Grid Resilience

Grid resilience is the ability to adapt to changing conditions, withstand potentially disruptive events, and, if disrupted, to rapidly recover. Topics covered may include grid resilience technologies, extreme hazard events planning and response, plus measuring and prioritizing resiliency.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Innovative Grid Resiliency Technologies for System Hardening
Speakers: Ray Payne, Grid Operations Manager, Portland General Electric
Jack D Podlesnik, Sr. Director Integration Program Management, Portland General Electric
This session will provide audiences with an in-depth look of the emerging grid resiliency technologies, their applications to the electric utility grid, and how these technologies are enabling a more resilient and reliable grid. One presentation will share how a Canadian utility has applied deep learning to manage distribution grid resiliency, while another will share how a U.S. utility’s investment in a new integrated operations center and associated technology investment has enabled T&D grid resiliency benefits for the utility system and its customers.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Extreme Hazard Events Planning and Response
As Hazard Events continue to become more frequent and extreme across Western North America (and the world), utilities must continue to adapt and change the way they plan, prepare, preposition, respond, and recover, with the ultimate goal of ensuring continued operational reliability for public service and safety. To encourage the continued knowledge share and collaboration across our industry, we ask you bring your experience and background to participate in an interactive session that will involve teamwork, planning, and decision-making skillsets to help our example utility deal with an oncoming event. The session will include a tabletop exercise to help make decisions for a potential hazard event, to be followed up by case studies showing how things played out in real world scenarios.

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Overcoming Challenges and Measuring Resiliency

Speaker: Gary B Huffman Jr, Senior Client Services Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Utilities across the globe are having to manage more frequent extreme climate events like 1 in 100-year firestorms, hurricanes, and flooding coupled with higher regulatory expectations and customer reliance on electric power. This is prompting the need for analyzing and measuring how resilient the grid is for these events. Reliability metrics are well known and defined in the utility industry, but how should resiliency be measured? Measuring resiliency starts with analyzing Major Event Day (MED) data where industry standard reliability metrics typically exclude MEDs.

This session will present:
• Industry group initiatives on resiliency metrics and standards that are underway
• Lessons learned from utilities that have analyzed Major Event Day (MED) and weather event data and started measuring resiliency in addition to reliability
• Methodologies and logic of best practices to date