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Conference Tracks & Agenda

The ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition provides real-world, actionable content and case studies to help power sector stakeholders and decision-makers better prepare for what lies ahead. Along with a traditional focus—to support knowledge and insights about conventional generation, which still forms the bulk of the world’s power fleet—the event will emphasize the unfolding energy transition and all the changes that are reshaping the sector. Experience POWER, have enlightened peer-to-peer conversations, and make change happen on the altered power landscape.

Track 1: Operations & Maintenance

The bread and butter of a power plant starts and ends with a focus on operations and maintenance. Keeping our audience up to date on new technologies and techniques used around the world to keep plants reliable, efficient and flexible is key to the future of the industry. Topics addressed will include: plant efficiency, environmental controls and compliance, combined cycle and fast start technologies as well as outage and conversion lessons learned.

Track 2: Business Management

From start to finish the production of power is just a business, but it is a business that cannot fail. With that in mind, this track will focus on the many aspects that keep a power plant running from safety to workforce and economics to market design, the face of the power plant has changed. These hosted sessions will allow for open discussion between end users.

Track 3: Enabling Technologies

Technology is no stranger in the power plant. In this track we will host sessions that will take the power plant to the next level. These sessions will discuss energy storage, microgrids, e-mobility and IIoT.

Track 4: System Design

This track will focus on the future of the power industry. Helping our audience keep up with the changing universe of the power industry, not only providing information on how to keep your plants running but how to expand into the new marketplace to keep your company relevant for the future. Topics will include: power plant equipment, distributed resources, grid reinforcement and accommodating uncertainty.

Tuesday, April 14

*Additional Fees Apply for this workshop. The energy landscape around the world is rapidly changing. Today's energy market reflects lower dependence on fossil fuel especially coal, increased renewables utilization and tightening CO2 emission standards impacting the nature of investments in generation capacity. In many markets, low natural gas prices has helped accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewables where both energy sources co-exist. In this environment, fossil fuels such as coal and oil will find it very difficult to obtain competitive financing and consequently energy production in the next 20 years will see an accelerated shift. New capacity additions will be dominated by solar, natural gas, hydro and wind power generation sources. Rapid advancements will have to be made to support this transition in the areas of IOT, Digitization, Decentralized Power Generation, Smart Grids and Artificial Intelligence to address the massive technological needs in this changing landscape. OEMs and technology providers providing solutions to the global energy industry have begun to recognize these changes and will need to adapt to the changing marketplace. Innovative segmented content driven marketing techniques will have to be deployed to address these emerging challenges in the energy industry for suppliers to stay ahead of the game in this competitive market space. This course captures the specialized digital marketing, sales & business development techniques and strategies tailored to generate branding, leads, proposal opportunities for energy technologies. The workshop is ideal for professionals involved in strategy, marketing, selling of technologies and value-added solutions. The techniques and tools identified would include optimizing a company's sales & marketing effort through digital marketing techniques, specialized content generation, webinars, social media, data sciences & segmentation, data mining, search engine optimization, media publicity, advertising & other effective business development strategies. Additional emphasis is laid on market intelligence & research, power market reports, market analytics, digitization, social media marketing, CRM to develop a powerful yet low-cost result oriented global marketing program. The course also places emphasis on tapping into readily available public resources that can help the creation of a SMART Marketing program. *Additional Fees Apply for this workshop.
Workshop Leader
Ravi Krishnan
Managing Director
Krishnan & Associates, Inc.
Room: Four Seasons Ballroom 1-2
Natural gas-fired power generation has grown steadily in recent years to become the leading source of electricity in the U.S., and that's not expected to change anytime soon. What is predicted to change, however, is how much renewable resources will contribute to the power mix. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says electricity generation from renewable sources could surpass both nuclear and coal-fired generation as soon as next year. In this session, the editors of POWER magazine will dive into the details and explain what is driving the change. They will also touch on trends in energy storage and explain how distributed energy resources are affecting the power landscape. Is there new technology that could alter the future power market? The answer is yes, and they'll provide insight on some of those developments too. You won't want to miss this informative presentation covering a multitude of power generation aspects.
Speaker
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Darrell Proctor
Associate Editor
POWER magazine

