WEBINAR: Reimagined Microgrids
This event originally broadcast on March 24, 2022 and is now available on demand.
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsored by: PDi2
How can utilities build a better and more resilient electric grid that serves the community when it is needed most? A new definition of microgrid is a good start. A new microgrid approach to improved resiliency needs to be holistic with strong integration among traditional and renewable generation resources, transmission, distribution, and end users. Utilities need to build microgrids strategically to reduce risks and exposures by initiating long-term investments to achieve high levels of resiliency maturity against HILF events for all stakeholders. This new paradigm of planning, design and prudent investment in reimagined microgrids will include strategic hardening and undergrounding of lines to prepare utilities for the high-impact storms, wildfires, attacks and other HILF events of the future, while dramatically reducing the negative impacts on life, property, business, the economy and the community social fabric. Now is the time to start.
Governing Body Member – Vice Chair
CAISO Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)
Kondziolka has over 40 years of experience in engineering, planning, budgeting, line routing, public involvement, project management, design, construction, real-time operations, maintenance, reliability standards, and overall management of electrical transmission systems. Presently, Kondziolka is a Governing Body Member of the CAISO Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) and currently serves as Vice Chair. Prior to becoming an independent Governing Body Member on the EIM, Mr. Kondziolka worked at Salt River Project for 36 years. When he retired from Salt River Project, Mr. Kondziolka held the position of Management Consultant for Grid Resiliency and Security. Previous management positions at Salt River Project included Director of Transmission Line Design, Construction & Maintenance, Director of Power Delivery Engineering, Director of Transmission & Generation Operations, Executive Manager of Transmission Planning and Development, Manager of Transmission Line Design, Project Engineer for the Mead Phoenix Project, and Supervisor for Transmission Line Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Mr. Kondziolka was a senior engineer at Salt River Project and a design engineer at Tucson Electric Power Company addressing all aspects of transmission line design and development. Mr. Kondziolka is a registered Professional Engineer, has been involved in industry organizations, received several awards for research and industry contributions, and authored or co-authored technical articles related to transmission line systems. He has been involved in many of the efforts to achieve a more coordinated and unified Western Interconnection to improve reliability and economics.
Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative
Mike Beehler P.E. is the national spokesperson for the Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative and the chief opportunity officer for Mike Beehler & Associates LLC. He started his career designing and building transmission lines and substations for Tucson Electric Power and the Hawaiian Electric Co. and then spent more than 20 years designing T&D infrastructure and consulting on emerging trends at Burns & McDonnell. He has written, presented, and consulted on reliability-centered maintenance, critical infrastructure protection, and program management. In addition, he is a well-known industry writer and speaker on the early definition of the smart grid, 3-D and building information modeling applications in T&D, and development plans for smart cities. Most recently, he is sought for his strategic leadership and vision on the application of emerging technologies in changing business models to include the integration of distributed energy resources, augmented/virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. He authored the book, The Science of the Sale. Beehler is a registered professional engineer in Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama. He also is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of IEEE and CIGRE.