1. Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

    Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew made a blunt case for microgrids last week as it toppled thousands of electric poles and wires across four states in a cascade that left millions without electricity, some even a week later. Arriving about a month shy of the four-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Matthew again reminded the U.S. why interconnected grids and storms can be a toxic pair.

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    1. Hurricane Matthew, and similar storms in the past like Hurricane Sandy, show us that our grid is still vulnerable. And while smart grid technology can reduce and eliminate power outages, when superstorms hit, entire regions are still affected.
    2. With storms such as Hurricane Matthew there is little utilities can do to prepare. What the microgrid technology does afford is faster return to service, which can be quite critical to local emergency response and health care.
    3. You must ask the question, what would the impact of a superstorm be without distributed automation technology incorporated into the grid?
    4. We have first-hand knowledge of the suffering and hardship that this disaster has brought to the people in Florida and the Carolinas. We are extremely grateful for the first responders and other essential personnel that have been working hard to get the power back on in the affected areas.
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