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5th Annual Storm, Planning and Preparation Conference

Event Description and Agenda:

The rules are changing for utility storm response efforts. Even under the worst of conditions, the expectation is that the lights come back on... fast. Restoring power in the wake of a major storm requires extensive planning and preparation that must be done well in advance of storm season.

When a storm does hit, utilities must be prepared to quickly and effectively assess the damage to their system and provide their customers, regulators, and politicians accurate and timely estimated times of recovery. To do so, utilities must be able to communicate effectively, both internally with their restoration crews, and externally to community stakeholders.

Featuring expert speakers from leading utilities and an extensive focus on forecasting, damage assessment, communications, mutual aid and vendor partnerships, this conference will provide utility attendees with the tools needed to effectively prepare and respond to the next major storm.

Monday, March 2, 2015

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. :: Welcome Address and Definition of Objectives by CenterPoint Energy

David Baker, Division Vice President, Distribution Power Delivery, CenterPoint Energy


Session I: Preparation, Forecasting and Pre-Storm


1:30 - 2: 15 p.m. :: Planning & Preparation for Emergencies: Ready for All Circumstances

ConEd has been in an "All Hazards" Planning mode for a few years. Experiencing diverse and the most damaging events in the past 15 years, ConEd will go in depth on how they have changed their analytics on probability, preparation and operations planning to prepare for any kind of system disruption and loss of automation.

Andy Tiao, Director of Emergency Response, ConEd

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. :: Business Decision Guidance: Tools for Crew Level Decisions Ahead of Potentially Severe Weather

Holding over crews, calling out additional resources, and placing them in the right locations ahead of potentially severe weather are common and expensive decisions that utility companies often face. CenterPoint Energy and ImpactWeather will discuss how the Thunderstorm Severity Index (TSI) has helped provide the right business decision guidance at the right time to aid the decision process for maximum effectiveness and reduced budget risk.

Fred Schmude, StormWatch Team Manager, ImpactWeather

Wayne Scott, Regional Supervisor of Distribution Control, CenterPoint Energy

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. :: Preparing to Restore Grid Modernization Assets After Storms

As utilities become more and more dependent on grid modernization assets for automation and metering, it is critical that they have a plan to restore those assets in a timely manner. Duke Energy recognized this need and developed a plan to ensure their teams are prepared to restore the new technology with the same level of confidence they have developed to restore older technology. Duke Energy will present an overview of the plan and how they developed it.

Jeff Riggins, Director, Major Incident Management (T&D), Duke Energy

4:15 - 5:00 p.m. :: Planning & Preparation Panel, "Vendors & Utilities Working Together"

A mixed panel of utility and vendor members explaining how they have worked with vendors in the past and how vendors have responded to the changes in the planning and preparation process.


Jim Nowak, Director of Utility Services, ARCOS


Andy Tiao, Director of Emergency Response, ConEd

Iliana Rentz, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, FP&L

David Hess, CPS, Sr. Manager, Purchasing & Logistics, CenterPoint Energy

Fred Schmude, StormWatch Team Manager, ImpactWeather

Stephen McMaster, Owner/Partner, SAMsix

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception Hosted by ARCOS


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

8:00- 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

Session II: Response Operations and Restorations, Systems and Solutions

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. :: Incident Command Systems and the adoption of ICS Principles

FP&L will present on their ICS and the implementation for their service areas. FP&L will survey the attendees prior to the conference for their insight and responses to ICS and how differences of preparation and implementation have been successfully and not so successfully implemented. FP&L will present on various aspects of ICS including organizational design, internal communications, and coordination with external Emergency Management agencies, i.e. state and local EOC's, police, fire, etc.

Iliana Rentz, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Florida Power & Light

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. :: Best Practices in Internal and External Communications

Good communications are absolutely critical for emergency planning and response. This interactive session will include discussions and case studies on creating systems and procedures to ensure satisfactory communications before, during and after events. Topics will include internal and external communications, including political and emergency management officials. Iberdrola USA companies include New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) and Central Maine Power (CMP).

James Salmon, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Iberdrola US

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. :: State of the Art Tools for Damage Assessment

SAMSix and ConEd jointly developed a GIS based software solution that has dramatically enhanced their ability for damage assessment and prioritization. This process has implications for utilities across the continent as they work to improve their internal systems, legacy systems and creating new systems for their own service territory.

Stephen McMaster, Owner/Partner, SAMsix

Andy Tiao, Director of Emergency Response, ConEd

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: Case Study: A Study of Technology in Storm Response

The utilization of our in-house developed Situational Awareness application has aided in our restoration effort, increasing estimated on time accuracy and therefore, customer satisfaction as well as providing opportunity for workforce efficiencies from an operations and dispatching standpoint.

Ed Scott, Director of Operations, CenterPoint Energy

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. :: Ohio PUC's Regulatory Perspective and Cooperation Model for Energy Assurance

The state of Ohio has worked diligently to strengthen their partnerships with both regulated and non-regulated utilities for disaster planning and recovery. These partnerships not only include methods for establishing and maintaining working relationships before and after the storm but also assist with understanding cybersecurity from both perspectives. Hear insights to their strategy for collaboration, including relationship-building techniques, and how they are working with utility partners to understand and mitigate both storm and disaster events plus the now ever-present cyber threat.

Amanda Stallings, Utility Specialist, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio


2:00 - 2:45 p.m. :: Mobile Operation Center Operations and Integration

ComEd utilizes a state of the art Mobile Operations Center (MOC) that incorporates three different and unique functions to include damage assessment, crew training and public relations. A great deal of effort went into the planning, design, procurement and operations development for the MOC. ComEd will present on the process, the functions and operations of the MOC and how this tool increases the effectiveness of the restoration response.

Stephen Lusted, Senior Emergency Preparedness Administrator

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. :: A View from the Communications Industry: Verizon Wireless

We all rely on our wireless devices, from performing business functions to checking in with the family. When disasters interrupt our days, how will you communicate? What have the wireless carriers done to protect the network and respond to disasters? Learn what Verizon Wireless has in place now to safeguard the networks, how they respond to natural and man-made events, and what assets and the timing of their deployment are pressed into action during recovery.

Tom Serio, Manager, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery, Verizon Wireless

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. :: Conference Wrap Up, Final Questions and Adjournment

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