Rescheduled for September 28 – October 1, 2020, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO. Each year hundreds of plant professionals and corporate executives from leading coal-fired generating companies around the world gather at the Coal Users’ Group (formerly the PRB Coal Users’ Group) Annual Symposium for exclusive industry coverage. Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to learn more about the responsible, reliable and innovative ways coal is used to generate power. Share new ideas and proven best practices in the areas of safety, environmental compliance, maintenance, operations and more.

About the Coal Users’ Group

Formerly known as the PRB Coal Users’ Group the Coal Users’ Group focuses on sharing practices promoting the safe, efficient, and economic use of coal for producers, ports, terminals, generators, transporters and industrial users.

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Agenda

Wednesday, June 24

Room: Webinar
COVID-19 has impacted every business in some manner. For coal mines, coal buyers, coal shippers, to coal users have experienced coal sitting on the ground for longer period and higher stock than normal. One concern is what do I do with so much coal and how can it be managed so it doesn't spontaneously combust? A conversation with those who have experienced higher coal stock quantities and how they manage it.
Moderator
Jon Rice
Director
Luminant
Speaker
Darren Provence
Operations Manager
Savage Services
Speaker
Trevor Lousberg
Production Superintendent
Luminant
Speaker
Eric Hassell
Support Manager
Luminant

Wednesday, July 22

Room: Webinar
This webinar is designed to discusses the practical and technical aspects of coal blending for the average person. The concept of coal blending has been attractive to some however often their questions unanswered. This webinar answers important questions as to "why (economics, quality, performance) and how to blend coal (Vessel, Yard, Boiler)?" and is it right for you. Get these and other questions you may have answered by participating in this interactive webinar.
Speaker
Rod J. Hatt
CTO
Coal Combustion, Inc.

Monday, September 28

Room: 2505 A/B
Don't miss this celebration of 20 years of sharing lessons learned. Event will highlight all past Award Recipients and as always will offer great food, drinks and door prizes.

