By - Jon Brown

Western Utility Emergency Planning
December 13, 2018 | Garden Grove, CA

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Overview

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Managing Emergencies – Fundamentals for Energy Professionals, December 12, 2018 in Garden Grove, CA

Utilities in the Western United States face unique challenges in their emergency preparedness planning.  Expansive service territories, diverse terrain and seismic conditions, require additional preparation steps not seen by their peer utilities on the east coast.  This symposium focuses on the unique challenges faced by western utilities and attendees will gain greater insight into federal, regional, and state planning and response programs to facilitate better cooperation during major events. Experts will discuss how to utilize incident command systems, as well as prepare for and respond to emergencies.

How a utility responds during a major emergency can make or break its relationships with customers, regulators, and state and government officials. This symposium will provide the tools for utilities to better plan for, prepare for, and respond to next year’s emergencies.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the issues discovered by Eugene Water & Electric Board during their efforts to completely revise their outage management process after an ice storm
  • List the ways Arizona Public Service has identified wildfire risks and developed a cohesive strategy to mitigate them before they occur
  • How can utilities help to reduce their responsibility in the possible ignition of wildfires
  • Investigate some of the tools and technologies BC Hydro uses to prepare for a dam emergency
  • Discuss enhanced rapid response, communications, restoration in emergency management
  • Engage in a panel discussion on lessons learned and ways to improve response systems and practices for a variety of natural emergencies

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This symposium will use case studies and PowerPoint presentations.

Agenda

Thursday, December 13, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Welcome and Introductions


8:40 – 9:35 a.m. :: EWEB 2016 Ice Storm: Lessons Learned and Implemented

In December 2016 Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) experienced an ice storm that lasted approximately 4 days and caused outages to nearly 25% out our customers.  It took EWEB 8 days to return all customers to service and resulted in $4 million in restoration costs. While EWEB responded admirably, with nearly 75% of our employees working around the clock for 8 days, without a single safety incident, the restoration efforts exposed a number of problems with our Outage Management system.  These problems included assessing damage, planning work, logistics support and customer communication shortfalls.  This presentation will cover in more detail the issues we discovered and EWEB’s efforts to completely revise out electric Outage Management process. 

John Latourette – Line Supervisor, Line Construction and Operations, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Rodney Price – Chief Electric Engineering & Operations Officer, Eugene Water & Electric Board


9:35 – 10:30 a.m. :: Wildfire Mitigation Safety and Support

Reducing risk to our human and environmental communities is paramount. Wildland fuel mitigation needs to be emphasized to all stakeholders as we work together to address the problem.  We cannot make significant strides in reducing catastrophic wildland fire risk unless all stakeholders participate in creating defensible space.  Arizona Public Service (APS), the largest Utility in Arizona has identified the risk and is working with its partners to create a cohesive strategy to mitigate risk before an emergent event and support incident management in an emergency.

Wade Ward CWMS, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Arizona Public Service

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. :: Will Wildfires Become More Destructive and Frequent and What Can be Done?

Drought and other natural causes continue to result in tremendous amounts of wildland fuel that are exasperating wildfires and their destructive lives. Will these fires continue to be more destructive and frequent? What is being done by agencies and communities to reduce this chance? How can utilities help to reduce their responsibility in the possible ignition of these fires?

CAL FIRE Representative (Invited)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Using Tools and Technologies to Prepare for a Dam Emergency

  • Community preparedness – improved inundation maps and public information
  • Earthquake damage estimator application

Tara Laycock, Manager, Emergency Management, BC Hydro


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Managing Emergencies – Fundamentals for Energy Professionals

Discussion of enhanced rapid response, communications, restoration and recovery for everything from a large natural or weather events, cybersecurity, building evacuation or active shooter incident

Ann Steeves, MBCP, MEP – Consultant/Coach, HC-EMI, LLC

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Panel Discussion on Managing Emergencies

Join managers and specialists in discussing the lessons learned and ways to improve capacities and capabilities for utility response systems and practices for a variety of natural emergencies.

Ann Steeves, MBCP, MEP – Consultant/Coach, HC-EMI, LLC

David W. Sayles, Jr., CBCP, CPP, GISF, Business Resiliency Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission

Wade Ward CWMS, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Arizona Public Service

Tara Laycock, Manager, Emergency Management, BC Hydro

Speakers

John Latourette – Line Supervisor, Line Construction and Operations, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Tara Laycock, Manager, Emergency Management, BC Hydro

Rodney Price – Chief Electric Engineering & Operations Officer, Eugene Water & Electric Board

David W. Sayles, Jr., CBCP, CPP, GISF, Business Resiliency Manager, Tri-State Generation & Transmission

Ann Steeves, MBCP, MEP – Consultant/Coach, HC-EMI, LLC

Wade Ward CWMS, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Arizona Public Service

Location

Hyatt Regency Orange County

11999 Harbor Blvd

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Reserve your room:

please call 1-714-750-1234

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of December 12 – 13, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$129.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to November 19, 2018.

Venue Information

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-regency-orange-county/alica/area-attractions

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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before November 09, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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