global cost of wildlife induced outages per year >$10bn    
  • 50% of wildlife induced outages caused by birds.

 

Along with our better understanding of the challenges comes an additional pressure from environmental bodies who have the best interests of the wildlife at risk of being electrocuted uppermost in their arguments. Historically the area of concern was most often that of the electrical power provider whose reliability was the critical factor but today both points of view require consideration. This paper deals with the wide range of applications where wildlife interact with our electrical network. We define the problem and illustrate the potential solutions using modern materials and design to enhance reliability while protecting our wildlife. 

This paper is primarily concerned with the problems, costs and long term solutions caused by wildlife (birds and animals). It will highlight various other sources where the outage/damage was caused by one of the other mediums but the solution would be the same as if a bird or animal was the prime cause. 

 

Learn more by downloading our white paper.