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Distribution


Distribution
'Distribution' refers to the system by which electricity is transferred over a vast network of above-ground and underground wires, smaller transformers and poles and delivered as usable power to homes and businesses.
Whether the distribution system feeding your home/business is comprised of over-head or underground wires, its strength and design are key to providing safe, reliable electric service. Vectren continues to make proactive upgrades to enhance this system, including trimming trees away from lines and installing varmint guards to keep wildlife from interfering. Replacing older poles with larger, stronger poles and adding smart technology to the system in order to pinpoint and isolate problems are also major system improvements that have helped decrease outages by 30% in the last five years and decrease the time it takes to restore outages.

Tree Trimming
Tree trimming is vital in ensuring the reliability of Vectren's electric system. Learn more about this process and see tree trimming schedules by visiting Tree Trimming.

Pole Replacement
Vectren inspects poles to determine replacement needs. If replacement is essential, many are replaced with stronger, more durable poles to further prevent impact from weather or other interferences. In the last five years alone, nearly 11,000 poles have been replaced.

Underground Cable Replacement
Many neighborhoods have underground cables, which transport electricity to your home. While these cables are less impacted by weather and other interferences, they can wear down. Vectren has a replacement plan for aging underground cables.

Some current and future projects include:
  • Eastland Place (Evansville) - Replacing underground cables

  • Christmas Lake Village (Santa Claus) – Replacing cables

  • Plaza Meadows Subdivision (Evansville) - Replacing underground cables

  • Fairview Drive (Evansville) - Replacing underground cables

  • Lloyd Pool (Evansville) - Replacing underground cables


  • Smart Technology
    Vectren continues to add smart technology or distribution automation to distribution substations and lines in order to better pinpoint and isolate problems. By pinpointing the problem, service crews know where to go to address the situation. They are able to remotely isolate the issue, restoring power to many customers immediately. The remainder of the customers will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved.
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