Intelligent Undergrounding Part III - Understanding Utility & Public Benefits

Understanding Utility & Public Benefits


David L. Geier, Vice President, Electric Transmission & System Engineering for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utility. As vice president of electric transmission & system engineering, Geier is responsible for all aspects of electric transmission and substation operations, enterprise engineering and major capital projects.

Forest Rong , Engineering Manager – Black & Veatch Corporation. Lei (Forest) Rong is an Electrical Engineer, Engineering Manager, and the Section Leader of Underground Transmission group working in the Power Delivery Business of Black & Veatch Energy. Forest’s current responsibilities include supervision and management of underground/underwater transmission engineering projects, and providing technical expertise support during permitting, engineering, procurement, construction, and operation & maintenance. 

John Rector , Senior Project Manager and Associate Vice President with Black & Veatch Inc. John Rector currently manages overhead transmission line, underground transmission line, and substation design and EPC projects for the B&V’s Power Delivery business. He is currently the Project Manager for the first 500 kV extruded dielectric underground transmission project in North America.


A continuation of industry dialogue on “The Case for Intelligent Undergrounding” this third in a series of webinars sponsored by Dow Electrical & Telecommunications will feature presentations from industry leaders at Black and Veatch and San Diego Gas & Electric discussing the merits of burying cable where and when it makes sense.

Join us January 28th at 2:00 p.m. EST for an insightful discussion about Intelligent Undergrounding as it relates to:

  • Demand for HV UG
  • How decisions are made for UG
  • Benefits of HV UG for the utility and the general public
  • Utility experience and payment strategies for converting OH to UG

We look forward to your participation and to sharing our collective experience and expertise to bring value to the industry.