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On Demand - Maintaining Reliability Despite Rising Extreme Weather Events & Energy Transition [an Energy Central PowerSession™]

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The electric power system, critical to the economic vitality of the country and the wellbeing of society, is facing significant challenges to reliability. Extreme weather events (EWEs), which are happening more often, are threatening the infrastructure that supports supply and demand. Moreover, the energy transition, which is the technological transformation of the energy sector from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, is challenging the predictability of supply. When you combine these two factors, the delicate juggling act of balancing supply and demand is becoming much more difficult.

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During this session, panelists discuss the latest Publicis Sapient white paper: Overcoming Threats to Electricity Reliability on EWEs and energy transition, and answer the question on everyone's minds, “How can utilities better predict, prepare, and respond to these threats?”


Why View

  • Hear research into the growing threat of extreme weather events
  • Learn about the energy transition and its impact on the predictability of the energy supply
  • Get a first look at survey results into EWE and Energy Transition preparedness
  • Hear reliability case studies and project snapshots




Ahmad Ababneh, Vice President at Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Ahmad has more than 25 years of experience in multiple industries with a focus in the energy and utility sectors. Ahmad is currently serving as the Vice President of Electric Operations, Major Projects and Programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this role, Ahmad oversees all of PG&E's electric transmission and distribution major project’s design and construction, wildfire and grid resiliency programs, system inspections, process improvement, contract management and vegetation management functions.


James Riley, CX Incubator Chair, Utility 2030 Collaborative

With over 20 years of consulting experience, James helps companies better understand the markets they serve and deliver growth through the development, marketing and selling of new products and services. James experience spans across multiple industries including: 
utilities, high tech, consumer packaged goods, discrete and process manufacturing, telecommunications, local government, hospitality, and banking & insurance.


Mitchell Beer - Publisher and Managing Editor, The Energy Mix

Mitchell Beer is Publisher of The Energy Mix, a free e-digest on climate change, energy, and carbon-free futures. He traces his work in renewable and energy efficiency to 1977, on climate to 1997. A proudest memory is building a model wind turbine out of wooden stir sticks with his then-11-year-old daughter, and improv comedy practices are often the best part of his week. His October, 2019 TEDx talk in Ottawa was on changing the conversation on climate solutions.


Supratik Chaudhuri - Director & Industry Principal, Publicis Sapient

Supratik is part of a leadership team at Publicis Sapient that helps energy companies solve complex business problems, demonstrate business results and create value through strategies that break down silos and make the enterprise customer-centric.



Vanessa Edmonds, Executive Director, Utility 2030 Collaborative

Vanessa Edmonds knowledge acquisition professional, marketer, writer, speaker, and technology company go-to-market advisor who helps utility companies reach transformation goals through the industry's best solution providers.
She has spent her career authoring lead generating research studies and articles. Expertise includes digital transformation, customer-centricity, customer experience (CX), energy efficiency, and clean energy. She has deep experience creating thought leadership content for with startups and North American utility industry new market entry.


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Publicis Sapient was born in the digital age, so we’re perfectly placed to modernize and optimize the way energy companies work, or to change their business model completely. Our work enriches the experience of people who engage with their brand in either a B2B or B2C capacity.

We’re big enough to lead, but small enough to empathize and take the time to demystify the jargon that creates hesitation around digital. The speed, quality and value of our work is unparalleled, harnessing an agile working method to ensure rapid, measurable and effective progress.

Don't miss their latest White Paper: Overcoming Threats to Electricity Reliability


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