Should Utility Power Protection be Regulated?

July 10, 2012

By Susan J. Campbell - Power Protection Contributing Editor

Let’s face it, power outages are a significant inconvenience to everyone. The everyday resident has to endure spoiling food in refrigerators and horrid temperatures in their homes, companies face lost revenue, and data centers not equipped with the proper power protection can face complete meltdown in the months after a shutdown. According to a Baltimore Sun report, the recent storms in Eastern states – which killed service to popular applications like Instagram and Amazon – helped drive home the lessons everyone thought they’d learned after Hurricane Irene last year.

Without power protection, a weeklong heat wave can turn the situation deadly – at least 10 are thought to have perished in the wake of the storm that cut power for several days when the temperature soared beyond 100 degrees. 

A recent poll shows that the percentage of citizens who believe in global warming is making a jump upward after the heat wave and storms left them without power. With more people accepting global warming as a fact, they’re also beginning to expect that climatologically events will force the hand of utilities to provide some type of improved power protection capabilities.

Some lawmakers have talked about enlisting the National Guard to serve as utility workers to get the public and the business sector back on line after severe weather hits and knocks out power. Others are proposing power protection in the form of burying power lines so that falling tree limbs will no longer have an effect on power lines. 

Lawmakers are also saying that while we know how unpredictable weather can be, the response to those events does not have to be unpredictable. Power protection can start with smart planning well before the next big storm wreaks havoc on a metropolitan area.

The call for better storm response is gaining attention all over the U.S., and the heat wave that followed the power outages has intensified the issue; nearly 800,000 people lost power during the visit last August from Hurricane Irene. Some of these residents went more than a week without having their power restored. For many, this is unacceptable.

The argument stands that there should have been some type of power protection plan in the works to get affected residents and businesses back on line. Currently, there is no rule guiding a timeframe for utilities to restore service – they simply have to get it back up “as soon as they can.” 

But with the recent storms and the uptick in people embracing that global warming exists, as well as the fact that there will be more events ahead, there has to be a more effective power protection plan adopted by utilities to deliver the kind of service customers expect.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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