Preparing the power grid for the next Sandy

There are 2 comments on the Nov 7, 2012, Click Orlando story titled Preparing the power grid for the next Sandy. In it, Click Orlando reports that:

Hurricane Sandy left over eight million people along the East Coast without power.

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carpetbaggers

Bryn Mawr, PA

#1 Nov 7, 2012
Prepare the grid with better emergency planning for starters.

Physically they need more preventative maintenance including tree trimming and pole replacements. They need to straighten up sagging or leaning pole runs. They need to put more plant in the underground. They should isolate more grids/neighborhoods so one problem doesn't affect as many. I a piece where aggressive transformer maintenance can cut down the number of problems.

Always file a trouble report anytime you lose service. And as a consumer with any utility problems that aren't resolved you should always file calm civil complaints with the power companies corporate executives, state utility regulators and representatives.

And for those that can afford consumers should be more aggressive about tree trimming on their property because most utilities won't tree trim on private property until it's an actual problem.
carpetbaggers

Bryn Mawr, PA

#2 Nov 10, 2012
Found some reports and vendors that advocate preventative measures and/or hardening power company plant. I do NOT represent a particular company/solution, I posted just for ideas and let people know there are some ways to retrofit existing plant and not replace it.

There are somethings that can be done to reinforce or repair a weak pole. And of course they recommend tree trimming along with regular pole inspections.

http://www.woodpoles.org/documents/TechBullet...

http://www.osmoseutilities.com/content/pages/... -excellent video on a truss system.

http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/print...

These are just ideas. To me even if you can reinforce just 2 poles in a 10 pole run lets say that might prevent a catastrophic failure. There is cost but I wouldn't be surprised if they found waste in the way some of these NY/NJ area power companies are doing business.

The best thing for now is aggressive tree trimming then pick poles/locations that reinforcing or hardening would prevent large scale problems. I don't think you can totally prevent damage but you can decrease it and make repair easier & quicker.

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