Tuesday, September 29

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: 2505 A/B
Welcome and Recognition's
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Jon Rice
Director
Luminant
Room: 2505 A/B
Back to basics, what are some of the challenges faced today in the coal-fire power industry to reduce the chance of a combustible dust explosion. Understanding the basics of combustible dust hazards, basic control, and mitigation practices can help keep you safe and in business.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Ryan Middleton
Engineering Specialist
FM Global
Room: 2505 A/B
How many times have you heard or uttered this phrase? Learn how one of the most dangerous phrases in our business is keeping your team from reaching their potential. This session will share some key thoughts that change the way you think about goal setting and transformational change.
Speaker
Brett Amheiser
Regional Vice President Coal Assests for PJM and ERCOT
Luminant
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Room: 2505 A/B
A case study of defining risk and incorporating risk in Dust Hazards Analysis and day-to-day activities making it part of how we do business controlling risks.
Speaker
John Donner
Corporate Risk Engineer
Dominion Energy
11:10 am - 11:30 am
Room: 2505 A/B
Take time to discuss with your peers what we learned so far and pose challenges to get real time feedback from Board members and others in the industry. These Interactive Sessions are designed to get more input from the audience.
PRESENTATIONS:
Facilitator
Jon Rice
Director
Luminant
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: 2505 A/B
Meeting both federal and state regulations while addressing coal combustion residuals (CCR) at operating power plants presents a wide range of challenges. For Platte River Power Authority (Platte River), meeting these CCR requirements became an opportunity to adopt new, innovative technology for the utility's largest generation resource, Rawhide Energy Station Unit 101 (Rawhide). Rawhide has been in operation since 1984. With net capacity of 280 megawatts (MW), the plant provides more than half of Platte River Authority's annual delivered energy. The plant was designed with a sluiced bottom ash system and redundant bottom ash pond storage ponds, where the ash settles to the bottom of the pond and water is returned to the plant for reuse. In developing the CCR compliance strategy, Platte River desired a solution to address groundwater separation and remove ash transport water. Achieving these twin objectives would safeguard the long-term availability of Rawhide as a critical source of power for Platte River customers. To meet the CCR rule's stipulations, Platte River elected to replace its existing sluicing system with a mechanical ash removal system from Babcock & Wilcox that allowed for redundancy and operational flexibility. Platte River also closed its existing bottom ash ponds and installed a new settling basin. The project addressed the entire scope of CCR compliance, including identifying water redirection options, pond compliance alternatives, equipment selection, ash bunker locations, and potential landfill impacts on the more than 4,500-acre site. The Rawhide CCR Compliance Upgrade won the 2019 ENR Mountain States best Energy/Industrial project.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Jace Staponski
Senior Plant Mechanical Engineer - Rawhide Energy Station
Platte River Power Authority
Speaker
Jim Trask
Department Manager
Burns & McDonnell
Room: 2505 A/B
After decades of minor changes and clarifications to longstanding, OSHA adopted, requirements, the 2019 edition of NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention during Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work brings about some major changes including new definitions, requirements for fire extinguishers to meet NFPA 10, doubling of the duration of Fire Watch and Fire Monitoring after Hot Work, and additions of new Annex material
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Byron Ellis
Sr. Staff Risk Engineer
Entergy Services, Inc.
Room: 2505 A/B
Struggling to decide what type of protective clothing is required for employees working in combustible dust areas? If so, then this session is for you. We'll look at the applicable OSHA and NFPA standards covering protective clothing. The case for FR clothing is perhaps not as mandated as you might think, but the kicker is I'll have to ask about your engineering controls and your housekeeping strategies first.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Mike Gill
Supv Ops Supt Engineering
Evergy, Inc
Room: 2505 A/B
Changes in fuel quality have an impact on observed slagging and fouling in coal fired boilers. PacifiCorp's coal fleet is actively responding to a fuel quality change at one plant and proactively responding to an anticipated fuel quality change at another plant. This presentation will look at the problems being faced by each of the two plants, and provide insight on why a change in cleaning media for furnace slag deposit removal is the common solution.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Jeffrey S. Kite, P.E.
Sr. Engineer
PacifiCorp
2:50 pm - 3:15 pm
Room: 2505 A/B
Take time to discuss with your peers what we learned so far and pose challenges to get real time feedback from Board members and others in the industry. These Interactive Sessions are designed to get more input from the audience.
Speaker
Keaton Riddle
Manager, Generation System Ops
Westar Energy

