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PAGE 2 | LIVEWIRE | JULY 2016


Maintenance Team


TCEC’s service technicians are on call 24/7, every day of the year. Each of the ten men are committed to their assigned areas and the people who live there. On the job, they help members with voltage issues, service upgrades and yard light repairs. And when one of their members has an outage, they go out to repair it. Service technicians also look for potential issues on more than 5,000 miles of line and repair them if possible.


When a serviceman is unable to make repairs by himself, the maintenance crew steps in to help. If a serviceman is unavailable, the maintenance crew will cover his area to ensure TCEC has adequate response times if an outage occurs. They inspect pad mount transformers every other year and also perform transmission and distribution line maintenance across TCEC’s service territory.


TCEC’s 60 substations need regular maintenance to ensure our system remains safe and reliable. TCEC’s four- man substation team inspects every


Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month


substation on the cooperative’s system on a monthly basis, looking for potential problems. They also conduct an annual LQIUDUHG VXUYH\ RI WKH VXEVWDWLRQV WR ÀQG hot spots that require repair. Oil samples from transformers are taken to check for issues as well as changing out breakers and other substation equipment that requires maintenance or upgrading. Another key to keeping the system safe is the three-man relay team. Relays are the brains of a protective device, whether it be a transmission line breaker relay or a substation transformer overcurrent relay to a single phase vacuum breaker relay. Relays protect TCEC’s equipment and help keep our employees safe when they’re working on the lines or inside a substation. The relay team installs settings in relays and tests them regularly to ensure they are operating properly for protection. This helps isolate faulted sections of line to minimize outages to sections of a distribution or transmission line.


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Use small electric pans, toaster ovens or convection ovens for small meals rather than your stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.


Source: energy.gov


Electrical Safety Tip of the Month


Keep your stove and oven clean. Clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly.


TCEC assists with maintenance by keeping the right of way clear of trees and vegetation to avoid power outages. “Our job is to maintain and provide reliable electricity and do our work safely so everybody goes home at night the same way they came to work that morning,” Maintenance Manager Matt Taylor said. “We do it for the members because they expect reliable service from their investment in this cooperative and should get nothing less. From the substation to the residential meter, we maintain the system and keep it reliable.” TCEC’s Maintenance department consists of service technicians, a maintenance crew, a substation crew and a relay crew. They’re working hard every day to keep your lights on.


Pictured above is TCEC’s maintenance team. Service Technicians Ray Damron, Donovan Austin and David Sheets are not pictured.


Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International


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