Upgraded electrical system will reduce outages by 30%, MLGW says

MLGW(Action News 5)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 3:22 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Light Gas and Water partnered with Burns and McDonnell, an engineering, construction, and architecture firm, for a 5-year, $132 million plan.

The distribution automation program is expected to implement technology that will help detect the causes of outages and shorten the length of outages MLGW customers experience.

According to MLGW, the upgraded system will reduce outages in the area by 30%.

“So what they should see is a quicker response time and also fewer outages so we can cut off as opposed to $1000 customers then that way we will see fewer outages,” said Nick Newman, VP of Engineering and Operations, MLGW.

The program is not in place just yet devices called reclosers must be installed on lines across the area.

MLGW says the next phase of implementation will start later this year, and with that will also come jobs in construction and engineering.

MLGW looks forward to the new system

“We are proud of the future-forward approach we’re taking with our self-healing, smart grid program in Memphis and Shelby County,” said Nick Newman, vice president of engineering and operations at MLGW.

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