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UConn engineers help CL&P predict storm damage

(Journal Inquirer) 

University of Connecticut environmental engineers have provided Connecticut Light & Power with new damage prediction software that will give CL&P customized information in advance of a storm on its expected strength and location and extent of damage.

Although CL&P always tracks impending storms closely, it has been difficult to predict where the most severe weather will strike the electrical system, the company said. The new software will allow CL&P to better plan and prepare.

“With this new technology, we have critical guidance ahead of a storm about severity and where we may see the most significant damage to our electric system, which can help us determine where to pre-stage crews and equipment,” said Peter Clarke, Northeast Utilities senior vice president of emergency preparedness.

Published: May 2, 2014

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