Wednesday, April 15

7:00 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am - 9:30 am
PRESENTATIONS:
Keynote
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Keynote
Teresa Mogensen
Senior Vice President, Energy Supply
Xcel Energy
Generation plants are faced with several challenges when talking about plant operations. The traditional roles and mission of stations are changing. Some are moving to more cycling, some know they are closing soon but need to run in the meantime, and others are not sure of their future but want to be the best they can be. New plants are starting up and employees need to either be retrained or trained as new hires. Finding, retraining, and developing employees to meet these different conditions is the focus of this track. How do we quickly train personnel for these roles without sacrificing safety & reliability?
Chair
Joseph VonDerHaar
Plant Manager, Spurlock
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Co-Chair
Mr. Mike Harbison
Founder and Owner
M E H & Associates, LLC
Panelist
Samer Forzley
CEO
Simutech Multimedia
Panelist
Brian Meek
Director Of Training & Safety
Kansas Municipal Utilities
Panelist
Max Fuentes
Owner
Fuentes Consulting, LLC
Panelist
Kyren Miller
Faculty
Bismarck State College
Battery energy storage systems will play a significant role in the future of the power industry. Yet, with all new technology comes hazards. This session will cover open-source information from a recent energy storage system (ESS) incident that resulted in injuries to members of the fire services. We will discuss best design practices, which were developed through collaboration with stakeholder partners in the fire services community and other jurisdictional authorities. The session will also cover hazards and response tactics, including suppression for first responders, qualifications for subject matter experts who will inspect and respond to ESS failures, and finally decommissioning of batteries in a post-failure scenario. Natural gas dispersion and detection tips will also be presented. Fire & Risk Alliance (FRA) conducted a series of large-scale tests to map the dispersion of natural gas until a threshold of 60% of the lower explosive limit (LEL) was reached in a two-story test structure. The results of the simulations include several interesting observations such as the volume effects of an enclosure on gas accumulation, observations on the wall effects associated with sensor placements, and the sensitivity of the number of alarms at the various thresholds to each of the scenarios tested.
Chair
Scott Bryant
Managing Partner
Fire Risk Alliance LLC
Co-Chair
Nik Kutz
POD Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Panelist
Anthony Natale
Project Specialist
Consolidated Edison Co of New York Incorporated
Panelist
Paul Rogers
Retired Lieutenant, HazMat Operations
FDNY
Panelist
Noah L. Ryder
Principal
Fire & Risk Alliance / Custom Spray Solutions
This session will explore how data analytics and IIoT come together, and how benefits can be leveraged into microgrids and be utilized more broadly with all distributed energy resources (DERs). What leads to a successful microgrid project? Learn what others have done to integrate DERs and what technology has been most useful in various applications.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Sam Barnes
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Co-Chair
Dr. Walter I. Serbetci, PhD, PE
Managing Director
EnerconAmerica
Speaker
Tom McDonnell
Global Industry Manager, Power and Energy Industry
Rockwell Automation
Speaker
Jeffrey Cook
Energy Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Speaker
Mehdi Ganji
Smart City VP and IEEE Smart City Committee Chair
Willdan
Speaker
Mike Murray
Co-Founder, COO
Ageto Energy
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help us celebrate as we recognize the power industry's top performers on Wednesday, April 15th during the ELECTRIC POWER Conference/POWER magazine Awards Luncheon. The ceremony will feature winners from POWER's longstanding Top Plant awards program, which includes the Plant of the Year, Reinvention, Water, Smart Grid, Commercial and Industrial Generation, and Distributed Energy awards, in addition to coal, gas, renewable, and nuclear top plants. New this year is a program to honor individual leaders and teams of experts who have demonstrated novel problem-solving skills and innovative management techniques to better their facilities while also setting an example for the power industry as a whole. This exclusive first-of-its-kind awards program collected recommendations from power generation professionals around the world in categories that included Operations & Maintenance, Innovations, Training, and Top Leaders. More than 100 individual and team nominations were received, meaning winners had to truly stand out to be award-worthy. Attend the ceremony and get insight from your peers on what they're doing to stay ahead of the competition. Learn best practices and other tips that could turn your organization into a future winner. Finalists will be announced by April 1st, with winners recognized at a ceremony during the ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition, April 15, 2020, in Denver, Colorado.
In this session, industry experts will present brief case study presentations identifying significant operations & maintenance problems encountered as a result of plants cycling to meet dispatch demands or from operating for extended periods at reduced loads. Following the presentations, session attendees will have the opportunity to query the panelists regarding the presentations or ask related questions.
Chair
Jeffrey S. Kite, P.E.
Sr. Engineer
PacifiCorp
Co-Chair
Melanie Green PE
Sr. Director | Power Generation
CPS Energy
Moderator
Jeff Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Panelist
Mitch Lowe
Sr. Manager Operations
Southwestern Public Service Co.
Panelist
Riley Wells
Plant Manager
Southern Company
Panelist
Jim Deyo
Maintenance Manager
PacifiCorp
Panelist
Stefano Schnitger
Operations Manager
PacifiCorp
Safety is always a top priority at power plants, but sometimes workers become complacent after hearing the same old song and dance time and again. How can you revitalize your safety program? This session will offer some helpful tips to get your plant's safety culture up to the highest level.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Jeffrey Mullins
Safety & Health Consultant
Lightstone Generation, LLC. - Gavin Power , LLC
Co-Chair
Mike Schimmelpfennig
Principal Engineer
Ameren
Panelist
Cyrus Tilford
Fire Safety Leader
Nebraska Public Power District
Panelist
Mr. Michael Topf
President
Topf Initiatives
Panelist
Brady Moore
Business Development Manager - Americas
Dropsafe

