Public Meeting: FERC Conference In Washington, D.C.

"Geomagnetic Disturbances (GMD) to the Bulk-Power Sytem"

Date: April 30, 2012

Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Commission Meeting Room
888 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20426

FERC logoThe purpose of the conference was to discuss issues related to reliability of the Bulk-Power System as affected by geomagnetic disturbances. The conference explored the risks and impacts from geomagnetically induced currents to transformers and other equipment on the Bulk-Power System, as well as, options for addressing or mitigating the risks and impacts.

The Commission will be accepting written comments regarding the matters discussed at this technical conference. Any person or entity wishing to submit written comments regarding the matters discussed at the conference should submit such comments in Docket No. AD12-13-000, on or before May 21, 2012.

Commission members participated in this conference. All interested persons were invited to attend. Click the following link to read FERC's official public notice (a PDF file):

The agenda for this meeting is available as a PDF document you can download and read . Click the following link for the agenda:

Information on this event is posted on the Calendar of Events on the Commission's web site, The conference will be transcribed. Transcripts will be available immediately for a fee from Ace Reporting Company at 1-800-336-6646.

Media Reports:

The Dylan Ratigan show on MSNBC featured a seven-minute summary and a recap discussion about the FERC Staff Technical Conference on Geomagnetic Disturbances (GMD) to the Bulk-Power System, which can be viewed online at:

A free webcast of this event is also available through Anyone with Internet access who desires to listen to this event can do so by navigating to's Calendar of Events and locating this event in the Calendar. The recording of the webcast is available online: (archived recordings are maintained online for three months after the event).

Some of the panelists' (see list below) written remarks were made public, and we encourage our members to read the following documents, which are available as PDF files you can download and print. Click on any panelist's name to download a PDF of their written remarks.

Scott Pugh – Interagency Programs Office, Science & Technology Directorate, U. S. Department of Homeland Security

Mark Lauby – Vice President and Director of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

John Kappaman – Storm Analysis Consultants

John Houston – Division Senior Vice President, High Voltage Delivery & Compliance, CenterPoint Energy

Singh Matharu – Senior Engineer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Gerry Cauley – President and CEO, North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry – Task Force on National and Homeland Security

Michael Heyeck – Senior Vice President of Transmission, AEP and President of Electric Transmission America, AEP and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company

Steven T. Naumann – Vice President, Wholesale Market Design, Exelon Corporation