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Enhancing the Resilience of the Nation's Electric Power Transmission and Distribution (T&D) System


Project Scope:

An ad hoc National Research Council (NRC) committee will address technical, policy and institutional factors that might affect how modern technology can be implemented in the evolution of electric transmission and distribution (T&D) in the United States and recommend strategies for how the nation can move to a more reliable and resilient T&D system.  The committee will consider how existing and emerging technological options, including greater reliance on distributed power generation, could impact the reliability, robustness and the ability to recover from disruptions to the electrical T&D system, or systems.  The study will identify barriers to implementing technology for improving T&D reliability, including priorities where necessary, for research, development and demonstration (RD&D), and strategies and actions that could lead to a more reliable and resilient T&D system. As part of this study the committee may:

(1)   review recent studies and analysis of the current and projected status of the nation’s electric T&D system, including any that identify significant technological concerns over vulnerability, reliability and resilience;
 (2)
   assess factors affecting future requirements and trends for the nation's T&D infrastructure, including such issues as the need for new capacity, replacement needs, siting issues, vulnerability to external threats and the need for security, whether physical or cyber, the alignment of costs and benefits, the effects of interconnectedness among regional networks, and others identified by the committee;
(3)
   evaluate the role existing and emerging technological options (including renewable and distributed generation technologies), can play in creating or addressing concerns identified by the committee and that can lead to enhanced reliability and resilience;
(4) review federal, state, industry, and academic R&D programs, as well as any demonstration and/or deployment efforts, focused on technologies for the T&D system that are aimed at improving its capacity, reliability, resilience, flexibility and any other attributes aimed at enhancing the robustness of the nation’s electric power T&D system;
(5)
   identify non-technological barriers (including those related to regulatory and ownership issues) to the implementation of new and/or expanded technology to improve the stability, reliability, and resilience of electric T&D; and
(6)
   suggest strategies, priorities, and actions for implementation of the identified technologies for the T&D system, which could include RD&D, policies, incentives, standards, and others the committee finds are necessary.

The committee will write a report documenting its findings and recommendations. The report will be issued by the National Academies approximately 18 months from the time funds are received to initiate the study.

Status: Completed

PIN: DEPS-BEES-15-01

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Holmes, John

Topic(s):

Energy and Energy Conservation
Engineering and Technology



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 01/20/2016

M. Granger Morgan - (Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University

M. GRANGER MORGAN (NAS) is Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering; Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy (where he served for 38 years as the founding Department Head) and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds an appointment in the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management. He is Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS and SRA. His research addresses problems in science, technology, and public policy with a particular focus on energy, environmental systems, climate change, and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis. Morgan serves as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Council for the International Risk Governance Council. In the past, he served as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute. He is a member of the advisory board for the DoE Office of Electricity. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College (1963) where he concentrated in physics, an M.S. in astronomy and space science from Cornell (1965) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics and Information Sciences at the University of California at San Diego (1969).
Dionysios Aliprantis
Purdue University

DIONYSIOS ALIPRANTIS is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He joined the department in August 2013, as member of the Power and Energy Devices and Systems group. Dionysios obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2003, and his Diploma in ECE from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1999. He worked as a Research Scientist at Purdue's ECE department during 2006–2007. Prior to joining Purdue, he was an Assistant Professor of ECE at Iowa State University. His research interests include electromagnetic energy conversion and electric machinery, power electronics, and power systems analysis. More recently, his work has focused on technologies that enable the integration of renewable energy sources in the electric power system, and the electrification of transportation. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.
Anjan Bose
Washington State University

ANJAN BOSE (NAE) is Regents Professor and Distinguished Professor of Electric Power Engineering at Washington State University. He has over 40 years of experience in industry and academia, as an engineer, educator, and administrator. He holds the endowed Distinguished Professorship in Power Engineering and is the Site Director of the NSF sponsored Power System Engineering Research Center. From 1998-2005 he served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. From 1993-1998, he was the Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. A Fellow of the IEEE, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award (1994), the Third Millenium Medal (2000), and the IEEE’s Herman Halperin Electric Transmission & Distribution Award (2006). He has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2005) and the College of Engineering at Iowa State University (1993). During 2011-2013, Prof. Bose took a temporary assignment at DOE where he led the Grid Tech Team, which identified DOE priorities related to the next-generation grid.
Terry Boston, P.E.
PJM Interconnection, LLC

