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Identifying and Predicting Weather Impacts on Utility Systems


Severe weather events are one of the greatest threats to electrical grid infrastructure and operations. Many utilities use simple models, coupled with a few weather observations, to predict the impacts of storms. In this workshop sponsored by Brookhaven National Laboratory on December 3-4, 2013, we will discuss the current techniques used for determining potential weather impacts and identify untapped data and modeling resources that may be brought to bear on the problem.

One underutilized source of storm observations is weather radar. Electric utilities can use weather radar measurements to achieve a number of advantages, including: 1-Accurate, more rapid, real-time detection of storm activity, including severe thunder storms; 2-Pinpointing the location of intense storm activity; 3-Accurate estimates of the extent of storm activity; and 4-Historical radar data can be used to develop more accurate storm outage prediction models. These advantages provide the coordination between storm pathway and utility equipment needed for targeted real-time response decisions.

Finally, we will discuss possible paths forward for improving real-time identification and prediction of these important weather impacts.

Guest Presenters

Evening Event

Registered attendees are invited to attend the optional welcome reception following the Workshop. The fee will be US$ 35.00/pp.

Welcome Reception
Berkner Hall (Bldg. 488), Main Lobby
Tuesday Night
December 03, 2013 5:00-6:00 PM

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