Hurricane Harvey Taught CenterPoint Energy the Value of Innovation
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- May 9, 2019 11:30 pm GMTMay 9, 2019 11:24 pm GMT
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CenterPoint Energy (CNP) in Houston, Texas has an efficient process for getting power back online following a hurricane, a critical need given the location of its service area. In the best of circumstances, the process is straightforward: wait for the storm to pass and the sun to come out, then send crews out to areas identified by the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), and make the needed repairs.
But, says CNP Director of Distribution Operations for the Electric Division Edward Scott, “Hurricane Harvey was unique.” The 2017 storm didn’t fade out; it stayed for days, continuing to dump water and hindering the ability of work crews to get to sites in need of repair. Given these special circumstances, CNP employees had to rely on their mutual assistance partnerships with other electric companies, use technology in new ways, and come up with safe, efficient, innovative solutions as the storm developed.