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Tales of smart grid success emerge from Sandy wreckage

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Many utilities have pointed out that Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the improvements to the U.S. electric grid, and as the cleanup continues, stories are beginning to surface of just how helpful the new grid technologies really were, Sustainable Business reports.

According to the media outlet, Pepco, a utility that serves customers in Washington D.C. and some areas of Maryland, is attributing its rapid recovery time to new investments that were made in smart grid improvement. About 8 million people lost power in the wake of Sandy's landfall, and the 130,000 that receive their power from Pepco had it back in only two days.

Pepco's large network of intelligent electronic devices notified grid operators when the lights went out, then the company used a system of advanced switches to automatically reroute power where it was needed, replacing time-consuming transmission line repair projects. Once power was back, the utility could simply "ping" the devices to determine if they were back online, as opposed to sending field personnel to the site.

Pepco's example is one of many ways smart grid technologies are revolutionizing the grid, which SUBNET is a large part of as it continues to help major utilities install such technologies.

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