NEMA publishes guide that addresses reducing power outages caused by severe weather

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has recently published Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart to assist federal, state, and local policymakers with solutions to harden the nation’s electric grid, improve resilience to withstand and recover from severe weather, and improve energy efficiency.

“Increasingly severe weather, most recently Superstorm Sandy, coupled with an aging and over stressed electrical infrastructure is having a dramatic impact on the U.S. population. Sixteen states experienced outages during Sandy,” said NEMA president and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “The core principle of any major reconstruction effort should be to rebuild smart – ensuring that reconstruction funds maximize the deployment of technologies to mitigate future power outages, protect lives and property, and improve energy efficiency. ”

According to NEMA, when smart technologies are in place, power outages are avoided and lives, homes, and businesses are protected. Examples of these technologies are self-healing Smart Grid solutions – information and communications technologies such as smart meters and high-tech sensors to isolate  problems and bypass them automatically; microgrids and backup generators that use their own power sources and storage capabilities to support vital services; and wiring, cabling, and electrical components that can stand up to high winds and flooding.

Click here to download Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart.

-Bill O’Leary


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