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EBC Climate Change Program Series Part Six: Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Electric Utilities

When:
February 15, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where:
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
USA
Contact:
617-505-1818E-mail

Thank you to our Sponsor:

 

Plan to attend EBC’s 6th in a series of programs on Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency.

The schedule for the seven programs on Climate Adaptation and Resilience:

This program, which will focus on Electric Utilities, will examine climate impacts on our electrical infrastructure, including powerplants, substations, transformers, sensors, wires, conduits and poles. Our electrical infrastructure is aging, with 70% of transformers and transmission lines over 25 years old, and received a grade of “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. This network is especially vulnerable to climate impacts. Extreme weather events, such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, have exposed some of these vulnerabilities, but chronic changes in our natural environment, such as more frequent days over 90°F, also put our electrical system in jeopardy. A recent study from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and MIT Lincoln Laboratory found that for a background 1°C rise in temperature, the lifetime of a large power transformer decreases by 10%. It’s time to reinvest in resilient, sustainable electrical systems.

The program will present the potential impacts to large power transformers (LPTs) from climate warming. We will hear from an Electrical Utility Provider on what steps they are taking to mitigate risk and adapt to climate change impacts, both chronic and acute. You will learn what steps are being taken at the site-specific and building level to prepare for climate change and what adaptation strategies are being implemented to promote short- and long-term resilience. The program will end with a discussion and Q&A session with the presenters.

Final Agenda – Climate Change Program Series Part Six – Adaptation and Resiliency at Electric Utilities

Presentations are posted to the Presentations Section of the EBC website.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

 

Agenda

Program Chair & Moderator:

  • Julie Eaton, EIT, Lead Resiliency Engineer, Weston & Sampson

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Gonynor, Director T&D O&M Services, National Grid
  • Geoff Gunn, PE, LEED AP, Associate, Electrical, Arup
  • Paul Renaud, Vice President, Engineering, Eversource
  • Adam Schlosser, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science, MIT

Discussion Panel Members:

  • Xiang Gao, Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science, MIT
  • Jonathan Gonynor, Director T&D O&M Services, National Grid
  • Geoff Gunn, PE, LEED AP, Associate, Electrical, Arup
  • Eric Morgan, Technical Staff, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
  • Paul Renaud, Vice President, Engineering, Eversource
  • Adam Schlosser, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Global Change Science, MIT
Attendee List

heresa Albanese Mott MacDonald Senior Environmental Project Manager
Denise Bartone Eversource Sr. Environmental Engineer
Sam Bell GZA Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist
Robert Buckley Beals and Thomas, Inc. Principal
Richard Costa National Grid
Lee Curtis BSC Group Principal Scientist
Colleen DeBenedetto Self Principal
Russ Deubler Hartford Steam Boiler Manager
Kerrie Diers Normandeau Associates, Inc. Director of Planning & Communication
Scott DiFiore Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Principal
Joseph Famely Woods Hole Group Senior Environmental Scientist
Tulin Fuselier Weston & Sampson Team Leader
Kate Galbo Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Project Administrator
Matthew Gilbertson Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Senior Staff I
Donny Goris-Kolb VHB Senior Environmental and Sustainability Planner
Cynthia Greene US EPA Region I Manager/Energy & Resilience – Air Division
Nanxi Gu Eversource Intern
Anne Herbst Metropolitan Area Planning Council Senior Environmental Planner
Karen Kao Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Project Manager
Justin Kates City of Nashua, NH Director of Emergency Management
Dylan Lewellyn Ipswich Electric Light Dept. Strategic Project Manager
George Lipka Tetra Tech Consulting Engineer
Paul Martin TRC Market Director-Generation & Transmission
Gary McAllister GZA Sr. Vice President
Frank Ricciardi Weston & Sampson Vice President
Justin Roy GreenbergFarrow Project Manager
Mary Kate Schneeweis Beals and Thomas, Inc. Environmental Specialist
Emily Skeehan RPS Group Inc. Project Manager
Timothy Snay Ransom Consulting, Inc. Principal, Vice President
Axum Teferra MAPC Clean Energy Planner
Scott Turner Nitsch Engineering, Inc. Director of Planning