With the United States a magnet for tropical and subtropical hurricanes and cyclones, it is imperative for utilities to deploy measures that will employ the necessary infrastructure to quickly remedy an otherwise disastrous situation.
In the wake of natural disasters, towns are plunged into darkness, calling for the implementation of innovative technology and solutions to reconnect residents within days of the destruction.
Victoria Electric Cooperative (VEC) is an electric cooperative that has served residential and commercial members throughout Southeast Texas for the past 80 years. In 2017, the town experienced the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane and one of the strongest storms to ever hit Texas.
Prior to Harvey, the last major storm to affect the VEC territory was Hurricane Claudette in 2003. While Claudette’s impact was mild compared to Harvey’s, it allowed VEC to recognise the need for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to help with the restoration efforts of future storms.
Through their use of Trilliant’s SecureMeshi Neighborhood Area Network (NAN), SecureMesh Wide Area Network (WAN), and trademarked UnitySuiteii platform, VEC was able to restore power to 95% of members within ten days of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.