Human capital is an important factor in building our energy future and supervisors are needed more than ever to keep up with the tremendous amount of transformation this industry is going through. The electric power industry needs plenty of skilled supervisors and utilities need to establish robust education and training programs to support managing skill gaps and building multiple skills to transition employees into key supervisor positions.

Understand different ways to think about career development and learn how to effectively build a career development plan that supports the next generation of supervisors. This essential session is filled with case studies and best-practices from industry colleagues on developing supervisors. Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion with a Q&A format. Topic areas include:

 

●      Understanding essential supervisor skills

●      Strategies to strengthen next generation supervisor development

●      Education and training options to support supervisor career development

●      Lessons learned for peer utilities 

Chair
Christine Carpenter
Director, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Moderator
Angie Lucas
Member Engagement Manager, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Panelist
Angela Heck
Director, Training & Development
Day & Zimmerman
Panelist
Alicia Uhde
Department Chair
Bismarck State College
Panelist
Jody Porter
Director, Nuclear Organizational and Leadership Development
Duke Energy
Panelist
Heather Davis
Corporate Training Director
Exelon Nuclear
IIoT is being implemented in all areas of the electric power system to improve reliability and efficiency, and to optimize asset longevity. In this session, participants will learn how IIoT has been implemented in different business units including generation, transmission, and distribution. Additionally, the speakers will discuss the stages of deployment along with the challenges and obstacles that may be encountered.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Co-Chair
Brian White
Sr. Advisor Business Process Improvement
Southern California Edison, An Edison International Co.
Speaker
John Lauletta
CEO
Exacter, Inc.
Speaker
Dave Markowski
VP of Sales
Everactive
Speaker
Harper Anderton
President & CEO
UTCAG
Speaker
Craig Truempi
Director of Digital Transformation
ATEK
As intermittent non-dispatchable renewable energy is integrated into the grid, and large coal and nuclear plants are retired, what can be done to ensure the electric grid remains resilient and reliable? Some leaders in Washington, D.C., tried pushing through a "Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule," but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected the plan. Are there other measures that could be taken to ensure adequate fuel security? Is grid resiliency really an issue? Learn more about the topic from experts working in the front lines.
Moderator/Chair
Thomas G. Wos, P.E.
Regulatory Program Manager
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Co-Chair
Alex Krowka
Senior Program Coordinator
United States Energy Association
Panelist
Chris Colbert
Chief Strategy Officer
NuScale Power
Panelist
John Brewer
General Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Panelist
Una Nowling
Technology Lead, Fuels
Black & Veatch

