Duke Energy, one of America’s largest energy holding companies, announced this Tuesday strengthening measures to face the hurricane season that started today, June 1. The company urged its customers with safety guidelines and announced measures taken on its assets.
Firstly, the company declared that its meteorologists forecast 20 storms and nine hurricanes for 2021; on the other hand, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts 13 to 20 named storms and six to 10 hurricanes.
Secondly, the company has made some improvements to increase the reliability and resiliency of its systems; to strengthen the grid against severe weather and hurricanes, and provide for better customer service.
Thirdly, such improvements include trimming trees and inspecting and replacing wires and wood poles; as for the distribution and transmissions systems on the streets. However, the has also invested in grid automation and smart technologies to reduce the duration and number of outages; and also. to restore service faster when outages do occur.
Moreover, such technologies would help the company to detect automatically when an outage occurs, and the smart-thinking grid reroutes power to speed restoration; or avoid outages altogether.
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Duke Energy outlines measures to stay safe in case of an emergency
In addition, according to the company’s statement, self-healing technology helped to avoid nearly 600,000 extended customer outages in North Carolina; South Carolina and Florida in 2020; saving more than 1 million hours of total outage time.
Furthermore, over the next few years, Duke Energy expects to install enough self-healing technology to serve most customers.
On the other hand, about the measures taken, Scott Batson, senior vice president and Duke Energy’s chief distribution officer, said. “We’ve been making upgrades across our system to build a stronger and smarter power grid to serve our customers.”
He also remarked. “Our crews are ready to respond when the next hurricane strikes. The improvements we have made, and will continue to make, will provide real benefits to customers; and also, to communities and help us restore power faster when they count on us most.”
Finally, the company outlined some guidelines for its customers to stay safe in case of an emergency situation; such measures included the creation of emergency kits and other arrangements; as well as ways to handle a shelter in case of a disaster. To check the full list click here.