Safety products: Partnership brings storm outage prediction technology to utilities

Utility safety: Schneider Electric, the University of Connecticut and Eversource Energy are partnering to bring innovative storm damage modeling capabilities to the broader utility industry.

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Safety products: Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced an exclusive long-term partnership with the University of Connecticut (UConn) and Eversource Energy to combine the companies’ storm outage prediction technology to create a single, more precise and accurate model. UConn’s unique analytics model will be integrated into Schneider’s WeatherSentry Online (WSO) platform, enabling utilities to better understand the expected impacts of storms on their utility infrastructure and to make smarter decisions in preparing for storms to minimize restoration time, cost and impacts to customers.

“We are very excited about this unique collaboration between three leading organizations to further enhance this ground-breaking technology,” said Jon Reifschneider, Vice President of Weather at Schneider Electric. “This project will also allow us to commercialize our comprehensive weather decision-support platform, taking it to new heights, fulfilling our commitment to provide innovative solutions for utilities to optimize their operations and better serve their customers.”

The project will be housed at the Eversource Energy Center on the UConn campus. The Center is a partnership between the university and Eversource to develop state-of-the-art approaches for delivering reliable power and responding to severe weather and security events. Becoming a member of the partnership, Schneider Electric will apply its top-rated weather technology, weather data and expertise in developing scalable solutions for utilities globally. With this new project, Schneider and Eversource will expand upon their long-term relationship in supporting storm preparation efforts by combining UConn’s Outage Prediction Model (OPM) with Schneider’s WSO platform and other weather services.

“As a utility, we work year-round to ensure we’re ready for whatever Mother Nature brings our way,” said Peter Clarke, Vice President of Emergency Preparedness at Eversource. “This partnership will enhance the precision of our current storm damage forecasting tool, allowing us to plan more effectively and deploy additional crews and resources as needed to areas expected to be the hardest hit. This will help speed the restoration process and minimize customer inconvenience.”

"We are excited to see the world-class research from our UConn team expand into the market,” said UConn Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mun Choi. “We are confident that the utility industry throughout the country will see this technology as an opportunity to leverage their outage and infrastructure data with Schneider's weather information to make informed decisions when severe weather strikes.”

In addition to providing new, marketable technology, the announced partnership provides new opportunities for UConn students and researchers interested in the meteorological sciences and utilities management.

About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of €25 billion in FY2014, our 170,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies will reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives.

At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

About Eversource Energy
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 226,000 customers in 72 communities in Connecticut. Recognized as the top-ranked “green” utility in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service.

About the University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is one of the top 20 public research universities in the nation and is a research leader in the fields of advanced materials, additive manufacturing, biomedical devices, cybersecurity, energy, life sciences, sensors, and nanotechnology. As Connecticut’s flagship institution of higher education, UConn serves as an important resource for Connecticut economic development and is dedicated to building collaborations with industry and entrepreneurs. With more than $3.6B in investment from the state of Connecticut and industry partners, UConn will continue to train outstanding students, perform breakthrough research and develop innovative solutions for the marketplace.

The Eversource Energy Center at UConn is a dynamic partnership leveraging the knowledge and expertise of UConn’s School of Engineering, Business School, and College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources to develop new technologies for solving real-world challenges of electric utilities where weather, climate and energy intersect. Through leading-edge research, the Center is delivering science-based solutions for improved reliability, mitigating storm hazards and increasing the resiliency of the electric grid.

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