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Grid reliability track

This track focuses on various aspects of grid reliability and resiliency, both at the distribution and transmission level. Discussions range from preparatory efforts like grid hardening to storm event management and rapid recovery (i.e., resiliency).


Preparing for the worst

This session will focus on major storm events and how utilities can anticipate, mitigate and recover from them faster. We’ll discuss strategies for grid hardening programs in light of system margins and supply chain considerations, and we’ll cover outage lifecycle management with an eye toward leveraging business intelligence for pre-event planning.

Rapid recovery strategies

When major events happen, how can utilities recover faster? This session focuses on various approaches such as rapid deployment of spare transformers, leveraging smart technology such as Fault Detection Isolation and Restoration (FDIR) schemes and other monitoring and communications technologies.

Transmission technology for improved resiliency

Reliability is typically a distribution-level discussion, but it’s perhaps even more important at the transmission level. In this session, we’ll discuss a wide range of options from underground substations to gas-insulated switchgear and FACTS devices that can improve transmission resiliency in the face of major storm events. We’ll also cover enterprise software solutions and asset management strategies for transmission equipment.

Preparing for FERC 797

While physical security has attracted the most attention in recent years, the potential for geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs) to disrupt grid operations should not be understated. In this session we’ll explore the impact of GMDs on the grid in general and on transformers in particular. We’ll also talk about what to consider in preparing contingency plans, and what technologies are available to reduce the impact of GMDs.

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