In the aftermath of severe weather events nationwide, electric utilities are being pressured by regulators to rapidly restore service and invest in cost-effective storm preparedness to minimize outages.
Here are five suggestions on how your energy utility eneterprise can prepare for the next bout of winter storms:
1. Plan for emergency situations and unexpected conditions.
Planning for emergencies should be part of your energy asset management plan. Review how you’ve been affected by recent emergency conditions including storms, document your deficiencies and explore viable resolutions. Effective crew management can be optimized by using dispatch scheduling softwares as an important part of your field workforce management solutions.
2. Employ software solutions for best results.
Dispatch scheduling softwares can help your service organization with routine business as well as coping with emergencies. Field workforce management must include mechanisms for dealing with downed equipment, hazardous road situations and supplementing crews with emergency staff, as well as provisioning them with emergency equipment. Field service optimization will allow you to implement effective field service mobility to ensure that people are where they need to be, in a timely manner.
3. Use real time equipment monitoring.
Real-time energy consumption and other attribute monitoring can be used to detect problems in areas where they’re not easily seen. Roof-top units (RTU) and other HVAC equipment, motors, and fans can be monitored for problems as well as for energy savings opportunities. With real-time equipment monitoring, operators can apply preventive maintenance actions in a timely manner before it’s too late and equipment fails. Assets energy management requires asset identification, real-time equipment usage monitoring and instantly alerting operators when there are abnormal conditions.
4. Facilitate rapid hardware restorations.
Do this by using the most effective technology available to you. Prepare to manage crews and resources during major outages. Affordable automated solutions will typically provide you with reliability and speed you require for nearly all your energy asset management tasks. Using a dispatch scheduling software will enable you to optimize your field service workforce during ordinary operations as well as in emergencies.
5. Keep your enterprise technology current.
Acquire information regarding effective technologies from others in your industry. Take a look at solutions that others have used under similar circumstances and their resulting successes and difficulties.
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