Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit

2018 Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit

Hosted by Smart Grid Northwest

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, 8:00am-4:15pm
Panoramic Room at the Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA
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 An in-depth exploration of the state of energy system resiliency in our region

Smart Grid Northwest and our community from across the region – Washington, Oregon, Idaho and BC – came together at the 2018 Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit. At this unique one-day meeting, stakeholders participated in presentations, panel discussions and working sessions focused on helping regional stakeholders with developing resiliency solutions for energy systems in our region. This event dug deep into some our most critical topics: developing microgrids at critical facilities, preparing for cyber resiliency, asset monitoring, rapid restoration, all-hazard resilience, and finding metrics for tracking and quantifying resiliency efforts.

The Utilities, Agencies and Customers Leading the Charge


  • Regional utilities working on resiliency issues
  • Government agencies supporting preparedness planning
  • Providers with proven resiliency solutions
  • Large industry and other critically impacted energy customers
  • Other organizations who see energy resiliency as critical

Most of the content focused on the electrical system, but natural gas, water, transportation and other infrastuctures were addressed.

Let’s Work Together to Answer The Key Resiliency Questions

The conference was organized around the key questions that lead to improving resiliency across energy systems in the Northwest.

  • Identifying Priorities: How can we best determine the areas that need attention or are most vulnerable?
  • Valuing Options: How do we establish quantifiable and defensible figures for solutions?
  • Deploying Solutions: What are the best practices for implementation of various technologies?

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

Colonel Ken Borchers, Commander of our 252 Cyber Operations Group, WA Air National Guard

Shamus Gamache, PE, Senior Systems Engineer
Central Lincoln PUD

Ray Gifford,
Wilkinson Barker & Knauer LLP (Formerly with CO PUC)

Danny Grady, Energy Specialist
City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability

Carl Imhoff, Manager, Electric Infrastructure Sector

Anand Iyer, Sr. Vice-President for Products & Technology
Quantum Spatial Inc

Leon Kempner, Jr., PE, PhD, Principal Structural Engineer
Bonneville Power Administration

Bob Kirchmeier P.E., Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Clean Energy Fund Grid Mod. Program
WA Deptartment of Commerce

Curt Kirkeby, Technology Strategist and Engineer
Avista Utilities

Daniel Kirschen, PhD., Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington

Clay Koplin, Chief Executive Officer
Cordova Electric Cooperative, Inc

Soorya Kuloor, Ph.D., Practice Director, Distribution Operations

Sudipta Lahiri, PhD., Senior Consultant
DNV GL – Energy

Robert Landavazo, ICS Engineer
Tripwire, Inc.

John Lutz, Territory Manager
S&C Electric Co.

Eileen Newton, MSN Emergency Preparedness Manager
CHI Franciscan

Tyler Nice, Senior Engineer
Eugene Water and Electric Board

Lt Colonel Chris Panush, Commander of the 194th Logistics Readiness Squadron, WA Air National Guard

Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, President

Adam Schultz, Senior Policy Analyst, Grid Integration & Resiliency
OR Department of Energy

Uzma Siddiqi, Technology Innovation Principal Engineer
Seattle City Light

Paul Skare, Chief Cyber Security Program Manager

Greg Stanway, Senior Manager, Strategic Programs
BC Hydro

Fiona Taylor, Director, Smart Technology Operations & Restoration
BC Hydro

Tuan Tran, Director of Engineering
Seattle City Light

Mark Vasconi,  Regulatory Service Director

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Session Agenda: Tuesday, June 12th

  • 8:00 – Registration and coffee
  • 8:30 – Opening Session: Building Resiliency into Our Regional Energy System: The Big Picture
  • 9:00 – Panel: Step One: Identifying and Mapping System Priorities
  • 10:00 – Break
  • 10:15 – Presentations: Valuing Utility Resiliency Efforts and Metrics for Tracking Energy Resiliency Efforts
  • 11:00 – Fireside Chat: From the Regulator’s Point of View: Valuing Energy Resiliency Efforts for the System and the Customer
  • 11:30-12:15 – Lunch
  • 12:15 – Keynote Presentation: Resiliency as a Core Function of the Energy System
  • 1:00 – Panel: Microgrids in Action at Critical Facilities
  • 2:00 – Panel: The Time is Now: Strategies for Boosting Cyber Resiliency
  • 3:00 – Panel: Technology solutions to Enable Resiliency: Distribution Automation and Advanced Monitoring for Real-Time Awareness and System Optimization
  • 4:00 – Close: Working Sessions

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Smart Grid NW demand response DR symposium 2016

Our very successful 2016 NW Demand Response Summit at the Pacific Tower drew over 150 participants.

Resiliency Tour and Annual Meeting Monday, June 11th

  • Resiliency Assets Tour June 11th, 1-4pm. Seattle City Light has invested in a number of solutions to build resiliency into the energy system in the Seattle area. Participants joined a special discussion starting from the Seattle Municipal Tower followed by a site tour of recent investments for a major substation.
  • Smart Grid Annual Meeting and Evening Networking Reception, June 11th, 4:30-8pm. All participants of the Summit were welcome to attend the Smart Grid Northwest Member Meeting and the hosted Networking Reception the day before, June 11th, from 4:30pm to 8pm. Annual Meeting was conducted, including a social networking event with full hosted bar and heavy appetizers at the World Trade Center Seattle, for the perfect way to meet people joining the discussion before the Summit kicked off.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We’d like to thank our sponsors for making the event possible.




Landis + Gyr


Seattle City Light


If you’d like to help support the event, please contact executive director Bryce Yonker at

Northwest Energy Resiliency Summit Sponsorship – $3,000

  • 3 passes to the event
  • Table space at the event venue, if desired (Details TBD)
  • Recognition in marketing materials (brochure, signage, website, emails, etc.)
  • Mention during introduction, lunch and other breaks
  • Ability to actively help shape the program and confirmed speakers
  • Invitation to VIP activity (Details TBD)
  • List of attendees (before and after event)
  • Download the PDF Summit overview

We Also Thank Our Planning Committee and Supporting Organizations

BC Hydro





OR Dept of energy

Snohomish PUD

University of Washington

WA National Guard