An evolving energy industry requires a talented pipeline of qualified workers and employers are looking at how training options can be rigorous, nimble and cost-effective. Micro-credentials are a relatively new and nimbler framework to validate employee speciality skills and competencies and support displaying the achievement of skills and competencies for a clearly defined specialty function of a job. In essence, micro-credential appeals to both the employee and the employer.

 

Learn how micro-credentials can support both employees in creating their own professional development pathways and support employers with mastering employee foundational competencies tied to specific positions, functions, mobility and career development. Companies that are in the midst of infrastructure changes, building or closing plants, or implementing new technologies may have pressing current workforce needs. And, employees with strong skills and knowledge support a company's ability to deliver on the company’s business plan.

 

Micro-credentials can be a powerful tool for employers to create professional learning goals. Further, micro-credentials can give employers an opportunity to acknowledge employees for their successes and find paths to development for those who would transition into different jobs.

In this session, we will illustrate the use of micro-credentials to upskill the workforce. Workshop topics include:

 

●      How to achieve the vision: The intersection of micro-credentials and employee development goals

●      How micro-credentials align with industry competencies

●      How micro-credentials are being leveraged in other industries

●      Implementation lessons learned

Chair
Angie Lucas
Member Engagement Manager, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Moderator
Christine Carpenter
Director, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Panelist
Kailey Soundara
Regional Director of Strategic Partnerships
Excelsior College
Panelist
Holly Stanton
Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning
Xcel Energy
Panelist
DeAnna C. Myers
Senior Manager, Learning & Development
Sargent & Lundy
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This session focuses on reliability improvements, specifically on the electrical side of power plants, such as in bus duct inspections and maintenance best practices, switching technology improvements on general circuit breakers, life extension schemes for transformers, grounding system testing, and strategies to prevent transformer failure.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Nick Slappy
Plant Manager
Georgia Power
Co-Chair
Carlos E. Koeneke Dr
Chief Technology Officer
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Panelist
Mohsen Tarassoly
Director of Sales & Business Development
Electrical Builders, Inc. (EBI)
Panelist
Keith Wallace
Director & Principal Engineer
Safearth Americas
Panelist
Jae Lee
Manager of GCB group
ABB
Panelist
Kevin Riley
Product Development Manager
Trantech Radiator Products
Panelist
Sam Tucker
Senior Engineer
Safearth Americas
Panelist
Sam Ternowchek
Vice President, AE Business Development & Support
MISTRAS Group
With so many plants being decommissioned this session will discuss options with a focus on economics, risk and safety. This open panel discussion will touch on many of the issues to be dealt with like selling property, removal of equipment and structures and retiring the site after removal of all materials and much more.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Frank Andracchi, PE
Energy Industry Executive
Independent Consultant
Co-Chair
John A. Greco
Senior Director of Business Development
Riggs Distler & Company, Inc.
Panelist
Jeffery Pope PE
Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Panelist
Clay Cherry
Plant Manager
Gallatin Fossil Plant
With exponentially growing data streams and information available, having dynamic methods to use and analyze the information is important. This session's presentations cover challenges we all face with information analysis and some innovative methods to effectively manage that data.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Brian White
Sr. Advisor Business Process Improvement
Southern California Edison, An Edison International Co.
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Erik Felt
Director - Market Development
RTI
Speaker
Steve Ostanek
President
Neundorfer, Inc.
Speaker
Benjamin Thomas
Operations Engineering Manager
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Decarbonizing the energy sector is challenging. It involves implementing new technology, and hitting aggressive targets and timelines. This session will explore how utilities, system designers, and equipment suppliers view the evolution of the hydrogen economy for the power industry.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Jacqueline Engel
Product Manager
Siemens
Moderator
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Jeffrey Goldmeer
Emergent Technologies Director - Decarbonization
GE Power
Speaker
Nakul Prasad
Portfolio Manager
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Speaker
Bill Leighty
Director
THE LEIGHTY FOUNDATION

