30. October 2015 · Comments Off on NJ Strong: PSE&G upping the ante on storm preparedness and response · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the three years since Superstorm Sandy, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, has made substantial progress to strengthen and protect its infrastructure against future extreme storms. From replacing gas pipes, raising and rebuilding electrical substations, and adding higher voltage lines on stronger poles, this work will keep more customers in service during a storm, and restore service faster in the aftermath.

Source: NJ Strong: PSE&G upping the ante on storm preparedness and response – SmartGridNews

31. October 2014 · Comments Off on Con Edison celebrating second anniversary of storm hardening plan · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Con Edison is halfway into its four-year storm hardening plan, which provides a comprehensive storm defense system to protect New Yorkers from the widespread infrastructure damage that can occur from weather events like Superstorm Sandy.

As part of the $1 billion “Fortifying the Future” plan, Con Edison planners, engineers and field crews have been working to fortify underground and overhead energy delivery systems from severe flooding and destructive winds characteristic of major storms. The benefits of the plan can already be seen in New York City where, in 2014, the installation of specialized remote switches and other storm hardening equipment has prevented about 25,000 storm-related outages so far.

via Con Edison celebrating second anniversary of storm hardening plan – FierceSmartGrid.

04. November 2013 · Comments Off on Utilities preparing for another Sandy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged and devastated the Mid-Atlantic, utilities like Con Edison and PPL Electric Utilities are making improvements to the reliability of critical infrastructure and protect customers from major storms.

With damaging weather becoming more frequent, Con Edison is toughening its system as part of a $1 billion plan to fortify critical infrastructure and has already completed several improvements. Con Edison has built more than a mile of concrete flood walls around stations and critical equipment, and installed more than 180 watertight flood doors and barriers, as well as installing 800 special float-check valves to protect gas services from floods.

via Utilities preparing for another Sandy – FierceEnergy.

28. October 2013 · Comments Off on Utilities preparing for another Sandy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged and devastated the Mid-Atlantic, utilities like Con Edison and PPL Electric Utilities are making improvements to the reliability of critical infrastructure and protect customers from major storms.

With damaging weather becoming more frequent, Con Edison is toughening its system as part of a $1 billion plan to fortify critical infrastructure and has already completed several improvements. Con Edison has built more than a mile of concrete flood walls around stations and critical equipment, and installed more than 180 watertight flood doors and barriers, as well as installing 800 special float-check valves to protect gas services from floods.

via Utilities preparing for another Sandy – FierceEnergy.

01. August 2013 · Comments Off on Grid Resiliency Doesn’t Come Cheap in New Jersey · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Public utility commissions have increasingly scrutinized smart grid business cases in recent years. Many utilities have struggled to justify the consumer benefits of infrastructure upgrades that reach into the hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

And then Superstorm Sandy hit.

Now the business of smart grid is largely seen as a necessity in areas where damage to the utility system left some people in the dark for weeks.

via Grid Resiliency Doesn’t Come Cheap in New Jersey : Greentech Media.

17. June 2013 · Comments Off on Utilities can take simple steps to improve grid resiliency · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The GridWise Alliance has outlined a series of recommendations to help alleviate the effects of large-scale events on the nation’s electric system, such as Superstorm Sandy.

“Disruptions to our power system from large-scale events pose more than an inconvenience in today’s digital economy.  The United States depends on a reliable, resilient, safe, and secure electric power system, and when this service is disrupted the impacts are felt by all,” said Becky Harrison, CEO of the GridWise Alliance.  “Modernization of the grid would help to reduce these effects.”

via Utilities can take simple steps to improve grid resiliency – FierceSmartGrid.

10. June 2013 · Comments Off on 5 Ways to Avoid Effects of Another Hurricane Sandy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A few months after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast, a group of 60 experts gathered for a workshop to ask what went so wrong and where the opportunities to improve may be.

The GridWise Alliance brought together the mix of utilities and vendors and other stakeholders to draft recommendations that should be considered not only by utilities, but also by state commissions and federal policymakers in order to be prepared for future storms.

via 5 Ways to Avoid Effects of Another Hurricane Sandy : Greentech Media.

05. June 2013 · Comments Off on Con Edison Works To Fortify Its Grid Against Superstorms · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New York-based Con Edison has announced plans to invest $1 billion on storm protection measures over the next four years in New York City and Westchester County.

In addition to steps such as burying power lines and fortifying critical equipment in flood-prone areas, the utility’s plans include the following

via Renew Grid: Content / Projects & Contracts / Con Edison Works To Fortify Its Grid Against Superstorms.

06. May 2013 · Comments Off on Getting ready for Hurricane Sheryl · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The devastation left by Superstorm Sandy is still fresh in people’s minds — especially Florida Power & Light (FPL), who is currently preparing for a Category 3 storm named Hurricane Sheryl or, more specifically, Virtual Hurricane Sheryl.

Virtual Hurricane Sheryl is a dry run that will test FPL’s hurricane readiness, restoration and recovery.

via Getting ready for Hurricane Sheryl – FierceEnergy.

16. January 2013 · Comments Off on What We Learned from Superstorm Sandy · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Every distributor, rep, manufacturer, contractor or other electrical professional who lives or works within Superstorm Sandy’s 250-mile-long swath of destruction along the Eastern Seaboard has a very personal story about how this catastrophic storm affected them, their families, businesses, and where they are at in their recovery efforts.

It was for all of them a never-to-be forgotten moment in their lives. For those who lost a home packed with a lifetime of memories, hopefully all of their family members came through the storm unscathed. For those that were among the 8 million that lost power for up to two weeks, hopefully that was the worst of their troubles and a family member or kind neighbor took them in for a few nights. And for those who lost a loved one, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

via What We Learned from Superstorm Sandy.