Uconn has tapped Gridmetrics power outage data to boost resilience in the $4.4 million US Department of Energy-funded 'Proactive' project. #pressrelease

March 20, 2024

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Gridmetrics today announced its participation in PROACTIVE, a $4.4 million community resilience project within the Eversource Energy Center at the University of Connecticut. Funded as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's $33 million Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER) program, PROACTIVE represents the first effort leveraging Gridmetrics' proprietary data to inform community resilience preparation and response.

A subsidiary of CableLabs, the world's leading research and development labs for the broadband industry, Gridmetrics uses existing broadband infrastructure to deliver actionable insights about the state of power in the last mile of the distribution grid. PENS, the Power Event Notification System, utilizes this unique dataset to provide real-time, hyperlocal power outage notifications down to the 1 square kilometer level. PROACTIVE will harness PENS data to develop and demonstrate a predictive community outage preparedness solution that leverages active last-mile visibility feedback to optimize restoration.

The PROACTIVE project will focus its initial efforts on the Hartford and West Hartford communities in Connecticut, which are serviced by Eversource Energy distribution feeders. In central Connecticut, where the threat of power outages poses imminent dangers to at-risk populations, this first-of-its-kind project empowers the city of Hartford decision-makers to closely monitor critical infrastructure, swiftly prioritize and deploy resources to provide timely assistance to hospitals, nursing homes, oxygen-dependent residents and other power-vulnerable communities during crises.

UConn announced the grant in the fall of 2022. The university has prioritized research on projects that meet some of the biggest challenges that future generations face, including the impact and mitigation of climate change.

Read the full press release here.


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