TERRY BOSTON (NAE) has served for the past eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of PJM Interconnection, the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Mr. Boston is past president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power grid operators. He also served as a U.S. vice president of the International Council of Large Electric Systems and is a past chair of the North American Transmission Forum. He also was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. In 2011, Mr. Boston was honored with the “Leadership in Power” award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He also was chosen by Intelligent Utilities Magazine as one of the Top 11 Industry Movers and Shakers, and led PJM to win Platts Global Energy Awards in Industry Leadership 2010 and Excellence in Electricity in 2012 and Life Time Achievement Award in 2015. He received a B.S. in engineering from the Tennessee Technological University and an M.S. in engineering administration from the University of Tennessee.
Allison Clements
Natural Resources Defense Council

ALLISON CLEMENTS is the Director of the Project for the Sustainable FERC Project housed at Natural Resources Defense Council. The Project represents a coalition of energy policy and environmental non-profit organizations at FERC and at the ISO/RTO level in pursuit of a sustainable and efficient transmission system that can accelerate deployment of renewable energy and demand-side resources. Prior to joining the FERC Project, Allison spent three years as NRDC’s Corporate Counsel while maintaining a policy practice in renewable energy deployment. Before joining NRDC, she worked as a project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP in New York, where she represented developers and lenders in the financings of traditional and renewable energy and biofuels facilities. Earlier, as an associate at Troutman Sanders, LLP, she advised utilities, independent power producers and other energy companies regarding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission law. Allison is a 2015 Presidio Institute Cross-Sector Leadership Fellow, co-directed the Yale Law School and School of Forestry Environmental Protection Clinic (2013 – 2014), acted as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Initiative (2011 – 2013) and served as a director and treasurer of the Healthy Building Network (2008 – 2014). She holds a B.S. in environmental policy from the University of Michigan and a J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two daughters.
Jeffery Dagle
Northwest National Laboratory

JEFFERY DAGLE is an electrical engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1989. He currently manages several projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security, including the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and cyber security reviews for the DOE Smart Grid Investment Grants and Smart Grid Demonstration Projects. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He received the 2001 Tri-City Engineer of the Year award by the Washington Society of Professional Engineers, led the data requests and management task for the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force investigation of the August 14, 2003 blackout, supported the DOE Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division with on-site assessments in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in fall 2005, and is the recipient of two patents, a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award in 2007, and an R&D 100 Award in 2008 for the Grid Friendly™ Appliance Controller technology. Mr. Dagle was a member of a National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) study group formed in 2010 to establish critical infrastructure resilience goals. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively.
Paul De Martini
ICF International

PAUL DE MARTINI is a Senior Fellow at ICF International. He has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry. He plays a foundational role in developing ICF’s global strategy in the evolving electricity sector. He is a thought leader and expert in the global electricity industry, providing guidance to utilities, policy makers, and new entrants. Prior to joining ICF, Mr. De Martini held several executive positions focused on strategy, policy, and technology development, including vice president of Advanced Technology at Southern California Edison (SCE), and managing director for Newport Consulting Group, where he led engagements with several U.S. and non-U.S. utilities on customer-centric business transformations. Mr. De Martini has an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in applied economics from the University of San Francisco. He is a visiting scholar at the California Institute of Technology.
Jeanne Fox
Columbia University

