WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Utility Investments in Resilience of Electricity Systems

Event Date:

April 30, 2019 - 10:30am

Report No. 11 in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) hosted a free webinar on April 30, 2019, to discuss a new report, Utility Investments in Resilience of Electricity Systems. To view a video of the recording click here


  • Lauren Azar, technical consultant, Organization of MISO States
  • Randolph Elliot, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Scott Aaronson, Edison Electric Institute
  • Robert Mork, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates

Recent power outages caused by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters, coupled with evolving cyber and physical threats, have increased interest in the resilience of electricity systems. 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Lab Consortium defines resilience as “the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions, including the ability to withstand and recover from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents.”

In a new report for Berkeley Lab, organizations that represent state regulators, utilities and consumers discuss the level and scope of resilience needed, how to decide what investments are most impactful, and roles of local, state and federal officials.

Authors will discuss the report on a free webinar on April 30, 2019, 10:30 AM Pacific/1:30 PM Eastern. Register in advance at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ll0d7dv11eux&eom

The webinar will be recorded and archived at FEUR.lbl.gov along with the report and slides.

The report is the 11th in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series from Berkeley Lab. Additional reports are forthcoming. Subscribe to our mailing list at FEUR.lbl.gov and follow us on Twitter at @BerkeleyLabEMP.

The report was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity — Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy — Solar Energy Technologies Office as part of DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative. Lisa Schwartz of Berkeley Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group is the project manager and technical editor.

About the authors

The Organization of MISO States is a nonprofit, self-governing organization of representatives from each of the 17 regulatory bodies with retail jurisdiction over entities participating in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO). Lauren Azar of Azar Law, LLC, provided technical support. Azar is a former Wisconsin utility commissioner who also served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy and as a partner at Michael Best and Friedrich LLP in Madison.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization for America’s electric cooperatives. Randolph Elliott is regulatory counsel for NRECA and responsible for matters at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Before joining NRECA in 2017, he was regulatory counsel for the American Public Power Association and practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing on utility regulation and related litigation. Earlier in his career, he was an appellate attorney at FERC and a law clerk for Judge Thomas P. Jackson at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Edison Electric Institute represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Its members provide electricity for about 220 million Americans and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Scott Aaronson is Vice President, Security and Preparedness for EEI, leading teams focused on cyber and physical security, storm response and recovery, and associated regulatory policy. He also serves as the Secretary for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which serves as the primary liaison between senior government officials and industry leaders representing all segments of the electric power sector. 

National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates members are designated by the laws of their respective jurisdictions to represent the interests of utility consumers before state and federal regulators and in the courts. NASUCA’s comments were developed by a subcommittee of interested members led by Robert Mork, Indiana Consumer Counselors Office, and were approved by the NASUCA Executive Committee. 

Previous reports in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series:

  1. Electric Industry Structure and Regulatory Responses in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future
  2. Distribution Systems in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future: Planning, Market Design, Operation and Oversight
  3. Performance-Based Regulation in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future
  4. Distribution System Pricing With Distributed Energy Resources
  5. Recovery of Utility Fixed Costs: Utility, Consumer, Environmental and Economist Perspectives
  6. The Future of Electricity Resource Planning
  7. The Future of Centrally-Organized Wholesale Electricity Markets
  8. Regulatory Incentives and Disincentives for Utility Investments in Grid Modernization 
  9. Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers
  10. The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives