October 31, 2012

AT THE INTERSECTION OF TECHNOLOGY AND COMMON SENSE:

Smart Meters Help Utility Speed Sandy Restoration (Martin LaMonica, October 31, 2012, Technology Review)

As power utilities work to restore electricity service to millions of people in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, at least one utility has found its investment in smart meters is making a difference.

Pepco, which serves Washington D.C. and parts of Maryland, is using these two-way meters to automatically locate where power outages on its network occurred. Once power is restored, the utility can also ping meters to verify service, rather than send out a crew or make a phone call, according to a Pepco representative. [...]

Cutting back trees near power lines is considered one of the best preventative measures. 

Smarten the meters; bury the lines.
Posted by at October 31, 2012 4:15 PM
  

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