JEANNE FOX is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) from January 2002 until September 2014 and was its President and a member of the Governor’s cabinet from January 2002 to January 2010. The NJBPU has regulatory jurisdiction over telephone, electric, gas, water, wastewater and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have proper service at reasonable rates. Commissioner Fox is currently a member of: the National Petroleum Council (NPC), and its Emergency Preparedness Committee; Carnegie Mellon University’s Advisory Board for its Center for Climate Energy Decision Making; and GRID Alternatives Tri-State Board of Directors. Ms. Fox was active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as a member of: the Board of Directors (2003-14); Sub-Committee on Education and Research; Sub-Committee on Utility Market Access; Committee on Energy Resources and Environment (Chair, Vice Chair); and Committee on Critical Infrastructure (Vice Chair). She is currently a member of NARUC’s Commissioners Emeritus. Jeanne Fox served as Region 2 Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (1994-2001) and as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (1991-94). Starting at the BPU in 1981 as a Regulatory Officer, she was promoted to Solid Waste Division Deputy Director (1985), Water Division Director (1987) and Chief of Staff (1990-91). In 2001, Ms. Fox was a visiting Distinguished Lecturer at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Fox is currently President of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and a Rutgers University Trustee Emerita. She is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award (1997) and the Douglass Society (1993) and a recipient of the Rutgers Alumni Federation Alumni Meritorious Service Award (1991) and the Loyal Sons and Daughters of Rutgers Award (2012). Jeanne Fox graduated cum laude from Douglass College, Rutgers University and received a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law- Camden.
Elsa M. Garmire
Dartmouth College

ELSA GARMIRE (NAE) is Sydney E. Junkins Professor at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. She received her A.B. at Harvard and her Ph.D. at M.I.T., both in physics. After post-doctoral work at Caltech, she spent 20 years at the University of Southern California, where she was eventually named William Hogue Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the Center for Laser Studies. She came to Dartmouth in 1995 as dean of Thayer School of Engineering. In her technical field of quantum electronics, lasers and optics, she has authored over 250 journal papers, obtained nine patents, and been on the editorial board of five technical journals. She has supervised 30 PhD theses and 14 MS theses. Garmire is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, on whose Governing Council she has served, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America, of which she was president in 1993. In 1994 she received the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award. Garmire has been a Fulbright senior lecturer in fiber optics and a visiting faculty member in Japan, Australia, Germany, and China. She chaired the NSF Advisory Committee on Emerging Technology and served on both the NSF Advisory Committee on Engineering and the Air Force Science Advisory Board. With her electrical engineering background and fiber optics expertise, she has followed the growing challenges to the nation’s energy infrastructure, with particular interest in the electric grid.
Ronald E. Keys, USAF, Ret
RK Solution Enterprises, LLC

RONALD E. KEYS, an independent consultant, retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years. His last assignment was as Commander, Air Combat Command, the Air Force’s largest major command, consisting of more than 1,200 aircraft, 27 wings, 17 bases, and 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 personnel. General Keys holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. General Keys is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in fighter aircraft, including more than 300 hours of combat time.
No stranger to energy challenges, General Keys first faced them operationally as a young Air Force Captain, piloting F-4s during the fuel embargo of the 1970s. Later, as Director of Operations for European Command (EUCOM), fuel and logistic supply provisioning were critical decisions during humanitarian, rescue, and combat operations across EUCOM’s area of responsibility including the Balkans and deep into Africa. As Commander of Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and Commander of the U.S. 16th Air Force, similar hard choices had to be made in supporting OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH in Iraq as well as for combat air patrols and resupply in the Balkans. Later, as the Director of all Air Force Air, Space, and Cyber mission areas as well as operational requirements in the early 2000’s, he saw the impact of energy choices on budget planning and execution as well as in training and supporting operational plans in Iraq and Afghanistan. Finally, at Air Combat Command, he faced the total challenge of organizing, training, and equipping forces at home and deployed to balance mission effectiveness with crucial energy efficiency, security, and resilience. Continuing after retirement, he has advised the U.S. Air Force on energy security strategy planning and acted as a subject matter expert during analysis of energy impacts and tradeoffs in “futures” war games. As a Bipartisan Center Senior Advisor he served as a technical advisor on the “Cyber Shockwave” exercise based on cyber and physical grid and internet attacks. He is a member of The Center for Climate and Security's Climate and Security Working Group focused on developing policy options and encouraging dialogue and education. As Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board on DoD Energy Security and Climate Change he is intimately familiar with the relationship of energy, military, economic and national security and has contributed to a number of energy and climate reports, most recently concerning the vulnerability and resilience of the electric grid.

