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Distribution Technology
Innovation Summit
Improving Electric Grid Reliability and
Resiliency
Becky Harrison
CEO, GridWis...
2
Building an Ecosystem
Utilities Service Providers
3
Other Stakeholders
Collaborating & Influencing
Informing
Grid
Modern...
3
Superstorm SandySuperstorm Sandy
Landfall at 8 pm on October 29 2012
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• Landfall at 8 pm on October 29, 2012
near Atlan...
4
Continuous Improvement
• Held Workshop in January
2013 in New York
• Representatives from 20
utilities covering 40% of
c...
5
5 Key Areas for Action
1. Leverage grid modernization technologies to
greater extent;greater extent;
2. Improve emergenc...
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Enhancing Emergency Response
Enhanced
Modeling
11
Joint Planning Exercises
Institutionalize Streamlined
Process
Don’t Fo...
7
Improve Communications and Speed Restoration
It is more than just getting the lights on
Increasing
Expectations
Increase...
8
Develop a comprehensive industry driven
vision for the role of the distribution and
transmission electrical grid and the...
9
Two final reports
1st report will identify R&D needs
The Future Of the Grid
Evolving to Meet America’s Needs
2nd report ...
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Contact Information
Becky Harrison
CEO
bharrison@gridwise.org
www.gridwise.org 1-202-530-9740
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Improving Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency: Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy and Other Extreme Weather Events - Becky Harrison, GridWise Alliance

  1. 1. 1 Distribution Technology Innovation Summit Improving Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency Becky Harrison CEO, GridWise Alliance D ll T 1 Dallas, Texas A Focused Mission The GridWise Alliance is a consortium of passionate stakeholders focused on modernizing our electric grid. The alliance collaborates to transform the nation’s electric power grid to achieve a sustainable energy futuresustainable energy future. Thought Leadership •LEAD THE CONVERSATION: Continue as the pre- eminent cross-industry collaborative to transform the electric grid and create value for all through policy development. •ADVOCATE FOR INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION: Advocate policies to promote investment in infrastructure innovation and modernization of the 2 Advocacy infrastructure, innovation, and modernization of the electric grid. EngagementEngagement •ENGAGE KEY CONSTITUENCIES: Build the framework that supports the continued development of a sustainable energy future through active engagement with key stakeholders.
  2. 2. 2 Building an Ecosystem Utilities Service Providers 3 Other Stakeholders Collaborating & Influencing Informing Grid Modernization 4 AdvocatingConnecting
  3. 3. 3 Superstorm SandySuperstorm Sandy Landfall at 8 pm on October 29 2012 5 • Landfall at 8 pm on October 29, 2012 near Atlantic City, NJ • Impacted 24 states from Florida to Maine • 8.1M customers out And the lights went out in NYC... 6
  4. 4. 4 Continuous Improvement • Held Workshop in January 2013 in New York • Representatives from 20 utilities covering 40% of customers in US • Asked the questions: 7 • Asked the questions: • What did grid modernization do? • What could grid modernization do? • What will grid modernization never do? Improving Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency Report published June 2013 Continuous Improvement Report published June 2013 Key findings and recommendations shared with stakeholders DOE DHS 8 DHS White House NARUC NASEO State policy makers Others
  5. 5. 5 5 Key Areas for Action 1. Leverage grid modernization technologies to greater extent;greater extent; 2. Improve emergency response planning processes; 3. Enhance ICT infrastructure; 4. Leverage systems, capabilities, and processes to improve communications and speed f 9 restoration of power; and, 5. Expand the use of distributed generation, such as microgrids and mobile generators. Leverage Technology Integrate the Alphabet Soup ofp Systems M th J Traditional Hardening & Technology 10 Map the Journey All Stakeholders Must Plan Together Incorporate Societal Benefits
  6. 6. 6 Enhancing Emergency Response Enhanced Modeling 11 Joint Planning Exercises Institutionalize Streamlined Process Don’t Forget Enhance ICT Infrastructure Communications Network Map Analyze First Responder Access Communications Network Analyze Test Monitor 12
  7. 7. 7 Improve Communications and Speed Restoration It is more than just getting the lights on Increasing Expectations Increased 13 Engaged Public Increased Situational Awareness Expand Use of DG Leverage Innovation 14 New Critical Loads
  8. 8. 8 Develop a comprehensive industry driven vision for the role of the distribution and transmission electrical grid and the role of The Future Of the Grid Evolving to Meet America’s Needs transmission electrical grid and the role of the grid operators in 2030. Identify and address any regional differences Identify technical barriers Identify policy and regulatory barriers and actions to address Identify changing interactions between the T&D 15 Identify changing interactions between the T&D grids and grid Four Regional Invitation-Only Workshops Western The Future Of the Grid Evolving to Meet America’s Needs Central Southeast Northeast Participants Utilities Regulators 16 Policy makers Suppliers/vendors “Game Changers” Executive Summit in Washington, DC
  9. 9. 9 Two final reports 1st report will identify R&D needs The Future Of the Grid Evolving to Meet America’s Needs 2nd report will identify barriers in the areas of policies, regulations, current financial models, and present workforce Next Steps: GWA Member Only Workshops Develop proposed solutions for key challenges identified 17 New Business Models New Regulatory Models Roadmaps for Transition Incent Innovation, R&D and Adoption Educating Stakeholders Questions? 18
  10. 10. 10 Contact Information Becky Harrison CEO bharrison@gridwise.org www.gridwise.org 1-202-530-9740 19

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