Thursday, April 16

7:00 am - 8:00 am
This session will overview the role of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule and the possible impacts it will have on the utility industry, including measures that could be implemented to drive heat rate improvements. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the ACE rule and possible impacts on their operations.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Bryan Lorence
Manager - Environmental Operations
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Co-Chair
Mrs. Wayshalee Patel
Project Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Emily Kunkel
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Mary Hauner-Davis
Manager, Air Permitting
Burns & McDonnell
Speaker
Anne-Sophie van der Waart
Consulting Engineer
AECOM
Speaker
Steven Kosler
Business Development Manager - AdX
ARVOS, Inc. - LUNGSTROM Division
8:00 am - 9:00 am
These presentations will focus on the economic challenges and impacts associated with additional requirements placed on thermal units being cycled because of the ever-expanding dispatch of renewables. Learn what some innovative operators are doing to improve their plants' bottom lines.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Rob Broglio
Sr. Sales Manager
Doosan Power Services America
Co-Chair
Nik Kutz
POD Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Speaker
Dr. Donald A. Hanson
Economist
Argonne National Laboratory
Speaker
James (Jim) Schetter
President
Renewable Impacts LLC
Energy storage, specifically battery storage technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the power generation landscape. With this trend, it is critical to understand equipment capabilities when selecting technology for specific applications. As new technologies become more prevalent, it is also critical to understand safety and health risks, and potential failure mechanisms to avoid catastrophic issues.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Justin Schnegelberger PE
Development Department Manager
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Chuck Barry
Vice President of Sales and Product Development
Staco Energy Products Co.
Speaker
Taylor Kelly
Director, Energy Storage
Intertek
Although some utilities have been upgrading and modernizing the U.S. power grid for years, its "bones" remain old. Distributed energy resources are being added regularly to the power system, but their real impact on antiquated grids is not well-understood. How serious is the situation? This session will explore challenges with existing equipment as invertor-based devices change the landscape of generation.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Jaisen Mody
Storage Consultant
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
Speaker
Alan Snook
President
GRID20/20, Inc.
Speaker
Jeff Cook
Energy Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Speaker
Jose Carranza
Head of Products and Solutions
PXiSE
Speaker
Jason Rowell
Associate Vice President, Global Technology Portfolio Manager
Black & Veatch
In this session three different but relevant papers will be presented that all touch on how to optimize your return on investment in this ever-changing economic and load profile. From optimizing capital investments through the careful assessment of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts to the evaluation of cycling costs versus benefits, you'll learn how some top performers are managing their businesses. Furthermore, we'll look into the future to see how the growth of renewables and the addition of charging stations for electric vehicles could affect your company's outlook.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Mr. Robert M. Shepard
Vice President
IEM Energy Consultants
Co-Chair
Frank Andracchi, PE
Energy Industry Executive
Independent Consultant
Speaker
Lincoln Bleveans
Assistant General Manager -- Power Supply
Burbank Water & Power
Speaker
Fred Lyon
Director
TriCon Power Group
The integration of battery energy storage systems with solar and wind generation is a growing trend. The combination can help smooth the power supply and improve reliability. Furthermore, some of these systems can be used for voltage correction and frequency response in the grid. However, there are a lot of factors to consider when pairing systems, so this session will help explain what has worked well and where the combination can be most beneficial.
Moderator/Chair
Dr. Walter I. Serbetci, PhD, PE
Managing Director
EnerconAmerica
Speaker
Christopher Evanich
Director of Microgrids
S&C Electric Company
Speaker
Ian Hutt
Section Manager - Licensing Support/Special Studies
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Speaker
Micah Tinklepaugh
Augmented Reality Engineer/Scientist III
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
This panel session focuses on reliability improvements on the mechanical side of power plants including the following topics: how aging plants' pipe support problems can negatively impact reliability; how monitoring hydrogen leak rate can prevent stator insulation failure; how transformer oil, nitrogen, and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas leaks can be repaired online; how durable insulation can improve operational reliability; and how advanced monitoring paves the way for real condition-based maintenance.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Mr. Nick Slappy
Plant Manager
Georgia Power
Co-Chair
Carlos E. Koeneke Dr
Chief Technology Officer
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Panelist
Matthew Ellithorpe
Steam Turbine Mechanical Design Engineering Manager
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Panelist
Lange Kimball
Project Manager/Sr. Piping Technologist
Stress Engineering Services Inc.
Panelist
Ricky Seto
Technical Services Manager
Rockwool Technical Insulation
Panelist
Gary Brown
Division Manager
The Colt Group, Power Services Division
