International Wildfire Risk Mitigation Consortium ("IWRMC")

The "IWRMC" is an industry-sponsored collaborative designed to facilitate the sharing of wildfire risk mitigation insights and strategies, and discovery of innovative and unique wildfire practices from across the global utility industry.

The program is led by a Utility Executive Steering Group, whose members are on the frontlines of the wildfire / bushfire issues in Australia and California:

IWRMC Steering Group

The (IWRMC) was established in 2019 to proactively address the wildfire issue.

Mission

To establish and facilitate a system of working and networking channels between members of the global utility community to support ongoing sharing of data, information, technology, and practices, and proactively address the wildfire issue through learning, innovation, analysis, assessmentand collaboration.

Vision

A vehicle and platform for collaborative exchanges, pilot projects, shared development risk and access to new solutions, that:

  • Leverages global experience / ideas, and identifies meaningful differences;
  • Accelerates learning, sharing, and the development of new risk models and mitigation strategies;
  • Expedites data collection, validation, evaluation, and sharing;
  • Introduces new technology and / or advances the deployment of innovative solutions;
  • Enables members to lead the industry transformation;
  • Establishes good standing with regulators and the community via the development of initiatives based on innovative global practices; and
  • Establishes global standards that can be leveraged by members to demonstrate a proactive, holistic, responsible approach to risk mitigation.

(IWRMC) Value Case

New risk models and mitigation strategies will be required to understand and manage the risks of wildfires, to measure and proactively minimize those risks, and to anticipate and avoid potential crises. As these models grow in complexity, there will be a need for more and better data to feed into the models to ensure accurate results. The collection and evaluation of this needed data will require new, advanced technology to both collect and process. This is a daunting task for any one company to undertake alone.

By collaborating with a peer group of utility operators facing similar challenges, we can expedite development of strategies and solutions to effectively address the risk of wildfires. We can also better maintain the trust of the public we serve, as well as demonstrate to regulators and other stakeholders the proactive approach we are taking to mitigate risk and advance innovative solutions.

Benefits

  • Strategic influence. Those who participate in the governing bodies or subcommittees will determine priorities and deliverables for each group.

  • Technical influence. As committees are formed, there will be many decisions regarding technical details, approaches to modeling data, and testing / refining these models. The members that join the working group make these decisions, and as such have great responsibility for, and control over driving these results.
  • Collaborative research and development. Pooling resources, including technical approaches, data sets and tool development may result in faster development of risk models or tools at lower cost and with a higher degree of confidence in the results.
  • Early access to data and results. As a member of the consortium, participants will have early access to information relating to wildfire risk management and can use that knowledge contemporaneously to formulate and implement their own programs. Members will enjoy a strategic advantage by sharing in information that they might otherwise not possess working alone.
Similar to CEATI and EPRI, (IWRMC) program offers both fixed/core program components and optional modules that will vary from quarter to quarter.
 

 

Core Program

  • Working Groups, as established by the (IWRMC) Steering Group, focus attention on the most pressing issues and the most valuable collaborative opportunities.
  • News & Research Web Portal updated and curated weekly with the latest wildfire/bushfire-related news, academic research, regulations, and mitigation plans from utilities around the world.
  • Surveys of Industry Peers to gather insights into the processes, methodologies, tools, and standards utilized by utilities to support their wildfire risk mitigation activities.
  • Deep-Dive Analyses using public and/or member-contributed data and supported by UMS Group’s expert analytic and modeling teams.
  • Case Studies to communicate relevant experiences and provide lessons learned to the broader industry.
  • Quarterly Webinars to share Working Group progress and insights, and to present new and interesting concepts to your industry peers.
  • Annual Report & Conference to present progress on annual program objectives, highlight the most impactful insights gained, strengthen industry relationships and solicit feedback from participants.

 

Optional Program Components

  • Research Projects. To explore specific topics and investigate ideas that have not been pursued, or have been insufficiently pursued to date, by the industry or academia.

  • Joint Development Projects. To pool resources, coordinate data collection, and document real-world results in the pursuit of new ideas, approaches, and innovations.
  • New Technology & Tools. To explore the vendor landscape, broaden the dataset of real-world experiences, and utilize collective leverage to deploy new tools and technologies quickly and affordably.
  • Benchmarking, Analysis & Performance Metrics. To better understand your organization’s performance relative to the industry, or track progress over time, in relation to highly specific topics or activities.

Contact us for more information:
wildfirerisk@umsgroup.com
+1.973.335.3555