This webinar will cover risk assessments and loss prevention measures associated with the overhead electric system, including what utilities can do to reduce exposure, corrective measures to mitigate risks from outages and other hazards, and the impact on public safety.
Utilities and other concerned parties are sharpening their focus on the reliability of the electric system not only for the convenience of modern living but for emergency response and the continuation of service to critical customers. There are additional concerns about reliability as well as significant risks when operating facilities in areas prone to wildfires. Property losses and damage to natural resources can amount to many millions of dollars when a wildfire is alleged to have been caused by the electric system, which brings added urgency to risk mitigation efforts.
The webinar will be presented by Howard J. Somers, Senior Vice President – Loss Control, who has been with AEGIS for the past eight years, during five of which he led the Loss Control Division. Howard currently serves in the role of Chief Technical Officer for the company. Prior to joining AEGIS, he worked for 30 years in the utility industry and held numerous management positions with Consolidated Edison, located in New York City, which included: General Manager of Electric Operations responsible for Electric Construction for overhead and underground distribution facilities, unit substations and line clearance activities; Director of Environmental, Health and Safety; Bulk Power Senior System Operator for the entire New York City electric and steam systems; Engineering Manager for Fossil Generating Stations; and I&C and Electrical Systems Engineer at the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Station. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research; completed a two-year course of study by PTI in “Electric Power Systems Engineering”; is certified as a Safety Professional (CSP); and is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York State.