An Industry-leading Resource

PDi2 is comprised of professionals from the North American power industry value chain including materials suppliers, cable makers, installers, equipment and accessory manufacturers and engineering firms. We bring a wealth of experience through our individual and collective relationships with utilities, professional organizations, regulators, legislators and other industry influencers. Our goal is to put this expertise and these connections to work to become a recognized and valued resource for power providers and decision-makers to make infrastructure decisions informed by data which produces the best long-term results for power consumers.

Our members will work objectively to increase awareness about options by:

  • Developing common methods by which cable systems can be evaluated
  • Educating power industry stakeholders on all technology and construction options, including underground

Our goal is to help determine the most viable, reliable, resilient and cost-effective solution for the installation of transmission and distribution systems via life-cycle cost analysis.

Mission

What You Don’t See Matters.

The mission of PDi2 is to increase awareness about options for underground power infrastructure. We will use data to provide objective means to evaluate when and where undergrounding makes sense.

Objectives

  • Help utilities justify investment decisions based on data-driven life-cycle cost analysis
  • Educate stakeholders on all technology and construction options to determine the most viable, reliable and cost-effective solution for the installation of transmission and distribution systems when evaluated via life-cycle cost analysis
  • Convey qualitative and quantitative value of underground to all stakeholders
  • Develop common methods by which cable systems can be evaluated from both a utility and public value perspective
  • Communicate the methodology to utilities, individual state utility commissions and other influencers
  • Actively promote developed models as an enabler for grid extension in North America with all members of the value chain – including utilities
  • Influence more actively as part of the North America power industry

Scope

  • Geography: priority is North America
  • Modeling data will help drive focus areas
  • Initially focus on new infrastructure, then existing/rehabilitation projects
  • Initiate modeling projects that consider:
    • Population density
    • Areas prone to storms/repeated outages
    • Land values
    • Growing economic regions
    • Political climate

Governance

As a 501c6 non-profit Delaware corporation registered in the USA, PDi2 is governed by an Executive Board.

All meetings are conducted with legal counsel present and in strict adherence to antitrust regulations. Meetings are bi-monthly via teleconference with two in-person meetings held each year.

Bylaws

As a 501c6 non-profit Delaware corporation registered in the USA, PDi2 is governed by an Executive Board.

Although PDi2 members share common interests, the association complies to very strict Bylaws and antitrust regulations.

Our Team

Ben Lanz

Ben Lanz

Executive Board

Director of Applications Engineering, IMCORP
Chair/Voting Member PDi2

Paul Caronia

Paul Caronia

Executive Board

Application Technology Leader, Power Cables – DOW
Voting Member PDi2

David Lindsay

David Lindsay

Executive Board

Marketing Manager – Energy Borealis Compounds, Inc.
Immediate-past Chairman/Voting Member PDi2

John W Fluhart II

John W. Fluharty, II

Executive Board

Quanta Services Inc.
Vice-Chair/Voting Member PDi2

Landry Molimbi

Landry Molimbi

Executive Board

Prysmian Group North America
Treasurer/Voting Member PDi2

Troy Hemling

Executive Board

Earthgrid
Voting Member PDi2

Stuart Campbell

Executive Board

Southwire
Voting Member PDi2

Mike Beehler

Mike Beehler

National Spokesperson

Tim Wagner, Executive Director

Tim Wagner

Executive Director

Listening and Collaborating

Solutions aren’t created in a vacuum. We recognize that the best ideas are a result of listening. PDi2 is happy to meet with utilities, regulators, legislators and other industry influencers to discuss best practices for infrastructure planning, construction, roadblocks, resolutions, etc. Our aim is to share information throughout the value chain so collectively and collaboratively we all have a positive impact on the power industry and its customers.

Mike Beehler

National Spokesperson/PDI2

Mike Beehler has 40 years of electric T&D experience at Tucson Electric Power, Hawaiian Electric Company and Burns & McDonnell.  He is educated as a civil/structural engineer and is a registered professional engineer in eight states.  He currently is the founding member and Chief Opportunity Officer of Mike Beehler & Associates, LLC and serves as the National Spokesperson for the Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative. 

Mike is a Fellow in ASCE and a Member of IEEE and CIGRE.  He has been married for 40 years and has four adult children and some delightful grandchildren.  He lives on Singer Island, FL.

Tony Hemling

Earthgrid
Voting Member PDi2

Troy Helming is a modern-day industrialist and Unicorn founder. He’s an innovator, inventor, author, an elite athlete (invited 4x to compete on American Ninja Warrior), and a clean energy executive. As a creator, he’s founded clean energy & climate-tech companies that have generated more than $30 Billion of economic impact to date and invented 2 technologies that have led to over 60 clean energy patent claims.

