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SAME Young Professionals Webinar: The Resilient Substation—Using Gas-Insulated Substations

About This Webinar

For over 70 years, substations have been designed as large, outdoor, air-cooled facilities which are vulnerable to failure. Substations are the line of demarcation between the utility feed and government facility’s infrastructure, making them uniquely vulnerable to both human and natural threats. The resiliency of this key component can be the difference between being able to operate the critical facility or the facility going dark. With today’s terrorist threats to infrastructure as well as the potential for severe weather events, the resiliency of substations needs to be improved or hardened. A solution to this problem can be found in Gas-Insulated Substations (GIS), which are approximately 15 times the reliability of air-insulated substations. The technology exists today to reduce the footprint of substations and enclose them in small, climate-controlled buildings that can shield them from storm events and allow them to be elevated above the storm surge. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the concept of GIS and demonstrate how utilizing this design improves the resiliency of the electrical infrastructure of commercial and government facilities. The advantages of GIS will be explained as well as the cost difference between employing this technology and the standard open-air substation design.


Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Program Manager Indo-Pacific Theater, POWER Engineers
Ray Arguello is the NAVFAC Pacific program manager for POWER Engineers, a nationally ranked engineering firm focused on energy. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Arguello has managed dozens of electrical engineering projects including the interconnection of renewable energy projects to the utility grid. Mr. Arguello is a retired Navy Commander and was the Commanding Officer of the USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Webinar hosting presenter
Principal Substation Engineer & GIS SME, POWER Engineers
George Becker is a principal substation engineer withover 35 years ofexperience in the industry. Mr. Becker is an expert in gas-insulated substations, SF6management, and substation physical security. He is an IEEE Senior Member on the Substations and Switchgear Committees; he is Past Chairman of the GIS Subcommittee and presently serves on several IEEE and CIGRE working groups. He has authored various IEEE and CIGRE technical papers, conference papers and texts. Mr. Becker has performed in the role of Project Engineer and/or Owner’s Engineer Subject Matter Expert for the engineering, design and construction of 16 gas insulated substations.
Webinar hosting presenter
Project Manager, Jacobs