SEPA Connect Event Developing Utility Mapping Tools to Support Sustainability and Equity with SMUD March 16, 2022 2:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m. PT 30 Minutes Register for SEPA Connect Event SMUD developed a resource priorities map to identify the local areas most likely to be underserved or in distress from lack of community engagement, adequate income, affordable housing, employment opportunities, and transportation. During this 30-minute interactive webinar, SMUD will share their methodology for gathering site selection criteria and datasets to build out their mapping tool. The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to ask SMUD questions around the tool’s development and how it may be able to be replicated across the country to support equitable electrification. The Audience will learn: How to develop mapping capabilities at your utility What a mapping tool can do for utilities and their stakeholders to identify electrification programs How to ensure equity in developing new utility projects and initiatives Share Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedIn About the Speakers Sonja Berdahl Project Manager, NREL Since joining NREL in 2010, Sonja has supported DOE’s Office of Electricity’s stakeholder outreach and education efforts by managing SmartGrid.gov, the Recovery Act Smart Grid Program Peer-to-Peer Regional Workshops, the Grid Modernization Initiative’s Regional Workshops, the DataGuard Energy Data Privacy Program, and Voices of Experience—a series of utility working groups focused on sharing the insights and lessons learned from implementing emerging technologies. Topics to date include smart grid customer engagement, advanced distribution management systems, integrating intermittent resources, and leveraging AMI networks and data. Sonja started her career in the electric power industry as a management consultant at EDS and then ATKearney. She was the vice president of operations at Energy Central, the founding publisher of EnergyBiz Magazine, and a global energy market analyst for Pike Research (now Navigant). Ron Lehman Supervisor, IT GIS Ron is the supervisor of SMUD’s IT GIS department and has over 14 years’ experience working with geospatial analysis and planning in the utility sector. Ron received his BS in Computer Science from CSU Chico, and in 2011 received his Master’s in GIS from the University of Southern California, winning several awards for his work utilizing GIS for renewable power generation site selection and land planning. Ron and team continue to embark on exploring mobile and client technology applications as enterprise solutions to improve SMUD’s electric utility management processes. Jared Leader Director, Resilience Jared joined SEPA in 2017. In his role, he develops strategic plans for programs, products, and service offerings for utility and industry stakeholder members and clients that facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources, non-wires alternatives and microgrids onto the modern grid. Jared leads SEPA’s Microgrids Working Group and co-led D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization working groups. Prior to joining SEPA, he spent several years working as an environmental engineer and consultant for utility, municipal and commercial clients in the energy and water sectors. He has a MS, Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. Outside of business hours, Jared enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time in the great outdoors.