The true priority of power restoration

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The true priority of power restoration

#1 Postby drewschmaltz » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:24 am

This topic is a continuation of a discussion that started in a storm thread. It came up that an electrical engineer familiar with power grids said that living near hospitals or fire stations has no affect on the speed of power restoration.

For years I have heard things like:
- An important person lives near me, we get our power fixed first
- Our grid is larger, it is priority
- More affluent areas are priority
- I am on the same grid as hospital / fire station, we have priority

Does anyone with first hand experience know the truths behind power restoration prioritization?
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Re: The true priority of power restoration

#2 Postby Bobd33 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:47 pm

Worked for a hospital system a few years back. Each hospital was fed by up to 3 substations. Each substation was connected to at least 2 "grids". In the event of a power outage that did not automatically correct or swap to a live substation they do have a priority arrangement to get power restored. This may not occur until the winds are below 45 MPH and access to the best fix is available. if you happen to live by one of the substations they use and it is live, you may luck out and get power. Depends on what happened between you and the substation.

During Wilma we lost power for 5 days due to an open breaker. Just needed to be closed. Our neighbor hood has underground power supply. As we consisted of only 117 homes it took FPL 5 day to get around to us. They actually told us larger areas were being serviced first. All it took was a long fiberglass pole and 1 push to get us back up. That year I installed a whole house generator. :sun:
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Re: The true priority of power restoration

#3 Postby sponger » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:16 pm

I live behind a special needs shelter that is a middle school. We got power back in 44 hours after IRMA while Publix up the street was out for 5 days. Prior to the school being built, it was a week for Francis. After priority electricity is restored, its numbers. If your community has 4000 homes, you will get priority. If you are on the end of a street with 6 houses, you are near last.
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