June 4, 2018
Carolina Emergency Management is partnering with the U.S. Department of
Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to evaluate
possible alternative power sources for three key infrastructure sites
in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties.
Experts from the labratory’s Solar Technical Assistance Team are
evaluating the Cape Hatteras Water Treatment Plant in Frisco, a radio
tower in Barco and the Hyde County Government Center in Swan Quarter,
then make recommendations about how to keep the facilities operating
during power outages.
“Keeping critical infrastructure in service during a disaster increases
public safety and speeds response and recovery,” said Mike Sprayberry,
state emergency management director. “Experts will review these
facilities to find ways to make them even more reliable when a storm
The counties each selected one high–priority piece of critical
infrastructure to be included, according to a news release Monday from
the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
The Cape Hatteras Water Treatment Plant provides 2-million gallons of
water daily for 5,500 customers on the southern end of Hatteras Island
and is the primary source for firefighting water from Avon to Hatteras.
The water treatment plant is one of the island’s primary power
consumers, placing heavy demands on the local power grid even during
Hyde County chose its government center in Swan Quarter, which houses
critical administrative offices for the county including the emergency
operations center that coordinates disaster response for the county.
Currituck County selected the radio tower located on the campus of
Currituck High and Middle schools, which holds some of the most
critical pieces of the county’s public safety radio system and is the
only county tower that supports the statewide VIPER radio system.
The NREL team will examine threats, vulnerabilities and risks
associated with each location, then will model potential resilient
power solutions tailored to each facility.
Those recommendations could include solar, alternative energy or hybrid
systems that work in conjunction with existing emergency power