For decades, utilities have pursued the goal of reliability – the ability to keep the lights on for as many hours a year as possible, and to react quickly when an isolated storm knocks down transmission lines or disables a transformer. Recently, grid managers have begun to realize that the biggest threat to the power system isn’t from easy-to-forecast storms, but from large-scale, hard-to-predict events: massive flooding from hurricanes, widespread destruction from earthquakes, sabotage from computer hackers – or even the incapacitation of workers during a pandemic.
To handle such unusual events, utilities have learned that the grid doesn’t need to be simply reliable. It must be resilient, which means it can fail in ways that enable workers to bring the electricity supply back online quickly. This involves adopting new technologies as well as new ways of managing both workers and hardware assets.
In this white paper, find out how engineers at utilities and grid administration companies are creating new approaches to operations that build in resiliency. You’ll also learn about:
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