The Power Event Notification System (PENS) from Gridmetrics provides real-time, hyper-local power outage insights across the U.S.
This layer is available through the Esri Marketplace as a free trial by selecting Purchase Request above. The PENS events are updated every 5 minutes providing a near real-time state of the power distribution grid, making it an ideal layer to include in applications involving situational awareness, public safety and emergency response.
The PENS power outage events are categorized by Magnitude, Intensity and Duration. This free trial layer summarizes PENS power outage events that are categorized with a Magnitude of at least "small" and displayed in the USNG 1 km x 1km grid. Note, the paid subscription of PENS includes micro events for even higher outage resolution. A power event is defined as a correlation in state, time, and geographic proximity. Since an event may span multiple 1 km USNG cells, the Event ID field is the primary identifier for a given event. The impact of an event is expressed in terms of geographic coverage as well as potential population impact. The Event Magnitude field defines the number of sensors associated with an event. Potential population impact is based on 2019 LandScan population estimates, with values for both day and night population. The population impact numbers are binned into categorical values as expressed in the Day Intensity and Night Intensity fields. The Start Time field expresses when the event started in the given USNG 1 km cell.
Layers included in PENS Free Trial:
- Outages displays real-time power events at the USNG level.
- Far Zoom highlights current events at any zoom scale, pointing the user to the locations of events.
- USNG Coverage provides the USNG 1km x 1km grid cells representing the coverage footprint for the ~300,000 power sensors. The cells are categorized by their density of sensors, ranging from 1 to 20+ per cell.
- County Coverage provides county shapes with associated values representing the estimated population within a 1 km radius of Gridmetrics sensors, and the percentage of the county population which is covered.
The PENS data layer is intended to be integrated into existing dashboards and decision support tools to enhance the visibility into the state of power with hyper local, real-time insights. PENS is best visualized in combination with the Human Geography Basemap, or other nondescript base maps such as Light or Dark Gray Canvas
NOTE: PENS is built on a proprietary network of nearly 300,000 sensors deep in the power distribution grid. PENS provides an independent, observational view of the state of power beyond the substation. PENS compliments existing power outage information. Power utilities are the authoritative source for power status.