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Berkshire Consultants Network Meeting
June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Co-sponsored by: Rich Kolodziejczyk
Berkshire Consultants Network Presents Dinner Meeting:
Why did my lights go out?
Dr. George Gela, BETC
Speaker(s): Dr. George Gela, BETC,
We always like to blame the utility for every outage – who else deserves our rage? But there are many possible and uncontrollable causes. For example, a falling fish knocked out power in Seattle.
This talk will concentrate on power outages worldwide (including the one caused by the presenter in Pittsfield in December 1991), their causes and severity, how they can be mitigated, costs associated with outages and mitigation, and research underway to prevent power outages or at least to minimize their impact on consumers. We will also review the myriad of reliability indices that utilities calculate and report, and reasons for some long-duration outages.
What is a “power outage”? Let’s start with a formal definition: “Outage” … describes the state of a component when it is not available to perform it intended function due to some event directly associated with that component. An outage may or may not cause an interruption of service to consumers depending on system configuration.
Bldg: Cork ’N Hearth Restaurant
Route 20, Laurel Lake
Lee , Massachusetts