Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

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Sunday, February 11

Staff Subcommittee on Electric Reliability

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

(Closed Meeting from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

Location: Rooms vary - see locations below

Joint with Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Joint session with Staff Subcommittee on Water

Closed Meeting (Meeting Room 15)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Electrification (Ballroom South)

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Distribution Poles and Lines -  How Strong is Strong Enough?  

(Ballroom South)

Across the country much of our electric infrastructure exists above ground supported by wood poles and cross arms.  These assets serve as the backbone to the electric distribution system and understanding their design standards as well as their failure modes is key to understanding the overall resiliency of any distribution system.   This panel will explore the work of the NESC, which develops the standards for utility pole strength and loadings, and how utilities are testing the limits of these assets in the field through experiments such as the Tappan Lake test. 


Ryan Laruwe, Engineering Specialist, Michigan Public Service Commission


Nelson Bingel, Chairman, National Electrical Safety Code

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Fossil Energy R&D Benefits Analysis

The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Systems Engineering and Analysis office uses state-of-the-art integrated economic models to optimize the lab's R&D activities. This presentation will outline how NETL uses energy market modeling to prioritize research activities and forecast how technology deployment will impact economic outcomes such as employment, income, GDP, and electricity costs. 


Chris Nichols, Analyst, Systems Engineering and Analysis, NETL

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint with Committee on Critical Infrastructure

EMP- What Regulators Need to Know (Grand North)

EPRI initiated a three-year research project in April 2016 to assess the potential impacts of high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) on the bulk power system and to develop cost-effective mitigation options.  As a part of this research effort, EPRI is collaborating with DOE, the national labs and DoD.  EPRI has released two reports that, together, provide a scientifically-based understanding of what the E3 component of a high-altitude EMP attack could do to the power grid. The first report focused on the potential risk of thermal damage to bulk power transformers.  The most recent report, released in December 2017, assessed the potential for voltage collapse.  Ongoing research is investigating the impacts of E1, E2, and E3 from a HEMP event as well as identifying appropriate, cost-effective mitigation options.  Panelists will discuss EPRI’s work to date, next research steps, and the implications for Federal and State regulators.




Hon. Cheryl LaFleur
Commissioner, FERC

Randy Horton
EMP Program Manager, EPRI

Mike Howard
President and CEO, EPRI

Devon Streit
Deputy Assistant Secretary - ISER, DOE