Grid Resiliency in an Electrifying, Interconnected World
This program will discuss the interdependence and resiliency of the electric grid.
Science Matters Lunch and Learn is presented in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library.
In February 2021, multiple severe winter storms swept the United States which brought extreme cold temperatures that pushed our power grid to its limit. These icy conditions created electricity shortages that resulted in rolling blackouts in an effort to conserve energy in the region. Most notably was the Texas power crisis that left citizens without electricity and heat for days and resulted in at least 210 deaths. This event left people wondering, “How could something like this happen? And just how vulnerable is our electric grid?”
Join us for a talk from Kayla Messamore, Sr. Director of Long Term Planning and Grid Modernization for Evergy, who will discuss how our electric grid works, the interdependence of the system, and its resiliency.
Kayla Messamore is the Sr. Director of Long Term Planning and Grid Modernization for Evergy and is responsible for generation resource planning, transmission and distribution planning, operations compliance, and operations technology for Evergy’s operations across Missouri and Kansas. Through these responsibilities, Kayla leads the creation of Evergy’s Integrated Resource Plans (which include the company’s long-term plans for its generating fleet), transmission and distribution investment plans, operations compliance processes, grid automation deployments (including both software and hardware), distribution standards, and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) programs.
Prior to this position, Kayla was responsible for Operations Strategy at Evergy and has worked as a strategy consultant in the power and utilities sector. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in business administration and a concentration in mechanical engineering.