Selective Undergrounding in the Sunshine State (Video)

Weather-related outages remain one of the leading causes of power outages in the U.S. After weathering hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Irma (2017), Florida Power & Light launched the “Storm Secure Underground Pilot Program.” This pilot program strategically targets neighborhood lines (“laterals”) that were impacted significantly during severe weather events and undergrounds them.

During storms, these underground laterals perform 85% better than overhead. Day-to-day, underground laterals perform 50% better than overhead.

In the latest video from Public Utilities Fortnightly, Alex Revel talks with FPL’s vice president of Distribution Operations, Mike Jarro, about the pilot program’s success. Mike also gives some helpful advice to anyone who is new to selective undergrounding.

Video sponsored by PDi2.

Tom Fredericks
Vice President/General Manager North America
American Polywater Corporation
Associate Member PDi2

 

Tom Fredericks is the General Manager of North America and Global Business Development Director for American Polywater Corporation a leading specialty chemical manufacturer for the electrical and telecommunications industries. He has worked for Polywater for 34 years and presents to numerous industry organizations and electrical engineering firms on cable installation, termination and system hardening best practices. He is a 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 1493 Guide for the Evaluation of Solvents Used for Cleaning Electrical Cables and Accessories and is a working group member for the 1210 Standard Tests for Determining Compatibility of Cable Pulling Lubricants with Wire and Cable and the P2417 Guide to Smoke, Fire and Explosions in Underground Electrical Structures. He is a member of the following organizations: IAEI, SEIA, NEMRA, CEMRA, PCCA, and the MEA. Tom holds a BS in Marketing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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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.

Rachel Mosier

Principal Engineer and Vice President
Power Delivery Consultants, Inc.
Associate Member, PDi2

Rachel Mosier, Principal Engineer and Vice President of Power Delivery Consultants, Inc. (PDC) joined the organization in 2006 and specializes in underground (UG) cable system design, specification, installation, operation, and maintenance. She is responsible for engineering analysis, specification and bid review for UG cable projects both for utilities and architect-engineers. Ms. Mosier has in-depth experience performing cable factory audits, has reviewed publications, conducted technical and economic studies, and prepared and given testimony in utility hearings. She also is experienced in failure analysis and subsequent cause determination and mitigation. Prior to joining PDC, Ms. Mosier worked as an engineer with Northeast Utilities Service Company (now Eversource) where she planned, coordinated and performed engineering assignments related to the design, construction and operation of underground distribution and transmission systems. Ms. Mosier is a Senior Member of the IEEE, its Power & Energy Society and Standards Association. She served as the longest standing chair of the IEEE Insulated Conductor Committee (ICC), and is an active member of several working groups within ICC and CIGRE. Ms. Mosier also served as a utility advisor on several EPRI projects and was a member of the AEIC Cable Engineering Committee. Ms. Mosier has a BS in Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Power Systems Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Mathew Raymond

Underground Transmission Division Manager
Haugland Energy LLC
Associate Member, PDi2

Mathew Raymond, Underground Transmission Division Manager, has over 12 years of field experience in the construction industry, and has worked in all phases of construction including project management, business development, estimating, project scheduling, costing, budgeting, supervision and claims/change order processing. Prior to moving over to Haugland Energy in 2015, Mr. Raymond worked for 2 years with ABB and 6 years with CB&I. He has worked in the capacity of Project Manager, Process Manager, Contracts Specialist, and Business Development, accumulating a list of notable project achievements for clients including: PSE&G, PSE&GLI, Deep Water Wind, NYPA, NSEG, GEMMA Power, NRG, and Georgia. Mr. Raymond has a Masters Certificate in Government & Commercial Contract Management from Villanova University and a BA in Political Science (Pre-Law) from Coastal Carolina University.

Brian Hunter

Regional Manager
TT Technologies, Inc
Associate Member PDi2

Brian Hunter is a regional manager with TT Technologies, Inc., a trenchless equipment manufacturer based out of Aurora, Illinois. He has been successfully managing the sales and service of this equipment in the southeast US for nearly 21 years. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member of various underground utility organizations such as NUCA, NASTT, SGA, SCRWA, NCRWA, ASCE, AREMA, ICC, NCAWWA-WEA, & SCAWWA-WEA. Brian was recently a key partner in the successful pilot underground steel pipe replacement project involving EPRI, PDC, & ATC. This underground pipe replacement process (pipe splitting) will significantly reduce the amount of excavation and time needed to replace current pipe-type cable steel lines with a new larger host pipe. Brian looks forward to contributing his extensive underground knowledge with Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative (PDi2 ).
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Ivan Jovanovic

Managing Director, Cable Accessories Business Unit (CABU)
G&W Electric
Associate Member, PDi2

Ivan has global responsibility for MV and HV cable accessory product lines for G&W Electric Company, a specialized manufacturer and marketer of high-voltage electrical equipment for distribution and transmission networks. His responsibility includes leading product management, marketing, R&D and engineering for the CABU. With nearly 20 years at G&W Electric, Ivan has also served as General Manager, Cable Accessories Engineering Department; and Product Development Engineer. Previously to joining G&W Electric, Ivan was a Research Engineer for the Nikola Tesla Electrical Engineering Institute in Belgrade, Serbia. He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. Ivan also leads IEEE and CIGRE working groups and is Chairman of IEEE 48/404 Standard for transmission CA; and is the US member in IEC 62271-209 Standard for cable connections to Gas Insulated Switchgear.

