Telecommunication networks are a key component of both energy and water infrastructure. They carry vital information and data for the reliable operation of utilities. Black & Veatch completed a wireless endeavor – called the NV Energy ON-Line Microwave Communications Project – supporting NV Energy’s statewide electric system unification program in Nevada.
NV Energy was expanding 250 miles of new electric transmission lines in areas of the state with limited telecom service. The electrical transmission grids will provide power to millions of residential, commercial and industrial users within the United States that include thousands of life safety services such as hospitals, police stations and fire stations. The new telecom network will be used to control relays that protect transmission lines and terminal stations from electrical faults by transporting control signals over hundreds of miles within milliseconds.