Pole testing and treating is part of the preventative maintenance program at Battle River Power Coop and we apply a cost-effective, reliability-based inspection and pole management program. Pole testing provides valuable data on the condition of this important asset. With that data we can take appropriate preventative or corrective measures to maintain reliability at minimal cost and/or provide life-extension treatment when appropriate.
Our inspection program is based, as always on BRPC’s commitment to consistently provide cost effective, reliable rural electricity delivery to our members. Our pole testing and treatment methods are complemented with scheduled pole replacement, delivering a cost effective solution in the maintenance of a sustainable distribution system.
Electric distribution systems consist of a large number of simple structures – the power line poles – and the reliability of the system as a whole is equal to that structure with the lowest reliability level, or the weakest link in the chain. Maintaining a strong chain of reliable power poles is critical to our commitment to members and is one of the ways that we sustain a dependable, viable distribution system for our members.
This summer Battle River Power Coop has contracted Genics Inc. to perform pole testing in the Bruderheim, Evergreen and Fredericksheim areas. Genics Inc. technicians will be in the scheduled areas for most of the summer checking over 5400 power poles. Those that have been damaged by decay, insects, rodents or storms will be identified and flagged for replacement next year. Poles that are determined to be a hazard will be replaced as soon as possible. Battle River Power Coop has notified members within the testing areas so you will understand the presence of Genics Inc. trucks and staff. Pole testing does not interrupt power delivery. To see when your area is due for pole testing, see http://www.brpower.coop/maintenance/pole-testing-schedule