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Welcome to The Current, 2017 - Q4 Edition

Save the Date! Woman of the Year
Reception & Dinner

March 14, 2018

WCEE’s Board of Directors is proud to announce WCEE will honor two extraordinary women in 2018: EPA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge Susan L. Biro and FERC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge Carmen A. Cintron.

Both of these individuals will be recognized as a 2018 Woman of the Year (WOY) at our reception and dinner gala on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

WCEE will also honor Adam Sieminski as WCEE’s 2018 Champion at this event.

The WCEE Board of Directors thanks you for your support and looks forward to seeing you on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

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The disasters of the 2017 hurricane season highlighted the need for dynamic solutions to address the vulnerabilities of our nation’s energy system. With aging infrastructure, increasing threats from extreme weather and human interference, the need for America to develop a robust, resilient energy system has never been clearer. In this issue of The Current, we explore the state of our national energy grid, the role of energy infrastructure in disaster recovery, and a diversity of options to improve the resilience and sustainability of our energy system.

Organizational Resilience: A Call to Enhance Preparedness of the Grid

By Elton Parker, Matt Grossman and Sanjeet Deka

The Nation’s electrical grid is the lifeblood of American society and its economic well-being: each of the Department of Homeland Security’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, from communications to water systems, are almost wholly dependent upon the continued functionality of this complex and vulnerable network. The security of the grid and flow of electricity is threatened by an increasingly complex spectrum of disruptive events—including dated technological infrastructure, geopolitical tensions, a shifting regulatory landscape, natural disasters, insider threats, as well as technical and physical sabotage, among others. When this occurs, the effects ripple into the marketplace, classrooms, bedrooms and boardrooms.

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Why Advancing Energy Infrastructure is Essential to Efficient Disaster Relief

By Samantha Markin

Access to reliable energy is essential to the American way of life. When the nation’s energy infrastructure fails, such as with weather and climate disasters, the impacts are exceptionally costly and life threatening. During the first nine months of this year, the United States experienced $15 billion in natural disaster costs with a total of 282 deaths. Disaster relief is put at risk when the power goes out because modern relief efforts are reliant on electricity. Advancing the nation’s energy system today could lead to future efficiencies in relief efforts that reduce costs and fatalities.

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The Resiliency of US Refining through 2017 Hurricane Season

By Lauren Coughlin

Before a major hurricane, reporters and consumers alike often have dire predictions as to how storms might affect the country’s energy infrastructure. Reports indicated that the 2017 storms could drastically raise gas prices or, worse, result in problems at the refinery that could harm workers or the environment. Fortunately, diligent preparation and serious infrastructure and preparedness improvements in the US refining sector, along with the work of regulators and emergency responders, have mitigated much of the disruptive potential of destructive weather events like Hurricane Harvey. Usually a story about a “lack of disaster” does not sell newspapers, so this topic did not get a lot of attention following the storms, but US refineries should be acknowledged for their response to natural disaster.

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US Attempts to Build a Resilient Grid through Non-Wire Alternative Approaches

By Richard Fioravanti

After Superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast in 2012, stakeholders discussed the need to build a more resilient grid that could better withstand future incidences. The concept of a “resilient” grid wasn’t just invented in the aftermath of the tropical storm, but as many states looked to rebuild their grids after natural disasters or simply modernize their electricity grids, the concept of “resilience” has become increasingly important.


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Greening the Grid -- The Unique Federal Role

By Brian LaShier and Jessie Stolark

There is broad consensus that economy-wide emissions must decrease by 80 percent by 2050 to ensure temperature increases are maintained at or below 2 degrees Celsius and a habitable world is preserved. To help achieve these deep emissions cuts, both utility-scale and distributed renewable resources will need to be rapidly and widely deployed throughout the U.S. energy sector.

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WCEE is grateful to our Woman of the Year sponsors:

Angel Sponsors

American Public Power Association

Sustaining Sponsors

Akin Gump
Bracewell LLP
Berkeley Research Group LLC
Customized Energy Solutions
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Edison Electric Institute
Hogan Lovells US LLP
K & L Gates LLP
Large Public Power Council
PG&E Corporation
Thompson Coburn LLP
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Women in Leadership

Electric Power Supply Association
Healy Law Offices
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
Keller and Heckman LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
McCarter & English LLP
PG&E Corporation
Schiff Hardin LLP
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
United States Energy Association
Wright & Talisman PC



The Current Team

Marketing and Communication Section Chair:
Kate Courtin

Managing Editor:
Jake Shimkus

Marketing and Communication Section Members:
Molly Bauch, Olga Chistyakova, Mary Fay, Meghan Gross, Tori Thompson, Jennifer Saunders, Jessie Stolark, Doreen Wong

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