Gerry Cauley is the Principal Consultant and Head of Strategy and Planning Practice at Siemens Energy Business Advisory in Fairfax, VA. He focuses on integrating emerging technologies that include renewables, distributed energy resources, and digital technologies.
Cauley’s team works tirelessly to anticipate extreme risk events that threaten to hinder energy companies and shares his expertise on mitigation, resilience and compliance issues.
The consultant helped initiate a new program at Siemens to perform North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance services for power plants under Siemens’ operating and maintenance contracts.
NERC is a federally recognized electric reliability firm, tasked with developing standards for reliability and security for the majority of power systems across the continental U.S. and Canada.
Pertaining to the Siemens NERC compliance program, Gerry Cauley says, “The process begins with examining plant obligations and the scope of the relevant Generator Owner and Generator Operator compliance needs for that client’s assets.”
What are the registration prerequisites for the program? Cauley explains these require that any generator connected to the bulk power system at 100 kV or above on the high side of the step up transformer, and an individual unit nameplate capacity of 20 MW or greater, or aggregate plant nameplate capacity of 75 MW or greater, shall register with NERC and the applicable regional entity.
“Typically,” Gerry Cauley elaborates, “these registration criteria are straightforward. Although, Siemens also has the capacity to perform an interconnection analysis to support any issues with registration, particularly those arising due to historical precedents that challenge registration requirements.”
The Siemens NERC Compliance Program Policy outlines the program’s governance, responsibilities, and principles. Specifically, it sheds light on the procedures that include reporting of noncompliance, mitigation plan developments and tracking, compliance information reporting, and data retention.
Gerry Cauley goes on to explain that Siemens manages each plant in the NERC compliance program to reach reliability, security and compliance benchmarks. Plant management leads can access a performance dashboard to track the progress of these metrics. A compliance oversight committee is tasked with reviewing performance on a regular basis.
Gerry Cauley elaborates a little more on this oversight committee. “It is comprised of a Siemens compliance officer, plant manager, and department leads who are involved with NERC compliance obligations. This team presents its findings to the client as often as is needed.”
Gerry Cauley is no stranger to high-risk scenarios that demand effective mitigation strategies. As a Principal Consultant in the Energy Business Advisory Group at industrial manufacturing giant, Siemens, his work centers around the integration of emerging technologies including renewables, distributed energy resources, and digital technologies.
Cauley also helps energy companies create a holistic mitigation plan in cases of extreme risks, and oversees resilience and cybersecurity issues. Using a wealth of expertise, Cauley helps posture these companies to embrace risk mitigation approaches and advanced technologies in a rapidly changing industry landscape.
What are the primary challenges facing the modern-day energy enterprise? Gerry Cauley has an answer.
“The risks prevalent in the energy industry run the gamut. Everything from financial risk and stranded assets to cyber attack or severe natural event to environmental impact – these instances bring with them a tremendous liability and can adversely sway the company’s bottom line.”
Cauley speaks from experience. He served in Guyana, South America, as part of a consulting group, tasked with advising the CEO and executive personnel of the Guyana Power and Light. The group worked to manage risk and reduce system-wide outage, upgrade the system control center, and oversee the distribution feeder outage performance improvements.
Gerry Cauley’s risk management philosophy includes unique solutions and strategies that help companies quickly respond to the ever-changing energy landscape and also foresee the unprecedented. Cauley’s motto is quite simple in this regard, “Instead of planning to meet minimum reliability standards, utilities should consider resilience and ensure they are prepared to manage the consequences of more severe events.”
“In my work, I focus on reducing losses and costs that are associated with energy – an industry fraught with challenges. My team works to manage the total cost of risk, and insure operations and assets against threats and environmental impacts.”
In this day and age, technology is the bedrock of a successful business venture. A vital part of Cauley’s mitigation strategy is cybersecurity. His initiatives create the proper framework to accommodate security event monitoring, intrusion prevention, and real-time detection systems – all to respond to cyberattacks that occur anywhere in the critical infrastructure.
Better grid resilience and the ability to recover from catastrophic events are at the forefront of Gerry Cauley‘s strategies. The consultant has been key in facilitating the first three of six discussions with Hawai’i Electric and their stakeholders to create resilience inputs to plan their future power grid. The consultant and his team accounted for severe threats like hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and floods.
Against this backdrop, companies, with the help of consultants like Gerry Cauley, have developed risk functions to evolve governance, investments, policies, technologies, models and technology development.
Cauley backs his work up quite simply. “In the face of these issues, we’re left to seek out proactive risk assessment measures to facilitate a speedy recovery and acceptable outcomes.”
Gerry Cauley was recently named Head of Strategy and Planning Practice. He works closely with the energy industry, developing and leveraging opportunities that the digitalization era has to offer. His objective is to create value and help businesses poise themselves for future sustainability and growth.
Prevention of catastrophic events is not always feasible, but when it comes to energy and electrical resources, Gerry Cauley of Siemens Energy Business Advisory is busy developing ways to plan for better grid resilience and the ability to recover from such events.
In July of this year, Gerry Cauley participated in the first of six meetings with Hawai’i Electric and their stakeholders to develop resilience inputs to the planning of their future power grid. Gerry Cauley oversaw and facilitated exercises of six breakout teams focused on how to protect the Hawaiian electric grid from severe events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, and other severe disasters.
Hawaiian Electric Senior Vice President Colton Ching greeted the Resilience Working Group (“RWG”) members and provided an introductory background on resilience efforts by the Companies and across Hawai‘i. He described the Integrated Grid Planning (“IGP”) process and the vital role of the RWG to provide input on resilience, including threats and scenarios to be considered and mitigation actions. He emphasized Hawaii’s leadership in resilience and that both stakeholders in the RWG and the Companies will learn how to incorporate resilience into the IGP process best.
