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08/27/2008 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) transmission and distribution employees have been working diligently to prevent power outages before they occur by identifying and repairing “hot spots” within KEYS Service Area.

Brady Infrared Company, a company hired by KEYS to perform infrared testing on transmission and distribution equipment, identified 206 heat anomalies, or “hot spots”, which would have resulted in potential power outages if left uncorrected. During the study, a special infrared video camera was used to detect these anomalies, which are a red flag for future equipment failure.

During the course of the yearly infrared study, one of the “hot spots” identified would have resulted in a power outage if left uncorrected to businesses along South Roosevelt Boulevard – including, Key West International Airport, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and East Martello Towers.

“Knowing that a component may fail gives us the opportunity to complete corrective maintenance prior to the actual failure,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ general manager & CEO. She added that, “our goal is to achieve the highest reliability possible.”

Thus far, 177 of the anomalies identified have been fixed. The remaining anomalies are scheduled for repair in the order of their severity and as schedules permit. Industry standards indicate such anomalies should be repaired within a 60-day timeframe, however, KEYS crews work to make repairs within the week, or the very next day, schedules permitting. Repairs can include cleaning, replacing, realigning, recrimping, and/or rewiring electrical connections.

KEYS performs an infrared study on a yearly basis. This is the 13th year KEYS has completed this study.

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