How OUC Restores Power
If a hurricane causes large-scale power outages, OUC immediately launches an established restoration response plan. OUC will:
- First, evaluate the damage to our electric system then start repairing our major infrastructure: power station, transmission lines and substations.
- Begin restoring power to critical facilities such as water treatment plants, hospitals, police and fire stations, and other emergency locations.
- Make repairs to main distribution lines that will restore power to the largest number of customers in the quickest manner possible.
- Finally, repair damage that often affects only a few individual customers at each location.
OUC typical restoration process follows this sequence:
- Power Station generates electricity that is sent to substation through transmission lines.
- Transmission Lines supply electricity to large numbers of customers and to large geographic areas. These lines deliver electricity from the power station to the substations.
- Substation equipment adjusts the transmission line voltage to lower levels that are appropriate for our main distribution lines.
- Main Distribution lines, also known as primary lines, deliver electricity to large subdivisions and commercial areas.
- Local Distribution lines, installed either overhead or underground, deliver electricity to smaller neighborhoods and businesses. These secondary lines are also known as “tap” lines.
- Service Lines deliver electricity to your individual home or business either overhead or underground.