Gerry Cauley, along with another consultant from Siemens, presented background on resilience, including lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy in the northeast mainland and Hurricanes Maria and Irma in Puerto Rico. They explained the work Siemens has done to incorporate hurricane resilience into an integrated plan for the island as well as a conceptual definition of grid resilience and a framework for prioritizing critical customers and risk mitigation actions were presented for review.
During Gerry Cauley’s breakout exercise groups, he focused on the following considerations with stakeholders:
What threats should be considered and in what priority order?
What criteria should be used to prioritize customer segments concerning grid resilience needs?
What kinds of mitigating actions should be taken to address grid resilience needs? By Hawaiian Electric Companies? By customers/communities/others?
Gerry Cauley is a Principal Consultant in the Pace Global – Energy Business Advisory group within Siemens. Recently, he was named Head of Strategy and Planning Practice. His work is focused on the integration of emerging technologies, including renewables, distributed energy resources, and digital technologies. Advising energy companies on mitigation of extreme risk events, resilience, and cybersecurity, Mr. Cauley also provides expertise on emerging regulatory and compliance issues.
Siemens Energy Business Advisory partners with organizations to help them achieve energy transition and leverage the opportunities that digitalization provides. Their goal is to create sustainable value for businesses and society. Siemens Energy Business Advisory has a broad helps organizations overcome the challenges of integrating digitalization into their business strategy by determining infrastructure strategy to selecting future solution architecture.
Institution for Electric Innovation’s members represents 70% of the U.S. electric and power sector. Gerry Cauley, Principal Consultant in the Pace Global – Energy Business Advisory group within Siemens, was pleased to be in attendance for this roundtable discussion.
Among the agenda was the discussion of digitalization. Gerry Cauley’s company played a leading role developing underground distribution network automation for a Northeast utility to minimize the impacts of severe storms like Hurricane Sandy and to speed customer restoration. The distribution feeder automation system would keep power going even during and after a severe system event.
Gerry Cauley stated, “As a country, we are facing challenges with aging infrastructure, extreme weather conditions and failures to meet customer and system needs both during and after outages take place. This roundtable hosted by IEI offered us a chance to further explain our plans and to brainstorm with other top leaders in the U.S. on ways to execute improvements to resilience and customer service.”
Gerry went on to explain further, “With Seimen’s EnergyIP Meter Data Software, information can be forwarded to the energy market in real-time, allowing integration of renewable energy sources to be utilized efficiently and without delay. Outages can be localized and alleviated rapidly with our low voltage outage management system.”
Gerry Cauley’s position is focused on the integration of emerging technologies, including renewables, distributed energy resources, and digital technologies. He advises energy companies on the mitigation of extreme risk events, resilience, and cybersecurity. He also provides expertise on emerging regulatory and compliance issues.
Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Cauley served in Guyana, South America, as part of a consulting group from Manitoba Hydro International, advising the CEO and executive team of the national utility, Guyana Power and Light. Mr. Cauley focused on upgrades to the system control center, distribution feeder outage performance improvements, plans to integrate utility-scale solar facilities and resource expansion through the negotiation of power purchase agreements.
He facilitated a C-level steering group coordinating cyber and physical security, resilience, and national emergency response between utility CEOs and senior government officials at the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security and the White House.
Gerry Cauley has over 38 years of experience and holds a B.S. in mathematics and electrical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland, and an M.B.A. in organization management from Loyola College, Baltimore.
Siemens Energy Business Advisory partners with organizations to help them achieve energy transition and leverage the opportunities that digitalization provides. Their goal is to create sustainable value for businesses and society.
Siemens Energy Business Advisory helps organizations select strategies to manage risk, evaluate asset transactions, and integrate digital solutions and renewable energy into the grid.
Mr. Cauley has 38 years of industry experience. Before joining Siemens, Mr. Cauley served in Guyana, South America, as part of a consulting group from Manitoba Hydro International, advising the CEO and executive team of the national utility, Guyana Power and Light.
Mr. Cauley focused on upgrades to the system control center, distribution feeder outage performance improvements, plans to integrate utility-scale solar facilities and resource expansion through the negotiation of power purchase agreements.
Mr. Cauley’s proficiency includes consulting for utilities in the areas of power system operations and planning, substation operations, system protection, power plant operations, and nuclear operations and safety.
While at EPRI, Mr. Cauley led the development of advanced energy management system applications, including an advanced training simulator, transient and dynamic stability analysis tools, heuristic load forecasting, and system restoration tools.
He led the industry-wide effort to create FERC’s open access transmission reservation system (OASIS) and associated business practices, as well as NERC’s energy interchange transaction tools, such as tagging systems and congestion management programs.
As CEO at SERC and NERC, Mr. Cauley led numerous regional and industry-wide initiatives. He was the project manager of NERC’s application to become the Electric Reliability Organization.
Gerry Cauley developed the initial set of operations and planning reliability standards for FERC approval and modified the standards process to allow effective adaptation and improvement of the standards. He envisioned and created a North American-wide compliance and regulatory regime focused on risk management and continuous reliability improvement through effective internal controls.
Gerry Cauley advised senior decision-makers across industry and government regarding strategies to maintain adequate and reliable power systems in near and long-term horizons. As CEO, Mr. Cauley was also a recognized leader in the mitigation of cyber and physical security risks and led numerous resilience and emergency response initiatives.
He looks forward to utilizing his wealth of knowledge, hands-on experience, and resourceful problem-solving expertise in his role with Siemens Energy Business Advisory as Head of Strategy and Planning Practice.