GridFWD 2018 Resiliency Track: October 10th


Based on top areas of concern and emerging best practices in hardening energy systems, we’ll look at technologies and designs for damage prevention, efficient recovery when disturbances do occur, and survivability for catastrophic events.

8:30am - 10am

Get warmed up with stimulating opening sessions Moving our GridFWD and Making the Most from Grid Modernization Efforts.


Defining Energy Resiliency and Building the Business Case

This session will work to set a common definition for what energy resiliency is and isn’t, and how it relates to reliability. With so many ways stakeholders can impact resiliency, what are the optimal business models for solutions in the Northwest? Panelists will engage in a discussion that will outline the value streams of resiliency, social and economic impacts of progressing resiliency, and dive into different efforts in different scenarios.

  • Moderator: Greg Stanway, Sr. Manager Grid Modernization, BC Hydro

  • Sarah Scafidi, Principal, Cadmus

  • Ben Clarin, Sr. Project Manager, EPRI

  • Ben Wender, Associate Director & Scholar, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Deploying for Today and Preparing for Tomorrow

The business case for preparing for the ‘big one’ is hard to pin down. However there are more immediate, quantifiable threats to energy systems and facing those will help us harden the grid for when the ‘big one’ strikes. Prepare to deploy for today's needs with an eye to tomorrow’s vulnerabilities—this session will explore project case studies and review best practices that address short-term issues and larger, longer-term threats.

  • Moderator: Daniel Kirschen, Close Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

  • Steve Rupp, Managing Director, Black & Veatch


Managing Diverse Threats: Single Deployments, Multiple Uses

Many forces can disrupt energy systems—storms, fire, seismic events, cyber attacks, extreme heat/cold, animals, criminal activity and more. Addressing them all individually can feel overwhelming. Ideally, solutions for a single threat could help energy companies face multiple threats. Hear a number of real-world strategies for managing the diverse vulnerabilities of the regional energy grid.

  • Moderator: Eduardo Cotilla Sanchez, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

  • Kip Morison, CTO, BC Hydro

  • Joel Lindsay, Supervisor, Operational Communications Systems, FortisBC

  • Tyler Nice, Systems Engineering Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board


Energy Resiliency’s Broader Impacts

Making progress on energy system resiliency brings direct financial gain and improved threat management for customers that require energy continuity. Given that energy is the heartbeat for many areas of infrastructure (water, transportation, communications, etc.), as well as numerous customer operations, this discussion will explore how gains in energy resiliency impact and empower other critical infrastructure resiliency activities.

  • Moderator: Katie McPherson, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Vancouver

  • David Hewson, Emergency Management Program Coordinator, Emergency Management BC

  • Darcy Immerman, SVP Resiliency, AECOM

  • Derek Collins, Specialist Engineer, Conservation and Energy Management – Industrial Marketing, BC Hydro

  • Darcy Cestnick, Director of Facility Maintenance, YVR

  • Derek Stewart, Director of Safety, Environment and Emergency Management, Coast Mountain Bus

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Attend the general sessions on the Keeping Up with the Pace of Change, Grid Modernization Impacts at Scale, plus Evolution of Energy Data and Where We Go From Here.


Join all of the GridFWD speakers and attendees at the social reception in the Vista Room on the 19th floor of the event location.