Agenda

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Monday, October 18

7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: 302 A
Leader
Mr. Nick Slappy
Founder
NAs1
This workshop will take attendees through a very open process in diversity and inclusion. The lessons taken from his own personal experience using this process with his plant employees created an eye opening experience that Nick Slappy has enjoyed sharing with others in the industry and beyond. Please join us to learn more about how you and your team members can move forward with a confidence in your DEI program moving forward.
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Moderator
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Paul Browning
President & CEO
Mitsubishi Power
Panelist
Jon Long
Vice President, Power Development
Entergy Services, Inc.
Panelist
Janice Lin
Founder & President
Green Hydrogen Council
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 1

Tuesday, October 19

7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Speaker
Matt Grant
Publisher for POWER and Chemical Engineering Magazines
Access Intelligence
Keynote
Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Panel Moderator
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Kelly Tomblin
President & CEO
El Paso Electric Company [EPE]
Panelist
Kara Miles
Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer
WPower LLC
Panelist
Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance
With an eye on the future of power generation, we have gathered a group of visionary power industry CEOs to offer insight on looming challenges and share their goals for a sustainable future. Our panelists come from both public and private companies, thus providing a broad perspective on the issues facing all generators. Join us to learn how electric vehicle adoption, clean energy solutions, smarter energy infrastructure, enhanced reliability initiatives, distributed energy schemes, and the new hydrogen economy are factoring into these leaders' plans.
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: 305
Workshop Leader
David Amezcua
National Safety Trainer Making It Happen For Our Customers
Sunbelt Rentals Inc

How to be Compliant with the new Standards.

  • Design changes.
  • Right equipment for the job.
  • Forklift Capacities.


These 20 Minute Training Sessions are limited to 15 people at a time and will occur at:

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

4:00 PM


Register at Sunbelt Rentals Booth 805.

Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: 304 C
Chair
James Goosby
Assistant to COO
Southern Company
Moderator
Dean Allen Barefield
UAS Manager
Southern Company
Panelist
Robert Hawthorne
Manager of Distribution Engineering Services
Alabama Power Company
Panelist
Kevin McCraney
Hartwell Area Manager
Georgia Power
Panelist
Corey Hitchcock
UAS Program Lead
Southern Company
Panelist
Joe Grelewicz
Senior Discipline Manager
Middough Inc.
Panelist
Christian Thompson
Renewables Engineer | Commercial Drone Pilot
Southern Company
What can you use drones for? As the usage of unmanned systems increases, power generators are starting to find many opportunities for drones. Coming out of a pandemic, attendees of this session will hear from several utilities and suppliers sharing insight on effective UAS programs, and learn how to incorporate drones into their operations.
Room: 304 A
Sponsored by:
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Bob Hooper
Senior Industry Consultant
Hexagon PPM
Speaker
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Ty Webb
Vice President, Business Development LNG
Chart Industries
Nothing proves the need for resilience more than a catastrophe, and looking at every challenge or change as an opportunity for growth has been a mainstay for the power industry. We learned so much over the past decade and more recently about the need to keep our backup options open. Supply chain issues, manufacturing delays, and limited access to vendor support were just a few of the lessons learned over the past year. This session will address the things that can be done to prepare for the next cataclysmic event.and what might be helpful to work on for years to come.
Room: 304 B
Chair
Melanie Green PE
Sr. Director Power Gen
CPS Energy
Co-Chair
Sam Barnes
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Speaker
Mr. Fredric C. Fletcher
Principal
Power from the Prairie
Speaker
Shannon Messer
Consultant & Project Manager
Patrick Engineering
Speaker
Julia Matevosyan
Lead Planning Engineer
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Speaker
Doug Moorehead
Managing Partner & Chief Technology Officer
Broad Reach Power
The capabilities of energy storage and the effects it can have on the electric grid are ever growing, and energy storage can come from many different means - not just batteries. This session's topics cover cutting edge options for providing storage and how energy storage can benefit the increased penetration of renewable generation. Effects at the distribution level will also be explored as batteries are being used to solve many problems that traditionally would have been solved with a wired solution.
Room: 304 A
Moderator/Chair
Angie Lucas
Director
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Amanda Hoefling
Chief Member Relations & Human Resources Officer
Dairyland Power Cooperative
Speaker
Jeffery Pope PE
Director, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Speaker
Tom Koontz
Senior Consultant
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Lorne Poindexter
Consultant
Lakeside Technologies, LLC
Power plants were built with an end date in mind. Most plants have been ablet o extend their life well beyond the initial timeline. However, there is always a stopping point and whether it is time or it is around the corner this session will review many of the pitfalls you should avoid and many of the opportunities you can look into if you have time on your side.
Room: 304 B
Moderator/Chair
Alex Krowka
Consultant
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Mike Sloan
Chief Strategy Officer
Synergetic
Speaker
Anthony Cirillo
Senior Project Director, Operational Sales
UNITED E & C, Inc
Speaker
Jason McGrade
Deputy Director
Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
The Winter 2021 Freeze event touched Texans like no disaster in history, setting abundant records for its 254-county extent, severity of cold, freeze duration, and ice-snowfall accumulations. Texas simply was not prepared for this winter storm. Along with the rolling blackouts in CAISO and Polar Vortex(s) in the Northeast, are these disasters happening because we are going too green, too fast, or are we not moving fast enough? This session will ask the experts for their answers to these questions and will conclude by answering the question: What does the average residential consumer actually want?
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, October 20

