Energy Resilience: How Energy Fits Into Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery

Technicians install a solar array at Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Technicians install a solar array at Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Photo by Ronald Bradshaw/U.S. Air Force

Event Details

Monday, June 27, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pacific

This event will be conducted virtually, and is open to the public.

Connection Details

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1613725728

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+1 669 254 5252 (San Jose)
+1 646 828 7666 (New York)
Webinar ID: 161 372 5728

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About the Program

Energy is considered a lifeline service, essential to human health, safety, and economic security. Like other lifeline services, energy delivery can be disrupted in a disaster and, at the same time, is a critical service required for disaster management. Improving the resiliency of energy services is therefore of great importance for more effective disaster response and recovery. This webinar will define and discuss resilience in the context of energy systems, and will explore policy, governance, and technical solutions and barriers to building more resilient energy systems. The importance of equity considerations and metrics for fair provision of energy services, and the centrality of energy services to other lifeline services—especially under circumstances of multi-disaster management—will also be discussed. These concepts will be explored with illustrative examples such as electricity sector recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and managing grid disruptions during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This event is presented by the Disaster Management and Resilience Program (DMR) of the RAND Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that conducts studies and analysis for federal sponsors. The DMR webinar series was created to increase understanding in how disaster policies can affect the ability of communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, disasters.

Presenters

Jonathon Monken

Jonathon Monken

Principal, Converge Strategies, LLC

Jonathon Monken is a Principal at Converge Strategies, LLC, a consulting company focusing on the intersection of advanced energy, resilience, and national security. He works with a broad range of state and local governments, private sector, and military partners, leveraging 20 years of experience to develop solutions around the advancement of whole community security and resilience. Jonathon’s unique expertise blends professional and leadership roles in the fields of national security, public safety, emergency management, military readiness, and critical infrastructure protection. He holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy.

Aimee Curtright

Aimee Curtright

Senior Physical Scientist; Professor of Public Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Aimee Curtright is a Senior Physical Scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research in energy and infrastructure policy analysis explores the tradeoffs between technological performance, economic costs, and social and environmental implications of new technologies. Prior to joining RAND, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy and held fellowships in technology policy at the National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and in micro-battery fabrication research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Miami.

Kelly Klima

Kelly Klima

Associate Program Director, Acquisition and Development Program (ADP), Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC)

Dr. Kelly Klima (Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University) serves as Associate Program Director of the Acquisition and Development Program (ADP) for the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). Kelly has over ten years of experience in decision analysis on energy and the environment. Klima's research work supports community resilience for extreme heat and flooding throughout the world, and has been applied in the City of Pittsburgh, City of St. Paul, counties in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Klima also serves as a Pardee RAND Graduate School Faculty Member, an adjunct assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Summer Associate mentor. Klima also holds a CFM from the Association of State Floodplain Managers and a CCEA from the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association.

Ismael Arciniegas Rueda

Ismael Arciniegas Rueda

Senior Economist; Professor of Public Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Ismael Arciniegas Rueda is a Senior Economist at RAND and a professor of public policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Arciniegas has held leadership positions at major energy companies such as AES, PSEG, Constellation and TransAlta. At those companies, Arciniegas led structuring, quantitative and trading teams that successfully participated in wholesale, retail, and renewable energy markets. Some of the projects that Arciniegas worked on include: deployment of a global Energy Trading Risk system (at AES), managing one of largest U.S. wholesale load portfolios and launching a power retail business (at PSEG), leading R&D programs on risk management products for power/gas (at Constellation) and managing PJM congestion trading portfolio (at TransAlta). Arciniegas maintains an active research agenda on real options and quantitative methods applied to energy and currency markets. He has several peer reviewed publications in scientific journals such as Quantitative Finance, Utilities Policy, IEEE System Man and Cybernetics, and Intelligent Data Analysis. Arciniegas also served over seven years on the Rutgers Master of Quantitative Finance Board of Directors. He is adjunct faculty at Catholic University where he teaches Energy Economics and Time Series courses. He also teaches courses at the Pardee RAND Graduate School on energy markets and climate risk management. He also worked at Los Alamos National Lab. He is fluent in Spanish, French and German (intermediate). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from State University of New York at Albany.

Contact

For questions about the event, contact Katherine Dillman at kdillman@rand.org