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PPL expands smart grid installation

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(Contributed) Workers for PPL Electric Utilities install a smart grid device in Coopersburg
(Contributed) Workers for PPL Electric Utilities install a smart grid device in Coopersburg

PPL Electric Utilities of Allentown is expanding its smart grid system, with a focus on restoring power faster for businesses and consumers.

“These smart grid devices are being installed right now,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director for PPL Electric Utilities. The company plans to install about 400 additional devices this year and 100 devices this spring, including about 90 in the Greater Lehigh Valley, she said.

The automated power restoration system improves service because it senses a power outage instantly, pinpoints the damaged area, and reroutes power around the damage and restores many customers to service in minutes, she said.

“It’s our commitment to making the network smarter, more reliable,” Obando-Derstine said.

Between 2010 and 2016, PPL Electric Utilities spent $132 million on installing the technology and plans to spend another $70 million between 2017 and 2021, she said.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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