Mark F. McGranaghan
Electric Power Research Institute

MARK MCGRANAGHAN is Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI's research involving technologies, systems, and practices for power delivery systems from the generator to the plug and for the devices and technologies that use the electricity. He also is involved in EPRI’s work to model the vulnerability and evaluate the performance of mitigation measures related to space weather events. From 2003 to 2010, McGranaghan was Director of Research in the Distribution and Smart Grid areas for EPRI. Priorities during this period were restructuring of the distribution research program, coordinating EPRI research in the smart grid area with government and industry efforts, creating the smart grid demonstration initiative, and increasing the technical strength of the EPRI research team. McGranaghan has Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Toledo, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities (IEEE, CIGRE, IEC). He is a member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board and he is the vice-chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.
Craig Miller
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

CRAIG MILLER currently serves full-time as NRECA’s Chief Scientist and is on leave as MAPA Group’s Chief Technology Officer and Partner (CTO). Dr. Craig Miller is a technologist with extensive background in the physical sciences, information technology and systems engineering. He has developed new technology and cutting-edge systems for more than 30 years, within and for both startup and established corporations. His particular strength is the conceptualization, tuning, and positioning of new technology products. More than 2000 companies in the U.S. use systems or technology he has architected or developed. Dr. Miller’s many accomplishments deserve mention: his participation in seven startups; serving as SAIC’s Chief Scientist (during which time he was granted the “Heroic Achievement in Information Technology” award from the Smithsonian Institution), and a wide experience in technical and financial media as a key investor relations expert, technologist, inventor, and analyst on behalf of diverse companies such as Proxicom, GridPoint, DiData, and Aguru Images, a high-end digital imaging company that Craig started. More recently, Dr. Miller has achieved a national reputation in the advanced smart grid and cyber-security arenas.
Thomas J. Overbye
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

THOMAS J. OVERBYE (NAE) is the Fox Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has taught since 1991. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research interests include electric power system analysis, visualization, dynamics, cybersecurity, and modeling of power system geomagnetic disturbances. Prof. Overbye is the original developer of the PowerWorld Simulator, an innovative computer program for power system analysis, education, and visualization, a co-founder of PowerWorld Corporation, and an author of Power System Analysis and Design. He was the recipient of the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 1993, the IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2011, and participated in the 2003 DOE/NERC Blackout investigation.
William H. Sanders
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WILLIAM SANDERS is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Sanders's research interests include secure and dependable computing and security and dependability metrics and evaluation, with a focus on critical infrastructures. He has published more than 250 technical papers in those areas. He is currently the Director and PI of the DOE/DHS Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center, which is at the forefront of national efforts to make the U.S. power grid smart and resilient. He is also co-developer of three tools for assessing computer-based systems: METASAN, UltraSAN, and Möbius. Möbius and UltraSAN have been distributed widely to industry and academia; more than 1,400 licenses for the tools have been issued to universities, companies, and NASA for evaluating the performance, dependability, and security of a variety of systems. He is also a co-developer of the Loki distributed system fault injector, the AQuA/ITUA middlewares for providing dependability/security to distributed and networked applications, and the NetAPT (Network Access Policy Tool) for assessing the security of networked systems.
Richard E. Schuler
Cornell University

RICHARD E. SCHULER is professor of economics (College of Arts & Sciences) and professor of civil and environmental engineering (College of Engineering), emeritus, and a Graduate School Professor at Cornell University. Professor Schuler served on the executive committee of the NSF-supported, multi-university Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems. Previous administrative positions at Cornell have included director of the Waste Management Institute and the NYS Solid Waste Combustion Institutes (1987-93), as associate director of the Center for the Environment (1989-93) and director of Cornell’s Institute for Public Affairs (1995-2001), a university-wide multidisciplinary program offering the M.P.A degree. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University (1993-97). Professor Schuler's industrial and government experience include: engineer and manager with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company (1959-68), energy economist with Battelle Memorial Institute (1968-69), and public service commissioner and deputy chairman for New York State (1981-83). He has been a consultant to numerous government agencies and industries on pricing, management, and environmental issues and to the World Bank on energy and infrastructure investment programs. From its inception in 1999 until April 2012 he was a founding board member of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) that is responsible for operating the electric transmission grid reliably in New York while overseeing an efficient power market. During his tenure he chaired the NYISO board's market performance, reliability and markets and its governance committees, and from 2008-2010 he was the board's lead director. Professor Schuler's degrees include a B.E. (electrical engineering), Yale 1959, an M.B.A., Lehigh 1969, and a Ph.D. (economics), Brown 1972. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania since 1963.
Susan F. Tierney
Analysis Group

