With the help of Energetics, the GridWise Alliance conducted a facilitated workshop titled “Grid Modernization Impacts During Superstorm Sandy and Other Very Large-Scale Grid Events.” The aim was to explore electric system-related challenges experienced during significant grid events and potential opportunities to help alleviate the effects. This workshop was significant in that the 60-plus participants included both vendor experts and representatives from approximately 20 utilities, the latter representing more than 40 percent of the nation’s electric customers.
Energetics worked with the GridWise Alliance to distill the results into a helpful report that included lessons learned and recommendations about planning for, and responding to, very large-scale events. This type of planning and response is complicated and requires coordination and collaboration at the federal, regional, state, and local levels to address the breadth and inter-related nature of these potential impacts.
Energetics’ facilitation team collaborated with technical writers, graphic designers, and subject matter experts to create the framework for the document, gather and edit the content, add photographs, and format the document in a clear and attractive layout. The report earned Energetics one of their three 2013–2014 International Summit Awards hosted by the Society for Technical Communication.