On July 25, 2012, Executive Order 01.01.2012.15 directed the Energy Advisor, in collaboration with identified agencies, including MEA, to solicit input and recommendations from experts on how to improve the resiliency and reliability of the Maryland electric distribution system. Referencing the potential impact of climate change on regional weather patterns and the prolonged power outages brought by recent hurricanes, blizzards, and the derecho, the Executive Order specifically charged the Task Force with evaluating:
Over 60 days, the Task Force assembled eight roundtable discussions that included almost 50 experts from around the country, created an Electric Feedback Forum website to share information and solicit feedback from the public, analyzed copious data received from the utilities about outage information and staffing levels, synthesized the statutory and regulatory framework in which this conversation takes place, developed 11 recommendations, and drafted a comprehensive report, "Grid Resiliency Task Force: Weathering the Storm."
As one component of its report, the Task Force developed interactive maps of both the Pepco and BGE service territories. The maps display the location of each distribution utility's inoperable substations and distribution lines after two or three previous major storms, namely "Snowmageddon," Hurricane Irene, and the derecho. Generally speaking, areas displayed in orange and red are the neighborhoods where the citizens, on average, have been most affected by frequency of outages.
The following list is a set of specific technology, infrastructure, regulatory, and process recommendations to improve the resiliency of Maryland's distribution grid. They are covered in more detail in the full report:
MEA is monitoring the actions of responsible parties to track and assist with the recommendations of the Grid Resiliency Task Force. The following table summarizes some of the latest developments.
MEA, Public Service Commission
For more information, contact David Beugelmans by e-mail at Kristen.Ahearn@maryland.gov or by phone at (410) 260-7655.
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