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Situational Awareness for Wildfires Risk Management
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Today's utilities have a desire to create and maintain a high level of visibility into their operating environments to ensure the security and operational efficiencies of their assets and resources. With the increase of environmental events / disasters, public scrutiny and/or regulations utilities are looking for ways to enhance the condition of their assets and the associated risks. Utilities are transitioning from a reactive management approach to a more proactive and predictive based program, resulting in increased safety, decreased asset life-cycle costs, decreased network risk, and increases network reliability and full situational awareness.



The Role of Hydrogen in Future Energy Systems: Seasonal Energy Storage Webinar/Roundtable
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Hydrogen is a flexible energy carrier that could enable the integration of disparate energy systems, including electricity, heating, and industrial sectors, to improve economic efficiency, reliability, flexibility, environmental performance, and resilience. Indeed, hydrogen can be produced from a variety of sources and is widely used in a variety of industrial and chemical processes. Here we explore the role of hydrogen in high or ultra-high renewable energy systems. First, we provide a short overview of the potential role of hydrogen technologies in the context of sector coupling and the integration of wind and solar photovoltaic power sources in energy systems. Then, we present the results of a case study on the techno-economic analysis of hydrogen-based seasonal energy storage in the Western U.S. power system with 24% to 61% of variable renewable power sources on an annual energy basis (up to 83.5% of renewable energy including hydro, geothermal, and biomass power sources).
 


Recent Changes to U.S. Coal Plant Operations and Current Compensation Practices
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This presentation will explore the ongoing shift from coal generation towards natural gas and renewables. The report, prepared by Energy Ventures Analysis for the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), details how coal plants are managing the increasing pressure to act as load-following - or cycling-resources, particularly in states with high reliance on intermittent renewable generation. In addition to quantifying these changes, the report also examines the financial impacts on plant owners and operators and what current compensation mechanisms exist to recoup these costs while providing flexible and reliable electricity.  

 



Verbal Judo - De-Escalation Techniques and Situational Awareness
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In today's "new normal", the need to plan for the worst possible situation, and to provide passive techniques and tools to avoid conflict escalation is critical.  While most conversations and interactions between utility employees are uneventful, it is important to be mentally equipped to deal with a situation, should it arise.  Verbal Judo teaches you to redirect the energy of an uncooperative person rather than resisting them.







Heat Related Illness Prevention for Electric Utilities - A Collection of Learnings and Best Practices 
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Mitigating heat exposure risk begins with a high-quality training program and applying lessons learned from industry. In the RMEL August Round Table, Rayna Brown and Steven Hicks, Industrial Hygienists with Evergy, Inc. will provide insights and discuss lessons learned associated with managing heat related illness for electric utility workers in both Power Delivery and Generation. This presentation will highlight the management of heat strain on the workforce [including a field supervision emphasis], discuss the impact of cloth face cover use due to COVID-19, and outline the role nutrition can play in mitigating heat stress on the human body.
 




When the Open House Is Closed; A Playbook for Virtual Public Engagement Webinar

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In this hour-long session, the presenters will walk through the latest threat landscape and why industrial control systems are at significant - and growing - risk from attackers. They will then discuss the real challenges to securing these critical infrastructure systems. They will then walk through a practical approach to building a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate your cyber security journey. This approach will leverage many case studies and examples from utilities who have succeeded in dramatically improving their maturity in rapid fashion. It will conclude with practical suggestions of how to begin - regardless of where you stand in your current maturity. 
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Defining the Threat Landscape and Developing an Overall Roadmap

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In this hour-long session, the presenters will walk through the latest threat landscape and why industrial control systems are at significant - and growing - risk from attackers. They will then discuss the real challenges to securing these critical infrastructure systems. They will then walk through a practical approach to building a comprehensive roadmap to accelerate your cyber security journey. This approach will leverage many case studies and examples from utilities who have succeeded in dramatically improving their maturity in rapid fashion. It will conclude with practical suggestions of how to begin - regardless of where you stand in your current maturity. 
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Meeting the Needs of Your People, While Meeting the Needs of Your Business: A Path to Productivity Post COVID-19

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Research and our own experiences tell us that great organizations put people first.  Research has also shown that after a furlough or layoff it can take three to six months for employees to return to the levels of productivity they were at before the layoff occurred. Dealing with crises are no different. We only have one chance to get this right.  So how do we meet our employees "where they are," and provide the tools they need to recover and feel supported by their organization, and at the same time put plans in place to "flatten the curve" in regard to productivity loss?  Join us for our next webinar presented by Cardigan, where they help us answer these questions. 
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Where Are You on the COVID-19 Learning Curve? Virtual is Vital to Our Learning Today

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As many of us are "stuck" at home and others may be "locked in place" at work, we may find we have unstructured time that creates a rare opportunity-an opportunity to engage in learning through the many venues of online or e-learning. This one-hour webinar will explore the opportunities for learning and development created by forced changes in work schedules, locations, and methods, including increased reliance on virtual meetings and e-learning. We will provide tips on how to prepare for and support employee engagement in e-learning. We will also describe criteria that will help you select quality e-learning resources that can be quickly and easily offered during this time. Sign Up to Watch This Webinar Recording



Effective Communication & Culture Strategies in Times of Uncertainty

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Many companies have crisis communication plans to address PR challenges, but few have defined processes for dealing with the cultural and emotional challenges that we are all facing with changes to our current work environment as a result of COVID-19.  Much of the workforce is now working from home, while field personnel adjust to the new challenges of maintaining the infrastructure. This new environment is cause to pay special attention to our message and how we communicate with our employees. It is critical to acknowledge the vital contributions of each person who works to keep the power on during these unprecedented circumstances.  Sign Up to Watch This Webinar Recording