Webinar Young Professionals Marquee Event

IEEE Power & Energy Society Young Professionals Webinar Series

Marquee Event Energy Supply Reliability and Resiliency
Super Bowl XLVIII Resiliency Analysis Experience

29 January 2015  12:30 pm eastern

Presented by Erich Gunther
Chairman and CTO, EnerNex Corporation


This webinar describes the analysis approach and lessons learned in addressing energy supply reliability and resiliency for the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey. The outage that caused a 30 minute delay of game on February 5, 2013 in New Orleans at the Superdome highlighted the vulnerability major facilities and their supplying utility face when hosting a major event. The potential impact on safety and the local economy is significant if the risk is not managed. This webinar provides specific guidance on what studies should be performed, what equipment and systems should be inspected, and what best practices should be implemented to manage the risk for major events.


The Presenter:


Erich Gunther is the Chairman, CTO, and co-founder of EnerNex where he helps EnerNex clients define their strategic direction in basic R&D, technology, and product development. Erich has 30 years of experience in the design and development of innovative solutions to a wide array of power system problems, most notably in ways to take advantage of communications networks and technology to improve the efficiency, operating practices, and security of the electric power system. In 2011 Erich was recognized for his career long work in the field of electric power quality by being named an IEEE Fellow. In 2014, Erich was appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) a “Disaster Resilience Fellow” – a program to bring in industry subject matter experts to provide review and input to their Disaster Resilience Framework.


Eric Sortomme received a B.Sc. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2011. His employment experience includes internships with Wavetronix LLC and Puget Sound Energy. He is currently a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Alstom Grid, Redmond, WA. He has authored or coauthored many technical publications. His research interests are smart grid technologies, including microgrids and vehicle-to-grid, and wind power integration. Dr. Sortomme is a co-recipient of the 2010 UW Department of Electrical Engineering Chair’s Award. He has been a member of IEEE since 2007 and has served as the Electric Vehicle Working group chair and the Seattle Chapter vice-chair.