Wednesday, September 30

Room: 2505 A/B
America has a vast coal resource covering many if the interior states. The USA has all ranks of coal from Lignite to Anthracite and everything in between. This presentation will cover the major coal resources in the US and the issues power plants have when utilizing them. These include spontaneous combustion, mill capacity, NOX control, slag and ash deposits, and pollution control. Major coal reserves discussed include ND and Texas Lignite, PRB coals, Illinois Basin coals, Pittsburgh #8 and other Appalachian coals, with minor discussion on metallurgical and locally mined coals.
Instructor
Rod J. Hatt
CTO
Coal Combustion, Inc.
Room: 2505 A/B
This course will improve your understanding of why unwanted events happen, how to prevent events and protect your people and mission when events occur, and how to better learn and improve from your events. The course begins with an interactive overview of the principles and key concepts of HPI followed by a brief introduction to the error-reduction tools. It will wrap up with a challenging review and application of HPI's philosophy of event learning that enables improvement while building trust, engagement, and REAL accountability throughout the organization.
PRESENTATIONS:
Facilitator
Jon Rice
Director
Luminant
Speaker
Wes Havard
Operational Excellence
Luminant
Room: 2505 A/B
Luminant's innovative use of the Performance Optimization Center for fleet wide monitoring and diagnostics.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Ben Elliott
Superintendent
Luminant
Room: 2505 A/B
This case study discusses the timeline of an inlet air filter fire and potential ignition sources with emphasis on contributing factors, storage of materials, emergency response, and lessons learned and lessons applied.
Speaker
Ardes Johnson
Sr Lead Risk Engineer
Entergy Services, Inc.
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Room: 2505 A/B
Take time to discuss with your peers what we learned so far and pose challenges to get real time feedback from Board members and others in the industry. These Interactive Sessions are designed to get more input from the audience.
Facilitator
Andy Cofas
Plant Manager
Platte River Power Authority
10:20 am - 10:40 am
Room: 2505 A/B
Following undesired events, at multiple plants, of coal silo cone weld separation, an intense effort to develop an inspection protocol, exam, and act of the findings. This presentation will summarize the process from event to prevention.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Michael Kraljic
Principal Engineer
KCP&L and Westar, Evergy Companies
Speaker
Adam Farrell
Civil/Structural Engineering Supervisor
KCP&L and Westar, Evergy Companies
Speaker
Mark Dittus
Project Manager
Black & Veatch
Room: 2505 A/B
The case study describes the implementation of a new OPTIMAL Water Recovery System used to separate fine coal dust particles from water and recover the water for reuse ror to remove solids from water before sending the effluent to a pump system therefore reducing pump maintenance and increasing its longevity.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Tim W. Warden
General Manager
Engart Inc
Room: 2505 A/B
Power Generation Industry Trends dictate a need to create and drive efficiency through innovation. A core value of Safety benefits directly to a site with a bonus of schedule gains in reduced project hours which relates to reduced spend. The embracing of Rope Access allows these values to all be recognized. Pre Planning with an emphasis of Rope Access as your mechanism of innovation that looks at all aspects of a project will lead to achieved goals of reduced field risk hours and exposure, cost savings from scaffold and field hours and combination of crews to provide efficiency and a higher targeted workface time. Rope Access is the highest benefit when looking at the opportunity for Inspection savings via access while considering the flow down of potential finds. Identification of potential repair capacities/needs drives the ability to identify other trades work that could be done via Rope Access in conjunction so the crafts are available onsite either way. Level III's are necessary for Inspection or Mechanical crews without needing to be proficient in either field. This allows the fluid crews to be manage and cross trained for the highest level of effectiveness. Adapting Rope Access as a first means of access into your planning and business will drive a safety culture backed by quality and integrity to give your projects and teams a higher level of reliability in your efforts. This is evident in both Project efforts and Routine Maintenance. Rope Access is the world trend that is accepted widely and finding its place in the United States. We can all be the sponsors and leaders in one of the highest direct impact culture changes in the Power Generation Industry.
Speaker
Tom Taylor
National Sales Director
Acuren Inspection/RAT
Room: 2505 A/B
Coal combustion performance is one of the most important and baffling factors impacting overall unit performance. In this presentation I am going to discuss some of my personal experience from working throughout the Luminant fleet to optimize coal combustion. Come to hear about what Luminant has experienced. You might hear about an issue that you have faced too
Room: 2505 A/B
At Ameren's Rush Island Energy Center, an issue with coal dust accumulation at the discharge end of two reclaim belt conveyor transfers was a constant problem. Laborer crews would wash the areas and within minutes, there would be new coal dust accumulations. These conveyor discharge areas were located under the energy center's 1.2 million ton coal stockpile inside concrete tunnels. Despite repeated attempts by energy center maintenance crews to replace seals and wear liners at the transfer chutes and skirtboards, the rapid dust accumulation could not be abated. An engineering analysis pinpointed the root cause of the problem and corrective action was taken. The solution was low cost and required some minor transfer chute changes which solved the dusting problem. This presentation will identify the potential root causes which every coal operator should consider when dealing with fugitive dusting from transfer chutes. In addition, the presentation will provide the engineering concepts needed to design low-cost solutions to transfer chute fugitive dusting.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Mike Schimmelpfennig
Principal Engineer
Ameren
Room: 2505 A/B
The good, the bad and the ugly truth A coal yard fire is never good, but it can be a good lesson. This session reviews a fire at a magnetic separator. We'll explore what happened, focusing on what went right and probable cause. The ugly truth is you can never stop the fight against coal dust.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Edwin Martin
Solid Fuels O&M Manager
CPS Energy

Thursday, October 1

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: 2505 A/B
Take time to discuss with your peer what we learned so far and pose challenges to get real time feedback from Board members and others in the industry. These Interactive Sessions are designed to get more input from the audience.

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