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Past event: Power Grid Resilience Conference 2014

Welcome to Power Grid Resilience

Back in April of 2013 there were two physical attacks on the grid. The first targeted PG&E’s Metcalf power substation in San Jose, the second was at TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tennessee.  In the first instance PG&E lost functionality on 17 transformers, recovering operations in less than 4 weeks.

Four weeks is actually remarkably quick...critical components such as transformers can take 3 months to 2 years to be manufactured and shipped, depending on the size and requirements.

Couple these challenges with new risks of unprecedented catastrophe from long-duration electric grid disruption … and the need for crafting and implementing practical, coherent, no-nonsense, nuts-and bolts disaster prevention, response and recovery plans also becomes a compelling priority.

Where do you look to get the thinking, the knowledge, and the skills required to take needed corrective actions ? And to keep up with a whole host of new developments?

Our Power Grid Resilience Summit for the first time, brings together top utility executives to share best practices with respect to immediate implementation of near-term and relatively low-cost steps to make our grid significantly more resilient.

This summit delivers "here's how-to-do-it" methodologies to help you implement  manage and lead disaster prevention/recovery efforts in your utility.

Act now. Register yourself – and a team of key people – today!

Why Attend?

Power Grid Resilience will provide a platform for utilities, government and solution providers alike to discuss, debate, and outline strategies to protect utility assets from physical assaults and cyber attacks, whether intentional or natural.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Best practices, methodologies, technologies, and management strategies on how to address the U.S. electric grid's vulnerability to physical attacks
  • Specific plans on how collaboration between utilities and the government will be orchestrated, structured, and managed
  • Practical 'how-to-do-it' aspects of customized disaster prevention, response, recovery planning and how to assess and enhance the security of transmission and distribution assets from intentional physical and cyber attacks
  • About the newest technologies in the market which provide solutions to harden the grid and protect critical equipment from both an EMP and physical attack

Sign up for this powerful event to help you decide what to do and how to do it with respect to assessing and enhancing the security of transmission assets from intentional physical attack.

2014 Speakers include:

  • Jon Wellinghoff, Immediate Past Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Frank Gaffney, Founder and President, Center for Security Policy
  • Terry Boston, President and Chief Executive Officer, PJM Interconnection
  • John Hagen, Manager, Transmission Compliance for Electric Operations, PG&E
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro, Host "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Fox News Channel
  • Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director, Task Force on National and Homeland Security
  • Richard Wernsing, Manager of Asset Strategy, Electric, Public Service Electric and Gas
  • Jeanne M. Fox, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • Jim Rowan, Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs Manager, SERC
  • Jim Nowak, Manager, Emergency Restoration Planning, American Electric Power
  • Rhonda Dunfee, Control Systems Security Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Linda Jacobson-Quinn, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Farmington Electric Utility System
  • John Bussman, Manager Reliability Compliance, AECI
  • Bruce Davidson, Director, Office Of SAFETY Act Implementation (OSAI), Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • Edward Borer, Energy Plant Manager, Princeton University
  • Lisa Carrington, Regulatory Compliance Advisor, Arizona Public Service
  • Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, Chairman, High Frontier
  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Contributor, Forbes
  • Robert Katz, Disaster & Terrorism Advisor, FEMA, Department Homeland Security
  • Ted Pelecky, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Power & Utilities, Ernst & Young
  • Molly Devine, Compliance Analyst FERC, Operations & Planning Standards, Idaho Power
  • Jeffrey Murray, CPP, Protective Security Advisor, Department of Homeland Security
  • Representative Andrea Boland, Maine State Legislature, 142nd District
  • Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Florida State Legislature, House District 9
  • William Pentland, Director of Markets and Regulation, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE)
  • Lori Sinsley, Deputy Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Media, California Energy Commission
  • Robert E. Martinez, Manager, Risk Control & Business Continuity, Center Point Energy
  • Santiago Grijalva, Georgia Power Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Chris Beck, Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council
  • David Scott, Senior Manager, Accenture
  • John Lightfoot, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Division, FBI
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Venue & Accommodation

The Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, California
94115, United States
Phone: 415-922-3200

In the heart of San Francisco's revitalized Japantown, this upscale hotel captures the spirit of Asia with easy access to all the best San Francisco has to offer.

Step out the door into San Francisco's Japantown, with its gift stores, bookstores, Kimono shops and sushi bars. Fillmore Street, with its popular boutiques, cafes and clubs is within walking distance, a few blocks away. More than 30 restaurants of various international cuisines surround Hotel Kabuki, and San Francisco's Sundance Kabuki Cinema is just down the street from the hotel.

San Francisco's Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and the famed cable cars are also nearby. Hotel Kabuki is easy to reach by car, airport shuttle or public transportation. Three municipal bus lines stop within a block of Hotel Kabuki and provide excellent service throughout San Francisco.

Group Rate: $219 plus 15.5% tax per night

Please identify you are part of the IQPC – Power Grid to ensure the special rate. Note that you are eligible for this rate three day prior and three days post the event based on availability. Please make your reservation before August 15, 2014 in order to ensure you are eligible for the group rate.

Reservations Phone: 800-533-4567 
Event details
Organizer : IQUS
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-3313