It took nearly a month for power to be restored to everybody who lost it during the thick snow storms on the northeast coast. Utility companies are now working to find a way to decrease the number of people who lose power and the amount of time they’re without it in the future.
According to Katie Blint, Connecticut Light and Power spokeswoman, about 90 percent of power outages are a result of fallen trees and branches. One solution being considered is to bury the power lines so the trees don’t fall on them, but the problem with this solution is that it’s an expensive one. In fact, it’s being estimated to cost $1 million per mile.
There are also other options being considered. Utilities have recently started adding interconnected sensors to decrease the number of homes that lose power and, again, decrease the length of time customers are without power. Line sensors are extremely useful as well as they can detect changes in electrical formations and indicate where trees and branches might be getting too close to power lines.
This could help alert local utilities before a tree or branch falls on the power lines, providing time to get rid of the power lines and trees before it becomes an issue.