PDi2 Year in Review

While 2020 has brought unexpected challenges, PDi2 is grateful to have had opportunities to grow in both membership and reach. PDi2 is becoming a trusted resource for all stakeholders within the electric power value chain, including design engineers, EPCs, utilities, utility commissions or regulators, and consumers. Our members’ industry connections aid us in collecting and distributing meaningful data to help the industry make the best-informed decisions when it comes to infrastructure.

Growing and Diverse Membership

In 2020, PDi2 was pleased to welcome three new associate-level members and to form an enhanced working relationship with Mike Beehler & Associates.

Haugland Energy LLC, joined PDi2 in May. Haugland Energy is an affiliate company of Haugland Group, providing turnkey construction and maintenance for all phases of electrical power generation, transmission, distribution, and substations. Mathew Raymond, Underground Transmission Division Manager, is the member representative to PDi2

Power Delivery Consultants, Inc joined PDi2 in July. PDC is a certified minority-owned (MBE) small business and is an engineering-consulting firm that provides specialized consulting services for underground transmission cables and overhead lines. Rachel Mosier, Principal Engineer and Vice President of PDC, is the member representative to PDi2.

Forterra joined PDi2 in October. Forterra is a leading manufacturer of pipe and precast products that support water and energy delivery infrastructure. Jeff Killin, Vice President of Engineered Products for Forterra, will be the member representative to PDi2.

PDi2 began an enhanced working relationship with Mike Beehler & Associates in July. MB&A will support PDi2’s efforts to generate industry awareness of our organization and help communicate our messages to utility executives and technical leadership. The objective is to share data and success stories that support the development of more strategic undergrounding programs that ultimately enhance power reliability and resiliency.

New Resources

PDi2 is a working group actively engaging with its members, industry stakeholders and other outside resources to collect, interpret, and report data to support the industry. As part of this mission, we were pleased to add a number of free resources to our website.

Stormy Weather: Going Underground as Part of a Resiliency Program. We collaborated with Transmission & Distribution World to bring you a special webinar on the role of undergrounding in resiliency programs. Watch the presentation and explore additional resources here.

The Case for Underground Distribution. This white paper from Mike Beehler explains the need for a new paradigm of thinking when it comes to resiliency and the electric distribution system.

Strategic Undergrounding: Dominion’s Lessons Learned. A webinar with Karen Kinslow explores Dominion’s seven years of “lessons learned” and project success with strategic undergrounding. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

Rethinking Resiliency: 2020’s Lessons on Grid Hardening. Mike Beehler’s article originally published in the November 2020 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly, takes a look at some of the hard lessons learned in 2020 and examines the future of resiliency and hardening North America’s electrical grid.

Building Resiliency in Electrical Infrastructure Series—an eleven-part series exploring PDi2’s Utility Infrastructure Resiliency Playbook chapter by chapter. Both the series and the playbook are available for free.

Thank You

PDi2 would like to thank all of our members and supporters who have helped us pursue our mission to grow awareness of the need for data-driven decisions when evaluating investments for power infrastructure.

We look forward to 2021 and the new opportunities it brings.

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.