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Tim Wagner, Executive Director

Tim Wagner has nearly thirty years of association management experience, including positions as President & CEO, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Finance. He has been instrumental in the financial and program success of several associations in the power, energy, and broadband industries. He has vast experience at national trade associations, including association governance, grant management, workforce development, planned giving, meeting planning, accounting, investment management, employee benefits, building operations, and information systems. Tim is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the University of Virginia, where he presented his thesis on the Economic Impact of the Rural Electrification Administration.

Landry Molimbi

Head of Asset Management and Prysmian Electronics
Prysmian Group North America
Voting Member PDi2

Landry Molimbi is responsible for leading all Asset Management and Product Development activities for High Voltage & Medium Voltage Partial Discharge testing/monitoring services, optical sensing products (DAS, DTS) and innovative solutions for the North America Business Units (High Voltage, Power Distribution, Industrial, Telecom).

In this role, Landry is focused on business development, project management, technical sales support, and Partial Discharge measurement services for the Prysmian Group proprietary and revolutionary PRY-CAM technologies for the asset management of electrical systems, helping utilities increase uptime, asset longevity and safety while reducing maintenance costs & risks.

Landry started his career with General Cable (Silec) in 2007 and joined NKT Photonics in 2011. He moved to the Prysmian Group as Vice President for the Prysmian Electronics BU in 2018.

Born in Paris, France, Landry holds a master’s degree in Engineering from the ENSEM, a school of the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine in Nancy. Landry is also a member of various industry committees and an active member of CIGRE.

John W. Fluharty, II

Quanta Services Inc.
Voting Member PDi2

John W Fluharty, II is currently working as part of Quanta Services, Inc.’s (Quanta) underground cable group that performs large underground electrical projects.

Previously Mr. Fluharty was Vice President of Mears Group, Inc. (Mears) a subsidiary of Quanta Services, Inc. He was an owner of Mears until its sale to Quanta in 2000. He managed every division in the company and at the end of his tenure with Mears he focused on business development, asset management, safety and operations for large projects.

Mr. Fluharty is a board member of the Power and Communications Contractor Association (PCCA), and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA).

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David Lindsay

Marketing Manager – Energy Borealis Compounds, Inc.
Immediate-past Chairman/Voting Member PDi2

David Lindsay is currently Marketing Manager for the Energy business of Borealis Compounds, Inc. in North America. He has over 20 years in the US wire and cable business, working at manufacturers, non-profit organizations and electrical contractors. His experiences range from research and product development, to manufacturing, construction and installation of EHV cable systems. At Borealis he is responsible for customer and end-use marketing, and strategic planning of all wire and cable related product lines.

David serves on the NEETRAC Advisory Board, is actively involved in IEEE Insulated Conductor Committee and is past US representative to Cigré SC B1. He holds a Bachelors of Materials Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia.

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Paul Caronia

Application Technology Leader, Power Cables - DOW
Executive Board/Voting Member PDi2

Paul Caronia, is the global power cable materials application technology leader in the Wire and Cable materials group of The Dow Chemical Company. He is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of new product technology for power cable applications. He has been involved in the development and commercial usage of today’s tree-retardant crosslinked polyethylene used in medium voltage cables, crosslinked polyethylene insulation used in high voltage cables as well as semiconductive compounds and flame retardant compounds. He is a senior member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Engineering Society and the IEEE’s Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) as well as a voting member of the IEEE standard association. As a member of the IEEE ICC, he chairs ICC A7 on power cable jackets which just recently completed revising IEEE Guide P532for Selecting and Testing Jackets for Power, Instrumentation and Control Cables as well as the chair of ICC A6 on accelerated aging of materials used in cable applications. Paul is also a member of CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) and was a member of working group B1.55 that developed recommendations for submarine cables to 60 kV and is currently a member of working group B2.75 developing an application guide for insulated and un-insulated conductors used on medium and low voltage overhead lines. Is the author of over 40 publications/presentations, has over 12 granted patents and is a recipient of the R&D100 award. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, holding Degrees in Engineering as well as a licensed professional engineer.

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Ben Lanz

Director of Applications Engineering, IMCORP
Chair/Voting Member PDi2

After 20 years in the power cable industry, Mr. Lanz currently holds the position of Director of Applications Engineering at IMCORP and has technical oversight of power cable life cycle consulting. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, a voting member of the IEEE Standards Society, and a member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Industrial Applications Societies. He has served as Chairman of the Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) technical committees responsible for cable testing, cable reliability and surge arresters, Chairman of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) O&M Balance of Plant technical subcommittee, a UL technical study committee member for MV and HV DC cables and is a reviewer and voting pool member for InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) standards. Mr. Lanz received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) under mentorship of Director of the Institute of Material Science Electrical Insulation Research Center (EIRC), Dr. Matthew Mashikian. He has published over a dozen papers on power system reliability, asset management, and diagnostics and regularly presents on the topics.