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Solving Recloser High-Density Coordination Challenges: Innovation That Keeps the Power On

As communities grow, the distribution systems bringing power into neighborhoods are becoming more complex. Utilities are increasingly focused on efficiently managing this complexity while solving new challenges—like the addition of distributed energy sources, including microgrids, rooftop solar, and battery storage. In this episode, Dave Whitehead talks with distribution system expert John Thorne about the innovative ways he and the team at Alabama Power are dramatically reducing the number of customers experiencing power outages.

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The Guest

John Thorne

John Thorne

Power Delivery Test Lab Team Leader

John has worked for Alabama Power Company for more than 20 years, serving in a variety of distribution engineering roles. He presently holds the position of Power Delivery Test Lab Team Leader where he supervises mechanical and electrical testing of transmission and distribution hardware as well as the development of distribution protection and automation systems. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 2004 and holds a professional engineers license in the state of Alabama.