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

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) and Bonneville Power Administration is sponsoring a free two-day seminar to share information for successful mitigation practices in order assist in the protection of the electrical infrastructure. Please join us and feel free to contribute your knowledge to the conversation. Topics include:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 11:50 am – Working lunch – Box lunches provided by CREW
  • 12:00 pm – Welcome and introduction from the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW): Pascal Schuback
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Shamus Gamache, Central Lincoln PUD
    • Robert Cochran, Seattle City Light
    • Mark Wesolowski, Puget Sound Energy
    • Stuart Nishenko, Pacific Gas & Electric, Moderator
  • 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.
    • Introduction of ShakeAlert staff and working groups
    • Technical User Working Group (TUWG): Lucy Walsh, UO/PNSN
    • ShakeAlert triggered actions to reduce losses: Dan Ervin, USGS
    • EWEB pilot project overview: Mark Zinniker, EWEB
    • Panel Discussion: Ways utility agencies might use ShakeAlert:
      • Rachel Lanagin, RH2
      • Mark Zinniker, EWEB
      • Bob DeGroot, USGS CEO ShakeAlert
      • Lucy Walsh, UO, Oregon ShakeAlert Coordinator
      • Jeff McGuire, USGS ShakeAlert Science Coordinator
      • Stuart Nishenko, Pacific Gas & Electric
      • Bill Steele, PNSN, Moderator
  • 4:45 pm – Review of days activities, participants homework/questions request for day 2
  • 5:30 pm – Symposium meet and greet social hour, DoubleTree Hotel – Dinner on your own. Recommendations available on request.

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
    • Jon Strahl, Navigant
    • Stuart Nishenko, Pacific Gas & Electric
    • Mark Zinniker, EWEB
    • Shamus Gamache, Central Lincoln PUD
    • Leon Kempner, BPA
    • Bob DeGroot, USGS CEO ShakeAlert
  • 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
  • 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 2
  • 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


Registration for the Cascadia Electrical Power Resilience Symposium on Sept 12th & 13th, 2019 is open. Please register now for the Cascadia Electrical Power Resilience Symposium with this registration link.

Meeting Location:

Bonneville Power Administration, Rates Hearing Room, 1201 NE Lloyd Street, Portland, Oregon 97232

Hotel Information: DoubleTree Hotel Energy Symposium Registration Page

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton – Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR 97232 – CREW has reserved a room block at government rate.

Please book your room ASAP, if needed, so that we can work to get additional rooms.


The DoubleTree Hotel is located on the TriMet Light Rail line and is an easy to use direct from the Portland International Airport

If you have any special needs and or request, please contact Pascal Schuback.

Symposium materials and presentations will be posted to this site following the event for archiving and future reference.

Please find some preliminary reading materials