Agenda

Bringing the Power Community Together
Now and Throughout 2020!

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
Marc Prasse
Mechanical Associate III
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Mary Hauner-Davis
Manager, Air/Noise Department
Burns & McDonnell
Speaker
Anne-Sophie van der Waart
Consulting Engineer
AECOM
Speaker
Steven Kosler
Business Development Manager - AdX
ARVOS, Inc. - LUNGSTROM Division

Thursday, August 20

Room: Virtual Meeting Location
High-purity water is important for power plants, which is why so much effort goes into treating and monitoring it. But often, data collected is used only in the moment. What if you could utilize computer programs with pattern recognition to provide more informed and accurate information so better operating and maintenance decisions could be made? The chemistry team at Evergy undertook a project to boost their monitoring to the next level, using smart alarms, instrumentation, and gap analysis. This webinar will give an overview of how they created their system and what they have learned so far. Also hear from EPRI on the latest guidelines for implementing successful sensor and monitoring strategies.
Speaker
Heath Horyna
Manager, Generation Chemistry
Evergy, Inc
Speaker
Brad Burns, P.E.
Program Manager | P64 Boiler and Turbine Steam and Cycle Chemistry
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute

Wednesday, September 23

• In today's fast pace, the power industry is looking to advance the way we've always done things. The old sticks-and-wires approach may not cut it in the future, and we need to be prepared. This webinar series will address different areas of interest that the industry must keep their eyes on to make sure we have a place in the new future. This webinar will talk about creating an ecosystem using Open-Source and keeping the grid safe and reliable, addressing what open source is and what it means to move at the speed of technology. Our speakers today will discuss what the Linux Foundation has been working on to ensure the use of open source and the steps that have been taken in security measures along the way.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Shuli Rose Goodman, PhD.
Executive Director
LF Energy
Speaker
David Wheeler
The Linux Foundation

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
Moderator
Jeff Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Panelist
Melanie Green PE
Sr. Director Power Gen
CPS Energy
Panelist
Riley Wells
Plant Manager
Southern Company
Panelist
Jim Deyo
Maintenance Manager
PacifiCorp
Panelist
Stefano Schnitger
Operations Manager
PacifiCorp
Room: Webinar
Hydrogen is frequently used as the cooling medium in large electric generators because of its excellent heat transfer capabilities, and its low density, resulting in generator higher efficiency. Hydrogen is also rapidly advancing as a fossil-free fuel source with the world's first Hydrogen powered steel plant recently coming online. However, important Safety Practices must be utilized with Hydrogen, due to the potential for explosion under specific conditions. This session will introduce three important approaches to Hydrogen Safety: Generator Fast Degas, Monitoring for Hydrogen Leaks by Camera and Detection of Hydrogen Leaks by Detection Tape. Presentations will be made by John McPhearson, CEO of Lectrodryer, Ed Kochanek, Sales Director of Flir Systems, and Dr. Nahid Mohajeri, Advanced Polymer Technology General Manager at Nitto. EPRI's Bill Moore, Technical Executive and Generator Subject Matter Expert, will moderate the session, including an opportunity for you to ask the presenters questions on this important Safety topic. Please sign up and reserve on your calendar!
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Bill Moore, P.E.
Technical Executive, Electrical Generators
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
Speaker
John McPhearson
CEO
Lectrodryer
Speaker
Ed Kochanek
Flir Systems Inc
Speaker
Dr. Nahid Mohajeri
Advanced Polymer Technology General Manager
Nitto Inc.

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
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Help us celebrate as we recognize the power industry's top performers. 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. Interviews of the winners will be available for you to view Tuesday, September 29th. Check back for the links to be added below.

Tuesday, September 29

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Keynote
Kevin Bryant
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Evergy, Inc
Keynote
Teresa Mogensen
Senior Vice President, Energy Supply
Xcel Energy
This panel session focuses on reliability improvements on the mechanical and electrical side of power plants including the following topics: how transformer oil, nitrogen, and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas leaks can be repaired online, how to reduce coast by preventing unplanned outages due to transformer failures, real condition based monitoring and duct inspection and maintenance best practices.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Carlos E. Koeneke Dr
Chief Technology Officer
Mitsubishi Power
Panelist
Mohsen Tarassoly
Director of Business Development
Electrical Builders Inc (EBI)
Panelist
Matthew Ellithorpe
Steam Turbine Mechanical Design Engineering Manager
Mitsubishi Power
Panelist
Ricky Seto
Technical Services Manager
Rockwool Technical Insulation
Panelist
Gary Brown
Division Manager
The Colt Group
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?
Speaker
Joseph VonDerHaar
Plant Manager, Spurlock
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Co-Chair
Mr. Mike Harbison
President
M E H & Associates, LLC
Panelist
Max Fuentes
Owner
Fuentes Consulting, LLC
Panelist
Carl Jakubowski
Senior Consultant
Sargent & Lundy
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
Panelist
Patrick Wilson
Engineering Manager
Xcel Energy
Panelist
Kyle Lewis
Unit Director
Evergy, Inc
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.
Co-Chair
Alex Krowka
Senior Program Coordinator
United States Energy Association
Panelist
Chris Colbert
Chief Strategy Officer
NuScale Power
Panelist
John Brewer
General Engineer
U.S.Department of Energy/NETL
Panelist
Una Nowling
Technology Lead, Fuels
Black & Veatch

