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Damage Prediction Model Improves Storm Response

(T&D World) In 2011, the Connecticut Light and Power Co. (CL&P), a Northeast Utilities company, was ravaged by the two largest storms in the company’s nearly 100-year history. Tropical Storm Irene in August and the October snowstorm occurred less than 10 weeks apart and caused a combined 1.5 million customer outages in Connecticut. The incidents highlighted the need for an improved method of linking pre-storm weather forecasts to operational preparedness trigger points, such as securing and deploying resources. More importantly, the process would need to be robust yet flexible enough to also incorporate Northeast Utilities’ electric operations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

 

Published: May 8, 2014

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