Plenary Session Theme:
Managing Rights-of-way in a Changing Climate
Climate change is posing very real challenges for managers of rights-of-way in providing critical services. Unusual heat waves and wild fires are affecting electric transmission and distribution lines. With increased storm frequency and severity comes increased flooding and ice storms. Melting permafrost negatively impacts pipelines, drought affects hydroelectric flow, and rising sea levels encroach on coastal infrastructure.
The panel will discuss ways in which these issues are currently being addressed and how to plan for future impacts from operational, financial and policy perspectives.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Dale Sands worked with leading engineering firms CH2M, AECOM and ABB for nearly thirty years in a wide range of executive leadership roles. At CH2M, Mr. Sands was the Senior Vice President of Global Practices for the Private Sector Division. Mr. Sands left CH2M at the time of the acquisition by Jacobs Engineering to form his own independent consulting firm.
SVP, Transmission, Xcel Energy
Regional Administrator, EPA