Natural Disaster Mitigation
Every year natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, and wildfires cause hundreds of billions in financial losses and massive negative social impacts in affected regions. Because of this, utility engineers around the world fight at the front lines to restore and maintain power supplies to our customers - a critical and essential task for a sustainable and resilient society. Tracking the best practices for natural disaster mitigation, specifically resiliency metrics and analysis methods, are an integral part of the Research and Development process, specifically resiliency metrics and analysis methods, for utility sectors in society.
To help our members keep up with the latest and best thinking, IEEE Power & Energy Society has created a number of resources on the subject of natural disaster mitigation. Below, we highlight a few of those resources with links to valuable recaps of a few notable best practices contributions.
Best Practices in the United States
PJM's Experiences in Natural Disaster Planning and Response (Video)
In this video PJM, a major RTO for multiple east coast states, describes their approach to natural disaster preparedness, as well as the ways in which they’ve dealt with energy emergencies caused by natural disasters.
Infrastructure Hardening and Resiliency Program in Response to Superstorm Sandy (Video)
Jorge Cardenas of PSE&G highlights the programs and strategies that were involved in creating a hardened and more resilient energy infrastructure in the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction.
Managing Assets to Achieve System Resiliency
In this presentation, Bill Synder from Quanta Technology outlines how proper management and effective utilization of assets are key to creating a more resilient energy system.
Response and Recovery of the Distribution Grid During Extreme Events (Video)
This video covers effective approaches to restoring power and stability to the grid in the event of extreme natural disasters.
Microgrid Nexus: Resiliency and Economics (Video), (2014 GM Supersession)
This presentation from Steve Pullins, Chair of the PES Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, overviews the best practices for making a resilient and cost-effective microgrid nexus.
Storm Experiences: Toward Smarter and Robust Grid
This panel session summarizes the storm experiences of utilities and RTO/ISOs, and reviews technologies which could enhance our future responses to destructive natural events.
Best Practices Around the World
2019 IEEE General Meeting 8/7 Panel Presentation: Practices on Natural Disaster Mitigation
This panel discusses best practices of natural disaster mitigation around the world, with a focus on the evolution of Operation Technology, Data and Communication, and the Role of New Technologies.
2018 IEEE PES General Meeting 8/7 Miscellaneous Panel Sessions, part 2
A collection of multiple panels sessions from PES GM 2018, including Resource Adequacy and Reliability Contributions of Energy Storage, DER Integration Architecture: Concepts and Models, and Computational Challenges in Power System Planning.
Extreme Events and Grid Resiliency (2017 PES GM Supersession)
A compilation of presentations from the 2017 General Meeting Supersession provides a platform to offer new insights, innovative ideas, and answers to some of the most intriguing and important questions facing the power industry today.
Global Best Practices on Natural Disaster Mitigation: Operation Technologies, Communication, and New Trends
This presentation from Professor Simon Bartlet describes disaster mitigation practices from around the world with a focus on operation technologies, proper communication, and trending strategies and approaches.
Global Best Practices on Natural Disaster Mitigation Operation Technologies Communication and New Trends
A compilation of presentations from the 2017 General Meeting with a technical program theme of: Energizing a More Secure, Resilient & Adaptable Grid.
More Information on Resources & Meetings
For more information on these topics and related topics as well as getting involved in the conversation and upcoming meetings, check out the IEEE PES Power System Operation, Planning and Economics (PSOPE) Committee Website.
Relevant Technical Committees
Many PES technical and coordinating committees are engaged in work relating to asset management for resiliency and reliability. The following have active programs addressing the subject:
- Power System Communications & Cybersecurity (PSCC)
- Power System Dynamic Performance (PSDP)
- Power System Operations, Planning & Economics (PSOPE)
- Renewable Systems Integration Coordinating Committee (RSICC)
- Transformers Committee
Reach out to the individual committees for additional details on their work regarding asset management and information on how you might get involved.
Panels Sponsored by PSOPE
Supersessions and Panel Sessions sponsored by the IEEE Working Group of Natural Disaster Mitigation Methods and Operation Technology of Power System Operation, Planning and Economics (PSOPE) Committee:
- Storm Experiences: Toward Smarter and Robust Grid (2013GM)
- PJM's Experiences in Natural Disaster Planning and Response (Video), (2014 GM Supersession)
- Infrastructure Hardening and Resiliency Program in Response to Superstorm Sandy (Video), (2014 GM Supersession)
- Managing Assets to Achieve System Resiliency (2014 GM Supersession)
- Response and Recovery of the Distribution Grid during Extreme Events (Video), (2014 GM Supersession)
- Microgrid Nexus: Resiliency and Economics (Video), (2014 GM Supersession)
- Global Best Practices on Natural Disaster Mitigation: Operation Technologies, Communication, and New Trends (2016GM)
- Extreme Events and Grid Resiliency (2017 PES GM Supersession)
- Global Best Practices on Natural Disaster Mitigation Operation Technologies Communication and New Trends(2017 GM)
- 2018 IEEE PES General Meeting 8/7 Miscellaneous Panel Sessions, Part 2
- 2019 IEEE General Meeting 8/7 Panel Presentation: Practices on Natural Disaster Mitigation