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November 10, 2015

UConn, Eversource launch storm center

UConn’s new Innovation Partnership Building is going host the Eversource Energy Center. It’s designed to better prepare the utility company for major weather disturbances through prevention and predictions.

It is a research lab dedicated to the development of advanced storm damage modeling technology to ensure the reliable delivery of power throughout Connecticut and New England.

According to an Eversource announcement, the partnership is going to develop state-of-the-art approaches for delivering reliable power and responding to extreme weather events. ​

“If we can shave hours off small events and days off large events by prestaging the right amount of resources, by making our vegetation management and infrastructure hardening programs better and more cost effective, I think it could pay back several times over,” said Ken Bowes, Eversource’s vice president of engineering, told the Associated Press.

The same report said Eversouce is funding the project over five years with a $9 million investment.

“The Eversource Energy Center will directly fund research and cutting-edge technologies, giving our customers an even more efficient and reliable electric grid,” said Eversource President of Corporate Citizenship Rod Powell.

Plans also call for the center to determine the most effective forestry treatments. Eversouce said 90 percent of power outages during storms are caused by trees. The new center will use tree sway research and laser technology to show the benefits of tree trimming among other initiatives.

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