12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
8 October 2021

Hardening the 21st Century Electric Grid for Resiliency

Natural & Man-Made Disasters

Utility resiliency is typically defined as the ability to withstand a “high impact‐low probability“ event with little or no customer outage impact. This session will explore the ways electric utilities like Xcel Energy, National Grid, and Ameren are “hardening the grid” and increasing resilience against events such as wildfires in the West, Nor’easters and superstorms in the Northeast, and flooding and extreme cold in Texas and the Midwest.

Explore how Xcel Energy is establishing new wildfire mitigation programs using weather stations and forecasting, realtime monitoring, enhanced vegetation management, more comprehensive inspections of critical electric infrastructure, and more innovative protection equipment.

Learn about resiliency programs at National Grid targeting damage prevention and system recovery following impactful storms like Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Isaias in 2020 where overhead electric lines were structurally stressed and severely damaged by downed trees and vegetation.

Discover the solutions that Ameren and Xcel Energy are developing and deploying to strengthen critical infrastructure after extreme weather events including severe cold and ice storms. These events are occurring more frequently and have the potential to significantly impact electric utilities causing extended service outages for tens of thousands of customers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define how resiliency applies to critical electric infrastructure.
  • Understand the new resiliency programs that mitigate the impact of floods, extreme cold and ice, hurricanes and unique storm events.
  • Assess early empirical data that supports efficacy and value of resiliency programs.