At 8:00 pm EDT October 29, the National Hurricane Center reported Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ as a post tropical cyclone. The storm has brought heavy rain, winds, and snow in higher elevations to the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and portions of Midwest U.S. With new information from the Department of Energy, Zpryme has compiled five days of data across U.S. states that have been affected by the hurricane.
Bringing deeper insights, in the first Zpryme/Fierce Smart Grid Index (SGI) online poll 79 percent of Smart Grid executives feel that Smart Grid technologies could have helped utilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy restore power faster.
The SGI conducted with 186 Smart Grid executives on Thursday, November 1 through Friday, November 2 asked, given the massive damage and power outages caused by the storm (Sandy) that just hit the Northeast United States, do you think that Smart Grid technologies could have helped utilities restore power faster had they been fully deployed (in transmission and distribution systems)?
A notably significant 79 percent of executives responded “yes”, 21 percent “no.” This timely feedback from decision makers across the energy ecosystem underpins the need for a smarter grid. The extensive disturbance to electricity from Hurricane Sandy raises questions over whether the Smart Grid could make the current U.S. grid more resilient.
Access Zpryme’s free report here: Total Hurricane Sandy Power Outages by Day