IMPACT of CLIMATE CHANGE on RELIABILITY

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September 13, 2022
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Central time

Web-only Program

0.4 CEUs available

Extreme weather events are becoming increasingly more common. This program will explore the impacts of climate change on reliability, how the utility industry is managing and adapting to those changes, and how the usual decisions regarding infrastructure planning needs are being affected.

DRAFT AGENDA

9:00 – 9:10           Welcome Remarks
Sarah Justus, Director of Construction, American Transmission Company; WPUI Board Chair

9:10 – 10:00          How Does the Utility Industry Conduct Reliability Assessments? Can traditional standards still be used or how do they need to be revised?
Alison Silverstein, Consultant, Researcher, and Strategist, Alison Silverstein Consulting
Warren Lasher, President, Lasher Energy Consulting, LLC

10:00 – 10:50       How Are Utilities Thinking About Climate Change? A utility engineer’s perspective on climate change adaptation and risk analysis — What are they doing about it?
Aaron Graber, Supervisor, Design, Records, and Standards, Overhead Transmission, ITC Holdings

10:50 – 11:00        Break

11:00 – 11:50         Panel: The RTO Perspective – What lessons have been learned regarding climate change? How are RTOs adapting?

Moderator:
Sally Talberg, President, Talberg Policy Solutions
Panel:
Asim Haque, Vice President, State and Member Services, PJM Interconnection
Talina Mathews, Chief Financial Officer, Big Rivers Electric Corporation
Holly Taylor, Manager, Regional Affairs, California Independent System Operator

11:50 – 12:10         Break

12:10 – 1:00           Panel: The Regulator Perspective – How does climate change factor into the regulator decision-making process?

Moderator:
Tyler Huebner, Commissioner, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Panel:
Sarah Freeman, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Tremaine Phillips, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission
Joseph Sullivan, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

1:00 – 1:10             Break

1:10 – 2:00             Panel: Paying for the Future:  A discussion about who will pay for infrastructure upgrades.

Moderator:
Tom Content, Executive Director, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
Panel:
Sarah Justus, Director of Construction, American Transmission Company
Eric Myers, Vice President, Transmission and Market Strategy, Ranger Power
Gordon Pietsch, Director of Transmission Planning and Compliance, Great River Energy
Jackie Winchester, Director of Engineering, Alliant Energy

2:00                         Adjourn

Registered attendees will be given web conference details and access to electronic materials.

WPUI REGISTRATION, CANCELLATION, and REFUND POLICY
for 09.13.2022 Impact of Climate Change on Reliability Program

Cancellations made before COB 09.05.2022 will be refunded all but a $25 service fee.
No refunds will be given once the web conference credentials and/or program materials have been emailed to registrants.