Cascadia Electrical Power Resilience Symposium – Sept 12/13, 2019 – Portland, Oregon

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Work group (CREW) and Bonneville Power Administration sponsored a free two-day seminar to share information for successful mitigation practices in order assist in the protection of the electrical infrastructure. Please find the agenda and presentations below.

  • New science updates on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and regional earthquake
  • How the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system can trigger protective actions and complement the other suite of USGS information products that inform earthquake planning and response.
  • Information sharing with other regional electric utilities on strategies to build support for mitigation.
  • Discussions with experts on recent disasters that have impacted utility policies related to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters.


Day 1 – September 12th, 2019

  • 10:00 am – Registration, meet and greet. Coffee and snacks.
  • 11:30 am – Welcome, orientation and safety briefing: John Nguyen, Continuity of Operations and Emergency Manager, BPA.
  • 11:40 am – The BPA COOP Plan: John Nguyen, Continuity of Operations and Emergency Manager, BPA. – Presentation PDF
  • 11:50 am – Working lunch – Box lunches provided by CREW
  • 12:00 pm – Welcome and introduction from the Cascadia Region Earthquake Work group (CREW)
  • 12:10 pm – Why a Cascadia Region wide meeting? Opening remarks about Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes, past and future: Harold Tobin, Director PNSN
  • 12:55 pm – Reliability vs Resilience and BPA’s decades of gradual improvements, Leon Kempner, Civil Engineer, BPA. – Presentation PDF
  • 1:25 pm – 2:45 pm – Electric power presentations discussing challenges to the electric power infrastructure and the potential for cascading impacts on electrical power and other lifeline infrastructure that depend on reliable electric power during and after a major earthquake.
  • 2:45 pm – Break
  • 3:00 pm – Earthquake early warning presentations will provide information on how ShakeAlert works and what kinds of actions earthquake early warning can facilitate within the electrical sector. Learn how ShakeAlert can improve power system resilience.
  • 4:45 pm – Review of days activities, participants homework/questions request for day 2
  • 5:30 pm – Symposium meet and greet social hour

Day 2 – September 13th, 2019

  • 7:30 am – Registration, coffee and bagels and participants to hand in panel questions
  • 8:30 am – Introduction to days events – Bill Steele, PNSN
  • 8:45 am – Community Resilience Microgrids for Earthquake Preparedness: Jonathan Strahl, Navigant
  • 9:00 am – Questions and suggestions from the panel and participants. Facilitated by Bill Steele, PNSN
  • 10:00 am – Break
  • 10:45 am – Strategies discussion group break outs
  • 12:00 pm – Working lunch
  • 12:15 pm – Science tools for planning and response. How ShakeMap and ShakeCast provides situational awareness following earthquakes and how do you best allocate limited resources; David Wald, USGS
  • 12:30 pm – Break out reports
  • 1:00 pm – Building resilience in Oregon: Mike Harryman, Chief Resilience Officer, State of Oregon – Presentation PDF
  • 1:20 pm – Adam Schultz, Oregon Department of Energy
  • 1:30 pm – Washington Resilience Plan and Energy
  • 1:40 pm – Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure, Cascadia Rising 2022
  • 1:50 pm – Group discussion
  • 2:05 pm – Future symposiums and CREW Energy Lifeline Committee interest
  • 2:15 pm – Day recap, closing remarks
  • 2:30 pm – Adjourn

Please find some preliminary reading materials