Jackrabbit to Big Sky Transmission Line

RMEL Transmission Resiliency, Response and Restoration Symposium

June 6 - 7, 2018

Austin Energy
Austin, TX
United States

Join us at RMEL’s Transmission Resiliency, Response and Restoration Symposium where our experts Matt Wigle and Ben McKinsey will present on trends in emergency management and utility risk assessment. 

Times are a changing - Trends in emergency management

Thursday, June 7 | 8-8:45 a.m. | Presenter: Matt Wigle, Associate VP, HDR

Matt draws upon his experience to walk attendees through the various trends in Emergency Management with an intent to help utilities prepare for the future. This will include addressing shifts in and the evolution of  community development, policy changes, technology deployment and best practices. He will envision a disaster impacting a community of the future and link the key role utilities will play in saving lives and enabling recovery.

Wildfire Risk Assessment of Transmission Systems

Thursday, June 7 | 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Ben McKinsey, Transmission Project Manager, HDR

Learn how to create a system with long-term resilience using a risk visualization tool to support the decision making necessary for strategic and cost-effective plans that minimize wildfire-related service failures and liabilities.

Utility risk is defined as “the positive or negative effects of uncertainty or variability upon utility objectives.” Understanding your risk involves the analysis of likelihood and consequences. 

By analyzing existing transmission or distribution infrastructure and reviewing a wildfire’s ability to produce damage within your local service area, you can gain perspective regarding exposure to risk from service outages and capital losses. With analysis completed, you can prioritize short-term maintenance and spending efforts to immediately address the highest risk areas and evaluate long-term capital budgets to help prioritize projects that reduce your unique relative risk profile and improve system reliability. Looking to the future, risk reduction can be tracked over time to continually update a utility’s unique risk profile and support assessment of long-term planning based on system upgrades and improvements. A recent case study will be presented to provide a real world example of this type of assessment.