NCSL Energy Resilience Webinars

5/18/2022

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Hardening Electric Infrastructure: What Works and How to Fund It

There are a variety of infrastructure hardening measures that utilities can pursue to make their electric infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters, from replacing older wooden poles with concrete to protecting substations against flooding. This webinar will explore the most common approaches to hardening energy infrastructure against a variety of threats, including expert assessments on effectiveness and a look at how state PUCs consider the cost-benefit of these investments.

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Moderator:
  • Dan Shea, program principal – Energy, NCSL
Speakers:
  • Jonathon Monken, Principal, Converge Strategies 
  • Riaz Mohammed, Director-Resiliency and Environmental Policy, EEI 
  • Alice Napoleon, Principal Associate, Synapse Energy Economics 

Identifying and Mitigating Risks: Utility and State Planning Practices

Whether it’s hurricanes in the Southeast or wildfires in the West, states have increasingly required their electric utilities to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the most common natural threats in a given region. This webinar will look at these plans and how state regulators and utilities have implemented these requirements to enhance system resilience.

Moderator:
  • Dan Shea, program principal – Energy, NCSL
Speakers:
  • Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, New York 
  • Amanda LeMaster, Coordinator, Energy Assurance and Efficiency, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy
  • Matthew Gardner, Director – System Protection, Dominion Energy

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