Mr. Bakhshi received his M. S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Azad University in Iran. He has had 15 years of experience supervising and Designing Overhead Transmission Lines, ranging from 63 kV to 400 kV at the Kerman Regional Electricity Company (KREC) in Iran. He is a member of the SC B2 Overhead Lines Study Committee of CIGRE Iran and also Secretary for translating the CIGRE Overhead Green Book. He is currently studying M. S. Energy Management at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Vancouver, Canada. His current research interests include optimizing and cost-effective overhead transmission line design as well as renewable energy.
Extreme weather significantly impacts power systems and is one of the main causes of wide-area disturbances due to damaged T&D infrastructure, as evidenced by the recent increase in weather-related blackouts as well as grid breakdowns. Enhancing grid resilience to such events is increasingly important. This presentation explains that technological improvements in line design, such as upgrading conductors, can mitigate impact of climate extremes while building greater energy efficiency and demand response programs could offset sudden load increases from unusually high/low temperatures.