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Major hurricane 'Ida' heading for the Louisiana Coast

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Energy Market Specialist, Hitachi Energy USA Inc.

Kent Knutson is a market specialist focusing on energy industry intelligence for Hitachi Energy.  He has more than 30 years of experience designing and developing intelligence products for some...

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Hurricane Ida is forecast to become a major hurricane with sustained winds topping 120 mph

The article link below was written in early June. From the story . . . "Atlantic Basin tropical storm names starting with 'I' have been the most costly in terms of economic damages since 1953." The storm is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts on Sunday. We'll be keeping a close eye on how the power grid performs over the next several days.

Link to NOAA's Hurricane Center:

Link to Weather Channel story:

June story identifying 'Ida' as the most likely major of the season . . .

Screen saves from The Weather Company and the National Hurricane Center

June story excerpt . . . 

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Kent Knutson on Aug 30, 2021

As of 11:00 AM CST on August 30, 2021, there are widespread power outages across Louisiana and Mississippi.  The data and maps below are compiled by from distribution utility websites.  It's a great source of data!     


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Matt Chester on Aug 30, 2021

Great resource, thanks Kent. Where does the data come from-- the utilities themselves, I assume? How frequently are they updated? 

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Kent Knutson on Sep 2, 2021

Matt, the outage data is compiled from utility websites by . . . A really nice near real-time service.  Most all utilities that have electric customers have tracking tools on their websites.  As of about 2:30 PM EST, there are roughly 915,000 customers in Louisiana without power. 

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Matt Chester on Sep 2, 2021

How valuable that the public has access to this data all the time. Thanks for the education, Kent. 

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Kent Knutson on Sep 2, 2021

Here's a post I shared on LinkedIn yesterday showing the fall in load in the South Region of MISO which encompasses Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and a small portion of Texas, through August 30, 2021 . . . 




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