This past winter, extreme weather cost the United States more than $5 billion in property damage, closed businesses and travel disruptions. Early indications also forecast a viciously cold winter for the 2015-16 season. With this extreme weather, many assume they will suffer power loss. In fact, a 2014 report from Climate Central has found that major power outages have increased 10 times since the early 1980s, with extreme weather responsible for 80 percent of outages between 2003 and 2012. The impact is staggering, with an average of 15 million customers experiencing a major power outage each year.
Category Archives: Grid Modernization
DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT UPGRADES
Upgrades and development of the distribution management system (DMS) at Duke Energy has been an area of significant focus during 2015.
THE GRAND CHALLENGE
Design an electric power system that takes full advantage of the convergence of energy, communications, sensing, and computing technologies in a cyber-physical system that enables society to reach its diverse energy objectives, such as 50 percent renewables or 80 percent reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. Part of the challenge is to make the transition to high levels of renewable resources transparent to users of electric energy where this transparency relates to both reliability of the electric supply as well as its economy. Read more