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November 6, 2012 | Vol. 21

feature story
The case for a smarter post-Sandy
power grid

by Katie Fehrenbacher of GIGAOM

The power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy on the east coast highlight the needs for a much greater investment in smart grid technology, energy storage systems, clean power, and ultimately a move to a more decentralized power grid architecture.Monday night as I was camped out in front of my Twitter feed—safe and dry in San Francisco—friends and family in New York started tweeting about power failures all over lower Manhattan. Their cell phones, running on batteries and tapping into their carrier's high speed wireless networks—many that are backed up with diesel generators—were still up, even as the power grid went down across many parts of the East Coast.

As of Tuesday morning, around 7.5 million customers were without power across 15 states and Washington D.C. according to CNN. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday morning that he expects power to be out for the next two or three days in New York, "or maybe even longer than that," and he also said that getting the power grid back up and running (along with getting the transit system online) will be the city's "biggest challenges." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly told New York utility ConEd that its initial estimates of restoring power within two weeks were "unacceptable."

The stark contrasts between the resiliency of our data communication networks and our power grid in these situations is unnerving. The power grid is highly vulnerable—it’s still largely a centralized system, with little energy storage capacity at the edges of the network, and it still lacks a lot of the intelligence that Internet architecture has that can deliver self-healing and re-route around damaged systems. And that's a problem.

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NEMA Offers Guidelines for Reducing Impact of Power Outages
In addition to suggestions for building a more resilient electrical grid, the booklet offers recommendations on what public officials can do to promote a stronger grid, explanations of the technology involved, and tips to minimize risks associated with downed power lines.

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Industry News

EYE Lighting Acquires LED Luminaires from Aphos Lighting
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Siemens Wins Order for Power Plant in Venezuela
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MacLean Power Systems to Open Manufacturing Plant In Trenton
The facility is expected to make hardware connectors, anchoring systems and other components for electrical transmission and other towers."

Global Intelligence

EBCI for Current North American Business Conditions Climbs Closer to Breakeven Mark in October
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North
American business conditions again moved upward, climbing to 45.5 in October
from 42.1 in September and 35.7 in August.

Market Comments

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