Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

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Sunday, February 11

Staff Subcommittee on Electricity

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 Electric Reliability

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

Joint session with Staff Subcommittee on Water

Closed Meeting (Meeting Room 16)

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

Advancing Electrification: How to Ensure it is Efficient and Beneficial (Ballroom South)

Accelerating the adoption of electric technologies has the potential to boost efficiency, increase productivity, reduce costs, reduce emissions, and improve grid operations.  Efficient electrification is central to what the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) calls the Integrated Energy Network ( — a vision for a pathway to the future energy system. The benefits of efficient electrification can be summarized as three E’s: economics, efficiency, and environment. The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) frames the opportunity similarly, characterizing as beneficial electrification implementations that embrace these multiple benefits explicitly.  In this session, two leaders in electrification will discuss the benefits and costs of electrification; enabling technologies, policies, and rate structures to enable it; implementation issues; future opportunities, drivers, and challenges for electrification; and some early results from EPRI’s National Electrification Assessment.


Michael Marchand, Arkansas Staff  


Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President of Research & Development, EPRI

Ken Colburn, Principal and Director of U.S. Programs, RAP

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 pm

Fossil Energy R&D Benefits Analysis

(Ballroom South)

The National Energy Technology Lab's 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 (Ballroom 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