CL&P UPDATES HEAT WAVE INFORMATION

July 19th, 2013

 

CL&P Emergency Preparedness and Response Briefing
Friday, July 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
 CL&P prepared for extreme heat today, anticipated severe weather tomorrow

Operational Status: Monitoring        
        Emergency Event Level: To Be Determined

OVERVIEW (red = new information since yesterday’s Briefing)
·        Today’s extreme heat continues to increase demand on the state’s electric system; news outlets are reporting this month may be the hottest July in Connecticut’s history
·        CL&P has made significant investments in strengthening its system infrastructure and remains well-prepared for the heat wave; however, the long-term stress of heat wave conditions may result in minor system impacts
·        ISO-New England, the regional electric system operator, is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity between noon and 8 p.m. through the end of the week as a precautionary measure to help keep electricity supply and demand in balance
·        On the sixth consecutive day of the heat wave, the temperature could reach the 100-degree mark. Isolated showers could occur between 2 and 11 p.m. Tomorrow, potentially severe thunderstorms, frequent lightening, hail, heavy isolated downpours and damaging wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected between late morning and 8 p.m.
·        Preparations are also being made to respond to the anticipated severe weather tomorrow across Connecticut, as a cold front moves in

SYSTEM STATUS
·        We continue to monitor weather conditions
·        The system remains stable, with no transmission or substation issues, and all critical equipment is in service
·        There are currently fewer than 100 customers without power across the state
·        Since the heat wave began Sunday, CL&P has restored about 21,000 customers associated with approximately 520 outages
·        Electric loads remain near record-breaking; today’s expected loads are:
o        27,850 MW in New England; the record was 28,130 MW on August 2, 2006
o        7,250 MW for all electric utilities in Connecticut; the record  for Connecticut was 7,479 MW on August 3, 2006
·        Yesterday, CL&P’s peak load was estimated at 5,538 MW, likely surpassing its all-time peak load of 5,516 MW in 2011. Although still unconfirmed, the peak load record may again be broken today, if projections hold

PLANNING
·        CL&P continues to operate in accordance with its heat wave preparedness procedure
·        Employees and all others affected by the heat are reminded to stay safe by drinking plenty of fluids, maintaining a well-balanced diet, and following recommended work/rest cycles
·        We are currently planning for a Level One event to address any system impacts from anticipated severe weather tomorrow; a Level One event, according to CL&P’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, includes fewer than 400 locations requiring repairs
·        All CL&P employees with storm assignments have been notified to be on standby through the weekend; supervisors and managers are also prepared to support sister companies through New England, if needed

LOGISTICS
·        Storerooms are well-stocked with materials
·        100 percent of CL&P lineworkers have been placed on call (110 crews; 220 workers)
·        105 outside crews (210 workers) have been secured for assistance Saturday and Sunday, if needed
·        Tree contractors are currently available to assist in restoration work, if needed
·        Patrollers, wires down guards and storm room staff are expected to be in place or available by mid-day tomorrow
·        A “gateway” will be set up at CL&P’s Berlin headquarters Saturday to prepare outside crews for a safe restoration according to CL&P standards

OPERATIONS
·        CL&P’s operational status for the heat wave is continuing in MONITORING mode.  Conditions exist that could present a potential risk to the electrical system in time, but currently pose no immediate threat
·        All substations and critical system components have been inspected; all nonessential work has been postponed; the transmission and distribution systems are in normal configuration
·        During this heat wave, CL&P is not performing residential disconnections for nonpayment
·        There was an Operations/Emergency Preparedness conference call at 10 a.m. today; the next operations call is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow
·        The next weather update and preparedness call is scheduled for 1 p.m. today
·        Essential staff will be available in CL&P’s Emergency Operations Center tomorrow morning

PUBLIC INFORMATION

·        We will be reaching out to key stakeholders, including emergency management, regulatory and municipal officials, with information about our preparedness and planning details this afternoon
·        CL&P continues to encourage customers to voluntarily conserve electricity, offering information about energy conservation in the media, through social media and on cl-p.com
·        For cooling center information and resources, customers may call 211 or visit www.211ct.org/disaster/cooling_centers.asp .  Customers may also visit the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health at http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=480536 for tips to cope with extreme heat.  To report an outage, call 800-286-2000 or visit www.cl-p.com
·        Energy-efficiency information is available on www.cl-p.com:  http://www.cl-p.com/Home/SaveEnergy/Energy_Efficiency_with_Enoch/?MenuID=4294986341
·        Customer reminders, in the event of outages, include: safety around downed wires and proper generator use.  For safety tips, go to www.cl-p.com
·        For helpful information:
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