Des Moines, Iowa – When severe weather hits the area, some of the damage the storm may leave in its wake is power outages.
Yesterday Mid-American Energy announced it’s adding hundreds of smart devices to electric lines. The goal is to help restore service more quickly should an outage occur. Kathy Krafka Harkema is a spokesman for Mid American Energy.
The small electronic sensors, called remote fault indicators, attach to power lines. The devices instantly transmit outage and location details to MidAmerican Energy control room operators if they detect a service interruption. Harkema says there’s a variety of factors leading to power outages.
Since early last year, MidAmerican Energy installed more than 200 sensors at locations in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Waterloo, Iowa City and the Quad Cities, and in rural areas throughout its service territory. Mid American energy plans on adding 150 more locations.