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Developing Regional GIC Hazard Tools for Power Utility Planning and Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA20OAR0210095
Agency Tracking Number: NA20OAR0210095
Amount: $119,822.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.3.02
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2019-2005899
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-30
Small Business Information
8001 Braddock Road Suite 210
Springfield, VA 22151
United States
DUNS: 145472239
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jennifer Gannon
 (303) 442-3992
Business Contact
 Sharon Galloway
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 764-7501
Research Institution

Geomagnetically induced current (GIC) hazard is a recognized threat to the United States power system. Federal models to support hazard specification and prediction for critical infrastructure are at an advanced state, including models of space weather, the Earth’s conductive structure, and regional geoelectric field. We propose to use existing NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA-SWPC) model output of surface geoelectric fields to produce a value-added local index for GIC hazard in support of growing power industry needs, and gain feedback on the effectiveness of these new tools from operational and planning perspectives through the use of a power industry beta tester panel.

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