Case Study: National Grid-WeatherBug Partnering to Reduce Outages and Boost Community Engagement
National Grid connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources. To help mitigate the effects of severe weather and keep the power on in communities across its service territory in upstate New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, National Grid undertook an innovative project, in collaboration with MIT, to combine real-time local weather data, advanced weather forecasting models, and outage modeling technology in order to help mitigate the effects of severe weather and keep the power on in communities across its service territory.
National Grid and WeatherBug completed the installation of 55 WeatherBug Weather Stations throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. These new stations, plus more than 200 others placed throughout the region at schools, town halls, emergency response centers, and other locations, report current weather conditions within communities.
This hyper-local, real-time weather data was then fed into ENcast, WeatherBug’s advanced weather forecasting system, to generate pinpoint, accurate and reliable nowcasts to extended 15-day forecasts. These forecasts are then input into outage models that significantly improve National Grid’s ability to predict, monitor and respond to outages in a timely and efficient manner.
The combination of our hyper-local weather information combined with our ENcast forecasting solution fed valuable forecast information into storm and outage models, improving model output by 50%! Learn more