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ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition, Sep 28-Oct 1, 2020

We are all experiencing the disruptions caused by COVID-19 in different ways, and we can expect this new “normal” to continue for a while. We know the power industry will get through this together, and when we do, the ELECTRIC POWER Conference will offer the forum to share best practices gleaned from the experience.

Let’s #PowerOnTogether!

All times are in CDT (Central Daylight Time).

Wednesday, April 22

Room: Webinar
Today's emerging and continual response to the rapidly growing COVID-19 is creating new ways of doing business. Most are focused on prevention of its spread and others considering the "what if" and recovery. This webinar will hear from those who are executing business continuity plan and what they are learning and doing.

Tuesday, May 12

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Room: Webinar
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. Register online at
Chair
Michael Winegeart
Production Superintendent
Lubbock Power & Light
Co-Chair
Nik Kutz
Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Panelist
Kenan Ogelman
VP of Commercial Ops
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Panelist
Gordon van Welie
President
ISO New England Inc.
Panelist
Emilie Nelson
Executive Vice President
New York Independent System Operator
Panelist
Philip Bruich
Southwest Power Pool

Wednesday, June 24

Fireside Chat with Briggs White, Technology Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory - Overcoming Challenges Facing the Fossil-Fueled Power Industry
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Briggs White
Technology Manager
U.S.Department of Energy/NETL
Room: Webinar
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
Digitalization & PMO
Siemens
Moderator
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Jeffrey Goldmeer
Emergent Technologies Director - Decarbonization
GE Power
Speaker
Nakul Prasad
Product Portfolio Manager
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Speaker
Bill Leighty
Director
THE LEIGHTY FOUNDATION

Thursday, June 25

Room: Webinar
As a result of COVID-19, the electricity industry is facing spikes in non-payments, posing liquidity challenges and uncertainty for the future. Dentons' public policy partner Andrew Shaw and Capital Power's Jon Sohn will share their perspectives on the current and future landscape for the electricity sector, including what the industry may expect in the next phases of federal relief bills and executive action.
Speaker
Andrew Shaw
Dentons US LLP
Speaker
Jon Sohn
Director- U.S. Government Relations
Capital Power Corporation
Room: Webinar
Nuclear power remains an important source of zero-emission electricity across the world. Scientists, environmentalists, and others recognize the need to maintain nuclear power's place in the global generation mix, particularly as a solution to combat climate change. The advent of advanced nuclear power technologies also provides a way to bring reliable, clean energy to areas of the developing world desperately seeking access to electricity. This webinar brings together experts with extensive knowledge of the technical and financial aspects of nuclear power, along with the experience of working within nuclear power facilities. Industry insiders will provide an update on the only new nuclear plant currently under construction in the U.S., and talk about encouraging signs for the nuclear power industry at a time when resilient, reliable power generation is more important than ever.
Speaker
Leslie Dewan
Founding Principal
Nucleation Capital
Speaker
Harsh Desai
Senior Manager
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
Speaker
Kristin Zaitz
Co-founder, Mothers for Nuclear & Civil Engineer, Project Manager
Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Pacific Gas & Electric
Speaker
Heather Hoff
Co-founder, Mothers for Nuclear & Reactor Operator/Procedure Writer
Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Pacific Gas & Electric

Wednesday, July 22

Room: Webinar
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:
Panelist
Jeremy Dockter
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Expansion Energy LLC
Panelist
William Leighty
Director
THE LEIGHTY FOUNDATION

Wednesday, August 19

Room: Webinar
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:
Speaker
Emily Kunkel
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Mary Hauner-Davis
Manager, Air/Noise Department
Burns & McDonnell
Speaker
Anne-Sophie van der Waart
Consulting Engineer
AECOM

Wednesday, September 23

Room: Webinar
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.
Panelist
Guy Frankenfield
Energy Market Manager
DN Tanks, Inc.

Thursday, September 24

Room: Webinar
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 Gen
CPS Energy
Moderator
Jeff Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Panelist
Riley Wells
Plant Manager
Southern Company
Panelist
Jim Deyo
Maintenance Manager
PacifiCorp
Panelist
Stefano Schnitger
Operations Manager
PacifiCorp

Monday, September 28

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

Tuesday, September 29

7:00 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Room: 2502B
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?
Panelist
Brian Meek
Director of Training and Safety
Kansas Municipal Utilities
Panelist
Max Fuentes
Owner
Fuentes Consulting, LLC
Room: 2504A
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:
Speaker
Tom McDonnell
Global Industry Manager, Power and Energy Industry
Rockwell Automation
Speaker
Mike Murray
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.
Room: 2502A
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.
Chair
Jeffrey Mullins
Safety & Health Consultant
Lightstone Generation, LLC. - Gavin Power , LLC
Room: 2504A
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:
Speaker
John Lauletta
CEO
Exacter, Inc.
Room: 2503A
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.
Panelist
John Brewer
General Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: 2502B
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:
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
Sam Ternowchek
Vice President, AE Business Development & Support
MISTRAS Group
Room: 2502A
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:
Panelist
Jeffery Pope PE
Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Room: 2504A
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:
Speaker
Steve Ostanek
President
Neundorfer, Inc.

Wednesday, September 30

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Room: 2504A
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:
Speaker
Chuck Barry
Vice President of Sales and Product Development
Staco Energy Products Co.
Speaker
John Hasier
Senior Scientist, Materials Science
Intertek
Room: 2504A
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.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 2502B
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:
Co-Chair
Carlos E. Koeneke Dr
Chief Technology Officer
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Panelist
Gary Brown
Division Manager
The Colt Group, Power Services Division
Room: 2502A
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
Panelist
Peter Kelly, P.E.
Senior Vice President
Sargent & Lundy
Room: 2503A
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.
Speaker
William Conlon
President
Pintail Power LLC
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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

Thursday, October 1

Room: 2504A
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:
Speaker
Tom McDonnell
Global Industry Manager, Power and Energy Industry
Rockwell Automation