Outage Management

  • July 27--Local power companies made more progress restoring power on Saturday, but hundreds still were without electricity by nightfall in north Spokane and northern Spokane County.
  • Westlands, Parklands and Loresho areas will go without electricity this weekend. Kenya Power MD Ben Chumo says they will be conducting major repair works at existing substations.
  • Seattle City Light is trying to determine the cause of a fire Wednesday at a power substation near Seattle Center that left 325 customers without power, including the Monorail.
  • With utility poles charred and transmission lines down in the trail of the Carlton complex wildfire, about 7,000 Okanogan County customers remained without power Wednesday, according to the Okanogan Public Utility District.
  • The federal government will provide emergency assistance to help restore electricity in areas of Central Washington where wildfires have knocked out power, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.
  • 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.