This panel filled with governmental, EPC, manufacturing, and utility experts will discuss current market forces and the impacts they are having on thermal units. The discussion will include economic, operational, maintenance, and overall risk factors associated with cycling units. How can plants become more flexible and capitalize on opportunities? This session will help answer that question.
Chair
Rob Broglio
Sr. Sales Manager
Doosan Power Services America
Co-Chair
Scott Bryant
Managing Partner
Fire Risk Alliance LLC
Panelist
Tim Farmer
Engineering Manager
Xcel Energy
Panelist
David Groom
Product Manager
Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction
Panelist
Dale Keairns, Ph.D.
Systems Engineering and Analysis
U.S.DOE/NETL
Panelist
Kyle Lewis
Unit Manager
Evergy, Inc
Panelist
Peter Kelly, P.E.
Senior Vice President
Sargent & Lundy
While battery storage technology seems to get most of the headlines, pumped storage hydro accounts for about 94% of the energy storage capacity currently installed in the U.S. Still, there are several other storage technologies currently available and even more under development. This session will provide an overview of non-battery energy storage solutions and their applications with a focus on utility-scale technologies.
PRESENTATIONS:
Co-Chair
Sam Barnes
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Panelist
Jeremy Dockter
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Expansion Energy LLC
Panelist
William Leighty
Director
THE LEIGHTY FOUNDATION
This session will provide an overview of economic factors to be considered for distributed energy systems. The session will begin with the design of cost-effective distributed generation systems. This will be followed by a look at one economic and carbon trade-off of enabling photovoltaic integration via storage. The session will end with renewables integration with hybrid energy storage.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
David Clem
Senior Vice President-Operations
Charah Solutions, Inc.
Co-Chair
Alex Krowka
Senior Program Coordinator
United States Energy Association
Speaker
William Conlon
President
Pintail Power LLC
Speaker
Peter Lilienthal
CEO
HOMER Energy
Speaker
Will Graves
Sol Systems
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Planning maintenance isn't as simple as writing an activity on a calendar. Ensuring operational commitments will allow work to be completed, confirming the necessary parts are available, coordinating lockout/tagout requirements, verifying workers have the required level of training, and ensuring safety standards are properly maintained all factor into the results. This session will help your team more-effectively plan jobs and reap the benefits of well-managed projects.
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Rick Wheeler
Executive Director
Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
Co-Chair
Hank Hamblin PE
O&M Manager - Engineering Coronado Generating Station
Salt River Project
Speaker
Shawn Cotter
VP of Operations
S.T. Cotter Turbine Services, Inc
Speaker
Rick Wheeler
Executive Director
Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Independent system operators (ISOs) provide open and nondiscriminatory access to the transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market. As a result, ISOs have a detailed understanding of bulk power system trends. How do renewables affect the market? How are plant closures disrupting grid operation? What macro impacts are there on companies? What micro impacts are there at plants? This session will include specific examples from California and examine how they apply throughout the country.
Chair
Michael Winegeart
Production Superintendent
Lubbock Power & Light
Co-Chair
Nik Kutz
POD Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Panelist
Bill Magness
President & CEO
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Panelist
Richard Doying
Executive Vice President of Operations & Corporate Services
MISO - Midcontinent Independent System Operator
Panelist
Emilie Nelson
Executive Vice President
New York Independent System Operator
There are countless examples of intermittent solar and wind power projects supplying well under full capacity during periods of high demand, and many other instances when solar and wind were producing full capacity when demand was low. Many experts believe adding energy storage systems will solve that problem. A wide variety of energy storage technologies are available, including several traditional and developmental battery types, pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage (CAES), flywheels, and thermal energy storage (TES). In this session, panelists will present brief overviews of specific energy storage technologies and discuss applications from both demand-side (behind-the-meter) storage and supply-side (utility) storage. The technical maturity, performance characteristics, and capital costs of these technologies will also be compared.
Moderator/Chair
Mr. John S. Andrepont
President
The Cool Solutions Company
Panelist
Stephen Kutska
Development Manager - Thermal Energy
Xcel Energy
Panelist
Guy Frankenfield
Energy Market Manager
DN Tanks, Inc.
Panelist
Brian Clark
Regional Sales Manager
CB&I
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
The Women in Power Generation Roundtable is intended to be an open and honest discussion of topics relevant to women professionals in the electric power industry. The format includes a panel of high-level women from the power sector who will help set the stage and facilitate dialogue among attendees. The goal is for participants to feel safe sharing concerns and walk away with actionable strategies to address potentially complex issues. Expect to hear from peers and mentors about how they have handled difficult situations and learn lessons from their experience. Network with other women power professionals and build the type of connections that could last a lifetime.
Chair
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Samantha Reese
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Panelist
Jacqueline Vogel PE
Senior Engineer
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

