The Aging Grid Infrastructure: Threat or Opportunity?

Energy and Environment Breakfast Series
Categorized Under: Cybersecurity, Energy



During this Energy and Environment Breakfast, ICF International welcomes Jay Caspary, senior policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and member of DOE's Grid Tech Team, who will explore challenging issues facing the electric transmission grid and potential solutions to these problems.

Substantial portions of the grid—including lines, transformers, substations, and more—are reaching a condition that will necessitate their replacement over the next 20 years. At the same time, we must focus on optimal ways to carry out this replacement (e.g., guarding against cyber attacks). We also need to consider how we can harden the grid (so that storms like Sandy will do less damage) and make it more resilient in order to bring it back online when the system goes down. What about preparing to accommodate renewables, smart grid assets, and the emerging distributed resources? All of these objectives sound laudable, but can we do all this effectively, while not imposing substantial tariff increases on utility customers?


  • Jay Caspary

    Jay Caspary

    Senior Policy AdvisorDOE Grid Tech Team

    Jay Caspary is the Director of Transmission Development at Southwest Power Pool where he addresses emerging, strategic, and ongoing transmission issues with a primary focus on removing barriers to effective coordinated expansion planning beyond traditional seams. Mr. Caspary is currently on assignment to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Grid Tech Team.

    Mr. Caspary has almost 30 years of experience in transmission planning, electric and gas resource planning, regulatory services and pricing, customer choice, and transmission services. He serves on several industry committees, including the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) Intermittent and Variable Generation Task Force; the Electric Power Research Institute's Grid Operations, Planning and Renewable Integration program; and DOE's Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative. Mr. Caspary has served on the board of directors of the Utility Wind Integration Group since 2006.

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Event Details

Date: Dec 12, 2012
Time: 8:00AM–9:30AM (Eastern)
Speaker: Jay Caspary
Place: Washington, DC Office

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