Grid Resiliency Concepts & Industry Activities

Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently published a whitepaper entitled "Grid Resilience and the NESC."  The electric and telecommunication grid is a key component of community resiliency, a term focused on the performance of systems during and following major storm events; that is events that are low in frequency but high in impact.  Sometimes these are referred to as Black Sky events as opposed to more normal Blue Sky conditions. 

Loss of power during extreme events certainly impacts everyone's reliance on electricity at home or work.  Beyond that a power outage can also impact critical systems like water, sewer, transportation, and others.  This is where the concept of community resiliency comes in.  

Grid resiliency is affected by many aspects of the system design and condition along with utility company planning, preparation, staging, mutual assistance agreements, and other aspects.  This makes for a multi-faceted and complicated process to improve resiliency.  

This paper is the result of studying and researching activity and ongoing efforts of utility companies, government, and other agencies to be aware of how different entities are approaching the topic.  The paper can be viewed in full at the following link:  https://ieee.box.com/v/NESCResilienceWP