When the worst storms hit – from ferocious summer thunderstorms that deliver severe wind gusts and heavy rains to treacherous winter storms that pelt us with thick snow and ice – PPL’s utility companies are prepared to face everything mother nature can throw at us.
PPL Electric Utilities recently acquired three patents for creative solutions. During National Engineers Week, we salute them.
LG&E’s and KU’s investments in distribution automation have helped prevent more than 16,000 electric service interruptions for customers
At PPL Electric, the premise is simple. First-quartile performance in safety, reliability, customer satisfaction and cost management is necessary for long-term sustainable success. “Achieving and maintaining first-quartile performance matters for a number of reasons,” said PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin. “We will control our own destiny and become a safer, more efficient and more responsive organization that is focused on our customers. Investors will view our company as a place where people deliver on their promises, and we’ll attract and retain talent to enable continued long-term success.”
Scott Straight is pretty proud — and for good reason. In 2016, the then director of Project Engineering at LG&E and KU oversaw the final stages of a multi-year, $2.8 billion construction project to add environmental controls to four of the company’s coal-fired power plants to further reduce emissions and improve operations.
PPL Electric has invested more than $132 million in automation technology. It’s an investment that has truly paid off. Thanks to its extensive use of smart grid technology, the utility’s distribution system has become one of the most reliable in the country.
In its quest for ever-improving reliability, PPL Electric Utilities is utilizing drones to help perform power line inspections on transmission lines throughout its 10,000-square-mile service territory.