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.
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.
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.