Wednesday, September 30

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
Co-Chair
Mike Schimmelpfennig
Principal Engineer
Ameren
Panelist
Cyrus Tilford
Fire Safety Leader
Nebraska Public Power District
Panelist
Brady Moore
Business Development Manager - Americas
Dropsafe
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 we all face with information analysis and some innovative methods to effectively manage that data.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Brian White
Senior Advisor Bus. Process Improvement
Southern California Edison, An Edison International Co.
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
John Lauletta
CEO
Exacter, Inc.
Speaker
Steve Ostanek
President
Neundorfer, Inc.
Speaker
Dr. Benton Calhoun
co-founder and co-CTO
Everactive
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 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.
Chair
Hank Hamblin PE
O&M Manager - Engineering Coronado Generating Station
Salt River Project
Speaker
Keith Berriman, PE
Engagement Director Professional Services
Emerson Automation Solutions
Speaker
Ricky Smith
Vice President
World Class Maintenance
Speaker
Shawn Cotter
VP of Operations
S.T. Cotter Turbine Services, Inc
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:
Moderator/Chair
Sam Barnes
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Speaker
Tom McDonnell
Global Industry Manager, Power and Energy Industry
Rockwell Automation
Speaker
Jeff Cook
Energy Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Speaker
Mike Murray
COO
Ageto Energy

Thursday, October 1

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:
Moderator
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Mr. Joe Beaudet
Chief Information Officer
GRID20/20, Inc.
Speaker
Jose Carranza
Head of Products and Solutions
PXiSE
Speaker
Jason Rowell
Associate Vice President, Global Technology Portfolio Manager
Black & Veatch

As utilities fulfill their commitments to lower carbon emissions, they must find solutions to reskill employees impacted to other jobs within the company, while still retaining employees, credentials, and morale for day to day operations at plants with close dates several years out. We will discuss a few main strategies, including developing individual transition plans, leveraging education and training partnerships to build the skills of transitioning workers and how blended learning models can support internal training initiatives.

Key topics include:

· - Retaining talent needed through closure

· - Preserving Morale

· - Reskilling Talent for Transition

· - Developing individual transition plans

· - Education and training resources

Moderator/Chair
Angie Lucas
Member Engagement Manager, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Panelist
Amanda Hoefling
Chief Member Relations & Human Resources Officer
Dairyland Power Cooperative
Panelist
Timothy Jackson
Engineering Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Panelist
Eric Fu
Workforce Planning and People Analytics
Xcel Energy
Speaker
James Auld
Director of External Training Initiatives
NextEra Energy
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
Ms. Julea Hovey
Asset Manager, Exelon Power Asset Management
Exelon Generation LLC
Panelist
Jeffery Pope PE
Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, 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
Manager
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Will Morris Ph.D.
President & Technical Director
Carbon Management Strategies
Speaker
Emily Kunkel
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Brent Jacobs
Engineering Team Leader
The International CCS Knowledge Centre
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
Jeffrey Fassett
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
Principal
TriCon Power Group
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
Manager-Development Engineering
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Speaker
Tom McDonnell
Global Industry Manager, Power and Energy Industry
Rockwell Automation
Speaker
Klaus Payrhuber
Dr.
INNIO Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG
Speaker
Frank DiCola
Chief Executive Officer
DCO Energy, LLC
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.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Geethalakshmi D
DGM
Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Speaker
Christopher Evanich
Program Director for Energy
Schneider Electric
Speaker
Ian Hutt
Electrical Engineer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
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:
Speaker
William Conlon
President
Pintail Power LLC
Speaker
Peter Lilienthal
Chief Executive Officer
HOMER Energy
Speaker
Robert Bouwens
Head of Sales and Aftermarket
Siemens
Speaker
Dennis w. Elsenbeck
Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services
Phillips Lytle LLP