Geospatial Energy Situational Awareness Tool for Emergency Response

Authors: Dakotah Maguire*, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Supriya Chinthavali, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Energy
Keywords: Hurricanes, Disasters, Emergency Management, Power Outages, Electric Utilities, DOE, GIST
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Napoleon B1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Natural disasters continuously pose a threat to the functionality of our nation’s energy infrastructure. Hurricanes are among the most devastating of these natural disasters, annually causing billions of dollars in damage to the Nation’s energy infrastructure and disrupting millions of lives. Recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated places such as Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, leaving millions without electricity, potable water and other critical infrastructure services. Providing accurate, consistent and legitimate information about our energy infrastructure to government agencies and first responders through an interactive geospatial system is critical for ensuring effective disaster response and recovery. The Department of Energy’s Environment for Analysis of Geo-Located Energy Information (EAGLE-I) provides real-time monitoring capability for electricity, natural gas, coal, and petroleum energy sub-sectors. The National Outage Map (NOM) within EAGLE-I provides real-time outage information for nearly 87% of the US population at various geographic resolutions. NOM relies on several disparate data sources to retrieve power outage information from various power utilities at a distribution level. Having such disparate and dynamic sources proves a unique challenge that demands standardized quality assurance and control. The NOM system has been systematically designed and developed to use an object-oriented approach that extracts outage data from 370 electric utility websites, standardizes and stores collected information into a relational database, and tracks erroneous data through a built-in data validation component. EAGLE-I provides a comprehensive common operating picture and is the authoritative federal source for historical and real-time situational awareness for the Nation’s energy infrastructure.

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