Washington State volunteers for US Department of Energy led initiative to standardize how utilities report outages

Washington State has volunteered to be the pilot state for the Outage Data Initiative Nationwide (ODIN) program, an¬†initiative led by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Currently, during power outage incidents, outage data from utilities is fragmented and poorly standardized. Many utilities choose to display outage information on their websites, while others only post updates to social media, and some do not share information…