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Nathan Rochel

Department Manager, T&D
Burns & McDonnell
Associate Member PDi2

Nathan Rochel is an electrical engineer specializing in the design of underground transmission lines and managing the underground transmission team at Burns & McDonnell Engineering. Throughout his 10-year career in underground transmission, he has been involved in the design and/or construction of underground transmission projects ranging from 15-kV through 500-kV. These projects include multiple cable technologies including HPFF, HPGF, EPR, XLPE and HVDC cables. Mr. Rochel’s experience includes projects in major metropolitan areas for clients throughout North and South America.

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Matt Spalding

President, IMCORP
Director PDi2

With more than 30 years experience in the power industry, Mr. Spalding was named President of IMCORP in January 2018. He previously held positions of VP Sales & Marketing and VP Business Development. Prior to joining IMCORP, Spalding held a variety of positions at ABB, TE Connectivity, Tyco International (Raychem), and El Paso Electric. He has been very active in industry professional associations including IEEE and NEETRAC and holds 14 US patents related to power products including MV/HV insulators, substation animal mitigation devices, power connectors, HV cable designs and cable accessories. Mr. Spalding holds a BSEE degree from New Mexico State University with post-graduate studies in Engineering Economic Systems at Stanford University.

Charlie Hall

Director, Integrity Management and Reliability Services
Centuri Power Group
Partner Member PDi2

Charlie’s career spans 42 years in the areas of corrosion control, cathodic protection, AC modeling and mitigation, pipeline integrity management, in-line inspection and pipeline services, pipeline maintenance and operations, construction repair and replacement, remediation design, project execution, special construction projects, and most recently in electrical reliability program development. Experience includes working as a certified project management professional, program manager, Sr. Corrosion Technologist with domestic and international projects, with expertise in developing and implementing records management, remediation, data integration, and analysis systems for all phases of Integrity Management. His 20 years of management experience includes engineering, operations, business and program development for pipeline and power, data acquisition services, and interference studies. He holds a BS in administration from the University of Phoenix.

Jeff Killin

Vice President of Engineered Products, Forterra
Partner Member PDi2

Jeff Killin, is the Vice President of Engineered Products for Forterra, a leading manufacturer of precast concrete pipe, structural, and specialty products. Working with Forterra’s Engineered Products team, Jeff is responsible for the commercialization and market development of Forterra’s engineered precast concrete products, including the recently introduced RED-E-DUCT™ precast electrical duct bank system. In this role, he and the Engineered Products team work to ensure that Forterra’s precast products meet the complex design and performance requirements demanded by multi-billion-dollar oil/gas, energy, and other industrial projects.

Mr. Killin is a 30-year veteran of the concrete and pipe products industry who has led commercial, engineering, manufacturing, management, and sales efforts, working with large, national engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms. He has held management and executive positions at Forterra, Hanson and Price Brothers Company.

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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Nathan Kelley

Vice President, High Voltage Cables and Systems Business Unit - Prysmian
Voting Member PDi2

Nathan Kelley is currently Vice President, High Voltage Cables and Systems Business Unit. Since joining Prysmian Cables and Systems in 1997, Mr. Kelley has been involved with research, design, installation and sales of High Voltage and Extra High Voltage power cable systems. From 2002 until 2015, he managed the engineering team responsible for the High Voltage Business Unit’s activities and actively participated in many of the largest HV cable projects ever conducted in North America. Mr. Kelley was raised in Indiana, but received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1995 and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002.

Brian DiLascia

Head of North America Power Distribution
Prysmian Group
Director PDi2

Brian DiLascia is head of Power Distribution for Prysmian Group North America and has been with the company for 21 years. After completing the Pirelli Cables and Systems’ Graduate Program, Brian served as an industrial engineer in Pirelli’s Lexington facility and was later promoted to Director of Operations for Pirelli’s factory near Vancouver. He returned to the Lexington, SC office as Vice President of Operations and later became General Manager for Pirelli’s fiber cable business in North America.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his Master of Engineering degree in operations management and industrial engineering from Cornell University.

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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.