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UU 203: System Hardening: Strategy, Tactics, and Cost Recovery

  • Room: 217B
  • Session Number:UU 203
Monday, January 27, 2020: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Richard Brown
Exponent Inc.
United States


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The goal of this course is to provide an overview of system hardening for North American utilities, including all of the information needed to develop a hardening strategy, select hardening tactics, and design a system hardening plan that has a high likelihood of receiving favorable cost recovery treatment by regulators.

Attendees will learn:

  • Learn the relationships between reliability, resiliency, and hardening.
  • Learn the primary types of major events and the key hardening issues associated with each.
  • Learn how to develop a hardening strategy and a hardening roadmap, including key performance indicators.
  • Learn different hardening tactics and how they apply to different types of major events.
  • Learn how to perform a benefit-to-cost assessment to demonstrate whether a hardening plan is cost justified.
  • Learn how to best engage regulators to maximize the likelihood of full cost recovery.
  • Learn about two hardening case studies from major U.S. utilities.

This course will be most valuable for the following people:

  • Electric utility employees from engineers to department heads.
  • Engineers and consultants that provide services to electric utilities.
  • Vendors that supply products and services to electric utilities related to system resiliency and storm hardening.
  • Most value will come to those involved in system reliability, system planning, system engineering, storm planning, storm response, standards, and rate case cost justification.

Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications:

There are no pre-requisites for attendance, but a basic knowledge of distribution systems, distribution equipment, and related terminology will be helpful.


For questions regarding the DISTRIBUTECH conference program please contact:  
Debbi Wells, CMP
Conference  Manager
Direct: 918-832-9265

For questions regarding the DISTRIBUTECH exhibit services please contact your Exhibit Services Manager at:
Direct: 253-212-2735

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