SUE TIERNEY is a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation and policy, particularly in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to businesses, governments, tribes, environmental groups, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy projects. Her expert witness and consulting services have involved market analyses, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning and procurements, regional transmission organizations, the siting of electric and gas infrastructure projects, electric system reliability, ratemaking for electric and gas utilities (including cost allocation, rate design, incentive ratemaking mechanisms), clean energy resources, climate change policy, and other environmental policy and regulation. She has participated as an expert in civil litigation cases, regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies, and business consulting engagements, and NAS committees. Previously, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy. She was the Secretary for Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and executive director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. She is a member of the Electricity Advisory Council at the U.S. Department of Energy, and previously served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.
David G. Victor
University of California, San Diego

DAVID G. VICTOR is Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation and a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. His research focuses on how regulatory law affects the environment and the operation of major energy markets. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Victor served as director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a professor at the law school. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), on the advisory council for the Institute of Nuclear Power Plant Operators (INPO) and Chairman of the Community Engagement Panel that is helping to guide the decommissioning of Units 2 and 3 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. He has contributed to numerous publications on topics such as energy market innovations and electric power market reform.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Paul De Martini

In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.

We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established, its membership must include, among others, at least one person who is who is currently and directly engaged in the electric transmission and distribution (T&D) system in the United States.

To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Paul De Martini is proposed for membership on this committee even though we have concluded that he has a conflict of interest because the firm that he is employed, ICF international, has consulting relationships with companies in the electricity sector.

As his biographical summary makes clear, Paul De Martini has current practical expertise in the deployment of advanced power electronics technologies and the strategy, policy, and technology development critical for a potential transformation of the electricity utility business model to a customer-centric business. Mr. De Martini currently works with many companies in the electricity industry on both technical and regulatory issues, and has broad experience as vice president of Advanced Technology at Southern California Edison (SCE), as the chief technology and strategy officer for Cisco’s Energy Networks Business Unit, and as managing director for Newport Consulting Group, where he led engagements with several U.S. and non-U.S. utilities on customer-centric business transformations. We believe that Mr. De Martini can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.

After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual who does not have a similar conflict of interest and who also has a comparable combination of current industry expertise and specialized technology, policy, and business experience in transitioning to a more distributed power system. Therefore, we have concluded that the potential conflict of interest described above is unavoidable.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Susan Tierney

In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.

We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established, its membership must include, among others, at least one person who possesses broad experience both in the energy industry and as an industry regulator, and current expertise in energy economics, regulation and policy for the electric and gas industries, particularly in the area of how the electricity sector plans and approves investments in resiliency and reliability.

To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Susan Tierney is proposed for membership on this committee even though we have concluded that she has a conflict of interest because she is employed by the Advisory Group, which has consulting relationships with companies in the electricity sector.

As her biographical summary makes clear, Susan Tierney has broad current experience in the electric transmission and distribution industry, including in the areas of market analyses, wholesale and retail market design, resource planning and procurements, regional transmission organizations, siting of electric infrastructure projects, electric system reliability, ratemaking for electric and gas utilities (including cost allocation, rate design, incentive ratemaking mechanisms), clean energy resources, and environmental policy and regulation. Dr. Tierney’s extensive background includes positions as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Secretary for Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and executive director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council. We believe that Dr. Tierney can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.

After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual who does not have a similar conflict of interest and who also has current experience with the issues facing the electric transmission and distribution industry and specialized background in the planning, policy analysis, and regulatory expertise for the electricity sector. Therefore, we have concluded that the potential conflict of interest described above is unavoidable.

