On the outskirts of Vevay, Ind., one of Hoosier Energy’s primary substations has had substantial improvements made. The focus of this four-month project was to connect an alternate AC source for a nearby microwave tower. Power is being supplied by Southeastern Indiana REMC.
Just like a car that requires maintenance to operate reliably, the Merom Generating Station gets preventative maintenance during scheduled outages. Often occurring in the spring when energy demand is low, generation on a single unit is halted. Boiler tubes and duct work are inspected and repaired — along with about 1,400 other tasks that must be completed in a meticulously calculated order.
When you hear it, it is a distinct buzzing sound. It is a little louder than a bee buzzing nearby. If you look up, you might find it – a drone flying overhead. This equipment is no longer just for hobbyists, it has become an intricate tool used by electric utilities to increase safety and grid resiliency. Hoosier Energy is using this equipment for monitoring rights-of-way and powerlines that can transmit up to 345kV of energy. This improves safety, reduces response time and saves money.
As long as there is an internet, threats to cyber security will exist, says Richie Field, Manager of Cybersecurity and Network Operations at Hoosier Energy. That’s why with new threats emerging every day, Hoosier Energy is rolling out several cyber services to make sure member systems are as secure as possible.
One of the electric power industry’s most important goals is ensuring the integrity of the nation’s power grid. Digital fault recorders are one technology used to monitor operations at substations and power plants throughout North America
On a sunny day in September, employees from EDP Renewables visited Hoosier Energy to learn about the generation and transmission electric cooperative, member cooperatives and tour a 1 MW solar array.