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2018 Nov Trans-Atlantic Mutual Assistance Workshop
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Friday, November 9, 2018
Sana Lisboa Hotel
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 8 Lisbon, 1069-310 PORTUGAL
  • Background: As the electricity sector is rapidly becoming more complex and digital, evolving operating technologies are transforming improvements in disaster management. The intelligent integration and functionality of systems is key to improve disaster responsiveness. As part of the disaster management scenario, advanced crisis communication in support of restoration process and the introduction of big data analytics is key to producing accurate, predictive and data-driven approach to changing climatic conditions and multiple disruptive incidents. The planning and managing of the aftermath of disasters is a daunting and difficult process given the multitude of decisions that must be made using the information from many sources. Other crucial points affecting organizational preparedness include increased government regulation penalties for slow restoration, expanding social media usage and increased terrorist attacks.

    In North America, electric companies have responded by establishing voluntary information sharing activities through programs including the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) which serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power industry, with the mission of coordinating efforts to prepare for, and to respond to, national-level disasters or threats to critical infrastructure; and the Mutual Assistance Program which is a is a voluntary partnership of investor-owned electric companies across the country committed to helping restore power whenever and wherever assistance is needed.

    Such dialogues can play an important role in assisting electric power companies in establishing and maintaining best-in-class disaster management measures and creating pro-active frameworks for operational practices. Accordingly, the Edison Electric Institute with host EDP Distribution are convening a two-day dialogue event for leading Iberian electric utilities and North American companies to share recent experiences and lessons learned in business continuity-mutual assistance preparedness and strategy.

    Expected Attendance / Participants: This “By Invitation Only” event will accommodate 20-30 representatives from utility network operators in North America and Iberia, including Senior Executives and key-level Managers responsible for electric company business continuity and mutual assistance, risk management and related areas.