NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration

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Meet the NG D&T Emergency Response + Restoration Program Development Team. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

April 15, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
How the Coronavirus is Affecting Gas Construction & Operations
Facilitators: Jeff Ocenas, Damage Prevention Administrator, Southwest Gas Corporation
Stephanie Silva, Gas First Response Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
Panelist: Bill Bateman, Operations Manager, NW Natural
Jaime Ulestad, Resource Management Center Manager, NW Natural
John Klippert, Manager, Gas System Operations, Puget Sound Energy
Robert Peterson, Director, Safety and Technical Training, MDU Utilities Group
Steve Schueneman, Gas First Response Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Tania Klippert, Gas System Operations Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Explore the rapidly changing environment of gas operations since February.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Coronavirus Task Forces: How Are Companies Managing the Overall Response?
Facilitators: Jeff Ocenas, Damage Prevention Administrator, Southwest Gas Corporation
Stephanie Silva, Gas First Response Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
Panelists: Doug Loreen, Director Safety & Preparedness, Puget Sound Energy
Hart Gilchrist, VP, Safety, Process Improvement & Operations Systems, Intermountain Gas Company
Jake Gribble, Superintendent of Gas Operations/Emergency Response, Southwest Gas Corporation
Jenny Haykin, Integrated Leaves & Accommodations Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Michael Schmit, General Manager – Construction, NorthWestern Energy
Stephanie Silva, Gas First Response Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
Todd Felix, Emergency Manager, NW Natural
How are companies caring for their employees in this environment of pandemic.

April 16, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Mutual Aid – The Merrimack Valley Incident
Speakers: Carol Johnston, Vice President, Product and Marketing, Clevest
Jeremy Odam, Field Operations Supervisor, NW Natural
This session will look at the multi-utility response and restoration efforts surrounding the Merrimack Valley incident.  Exploring the challenges utilities face preparing for and managing major outage events, best practices, and lessons learned surrounding safely and efficiently providing mutual-aid assistance from the perspective of NW Natural.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Natural Disasters – Up the Creek Without a Paddle
Speaker: Angela Serrano de Rivera, Director, Engineering and Technical Services, New Mexico Gas Company
Jerry Gann, District Director | Houston SE District, CenterPoint Energy
As New Mexico endured record cold — two mountain towns hit 36 degrees below zero — natural gas service to about 30,000 homes across a large swath of the state was cut off after suppliers in West Texas curtailed production because of rolling electrical blackouts caused by the harsh weather. This presentation will provide an overview of the event, the response, and lessons learned.