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.

The Coal Users’ Group Symposium is held in conjunction with the ELECTRIC POWER Conference each year. Registration to attend the Symposium includes access to all ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition activities.

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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
Production Manager - Martin Lake
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.

Wednesday, August 19

Room: Webinar
Most people think of combustible dust (activated carbon, biomass, coal) as a housekeeping issue. Once there is so much of it in one place, it is time to clean it up. What about its true hazards? The likely potential it will spontaneously combust, causing a fire or explosion. People are inhaling it and its long-term health issues? Its impact on maintenance of the handling equipment? The overall impact to business? You hear "it never happened here before" or "it will never happen here" means plants are running on luck. What happens when luck runs out? When it does, people are affected, generation is loss, and business affected. This webinar will address what good people are doing to control the hazards of combustible dust and prevent little problems from becoming BIG problems.
Speaker
Jeronimo Lopez
Fossil Engineering & Support Hazard Management, Loss Prevention
Luminant

Tuesday, September 29

9:15 AM - Welcome and Recognition's - Jon Rice, Director, Luminant

9:30 AM - Cycling Flexibility - Eric Hassell, Production Manager, Martin Lake, Luminant and Wayne Brown, Production Superintendent Martin Lake, Luminant

9:55 AM - Treating Ash Pond Slurry, Doug Ralstom, Engineering Resources Inc.

10:20 AM - Managing Risk - John Donner, Corporate Risk Engineer, Dominion Energy, Inc.

PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Jon Rice
Director
Luminant
Speaker
Eric Hassell
Production Manager - Martin Lake
Luminant
Speaker
John Donner
Corporate Risk Engineer
Dominion Energy, Inc.
Speaker
Doug Ralston, P.E.
Technical Director of Environment Eng.
Engineering Resource, Inc.



PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Jace Staponski
Senior Plant Mechanical Engineer - Rawhide Energy Station
Platte River Power Authority
Speaker
Mike Gill
Supv Ops Supt Engineering
Evergy, Inc
Speaker
Keaton Riddle
Manager, Generation System Ops
Westar Energy
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

1:00 PM - Coal Quality Changes Influencing Boiler Cleaning - Jeff Kite, Sr. Engineer, PacifiCorp

1:25 PM - Rail O&M Topic - Paul Kuhn, Director of Coal Operations, BASF Corporation

1:50 PM - An Updated Look at NFPA 51B - Fire Watch - Byron Ellis, Sr. Staff Risk Engineer, Entergy Services, Inc.

2:15 PM - Interactive Session - Andy Cofas, Manager, Generation System Ops, Platte River Power Authority

Speaker
Paul Kuhn
Director of Coal Operations
BASF Corporation
Speaker
Byron Ellis
Sr. Staff Risk Engineer
Entergy Services, Inc.
Speaker
Jeffrey S. Kite, P.E.
Sr. Engineer
PacifiCorp
Facilitator
Andy Cofas
Plant Manager
Platte River Power Authority

Wednesday, September 30

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
9:45 am - 11:30 am

9:45 AM - Performance Optimation Center - Ben Elliott, Superintendent, Luminant

10:10 AM - Case Study: Inlet Filter Fire - Ardes Johnson, Sr Lead Risk Engineer, Entergy Services, Inc.

Break

10:25 AM - Coal Silo Stress Monitoring - Michael Kraljic, Principal Engineer, Evergy, Inc,  Adam Farrell, Civil/Structural Engineering Supervisor, Evergy, Inc and Mark Dittus, Project Manager, Black & Veatch

10:40 AM - Case Study - Optimal Water Recovery - Tim Warden, General Manager, Engart Inc

11:05 AM - Interactive Session

PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Ardes Johnson
Sr Lead Risk Engineer
Entergy Services, Inc.
Speaker
Ryan Middleton
Engineering Specialist
FM Global
Speaker
Adam Farrell
Civil/Structural Engineering Supervisor
Evergy, Inc
Speaker
Ben Elliott
Sr. Director of Generation Services
Luminant
Speaker
Tim W. Warden
President/General Manager
Engart, Inc. Dust Extraction Technology
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

1:00 PM - Rope Access Applications and Impact - Tom Taylor, National Sales Director, Acuren Inspection/RAT

1:25 PM - Solving a Difficult Coal Transfer Chute Dusting Problem at Low Cost - Mike Schimmelpfennig, Principal Engineer, Ameren

Break

1:40 PM - Case Study - Coal Fire - Magnetic Separator - Edwin Martin, Solid Fuels O&M Manager, CPS Energy

2:05 PM - Interactive Session - Byron Lawrence, Vice President & Unit Leader, Savage Services

PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Tom Taylor
National Sales Director
Acuren Inspection/RAT
Speaker
Edwin Martin
Solid Fuels O&M Manager
CPS Energy
Speaker
Mike Schimmelpfennig
Principal Engineer
Ameren

Thursday, October 1

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.
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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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Pricing & Rates

CUG Conference Pass

Access all CUG & ELECTRIC POWER conference sessions, networking events, lunch, general and keynote sessions, and exhibit hall.

CUG Conference & Hotel Package

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EP Digital Pass

Access all ELECTRIC POWER and CUG live streams, digital sessions, online webinars, online meetings, virtual networking, and more via our desktop digital platform, June 24-Sep 27, 2020. This pass does not include attendance at our in-person event this fall. REGISTER BY JUNE 23 AND PAY ONLY 199!