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IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Introduces IEEE 1264™-2015 Guide for Animal Deterrents for Electric Power Supply Substations

IEEE standard provides methods and designs to mitigate power substation interruptions from animals

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 9 June 2015IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, announced today the availability of the revised standard IEEE 1264™-2015, IEEE Guide for Animal Deterrents for Electric Power Supply Substations. To address reliability and safety, and minimize associated revenue loss, this guide provides methods and designs to mitigate interruptions, equipment damage and personnel safety issues resulting from animal intrusions into electric power supply substations.

A short animation video on how IEEE 1264 helps to keep the lights on every day for people is available to view on the IEEE-SA YouTube channel or below:

“Providing consistent, reliable power is a complex and vital task for engineers. Even something as simple as animals interfering with our power equipment could mean big problems, causing outages for whole cities and towns,” said John Randolph, IEEE 1264 working group chair. “Therefore, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has established IEEE 1264 to help prevent these kinds of outages by providing guidelines on animal deterrents at power supply substations. It’s this kind of standard that helps keep the lights on.”

Although the animal problems differ in nature geographically, most electric utilities have experienced the problem of animal intrusion into electric supply substations resulting in equipment damage, interruption of or loss of service to customers, and safety problems for operating personnel. The costs associated with these outages continue to escalate. This revised standard identifies various animals, the problems their behaviors cause, and mitigation methods. In addition, the standard provides criteria for applying mitigation methods, documents to support the various methods effectiveness, and recommendations for evaluating effectiveness after the method is applied.

The IEEE 1264 standard is now available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

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