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PROACTIVE INFRARED STUDY PREVENTS POWER OUTAGES

11/24/2009 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Transmission and Distribution department 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, recently identified 121 heat anomalies, or “hot spots”, which would have resulted in 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. All 121 heat anomalies that were identified have been repaired.

“Knowing that a component may fail gives us the opportunity to complete corrective maintenance to achieve the highest reliability possible,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

Industry standards indicate such anomalies should be repaired within a 60-day timeframe, however, KEYS crews worked to make repairs within the week, or the very next day, schedules permitting. Repairs included cleaning, replacing, realigning, recrimping, and/or rewiring electrical connections.

KEYS performs an infrared study of its equipment on a yearly basis. This is the 14th year KEYS has completed this study.

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