We’ve all seen birds perched on overhead powerlines. Idaho Power’s infrastructure can be a popular roosting area — and when large flocks of birds converge on transmission towers, the mess they leave behind can be problematic.
“Bird poop is a great conductive material,” said Joe Stippel, a principal engineering and construction project manager for Idaho Power. “When it gets on our insulators, they lose their insulative properties.”
Faulty insulators can lead to outages for Idaho Power customers, so the company engineered and custom-fabricated a series of dung diverters to shield equipment from bird droppings. This creative solution saves money, increases reliability and has no harmful impacts on birds. To watch a video about this project, visit Idaho Power’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/idahopower.