Restoring power quickly

 

CenterPoint Energy’s intelligent grid is designed to provide best-in-class service to 2,4-million metered customers in southeast Texas. The new technology and the utility’s storm response teams were put to test during a severe storm in 2016 with wind, lightning and widespread flooding as well as road closures. More than 240 000 customers experienced interrupted service. During the storm, more than 600 overhead line fuses and 650 transformers were taken out of action, resulting in extensive outages. A swift restoration by the field crews was also hampered due to the road closures across Houston. This required the handling of a lot of data related to the power outages – to quickly understand the situation, prioritise actions and deploy resources. The intelligent grid solution uses ABB’s Network Manager advanced distribution management system. It uses information from the 2,4-million meters and field sensors to enable real-time grid monitoring and control. It is integrated with mobile workforce management software and an advanced outage analytics package to tie it all together.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB, Tel 010 202-5090, shivani.chetram@za.abb.com

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