Entergy Texas Sees Red; Will Take Preventive Measures to Cool Hot Spots
But these pictures aren’t headed for anybody’s family album. Rather, they are being taken with infrared cameras and will be used to identify “hot spots,” places where preventive measures may be taken and a customer power outage avoided.
The company launched an infrared program earlier this month with plans to have select power lines, the “back bone” of the Entergy Texas distribution system, examined by infrared by July 2. From Navasota and Huntsville to Beaumont and Winnie, reliability servicemen are performing the inspections.
“Infrared images show the different temperatures of equipment in certain colors, explains David Richard, operations manager for Entergy Texas. “Hot spots are places where equipment or the connections between them are radiating more heat than they should, showing up in red in the infrared camera image. Once personnel identify a hot spot, the type of corrective maintenance needed can be decided and scheduled.
“If there are tools we can use that will show us where a power line or a piece of equipment has the potential to fail in the future, it stands to reason we should make use of that tool to avoid potential power outages.” Richard said.
This year’s effort will involve infrared inspections of power lines beginning with substation breakers and going out to include various pieces of equipment that are critical to ensuring reliable power for customers.
Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
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