Introduction to Building Resiliency In Electrical Infrastructure – Playbook Review Part 1
Perhaps the most desirable benefit to resiliency programs is the shortening of power outage duration and outage frequency. However, implementing these programs requires a multi-faceted approach based on data-driven decision making. Where do stakeholders find this data and what are the steps involved in creating effective resiliency programs?
These are precisely the kinds of questions we aim to answer in this new series on Building Resiliency In Electrical Infrastructure. As a companion to PDi2’s Utility Infrastructure Resiliency Playbook, this series will assist all stakeholders in determining the most viable, reliable, and cost-effective solutions for power transmission and distribution systems.
What To Expect From This Series
Each post will highlight one of the Playbook’s chapters or take a deeper look at specific concepts. We’ll define key words and phrases and explore case studies that illustrate common roadblocks and reinforce key points. Readers are encouraged to utilize this series as a guide to developing their own resiliency programs. Additionally, the Playbook’s bibliography includes a comprehensive list of articles, research papers, and other informative literature on topics of reliability, resiliency, hardening, and undergrounding.
Our approach is holistic, including collecting data and information on investment strategies, technology, construction techniques, resiliency to weather events, land values, technical or geographic constraints, and encouraging new ways of thinking that provide an opportunity to change the cost-benefit discussion related to infrastructure projects.
After reading this series and exploring the Playbook we hope that you will be able to:
- Identify the steps to develop your own resiliency programs.
- Identify and gather resources needed to make data-driven decisions.
- Understand and avoid common pitfalls.
- Develop and implement resiliency programs that deliver the best long-term results for power consumers and providers.
Most importantly, we hope you take the concepts and research from this series and use it to become a more active influence as part of the North American power industry. In our next post, we’ll be diving into the Playbook’s first chapter on defining resiliency program objectives. Until then, we encourage interested readers to download the Playbook in its entirety.