Sustaining reliability and resilience are grand challenges for energy network leaders today as they battle the growing challenges raised by climate change and decarbonisation in the midst of shifting regulatory expectations.
How should they respond and where can they look for lessons in the effective application of technology and data to overcome the new network pressures that come with low carbon technology growth and novel demands on networks?
These are the questions to be tackled in this webinar hosted by Utility Week in association with S&C Electric Company.
S&C’s regulatory experts – both former Ofgem employees – will provide their view on how networks can best outperform in RIIO2 and beyond. US utility veteran Michael Spoor will add practical insight into the journey to improved reliability and resilience which he led at Florida Power and Light. Special insights will be available on:
- Drivers for network transformation in Florida
- Developing an investment strategy focused on delivering reliability and resilience improvements
- The importance of spur protection in the plan
- Key benefits achieved and how these were amplified after proof of concept
Register now or listen on demand to learn more.
Chris Watts, Director of Regulatory Affairs, S&C Electric Company. Chris is S&C Electric Company’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, where he is responsible for the Regulatory team’s work tracking and analysing trends in electricity policy. He has more than 20 years of energy regulation and policy experience. He joined S&C from Ofgem, where he worked on a range of regulatory arrangements, including the development of Ofgem’s Interruption Incentive Scheme and its RIIO price control framework.
Grant McEachran, Regulatory Affairs Director, S&C Electric Company. Grant has 23 years’ experience in the energy industry, most of which has been as a senior economist for energy regulator Ofgem where he worked on a range of policy areas including developing and implementing key components of the current revenue-setting process, the RIIO framework. He also previously worked as an Economist for the Commerce Commission in New Zealand with a primary focus on setting price paths for the Electricity Distribution Businesses.
Michael G. Spoor, P.E. President, MG Spoor Consulting. Mike is a successfully retired executive with 36 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Preceding his retirement, he was vice president of Gulf Power, which is now part of Florida Power & Light. FPL is the largest energy company in the U.S., as measured by retail electricity produced and sold. He was appointed to this role in March 2021.
Prior to his role as vice president, Mike was the vice president of power delivery for Gulf Power. In this role, he was responsible for transmission and distribution activities for Gulf Power. Mike also served as vice president of transmission & substation for FPL. He was responsible for the transmission and substation system operations, technology, compliance, reliability, construction, maintenance, and restoration of service for all of FPL’s service territory, which covers more than 5.7 million customer accounts throughout 35 counties in Florida. He was also responsible for managing transmission and substation operations for NextEra Energy Resources, NextEra Transmission, and Lone Star Transmission.
Mike joined FPL in 1985 and has served in a variety of positions, primarily in the distribution business unit. In this unit, he served as area operations manager, manager of reliability, director of distribution system performance, director of business services, and director of distribution operations.