30 Oct '14, 5pm

The #SmartGrid and #HurricaneSandy: Challenges Still Ahead - @EnergyDigital #smartgrids #utilities

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the eastern seaboard, causing $65 billion worth of damage to homes, infrastructure, and property. In this time of crisis, 8 million Americans were without power. According to the U.S. Government, this would have been a much larger number if smart grid upgrades had not been in place. Pepco, the utility serving much of Washington DC and Maryland, was working overtime to restore power to 130,000 homes in two days after the hurricane hit. “Thanks to smart meters (two-way meters) installed in 425,000 homes, Pepco was notified by the meters' ‘no power’ signal that allowed it to quickly pinpoint where outages were in the network,” according a blog post from the Smart Grid government agency. “The signals arrived at their central monitoring post, allowing them to respond to customers quickly and effectively.” This is just one example of how th...

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