EnerNex surveying utilities on outage causes and costs



Due to the growing national debate in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, EnerNex wants to update information that is currently over 20 years old on outage causes and costs. It released the first in a series of surveys that it will use to determine what the causes of outages are (both overhead and underground) and the costs of construction and repair of the grid.


EnerNex plans to produce one or more public white papers outlining the findings and summary results.


Erich Gunther, chairman and chief technology officer of EnerNex, noted: "This survey will provide up to date, factual information on outage causes and other distribution system related information that is sorely needed to support effective and correct decision-making related to grid modernization and resiliency improvement."


EnerNex says the survey targets a wide array of North American utilities; those interested in participating can click here. It will remain open until Dec. 31, with another two surveys to follow.


Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, EnerNex provides research, engineering and consulting services for the electric power industry.


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