Outage Management

  • Westinghouse Electric Company LLC today announced the opening of the company's first outage control center to provide vital central monitoring and response to its utility customers' outage operations at U.S. nuclear power plant sites on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis, during outage seasons.
  • Aug 05, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility article series, we spoke with MVEA engineering technician Scott W. Fallis about texting their customers for outages (and more).

  • Jun 02, 2014 | Ronald Willoughby
    In recent months, many of you have visited the 9's of reliability and are in the process of setting strategic goals on how many 9's will be needed in tomorrow's power system. The "9's" refer to system availability.
  • Mar 31, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As spring typically brings weather that can scatter power poles and the occasional Prius like Tinker Toys here in the South, it seems quite the appropriate time of year to be thankful for the men and women who put those poles back up and string the lines back along their proper routes. Here are a few tweets for and about linemen. (And a few related article links, too.)

  • Mar 11, 2014 | John R. Johnson

    A decade from now, when Sandy is a distant memory, the storm will perhaps be remembered as a major impetus for technology innovation within the utility sector, especially when it comes to substation technology.

  • Mar 06, 2014 | Ross Shaich
    Testing an Outage Management System (OMS) is a critical part of a successful implementation. Outage Management is a mission critical system where its greatest value comes when it is under great stress of a major storm.
  • Feb 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jeff Lewis with PA Consulting Group discusses the three important dimensions of storm preparedness to consider: the role of network infrastructure hardening (prevention), the role of responding to outages during an event (reaction) and the role of stakeholder management (perception). 

  • Jan 10, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    It's tough to believe that a little over one year ago, Superstorm Sandy struck the Atlantic coast. The devastation from the massive storm was wide-spread and unyielding, knocking out power to over 8.5 million people in a matter of hours. Recovery efforts have been arduous to say the least for throngs of citizens in the greater New York City region.
  • Oct 15, 2013 | Chris Evanich
    Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Ed) is the electric utility that provides electric service to New York City and the surrounding area. Thomas & Betts has been providing ConEd electrical products for decades. After Hurricane Sandy passed through New York City, much of the city remained underwater.
  • Jul 09, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of Spanish utility powerhouse Iberdrola, delivers natural gas and electricity to nearly 3 million customers in Maine and New York through Central Maine Power Company, New York State Gas & Electric Corporation and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation. We spoke with Laney Brown, director of smart grid planning and programs at Iberdrola USA, about AMI, tropical storms and how it all impacts their American family, specifically Central Maine Power.

  • Jun 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As summer gets hotter and more wild weather rumbles across the country, Intelligent Utility asked DTE Energy’s Patricia Armbruster, principal process management facilitator in distribution operations, about her utility’s outage management plans, from restoration to “blue sky” outages.

  • May 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Let’s play a little game. Don’t worry. It won’t be nearly as difficult as winning on your “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” app. Well, it might be. I could be lying. But, let’s play anyway: How many blackouts were there in the U.S. last year (2012)? Tens? Hundreds? We’ll give you a hint: You’ll have to multiply the number of laps driven in Indy by at least 5. 

  • May 05, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Steve Baker, vice president of distribution operations at Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), an AEP company, looks back at one massive winter ice storm that taught PSO countless lessons on managing and preparing for extreme weather.

  • Apr 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In the end, despite best efforts, a utility can’t prevent weather emergencies: Power will go out because lines will come down. That’s a fact. But, that doesn’t mean a utility can’t prepare. Here are three areas that can be shored up to help.

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  • Mar 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As we discussed in earlier issues of this utility tweets article series, utilities have really come far in using Twitter in new, interesting, informative and amusing ways. With this issue, we perused a whole lot of utility and association feeds to put together some of our favorites from March featuring the touching, the educational, the practical and the mildly paranoid.

  • Mar 18, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The Obama administration is linking improvements in the electrical grid with the increasing occurrence of aberrant weather patterns, all associated with climate change. To that end, it has recently released its “progress report” detailing the steps that it has made and will continue to make to achieve its goals. 

  • Mar 13, 2013 | Charles Newton

    On a summary level among the more than 150 utility participants in 37 countries that participated in the recently completed tenth edition of Newton-Evans’ series titled “The World Market Study of SCADA, Energy Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems in Electric Utilities,” there are some noticeable regional differences in current and planned usage of analytics capabilities to assist utility operations.

  • Mar 11, 2013 | Ross Shaich
    Over the last decade and a half, technology and innovations have had great impact on Outage Management Systems (OMS). The latest OMS is much more robust, uses web technologies, integrates with more Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems, contains more tools, supports special device types, and communicates with Smart Grid enabled networks. While they were never simple systems, the capabilities of OMS continue to grow. Early OMS implementations contained configurations custom to their deployment.
  • Mar 06, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    Washington may have shut down, but utilities along the Eastern seaboard are just ramping up. The massive snowstorm that hit the Chicago area yesterday is now moving through Virginia and D.C. While this storm will not bring the level of emergency seen with Hurricane Sandy, utilities are thinking ahead all the same.