15 Sep '11, 8pm

Alabama Power Finds a New Benefit for Smart Meters: Disaster Recovery

Alabama Power Finds a New Benefit for Smart Meters: Disaster Recovery

The smart grid promises all sorts of benefits: better management of energy demand, increased cost savings for customers through energy efficiency, and copious data to help manage power consumption. And as the smart grid converges with buildings, vehicles and IT, these benefits will only multiply . But in an unexpected twist, Birmingham-based utility Alabama Power in April demonstrated that smart grid technologies can also help speed up disaster recovery. For this, the utility received the GridWeek 2011 Leadership Award at this week's annual GridWeek conference in Washington, D.C. On April 27, Alabama and much of the South was hit by severe storms that spawned tremendous tornadoes across the state. In Alabama Power's service territory alone there were more than 30 tornadoes covering more than 690 miles. After the storms passed, severe damage was found across the state. More...

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