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5/21/20 Smart Grid Seminar: Electric Grid Resilience

May 21, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Recording available.
Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Bits and Watts Initiative, Precourt Institute for Energy, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
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Speakers: Gilbert Bindewald, Director of Grid Communications and Control, Office of Electricity at the DOE and Stephen Walls, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Seminar Abstract: The term "resilience" refers to the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.  The value of resilience to the electricity system is in enabling the function of other interdependent infrastructure systems and maintaining critical energy-based services. Many resilience approaches are being considered.  This webinar will outline some of these perspectives and provide an overview of some of the related ongoing activities within the Department of Energy.

Speaker Bios:  Gil Bindewald is Director for Grid Communications and Control within the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity and co-Chair of the Grid Modernization Initiative.  He leads activities to help transform the system that powers our homes and businesses, and increasingly, even fuels our cars.  He applies advancements in mathematics, computational science, and materials to reshape our energy future, in particular, the way that electricity is produced, delivered, and used.  Gil is a registered Professional Engineer (New York); he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College (Schenectady, NY), and an M.P.A. in International Development (Economics) from Harvard University.       

Stephen Walls, Esq., has been at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since 2011, where he helped create the Energy Transitions Initiative. This portfolio focuses on improving the energy security of island and remote grids of the United States. He was the lead content developer for the Islands Playbook published in early 2015 (           Stephen is currently in the Office of Electricity supporting federal recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Maria and Irma, after serving as an ESF-12 responder for those events. Before his work with DOE, Stephen worked in global government relations and capital markets for a Fortune 50 company. He earned a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Admission Info

Seminar is open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff.