The Cascading Impacts of Electric Power Outage Series

Electric sector priorities, interdependencies with other lifeline sectors

On May 14th, WEBINAR ONE was broadcast to 125 attendees (including panelists). All but 10 stayed for the duration of the two-hour discussion and thirty six questions were asked by attendees. The discussion focused on electric sector priorities, interdependencies with other lifeline sectors (fuels, ports and rail, water and waste water) and requirements for rapid restoration.

An opening presentation was given by Cherrie Black of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, and the expert panelists included:

  • Tom Born, Atlantic City Electric
  • Ernesto Cadiz, PSEG
  • Neil Ferrone, Conrail
  • John (Jack) G. McCrossin, CITGO
  • Jim Nowak, AEP
  • Christopher O’Shea, PVSC
  • Scott Para, NJ American Water
  • Mike Spall, ConEd
  • Dean Desautels, CLP

 

Government priorities and expectations from industry during emergency events

On May 21st, WEBINAR TWO was broadcast to 115 attendees (including panelists). The discussion at this second webinar revolved around federal, state and local government priorities and expectations from industry during emergency events.
Dennis Schrader, representing AHC, gave opening remarks and summarized the webinar one findings for the audience.
Expert panelists for this important discussion included:

  • Bob Durando, PANYNJ
  • Fred Hintermister, NERC
  • Brian P. Lacey, DHS PSA
  • Alice Lippert, DOE
  • Amy Post, NYC OEM
  • Dean Taklif, NJ BPU
  • Michael Worden, NY DPS
  • LCDR Brian J. McSorley, USCG New York

Improving resilience against cascading impacts in future energy outages

RCPT’s Energy Dependencies Webinar series concluded on June 4th with WEBINAR THREE, which offered the 89 attendees a look toward the future. Discussion focused on building solutions and communicating best practices for improved resilience against cascading impacts in future energy outages.

Expert panelists for the final discussion included:

  • Tracy Babbidge, CT DEEP
  • Timothy Butters, US DOT
  • Mitch Erickson, DHS S&T
  • Micky Mulvenna, USACE RSF
  • Marygrace Parker, I95 Coalition
  • John Shaner, PHI
  • Gary Szatkowski, NWS Philly

Information and recommendations provided during these webinars will be used to support future integrated planning efforts, exercises (e.g. the annual CATEX exercise series), and initiatives within government and the private sector.

A findings report will be distributed to all participants. Slides used during each webinar have been compiled into a single PDF for distribution and video recordings of each broadcast are available by clicking the links above.