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ElecComm Restored Electric Power in Response to Winter Storm Juno – Plymouth, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Last week, powerful winter storm Juno dumped upwards of 3 feet of snow over much of Massachusetts. The downpour of snow along with strong winds which at times had sustained winds well over 35 mph which lowered visibility, dropped temperatures, and wreaked havoc on power lines all over Massachusetts. As a result, thousands of people experienced electrical power interruptions. NSTAR and ElecComm Crews immediately responded.

The absence of electricity and the copious amounts of snow brought the state to a standstill. Tens of thousands of residents in Massachusetts were without power and a travel ban was in effect across the state. Schools, many universities, government offices, and public transit were closed as crews worked to clear up the snowfall, which hit more than two feet in many areas.

Without power commercial and residential furnaces and boilers shut down. When the power goes out during fierce winter storms it is very important that overhead power lines are restored and repaired as soon as possible. ElecComm worked for Northeast Utilities/ NSTAR in order to restore power to communities all over the state.

ElecComm crews were deployed to a remote location on Monday where they stood on standby ready to assist with power restoration. On Tuesday, ElecComm crews worked to restore power in Plymouth working through the night and into Wednesday.

The ElecComm storm response team worked with electric utility companies to help those who lost power. Despite one of the most powerful storms to blast through Plymouth, the community largely weathered the blizzard of 2015.

Luckily for the residents of Massachusetts, the snow storm was not the heavy wet variety. When the snow is heavy, there can be entire communities without power. However, ElecComm stands ready to help electric and utility companies as well as private commercial property owners restore power in any type of weather.

The reliable support and response team of ElecComm Power is available 24/7 during downtime. For more details, contact ElecComm.

Planning Storm Responses to Prepare for and Restore from Power Interruptions Due to Storm Events - Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 08, 2014

Overhead power lines in Boston, MA make up a power delivery system which is used to transmit and distribute electric power long distances. These structures usually consist of one or more conductors and insulators, suspended by towers, that prevent possible interference at specific locations.

Overhead power lines are generally the most affordable alternative for the transmission and distribution of large quantities of electric energy to different, long distance locations. The supporting towers, either lateral or tubular in form, are made up of high standard materials. However, because they are all exposed in the open and carry numerous wires, they are susceptible to the destructive effects of weather and other natural calamities.

Problems arise when strong winds bring transmission wires down, inconveniencing everyone who is supplied by these lines. Storms can damage the connecting lines or wires no matter how well they were installed, knocking the power out. Storm events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms can uproot trees which may fall on their side hitting adjacent overhead lines. Relative to these adversities, an immediate storm response is required to prepare for and restore power from unplanned interruptions caused by a storm.

ElecComm has continually been exerting efforts to find out the optimal way to design, construct, and maintain power distribution structures to withstand the detrimental effects and harmful elements of nature. For more information, contact us.

Should We Bury Overhead Power Lines? Massachusetts, Connecticut

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 13, 2014

The majestic trees that line streets across  American are a beautiful sight most of the year. Then there are the weeks when a winter storm hits, and the trees shed ice-laden limbs that crash down on the power lines below. It's at those times when millions of voices rise as one to ask, "Why aren't these &@$#*%! wires underground?" And with a winter like the one we have been having, this question has been asked a lot.

The answer: Money.

After a storm that knocked out electricity to 2 million customers, regulators took a look at what it would cost to bury the overhead power lines. The state Utilities Commission concluded the project would be "prohibitively expensive."

"Such an undertaking would cost approximately $41 billion, nearly six times the net book value of the utilities' current distribution assets, and would require approximately 25 years to complete," the report states. Customers' rates would have to more than double to pay for the project, the commission' staff found.

It's not the snow, it's the ice

And underground power lines "are not without their disadvantages," they concluded. While more reliable "under normal weather conditions," they take almost 60% longer to fix when something does happen to them.

Underground power lines make up about 18% of U.S. transmission lines. Nearly all new residential and commercial developments have underground electric service. But it noted that underground power lines cost five to 10 times more than overhead wires, don't last as long and cost more to replace.

"Buried power lines are protected from the wind, ice and tree damage that are common causes of outages, and so suffer fewer weather or vegetation-related outages," it concluded. "But buried lines are more vulnerable to flooding, and can still fail due to equipment issues or lightning."


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