Extreme Weather Events and Measures to Improve the Resiliency of the Electric Grid

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(Event is also referred to as “Building a Responsive Energy Infrastructure for the Future”)

Join Leaders in Energy for an informative evening to network with other clean energy and energy professionals. Come hear a panel on extreme weather events and how utilities and others are employing measures to enhance the resiliency of the power grid, including microgrids. Learn about the status and future of industry career opportunities.

Severe weather is the number one cause of power outages in the United States and costs the economy billions of dollars annually.  Moreover, the aging nature of the grid – much of which was constructed over a period of more than one hundred years – has made Americans more susceptible to outages caused by severe weather. (See “Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages,” Executive Office of the President, August 2013).

Come hear the Leaders in Energy panel’s perspective on developments to provide advanced notice of weather threats, improved intelligence on identifying power outages, and efforts underway by American’s public utility sector to enhance the overall resiliency of the electric utility grid, including the use of distributed resources.  Workforce challenges and career opportunities in the public power sector will also be discussed.

Event sponsors include the American Public Power Association and Business Radar.

Christopher (Chris) Strong is one of our panelists.  Chris is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office. His office issues the watches, warnings, and advisories for various weather threats for the Mid Atlantic – everything from Tornado Warnings to Winter Storm Watches & Warnings.

Other speakers include:

Mike Hyland, American Public Power Association.  Senior Vice President, Engineering Services at the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the APPA expert on issues related to transmission and distribution, safety, smart grid, system planning, industry standards, security, environmental, broadband and energy services.

Carolyn Slaughter, American Public Power Association.  Director of Environmental Policy with the American Public Power Association (APPA). Carolyn brings more than 10 years’ professional experience working on environmental and air quality policy issues. She served most recently as the director of strategic planning for Marsulex Environmental Technologies (MET), where she formulated strategies to improve marketing and business plans, and analyzed and monitored regulatory issues. She also provided mergers and acquisitions valuation support.

Deepak Swamy, Business Radar.  Founder and CEO of Business Radar, developers of the award-winning iRestore mobile platform and intelligent assistant that helps utility workers restore power more rapidly during an emergency power outage.  Deepak is a product leader, former strategy consultant and entrepreneur who has led product teams at three startups and someone who loves travel and new experiences — he has lived and worked on 3 continents.

The panel will be moderated by Carla Fleming, Leaders in Energy.  Carla is the Marketing Director for Leaders in Energy. She is also the Principal & Chief Mission Officer for  Renewable Marketing LLC, a marketing strategy consulting firm for small businesses.

Pizza and beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) will be provided. Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing.


American Public Power Association
2451 Crystal City Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington Virginia 22201

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