Join Michael Wu, Executive Director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Secure Energy (RISE) Consortium, for a moderated conversation with senior climate officials from DoD. Attendees will learn about the evolving global strategic environment, threats to U.S. military missions and strategic interests related to climate, and innovations and investments to strengthen DoD's resilience posture.
This session discusses how states and tribal governments are unlocking a historic amount of federal investment in energy resilience through opportunities such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The panelists will discuss how this opportunity can be leveraged to create a lasting transformation in resilience planning, which can thereby solidify a process for sustained, efficient, and effective energy resilience investment. Particular focus will be on understanding the analytical and informational needs of states and tribes as they embark on this transformation, and areas where the research community are poised to support these needs
Chair: Bobby Jeffers, Program Manager V-Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The cybersecurity crossroads of national security and the private sector. Attendees will learn about the blurring battle space between critical infrastructure owner/operators and the mission assurance they support in the Department of Defense and how coordinated cyber defense is essential to staving off the worst consequences of global energy insecurity.
Chair: Jonathon Monken, Principal, Converge Strategies, LLC
Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Maria, Winter Storm Uri. No community is immune from the effects of extreme weather events caused by a changing climate. In this session, attendees will learn from organizations responsible for building our resilient future by designing infrastructure and planning criteria that prioritizes climate resilience.
Chair: Dawn Davis, Environmental Justice Specialist, Idaho National Laboratory
Chair: Ariel Stenger, Program Manager, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Too many good ideas hatched in research labs never make it to operational technology securing real systems. Why? Is the technology not the right solution at the right time? Are motivations and incentives misaligned between research and OEMs? Can it be solved through more demonstration? Is the gap less in the technology and more in the policy and/or market realities? Or is it a mix of all of these factors?
Chair: Dan Herway, Vice President, Idaho Scientific
While mitigation – the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – is getting a great deal of attention and capturing the majority of funds allocated in response to the climate crisis, infrastructure adaption and resilience is not adequately prioritized at present. Without a plan to identify and protect the most important infrastructure elements that undergird critical DHS missions, key USG functions will begin to experience unacceptable impairment and potentially, failure. In this interactive talk we will describe the three key elements of a pilot we're designing to address these challenges:
Chair: Andy Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory
Join CyberCP at Resilience Week 2022 for a special session dedicated to commercializing R&D for the Cyber War. The United States is under constant cyber attack from Russia, China, and other nation state adversaries. Cyberattacks are low cost missions that disrupt U.S. national security. The CyberWar has started. Protecting the most critical US infrastructure is paramount to maintaining the traditional military capabilities of the country. This panel explores the history, the best practices, capabilities and technologies developed for the US defense and intelligence community, bringing these to the critical infrastructure sectors to defend American Industry. Following this session, networking space will be provided for attendees to discuss technology transfer opportunities.
This session will dive deep into the when, why, and what it takes to execute three types of energy resilience exercises: tabletop, functional, and full-scale. Panelists will share their own real-world experiences to help the audience understand which exercise type is best for their own organization's energy resilience goals and how the exercises can be complementary.
Chair: Adair Douglas, Director, Converge Strategies, LLC
This session will present and demonstrate technical assistance provided by national laboratories to support energy resilience in at-risk communities. The session will begin with an overview of the Microgrid Conceptual Design Methodology, which enables communities to identify and priorities the critical services necessary to be powered during a resilience event. This discussion will include some of the core resilience metrics used to evaluate and improve resilience, such as the social burden metric which quantifies the additional effort that people must expend to obtain critical services during an electric outage. Next, place-based examples of past and ongoing technical assistance in island and remote communities will be presented. To end, as an interactive effort, the audience members will be collectively work through an exercise, guided by the presenters, to prioritize critical loads and begin the design process of a microgrid on “Paradise Island,” a fictional location with challenges reminiscent of the real-world locations the presenters have worked with.