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Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Granger Morgan (Chair)
Dionysios Aliprantis
Anjan Bose
Terry Boston
Allison Clements
Jeffery Dagle
Jeanne Fox
Elsa Garmire
Craig Miller
Thomas Overbye
William Sanders
Richard Schuler
Susan Tierney
and David Victor.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review overarching messages in report draft, discuss chapter findings/recommendations, discuss major comments and issues in report chapters, review study schedule, discuss the academies report review process, and finalize on a report title.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Agenda
Drafts of chapters

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 27, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

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Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Granger Morgan
Dionysios Aliprantis
Anjan Bose
Allison Clements
Jeffery Dagle
Jeanne Fox
Elsa Garmire
Ronald E. Keys
Thomas J. Overbye
William Sanders
Richard E. Schuler
Sue Tierney
David G. Victor

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review chapter subgroups
Drafting report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Drafts of chapters and report
Briefing book

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 27, 2017
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Agenda
12:45 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Utility perspectives on resilience
Joe Svachula, Commonwealth Edison

1:25 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Utility perspectives on resilience
Ralph LaRossa, Public Service Enterprise Group

2:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Utility perspectives on resilience
William Ball, Southern Company

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Utility perspectives on resilience
Erik Takayesu, Southern California Edison

3:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Distribution resilience with high automation
Jim Glass, Chattanooga Electric Power Board

4:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Briefing on RAND resilience report
Henry Willis, RAND Corp

5:00 p.m.—5:40 p.m. Industry wide trends in resilience
David Owens, Edison Electric Institute
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

M. Granger Morgan
Dionysios Aliprantis
Anjan Bose
Jeffery Dagle
Jeanne Fox
Elsa Garmire
Mark McGranaghan
Craig Miller
Thomas J. Overbye
William Sanders
Richard Schuler
Sue Tierney
David G. Victor

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Review chapter subgroups
Drafting findings and recommendations

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Drafts of chapters


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 27, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  LaNita Jones
Contact Email:  ljones@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3197

Agenda
July 11, 2016

OPEN SESSION – INVITED PRESENTATIONS

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel on state regulatory commissions and resilience
Paul Centolella, David Littell, Kris Mayes, & Audrey Zibelman

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Extreme weather events
Tom Karl, Jim Kossin, Ken Kunkel, & Mike Squires

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Trends in battery storage
Jay Whitacre
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

M. Granger Morgan
Anjan Bose
Terry Boston
Allison Clements
Jeffery Dagle
Jeanne Fox
Mark McGranaghan
Craig Miller
Thomas Overbye
William Sanders
Richard Scheuler
Sue Tierney

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report Outline
Updates from subgroups
Discussion of speaker presentations

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Report Outline

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 27, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Liz Euller
Contact Email:  eeuller@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-1259

Agenda
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016:

OPEN SESSION – INVITED PRESENTATIONS

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Overview of relevant DOE activities and needs
Gil Bindewald, DOE OE

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Improving resilience of transformers
Richard Boyd, Vice President Siemens Transformers
Jim McIver, Principal Application Engineer, Siemens

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Resilience through relays, sensors, and components
Edmund Schweitzer, Schweitzer Engineering Lab

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Resilience through automation, tradeoffs with cyber security
Steven Kunsman, ABB

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cyber security and activities in NERC and E-ISAC
Tim Roxey, E-ISAC COO
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Dionysios Aliprantis
Anjan Bose
Allison Clements
Jeffery Dagle
Jeanne Fox
Elsa Garmire
Craig Miller
Granger Morgan
Thomas Overbye
William Sanders
Richard Schuler
Sue Tierney
David Victor


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Open-session information gathering plans, report outline, subgroup assignments.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 25, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Liz Euller
Contact Email:  eeuller@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-1259

Agenda
OPEN SESSION AGENDA

March 2, 2016

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
FERC activities in Office of Electric Reliability (OER)
Michael Bardee, Director OER

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
EPRI activities in electricity sector modernization
Mark McGranaghan, EPRI

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NERC & APPA activities in Critical Infrastructure Protection
Nathan Mitchell, Senior director reliability and security APPA

March 3, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
DOE Office of Electricity perspective on NAS committee task
Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

M. Granger Morgan
Dionysios Aliprantis
Anjan Bose
Terry Boston
Allison Clements
Jeff Dagle
Paul De Martini
Elsa Garmire
Jeanne Fox
Ron Keys
Mark McGranaghan
Craig Miller
Tom Overbye
Bill Sanders
Dick Schuler
Sue Tierney
David G. Victor


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Statement of Task and Committee Charge, Report Focus, Plans for Future Meetings, Preliminary Subgroups and Writing Assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 08, 2016
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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