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Cooperative Continuity Management. Bill Willingham Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. Tallahassee, FL. Mitigation/Hardening. There are several things that co-ops can do to “harden” the system, but they are not cheap or without complications Research projects

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cooperative continuity management

Cooperative Continuity Management

Bill Willingham

Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc.

Tallahassee, FL

mitigation hardening
Mitigation/Hardening
  • There are several things that co-ops can do to “harden” the system, but they are not cheap or without complications
    • Research projects
    • Preventative Maintenance
    • Standards and materials
mitigation hardening cont
Mitigation/Hardening (cont.)
  • Research projects
    • PURC
    • RUS
    • CRN
overhead
Overhead
  • Pole Inspections
    • Our members meet the RUS standard
    • New pole attachment agreements
  • Construction Standards and Materials
    • Using stronger poles and modified standards on new construction and rebuilds
  • Vegetation Management
    • Best bang for the $$ for most co-ops
design construction standards
Design/Construction Standards
  • Overhead facilities can be built to withstand higher winds if money is not an issue, but even the strongest designs cannot withstand all of the trees, debris, tornados, or microbursts
underground
Underground
  • Problems
    • flexibility in rural areas
    • cost
    • longer non-disaster outages
    • coastal areas
    • flood prone areas
    • trees
restoration
Restoration
  • Each co-op has its own restoration plan, and these plans continue to evolve as we learn from our own experiences and from helping others.
  • FECA has a comprehensive plan for coordinating mutual aid and otherwise assisting its members
restoration cont
Restoration (cont.)
  • The utilities and the EOC have worked very well together.