Chair: Birk Jones, Research and Development Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories
Organizations must think beyond their "fenceline" in order to achieve mission assurance and business continuity. Disruptions to interdependent, complex supply chains increasingly result in cascading failures that impact multiple users across the energy system. This session will identify cutting edge processes and tools for analyzing your organization's supply chain.
Chair: Eliza Hotchkiss, Senior Resilience Analyst and Technical Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This session will explore how the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) represents a unique opportunity to consider how the growth of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) across cities, states, and transportation corridors can be designed to enhance resilience for the entire energy system.
Chair: Lauren Gore, Principal, LDR Advisory Partners
As our critical infrastructure systems become more connected and more complex, risks to those systems become harder to identify, let alone mitigate. The cascading effects of an outage across our interdependent network of infrastructures and the full spectrum of the resulting physical and societal impacts have never been more relevant or more difficult to identify. Siloed models of physical infrastructure cannot fully answer the question of what critical services and institutions will be interrupted during or following a disaster, nor can they identify which weak links in our existing systems we need to reinforce. To address this need, the National Risk Management Center has supported development of interdisciplinary tools to track cascading impacts between National Critical Functions and underlying physical infrastructure assets, and the prioritization of cascading impacts due to logical dependencies. These novel approaches to system decomposition and functional dependency identification are the first critical, necessary steps towards building the capacity for massive cross-industry risk analyses.
Chair: Chloe Applegate, Deputy Associate Program Leader for Cyber Systems Analysis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Join RISE Consortium Executive Director, Michael Wu, for a moderated panel discussion with leaders from the Department of Defense’s energy R&D programs, including the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), and Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF). Together, these organizations are responsible for promoting the transfer of innovative technologies to the field and use/accelerate the adoption of leading commercial technology throughout DoD and the federal government. Attendees will hear first-hand from DoD R&D leaders about the latest energy, climate, and cyber resilience initiatives and opportunities for collaboration with the RISE Consortium.
Making sense of the $1.7+ Trillion of congressional funding made available through the Infrastructure Bill, Inflation Reduction Act, Semiconductor Chip Act, and now Biden's student loan forgiveness efforts to help deploy the people, technologies, processes and standards needed to harden US Critical Infrastructure.
Chair: David Walter, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Solar Energy Technologies Office
This panel serves as a collaborative call for participants to test emerging technologies and security solutions, as well as workforce development activities.
This special session aims to present the conceptual understanding of cybersecurity stateawareness (CSA), quantify its development through analytical methods and tools, and explore market pathways to integrate into the commercialization and industry adoption. This session will consist of invited talks, presentations, and panel discussions from national labs and an industry member to highlight the ongoing research and development (R&D) efforts and future direction of works that will enhance the security and resilience of energy systems.
Chair: Vivek Singh, Researcher IV-Cyber Security & Resilience, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
This panel discussion focuses on the investor community's appetite for OT cyber investments.
The NRECA Threat Analysis Center (TAC) is the new Cooperative Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity threat analysis and sharing platform, designed to improve the speed, coordination, and effectiveness of Co-op threat response. The TAC is designed to be both a tool and a community, enabling collaboration and assistance among cybersecurity professionals at NRECA, Co-ops, and the wider intelligence community. This vision is dependent on establishing a network of cybersecurity professionals across the Co-op space. Therefore, as part of the TAC program, NRECA will launch the Grow /Keep Initiative, a workforce development initiative to address many of the challenges Co-ops face in hiring and retaining cybersecurity professionals. As small, rural organizations, many Co-ops struggle to compete in the cybersecurity personnel marketplace. As electric utilities with expanding use of DER and IoT devices, Co-ops also require personnel who understand the critical infrastructure they serve and the associated risks of being compromised. Such “unicorns” are rare and expensive. TheGrow/Keep Initiative will address these challenges by using the collective Co-op strength to compete in the marketplace while also growing cybersecurity expertise from the local Co-op communities. The resulting skilled and expansive network of professionals will act as a semi-shared resource, so every Co-op has the resources they need to resist and recover from threats.
Chair: Emma Stewart, Chief Scientist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
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