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How CORE Electric Cooperative is Reducing Wildfire Risk

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Director - Electric Industry Solutions, Esri

Pat Hohl, PE, is Esri's director of electric industry solutions. He was a pioneer in the use of GIS for electric utilities. He has over 35 years of experience in utility engineering, technology...

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Wildfire has become an increasing concern. CORE Electric Cooperative approaches wildfires in four ways: risk analysis, mitigation, situational awareness, and response. Read how CORE leverages detailed location-based information, analytical functions, and swift communication to safeguard its stakeholders from wildfire danger.

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Julian Jackson on Sep 2, 2022

This seems like a good system.  Given that in many places, 2022 is the hottest year on record, how has the CORE system performed under what must be difficult circumstances?  Did it meet expectations?  Have lessons been learnt and improvements made?

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DUANE HOLT on Sep 6, 2022

Colorado has been interesting the last couple years.  While 2022 is set to be the third hottest year on record, there have been very few red flag warning days during the heat.  This is mainly due to regular monsoon flows.  That said, the first 5 months of the year did have a record number of red flag warnings issued mainly due to dry fuels and high winds.  It is predicted that our fall and winter months coming up will follow suit with dryer, windy conditions.  As a native of Colorado, this is certainly a concerning change to the climate cycles.  As far as the system that Pat describes, it is a part of a larger wildfire mitigation plan that CORE prioritizes and has had in place for a few years now.  The GIS is foundational to this plan but the plan involves most departments across the company and is continually being improved.  We are enhancing our risk model with the addition of high resolution imagery analysis as well as age of the facilities in the field.  We are prototyping various equipment and construction methods to further protect from wildfire.  During incidents, the communications between Engineering, Operations, Control and GIS is phenomenal.  Overall, the efforts and plan have been very successful but we will continue to enhance the preparedness, situational awareness and response aspects of the plan.

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