Tag Archives | Power outages

Utilities Will Have Much to Tell About Their Grid-Performance Improvements—and Other Projections for 2016

EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has an interesting story to tell. It has many, in fact. In July 2012, citing just one example, the Chattanooga region experienced one of its largest-ever storms, causing power outages to about 80,000 homes and businesses. EPB automatically restored power to 53 percent of those affected through the use of recently [...]

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For Utilities, Microgrids Provide Valuable ‘Security’ Zones

As we’ve reached mid-fall, weather has quickly been changing, creating a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, snow, sleet—even hurricanes and tornados. And with this instability, all of this varying weather has the potential to occur in the same region over the course of hours or days, creating particular difficulty for affected power utilities to [...]

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How Can We Really Support Grid Modernization?

Last year, President Obama issued a memorandum calling for a Quadrennial Energy Review, the first of which was released this May. More specifically, it includes insights on how to improve economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility focused on energy generation, transmission, storage, and distribution. The review takes a look at threats and opportunities, and [...]

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Breaking the ‘ICE’ on Momentary-Outage Costs

Momentary outages, which have been on the rise, are causing frustration and increasing costs for today’s users of sensitive digital technology. Utilities have avoided taking a broad approach to reduce their momentary power outages, primarily because of the budgetary impact, as they traditionally have not been allowed to recover the costs associated with improving their [...]

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3 Important Considerations When Picking a Smart Grid Communication System

Think about the last time you bought a cell phone. You probably started thinking about the functions and features you wanted to get from the phone. How were you planning on using the phone? How was its battery life? What operating system did it run, and what apps did it support? What was the sound [...]

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48 Hours Without Power at Home

Today’s power grid is an absolutely amazing feat of engineering and the United States grid is about 99.9% reliable. But when that .1% happens, it costs power users billions. We’ve discussed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s study on the economic impact of power outages before, which calculates estimated outage costs for electricity customers. Residential customers experience [...]

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