"Managing Backlash to Blackout 2003"
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Blackout 2003 will no doubt generate healthy debate leading
to important capital investments and attendant system reliability and casualty
response improvements. However, the opportunity is ripe for knee-jerk over
reactions on the part of government, regulators, and customer advocates,
as well as the transmission companies and utilities themselves.
The Wass Consulting Group suggests that you keep in mind the
following three key elements as Blackout 2003 works its way through the
analysis, lessons learned, and corrective actions phases:
The Wass Consulting Group, Inc. has experience advising
executive utility and transmission company executives with issues such as
these, and would be pleased to discuss how we may assist you and your firm
in appropriately reacting to, and managing the follow-up to, Blackout 2003.
- Governance and oversight of transmission operations, whether internal
to a utility itself or of a separate transmission company, will continue
to challenge utility management. A handful of key elements for effective
governance should be stressed by utility executive management in these
- Transmission system capital projects associated with ongoing infrastructure
maintenance are fundamentally different than those associated with expansion
or improvements, and should be treated as such by the planning and execution
processes. With regard to infrastructure maintenance, the "pace" of
such projects is critical to meet the operational needs of an aging
- Communications, particularly real time operational communications,
remain critical. With the relatively recent adoption of the national
ISO structure, of more competitive markets, and with the creation of
separate transmission companies, the opportunity for immature communications
methods to adversely affect operational performance has escalated.
Please feel free to contact us for further information by phone at (630)
637-1405, or by e-mail as shown below:
Leonard R. Wass, Chief Executive Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Randall K. Moon, Vice President, email@example.com
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