Friday, April 17

8:00 am - 9:00 am
More and more companies and institutions are setting internal clean-energy goals and looking for ways to increase reliability and resiliency. As a result, many are incorporating renewable technologies and microgrids into their power systems. Microgrids can provide a flexible solution to meet generation needs with incorporation of multiple technologies, including combined heat and power (CHP).
PRESENTATIONS:
Chair
Justin Schnegelberger PE
Development Department Manager
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Co-Chair
Sam Barnes
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Speaker
Tom McDonnell
Global Industry Manager, Power and Energy Industry
Rockwell Automation
Speaker
Frank DiCola
CEO & Managing Partner
DCO Energy, LLC
Speaker
Giuseppe Marrari
Application Development Manager
Chart Inc.
Carbon capture technology could be critical to the continued operation of fossil-fueled power plants. Large-scale projects are already in service, but location and site-specific circumstances are currently important to success. This session will highlight proven technology, while also touching on what's new and possible in the future. Learn where opportunities exist and how your company may be able to benefit from carbon capture technology rather than become a victim of circumstances.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Mrs. Wayshalee Patel
Project Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Will Morris Ph.D.
President & Technical Director
Carbon Management Strategies
Speaker
Emily Kunkel
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Corwyn Bruce
Head of Technical Services
The International CCS Knowledge Centre