Better Service Through Strategic Undergrounding

As storm responsiveness gets increased scrutiny, utilities are exploring options to improve system resiliency. See how Dominion Energy developed a strategic undergrounding program to reduce outage restoration times and improve the customer experience.

Strategic Undergrounding

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Keeping the lights on is more important than ever before. With customer expectations on the rise and storm responsiveness getting increased scrutiny utilities are constantly looking for opportunities to improve grid reliability — and more recently — system resiliency. To meet these challenges Dominion Energy developed and implemented a strategic undergrounding program for distribution laterals to reduce outage restoration times and improve the customer experience. Join the discussion featuring real-world experiences and best practices for undergrounding distribution systems.

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Gary Huffman | Distribution Programs Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Gary has managed all aspects of transmission, distribution and substation projects and programs. From regulatory policy and field operations on the utility/owner side to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), program management and storm recovery on the contractor side. He has 25 years of utility management experience, successfully and safely managed operations, maintenance and capital project teams. He testified before the California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, and South Coast Air Quality Management District as an expert witness.

Alan Bradshaw | Director – Electric Distribution Underground, Dominion Energy

Dominion's Strategic Underground Program is a 10-year initiative aimed at improving electric distribution reliability for Dominion's 2.5 million customers by converting the most outage prone overhead lines to underground. The targeted approach creates geographic resiliency and will significantly reduce the number of work repair locations following power outage events. Our ultimate goal is to reduce total time of restoration by 50 percent.