A Little Wind Goes a Long Way When it Hits the Power Supply

December 08, 2015

By Susan J. Campbell - Power Protection Contributing Editor

Last week, businesses and residents near Camp Creek Road and McKenzie Highway east of Springfield in Oregon got a lesson in power protection. It seems the wind was forceful enough to knock some tree limbs into power poles, killing power to roughly 600 customers. Eugene faced a similar problem at the same time when a falling tree took down power lines and cut off service for 18 customers. Another 27 customers lost power when a large limb came down 45 minutes later in North Eugene.

"These are the type of outages we expect for the first significant wind storm of the season," said Todd Simmons, EWEB's electric operations manager, in a KMTR news article. "There are a lot of dead and weakened limbs after the hot, dry summer, that are coming down. Plus, we have had quite a bit of rain lately, so the ground is saturated and that's when we see trees come down."

Nature has a way of taking its shots at technology advancements, including access to electricity. As much as utilities try and keep these situations at bay with regular tree trimming and constant monitoring of its lines and substations, power outages can still happen. Consumers and businesses will do well to implement the right power protection to ensure they can keep working and focused on their daily tasks.

To that end, Minuteman has demonstrated leadership in the power protection industry, providing access to a full line of UPS products that work to save data when the power goes down. Whether you’re preparing your Christmas card list, implementing new product placement software or need to maintain accurate client lists, you need to know that your access to power won’t be interrupted.

When an interruption happens at the point of the utility provider, it doesn’t have to stop what you’re doing. Minuteman ensures your access to the power you need only ends when you turn off your system and not before, keeping you working no matter what’s happening outside.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson