Computer program for the estimation of restoration times during storms

Lee Alex Donald Cooper*, Noel N. Schulz, Terry Nielsen

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the advent of the Information Age, utility executives and the general public have come to expect timely and accurate information to be available. These expectations are more sharply focused during times of adversity such as the occurrence of storms and their impact to the electrical network. Power outages have traditionally been difficult to assess and predict in terms of the restoration required to regain service. Much of the outage assessment and estimation occurs as a result of crews providing trouble assessment once on-site at the outage location. Trouble evaluations are then reported back to the dispatch office where information must be tabulated. This process, which is cumbersome, becomes even more complicated for large storms where an increased number of outages and restoration jobs exist. Computer technologies enable the automation of these processes and the data capture results in a new information source to the utility. A computer program can provide estimates for outage restoration times based on empirical statistics. Factors such as past outage duration, classification of outages, weather, time of day, day of week, and other constraints are the foundation for making outage estimates. This article describes the basis for programming that enables early estimates for outage restoration times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-780
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the American Power Conference
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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