Strategic Undergrounding: A Panel Discussion

 

Series: Resiliency and Asset Management
Date: 09-29-2021
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM CT

The cost of underground distribution is coming down. Emerging technologies and advanced construction methods make underground(UG) more safe, reliable and resilient than overhead(OH) over the life of the asset. Utilities across America are proving it with strategic undergrounding pilots and programs.

The electric power industry has long stated that overhead electric distribution is more cost-effective than underground distribution. This was primarily because the capital investment was lower. However, in the 21st Century, we don’t need to design electric distribution infrastructure using 20th Century wood poles, span guys, down guys, fly taps and aerial mounted equipment like transformers, switches and cap banks. We need a new 21st Century paradigm of thinking about the electric distribution system. We need to be strategic about our approach.

The total cost of ownership of OH versus UG distribution has changed. We need to quantify the value of “total time of line restoration (TLR), reliability and resilience. And, then, there is aesthetics.

Join us for a panel discussion with utility and industry experts who are making the case for strategic UG distribution.

We need a new paradigm of thinking about the electric distribution system. Recent technological and material advances now make UG more safe, reliable and resilient than OH over the life of the asset. And then, there is aesthetics. Join us for a panel discussion with utility and industry experts who are making the case for strategic UG distribution.

Presented by:
Dave Plusquellic, TECO Storm Protection Plan Program Lead at TECO Energy
Karen Kinslow, Director, Electric Distribution Grid Resiliency at Dominion Energy
Paul Gogan, Director Electric Distribution Asset Management at WE Energies
Mike Beehler at Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative

 

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