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Electric-grid facility in Carmel suffers $11M in damages

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A Carmel not-for-profit that monitors the electric grid in 11 states and Canada has revealed to federal regulators that a mechanical failure caused more than $11 million in damages to the high-tech facility.

In a Feb. 7 public filing, the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc., or MISO, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the data center became contaminated in September.

MISO said a mechanical failure of an air-handling unit in the facility damaged information technology equipment, in addition to the physical structure of the data center.

The filing provides no further details about the equipment malfunction that caused the contamination, and MISO executives didn’t return phone calls from IBJ seeking comment.

MISO notified FERC of the contamination earlier this month because it’s seeking to recoup a portion of the $11.1 million in damages from customers. Those customers include about 140 independent and municipal power providers that receive electricity from the grid managed by MISO.

MISO specifically is asking FERC for an extension to recover costs from customers until determining how much of the damages will be covered by insurance.

The transmission operator said it is negotiating with its insurance carrier, and the exact amount MISO expects to pass to customers won't be determined until those talks are completed.

Operating since 2001, MISO manages nearly 50,000 miles of electric transmission lines. It disclosed revenue of $319.7 million in 2010 and expenses of $301.6 million.

In December, the not-for-profit unveiled a long-term plan that it said will contribute billions of dollars to the economy and thousands of jobs. MISO is recommending a $6.5 billion investment for 215 new transmission infrastructure projects to improve reliability of its electric grid over the next several years.
 

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  • Not Buying It
    Sorry, you did not provide all of the information regarding this claim. An operation this size must have a Risk Management Assessment Committee, or the insurance carrier must have created a Risk Assessment Report, or someone dropped the ball. What I am reading is, a plan is underway whereby the failures of a company's management team will be paid for by the general public, after 140 municipal power companies pass on the costs for repair to their consumers. Trust me, the insurance company is going to back away from this mess. Someone dropped the ball, big time.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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