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  1. NYPA working with Ohio State on studying hurricane impact to transmission

    The New Yorkers are working with the Buckeyes to figure out how to beat the hurricanes. The New York Power Authority announced this week it will partner with Ohio State University to study the effects of hurricanes on transmission lines and towers. The ultimate goal is coming up with a more resilient power grid throughout the U.S. The three-year project is being funded by a $529,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Ohio State researchers will develop a new class of advanced computerized models and scaled three-dimensional “towers” to study the effects of powerful storms and provide new insights into various complex wind-induced behaviors of these systems. “We know how much damage hurricanes can cause to transmission lines and towers yet it isn’t feasible for any utility to upgrade its entire infrastructure,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “However, being able to more easily identify vulnerable systems and provide retrofit solutions would be a cost-effective way to upgrade the national network.” Hurricane Sandy hit landfall in late October, 2012, ultimately causing more than 8 million customer outages in New York, New Jersey, New England and mid-Atlantic states, according to a report by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Damages cost New York alone about $42 billion, bringing down more than 100 transmission lines, transformer banks and other equipment. Abdollah Shafieezadeh, the Ohio State professor leading the project, reached out to NYPA as well as American Electric Power, a utility serving 11 Southern and Midwestern states, and the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal power marketing administration in the Pacific Northwest, to take part in the study. He wanted to make sure different regions were represented and get a practical perspective from hands-on researchers and engineers. “The outcomes of the research will significantly improve the hurricane resilience of transmission power systems and power grids in the U.S., and reduce the impact of outages on the functioning of other critical infrastructures such as telecommunication, water and transportation systems,” said Shafieezadeh, who expects to complete the research by August 2019. NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  2. Mobile computers: Tablets, smartphones for disaster recovery teams

    Handheld computers: Terrebonne Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness selects TerraGo Edge for mobile teams that need to perform property and infrastructure damage assessments in the wake of hurricanes , storms and other natural disasters.

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    Mon, 13 Jun 2016

  3. Duke Energy Florida mobilizes line workers for Hurricane Matthew

    Duke Energy is a member of a mutual assistance organization and has agreements with utility contractors to ensure the necessary resources can be brought to Florida from throughout the southeast 

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

  4. Hurricane Matthew brings evacuation orders, power outages

    It was the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in more than a decade, and had already left more than 280 dead in its wake across the Caribbean

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

  1. Eight hurricanes predicted for 2010 Atlantic hurricane season

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    Wed, 7 Apr 2010

  2. Reduced offshore share in U.S. oil and natural gas production lowers risk from hurricanes

    Hurricane-related risk to total U.S. crude oil and natural gas production has decreased over recent years as the share of total U.S. production originating in the Gulf of Mexico has declined sharply.

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  3. EIA: US oil, gas supply less vulnerable to hurricanes in 2015

    A relatively light hurricane season anticipated for 2015 and an overall decline in the Gulf of Mexico’s share of US crude oil and natural gas production both serve to minimize the risk of supply disruptions, the US Energy Information Administration noted in its Aug. 28 energy update.

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  4. Barbados protects power network from hurricanes

    ABB has been awarded an $18m contract to upgrade the power network in the north of Barbados and help protect it from being damaged by hurricanes .

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    Thu, 10 Nov 2005

  5. Palmetto Electric Cooperative improves severe weather responsiveness with SEDC'S IVR system

    Serving areas on South Carolina's coastline, Palmetto EC provides electricity to a region primarily made up of beachfront homes, hotels and resorts 

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    Fri, 26 Aug 2016

  6. Oil canals in national preserve in Louisiana to be filled

    In the heyday of oil exploration on Louisiana's coast after World War II, companies dug about 10,000 miles of canals as straight as Kansas highways through a natural world that's unraveling today — due, in part, to those canals.

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

  7. Pennsylvania regulator says states should maintain nuclear power plant fleet

    States should consider nuclear in clean energy standards, Powelson said

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    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  8. FPL restores power to 85,000 affected by Hurricane Hermine

    About 11,000 customers remain without electricity

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    Fri, 2 Sep 2016

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