According to NOAA, since 1980, the U.S. has had more than 258 weather and climate disasters where the damage has been $1 billion or more, a cumulative cost of $1.75 trillion.
In its 2017 infrastructure report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the nation’s power grid a D+. The reason? The majority of electric transmission and distribution lines were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s with an expected lifetime of 50 years. Whether building new lines or reconductoring in existing right of ways, Southwire has products and solutions for every project, no matter the size.
A recent U.S. Department of Energy report found that 25% of electric and natural gas utility employees will be eligible to retire by 2022. Our company was founded to supply and support the growing Utility’s electrical infrastructure. We know that the grid is only as strong as the people who support it, and Southwire’s team provides expertise from design to specification to installation.
According to one study by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, U.S. utilities incur 450,000 minutes of outages and $60 million in losses annually as the result of copper theft. Whether it be solutions for grounding, clearance or arc mitigation, Southwire knows a resilient and reliable system must also be safe.