Unexpected downtime from losing power, especially in a critical industry, is never ideal, which is why the government uses a power management plan to prevent it. There are hundreds of causes of potential power outages, such as extreme weather conditions, which have been increasing in frequency as average global temperatures rise. Other factors include aging or outdated transmission grids and decentralizing power sources. This is why it is imperative for governments to have a proper power management plan in place to prevent a potential disaster. Below are seven ways that a quality, comprehensive power management plan can help to prevent undesired power outages and downtime.
Electrical Distribution Monitoring
A power management plan usually includes a system that can be installed on any government power infrastructure to help keep track of important events like power surges or spikes. Most monitors also include alarms that alert personnel when there is a potential problem with a power system so maintenance employees can be promptly dispatched.
Monitor the Breaker Settings
Circuit breakers are an increasing concern, as random power surges can trip them, causing power outages or issues. A power management plan and the system allow for circuit breakers to be remotely monitored; finding problem areas well before a dilemma occurs.
If electrical systems go over capacity, this can not only lead to power outages, but it can also lead to dangerous and devastating electrical fires. A thorough plan can help prevent overcapacity of power systems, which is something that is often hard to understand or even estimate without a proper program.
Backup Power Testing Management Plans
Once enough data has been collected overtime via an electrical power management plan, it can be used in developing a system backup that is much more likely to work. A test can be run on backup generators by automated machinery that is already configured to function run using the personalized data from your individual system. This way, the backup can be tested frequently to maintain as much accuracy as possible.
Power Quality Monitoring
A hidden threat to any electrical system is poor power quality. It works similarly to when an outlet is blocked or damaged in a home setting; over time, it can damage valuable equipment and shorten its lifespan. A power management system features auto-analytics of power quality, which makes it much easier to detect and find the source of the problem. Sometimes power quality can be altered very easily, such as with a harmonic filter.
Power System Automation and Control
A great plus to any power system plan is the choice to use automated control or manual. Automated control works well for the vast majority of the time, but occasionally, manual control may be necessary to identify a specific problem, such as a misplaced power load.
Post-Power Event Analysis
No power management plan is 100% guaranteed, so outages will still happen on occasion. However, in the event an outage does occur, all of the elements of a system will still function allowing time for a trained professional to troubleshoot, and formulate how to prevent it for next time.
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