Natural Disasters: The Power of Nature and its Challenge to Energy Security
This year's event will focus on natural disasters and how those events affect the energy sector as well as their customers and the public in general.
The event will be moderated by Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and acting director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment and the introduction will be by William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
The three featured speakers are:
Patricia Hoffman Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
She will discuss her perspective on vulnerabilities of the nation’s energy delivery system to severe natural hazards and efforts to improve reliability and resiliency to these hazards and the role of smart grid technologies in these efforts.
Gregory J. Sosson, P.E. Senior Project Manager-Fukushima Improvement Project, PSEG Nuclear LLC
He will discuss natural hazards and their impact on commercial nuclear energy and include the analysis being conducted and actions that the industry are taking based on the earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima and other postulated events.
Jeffrey Mock, Meteorologist, Dominion Virginia Power
He will discuss Dominion’s planning, response and restoration process for severe natural events, the role of the Dominion Weather Center in that process and examples of notable Dominion system events.
The GEMS Showcase Event is intended to increase visibility and access to information on timely and relevant Earth and Mineral Sciences' related focus areas and topics affecting industry and public policy, encourage and educate our students, and encourage collaboration across disciplines.