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Smart Grid Technologies Can Reduce Power Outages, but Legislative Action Is Needed

Smart Grid Legislative ActionIn the midst of a heat wave following power outages to millions from storms that battered the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic regions on June 29, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) underscored the importance of installing Smart Grid technologies to reduce power outages and the role government can play in expediting the improvements.

“When it comes to power outages, we would all like to see a few things: quicker identification of the problem, routing around problem areas, and expedited resolution,” said Evan R. Gaddis, President and CEO of NEMA. “Integrating currently available smart products into the grid can accomplish these objectives today.”

Smart Grid products are self-healing for the grid, facilitating automated fixes. These state-of-the-art systems sense failures on the grid and automatically reroute power safely to consumers. While the grid is being reconstructed, power is able to flow through an alternative pathway.

Smart meters—one of many available products—allow utilities to quickly identify outages without waiting for people to call in. Smart meters not only speed up restoration, but prevent unnecessarily jamming up phone circuits.

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