Agenda

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Monday, October 18

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.
Moderator
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Paul Browning
President & CEO
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 19

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Keynote
Secretary Jennifer Granholm
Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Keynote
Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Panel Moderator
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Maria Pope
President & CEO
Portland General Electric Company
Panelist
Kelly Tomblin
President & CEO
El Paso Electric Company [EPE]
Panelist
Kara Miles
Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer
WPower LLC
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
Chair
James Goosby
Instrumentation and Controls Support General Manager
Southern Company
Moderator
Dean Allen Barefield
UAS Manager
Southern Company
Panelist
Robert Hawthorne
Manager of Distribution Engineering Services
Alabama Power Company
Panelist
Kevin McCraney
Area Manager
Georgia Power
Panelist
Corey Hitchcock
UAS Program Lead
Southern Company
Panelist
Joel Grelewicz
Senior Discipline Manager
Middough Inc.
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.
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Ty Webb
Vice President, Business Development LNG
Chart Industries
What lessons can we learn from previous events? Nothing ever stays the same, so looking at the every challenge or change and an opportunity for growth has been a mainstay for the power industry. This session will highlight many of the lessons that have paid off over the years and what might be helpful to work on for years to come.
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 Prarie
Speaker
Shannon Messer
Consultant & Project Manager
Patrick Engineering
Speaker
Doug Moorehead
Managing Partner & Chief Technology Officer
Broad Reach Power
Speaker
Todd Snitchler
President & CEO
Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA)
Speaker
Bob Hopper
Senior Industry Consultant
PAS | Hexagon
Speaker
Paul Barham
Senior Director
CPS Energy
Nothing proves the need for resilience more than a catastrophe. We learned so much in 2020 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.
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.
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.
Moderator/Chair
Alex Krowka
Consultant
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Mike Sloan
President
Virtus Energy Research Assoc.
Speaker
Anthony Cirillo
Senior Project Director, Operational Sales
UNITED E & C, Inc
Speaker
Nathan Shannon
President and CEO
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

Wednesday, October 20

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
Moderator/Chair
Joseph Vonderhaar
Station Manager, Spurlock Power Station
EAST KENTUCKY POWER CORPORATION
Speaker
Joe Fredrickson
Safety Specialist
MN Power / Allete
Speaker
David Howerton
Fire Protection Coordinator
Rathdrum Power LLC
Speaker
Richard Benedetto
Director, XR
Epsilon Systems Solutions
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Moderator/Chair
Clifford Carnes, PE
Plant Manager. Clifty Creek
Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp.
Speaker
David Crouse
Project Manager
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
Panelist
Joseph Vonderhaar
Station Manager, Spurlock Power Station
EAST KENTUCKY POWER CORPORATION
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
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
Instrumentation and Controls Support General Manager
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
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.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Speaker
James Meaney
Electrical Engineer
Merrick & Co.
Speaker
Jesse Sewell
Director, Intelligent Systems
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Workshop Leader
David Amezcua
National Safety Trainer Making It Happen For Our Customers
Sunbelt Rentals Inc
How to be Complaint with the new Standards . Design changes. Right equipment for the job. Forklift Capacities.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 21

Speaker
Hooman Ghaffarzadeh
Senior Power Engineer
ETAP
Speaker
Brian Curtis
President & CEO
Concentric Power
Speaker
Jean-Louis Kindler
CEO
Ways2H
Speaker
Kirk Rosener
Sr. Engineer
CPS Energy
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.
Hydrogen's unique qualities mean that it can present logistical and safety challenges that must be overcome to reach widespread adoption in the energy sector. This session will explore ways the industry can address such challenges, including metal embrittlement, flammability and leakage.
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!