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.