Improved Outage Response
When power outages occur, smart grid technology helps identify outage locations and helps enable crews to get to outage locations faster. Dispatchers send signals to large numbers of meters to determine the scope of outages, which is especially helpful during hurricanes or ice storms when there are widespread problems. When repairs are complete, a signal can be sent to the meter to verify power has been restored.
REC uses automated technology to transfer electric load from one part of the distribution system to another without members experiencing a power interruption. Crews can then work to repair the isolated problem before transferring the electric load back to its original distribution point. This greatly benefits members by reducing the amount of power outages they experience, and reducing the length of outages when they do occur.