Calgary, Canada - Resin Systems Inc., a developer of innovative polyurethane products, says that its RStandard modular composite utility poles have been selected for Southern California Edison's "Circuit of the Future", which it describes as "the most advanced neighbourhood electricity circuit in the US."
In this project, Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest electric utility in California, used "industry-leading technology," to give surer electricity service with fewer outages, faster service restoration and lower future costs, according to RSI.
The company says its RStandard composite utility poles were among the advanced technologies used for the SCE project, which recently began delivering power to customers.
SCE chose the RSI design, "because it is lighter and therefore can be installed much faster, reducing customer outage time," said James Kelly, SCE vice president for engineering, in RSI's statement. Since the poles are built in segments, "they are easier for our crews to move to work sites," he added.
Other benefits include non-conductivity, lightweight modular construction, reduced labour and associated equipment costs, lower maintenance costs and increased pole manoeuvrability and handling.
"As North America modernises its electric infrastructure, we intend for RStandard utility poles to be an important part of that process," commented Paul Giannelia, president and chief executive officer of RSI, in the company release.
PIC: A bending test on an RSI composite utility pole.