7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 4
Speaker
Hanna Grene
Director, Energy & Sustainability Americas
Microsoft Corporation
• The global energy transition and forces of disruption • Resourcing a clean and resilient power system • Next-generation power networks and the role of digital grid orchestration • Lessons learned from Microsoft's own DG Journey
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Room: 304 A
Moderator
Frank Andracchi, PE
Energy Industry Executive
Independent Consultant
Speaker
Joe Fredrickson
Safety Specialist
MN Power / Allete
Speaker
Richard Benedetto
Director, XR
Epsilon Systems Solutions
Speaker
Bob Taylor
President
CoalSAFETY,I Inc.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 304 C
Moderator/Chair
Clifford Carnes, PE
Plant Manager. Clifty Creek
Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp.
Speaker
Diane Fischer
Director, Generation Services
Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.
Speaker
Theodore Cook
Project Engineer
Storm Technologies, Inc.
Panelist
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Power plants that were constructed for baseload operation are now being asked to vary their output regularly. This translates into cycling off on weekends, extended periods at low loads, load following, and newly defining what is a sustainable low load. Unit flexibility is the key to success.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 304 A
Moderator/Chair
Heather Davis
Corporate Training Director
Exelon Nuclear
Co-Chair
Angie Lucas
Director
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Speaker
Christine Carpenter
Senior VP of Engagement
CAEL - Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Speaker
Mr. James Goosby
Assistant to COO
Southern Company
Speaker
Alex Krowka
Consultant
United States Energy Association (USEA)
The next generation of power plant employees might look a little different then what we see today but there is always opportunity to train and learn. This session will review ways to recruit new prospective employees, train current workers to a new skill or position and/or ideas on training with transition in mind.
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: 304 C
Moderator/Chair
Bob Taylor
President
CoalSAFETY,I Inc.
Speaker
Anibal Morones Ruelas
Blast Effects Consultant
Baker Engineering & Risk Consultants Inc
Speaker
Paul Hayes
GM, FPE
American Fire Technologies Inc
Speaker
Michael Greiner
President
Hazard Control Technologies, INC.
Speaker
Mark Boone, Sr., P.E.
Manager, Corporate Risk Engineering
AEGIS
This session explores the hazards associated with Battery Energy Storage Systems and methods (solutions) for addressing the hazards.
Room: 304 B
Sponsored by:
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Speaker
Jesse Sewell
Director, Intelligent Systems
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Speaker
James Nyenhuis
Manager of Performance Consulting for the Power Industry
Emerson
Speaker
Lorne Poindexter
Consultant
Lakeside Technologies, LLC
There is a lot of advanced technology available that is designed to enhance plant operations and maintenance, but many power company decision-makers have difficulty selecting the best solution to meet their station's needs. With so many software and hardware options to choose from and salespeople often touting only best-case outcomes, the task can be a daunting. To ensure choices will ultimately be beneficial for the plant and contribute to the company's bottom line, a good understanding of what has worked well for some of your peers could be helpful. This session will highlight several successful case studies and allow you to ask questions about project specifics to deepen your knowledge so you can take home proven solutions that your plant can use.
Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Keynote
Michael Pesin
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division
U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy funds some of the most cutting-edge research and development being done in the power industry. With its support, advanced solutions are often created that would not otherwise have been possible. Our keynote speaker leads the group division responsible for the development and management of projects for "next-generation" electricity delivery technologies and supporting activities to accelerate their introduction to the marketplace. Join us as Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity, covers topics that will greatly affect the future of the power sector. He will cover: • Department of Energy Goals and Objectives • Enabling Technologies Available and in the Works • The Challenges That Come with Zero-Carbon Goals, including Resiliency and Reliability Issues • Energy Storage and Hurdles to Be Overcome
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 21

7:00 am - 10:30 am
Room: Exhibit Hall
Room: 302 A
Speaker
Jean-Louis Kindler
CEO
Ways2H
Speaker
Kirk Rosener
Sr. Engineer
CPS Energy
Speaker
Thomas Poteet
VP of Corporate Development
Mesa Solution
In the ever-changing world of power generation, the next big thing might be something smaller. Creating smaller more controlled grids could add another dimension to your portfolio. In this session, you will hear about different microgrid projects and learn more about how you might incorporate this solution into your ever-growing toolbox.
Room: Exhibit Hall
Take advantage of your trip to San Antonio to see some real-world technology first hand! Take a short ride over to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) campus to visit the Supercritical Transformational Electric Power project known as STEP Demo (www.stepdemo.us). This project will demonstrate a next-generation electricity generating plant with dramatically improved efficiencies, economics, and environmental performance. Under this $155+ million Department of Energy public/private partnership, GTI, SwRI, and GE Research will design, build, and operate a first-of-a-kind 10 MWe pilot power plant to advance the supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycle. The test facility is configured to enable optimization of system performance and characterization of critical components and subsystems over a range of operating conditions. This initiative will integrate and prove compact, modular technologies that can be applied to generate clean, low-cost power from fossil fuels (natural gas and coal), renewable power (concentrated solar, biomass, geothermal), next-generation nuclear, industrial waste heat recovery, and shipboard propulsion. Don't miss this opportunity to visit this newly constructed 22,000 ft2 building and see firsthand how things are coming together at this exciting demonstration site. In addition, visitors will visit SwRI's Turbomachinery Research Facility, a 10,000 ft2 laboratory with flexible test capabilities including 3 MW closed-loop compression facilities, 1 MW-scale supercritical CO2 test loops, hydrogen combustion and compression facilities, seal and bearing test rigs. This special site tour will follow the end of sessions on Thursday, October 21 and will take about 2.5 hours. SwRI's campus is conveniently located in San Antonio, about 20 minutes away. Guests will be transported there by bus and provided with a lunch to eat on the way back to the convention center. We look forward to seeing you at the tour!