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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 poll was taken on November 1st and November 2nd this week. 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.
Rewind a couple days, 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. From the storm with new information from the DOE, Zpryme compiled five days of data across U.S. states that have been affected by the hurricane.
Total Hurricane Sandy Power Outages by Day:
Oct. 29 – 316,563
Oct. 30 – 8,204,190
Oct. 31 – 6,062,526
Nov. 1 – 4,454,650
Nov. 2 – 3,491,595