This week, Lamar Electric replaced several broken insulators at its Reno substation due to recent damage caused by snakes, Mylar balloons and a raccoon. 

Several insulators were cracked, burned and damaged and needed to be replaced. Lamar Electric brought in a mobile substation to energize the facility while necessary repairs were made.

A mobile substation provides an interim grid connection while a substation is temporarily out of service. Energizing a mobile substation takes several hours to set up and requires many safety tests and precautions.

“About 3,000 Lamar Electric members would have lost power for an extended amount of time this week had Lamar Electric not brought in this mobile substation,” said Katie Morris, director of communications for LEC. “An electric snake fence is being installed at the Reno substation to prevent snakes from causing damage in the future.”

The 24,900-volt insulated cables to connect a mobile substation are so heavy that it takes a group effort to move them around. Lamar Electric crews replaced two insulators Tuesday and seven insulators Wednesday.

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