2017-05-05 National Governors Association

Oregon Retreat on Prioritizing and Valuing Local Energy Resilience

May 5, 2017 | Newport, OR

Oregon, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), is working on a year-and-a-half long initiative to identify and deploy the resources, support, and technical solutions needed to deliver resilient power in the event of a natural disaster, such as a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and tsunami, or other emergency. The purpose of this retreat was to begin engaging stakeholders—primarily local communities and consumer-owned utilities in this process by identifying and discussing threats to the reliability of Oregon’s electric system. Participants at the retreat:

  • Learned about the threats to Oregon’s electricity system;
  • Described the vulnerabilities of critical assets to a prolonged power outage;
  • Discussed how investments in local energy resilience should be prioritized;
  • Discussed the values of local energy resilience measures; and
  • Informed a state policy action plan to enhance local energy resilience in the consumer-owned electric utility sector.

 

Agenda

Presentations

Welcome Remarks and Introductions

Speakers:

  • Ruchi Sadhir, energy policy advisor, Office of Governor Kate Brown
  • Debra Smith, general manager, Central Lincoln People’s Utility District
  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center

Threats to Oregon’s Local Energy Systems and Existing Statewide Resilience

Moderator:

  • Aliza Wasserman, program director, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Mike Harryman, Oregon state resilience officer, Office of Governor Kate Brown
  • Yumei Wang, geotechnical engineer, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

Identification and Prioritization of Resilient Power Needs of Critical Public Infrastructure

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Andrew Phelps, director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management
  • Dave Fitzsimmons, transmission and sales customer service manager, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Tracy Babbidge, bureau chief, Energy and Technology Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Stakeholder Feedback on Identifying and Prioritizing Resilient Power Needs for Critical Public Infrastructure

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center

Lunch

Speaker:

  • Mike Kaplan, director, Oregon Department of Energy

The Legislative Perspective on Coastal Energy Resilience

Moderators:

  • Ruchi Sadhir, energy policy advisor, Office of Governor Kate Brown
  • Debra Smith, general manager, Central Lincoln People’s Utility District

Speakers:

  • Senator Arnie Roblan, District 5, Oregon Coastal Caucus
  • Representative David Gomberg, District 10, Oregon Coastal Caucus

Identifying the Qualitative and Quantitative Value of Long-Term Local Energy Resiliency Investments

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Kevin Greenwood, manager, Port of Newport
  • Will Price, energy resource analyst, Eugene Water & Electric Board
  • Kirk Warren, chief operating officer, Alaska Energy Authority
  • Peter Larsen, research scientist and assistant group leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Wrap-up and Next Steps for Oregon

  • Moderator: Aliza Wasserman, Environment, Energy and Transportation Division, NGA Center