Agenda

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Monday, October 18

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.
PRESENTATIONS:
Leader
Mr. Nick Slappy
Founder
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Tuesday, October 19

Panelist
Maria Pope
President & CEO
Portland General Electric Company
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
What can you use drones for? As the usage of unmanned aircraft increases power generators are starting to find many opportunities for drones. Coming out of a pandemic this session will hear from several utilities and suppliers sharing lessons learned and how to incorporate your UAS program and make it work better for you.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
James Goosby
I&C Support General Manager
Southern Company
Speaker
Joel Grelewicz
Senior Discipline Manager
Middough Inc.
Moderator/Chair
Hank Hamblin PE
O&M Manager - Engineering Coronado Generating Station
Salt River Project
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Sam Barnes
EUP-Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Co-Chair
Melanie Green PE
Sr. Director Power Gen
CPS Energy
Speaker
Mike Allen
Sr. Tech Spec.
Entergy Services, Inc.
Speaker
Shannon Messer
Consultant & Project Manager
Patrick Engineering
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Speaker
Todd Snitchler
President & CEO
Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA)
Moderator/Chair
Angie Lucas
Member Engagement Manager, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
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?
Moderator/Chair
Alex Krowka
Senior Program Coordinator
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 20

8:00 am - 10:30 am
PRESENTATIONS:
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
Barbara Greenstein
Senior Instructional Designer
Epsilon Systems Solutions
8:00 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Power plants that were constructed for base load operation are now being placed in economic dispatch. This translates into cycling off on weekends, extended periods at low loads, load following, and newly defining what is sustainable low load. Unit operation flexibility is the key to success.
Moderator/Chair
Clifford Carnes, PE
Plant Manager. Clifty Creek
Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Moderator/Chair
Heather Davis
Corporate Training Director
Exelon Nuclear
Co-Chair
Angie Lucas
Member Engagement Manager, EPCE
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
There are countless examples of intermittent solar and wind power projects supplying well under full capacity during periods of high demand, and many other instances when solar and wind were producing full capacity when demand was low. Many experts believe adding energy storage systems will solve that problem. A wide variety of energy storage technologies are available, including several traditional and developmental battery types, pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage (CAES), flywheels, and thermal energy storage (TES). In this session, panelists will present brief overviews of specific energy storage technologies and discuss applications from both demand-side (behind-the-meter) storage and supply-side (utility) storage. The technical maturity, performance characteristics, and capital costs of these technologies will also be compared.
Moderator/Chair
Mr. John S. Andrepont
President
The Cool Solutions Company
Panelist
Mark MacCracken
VP, CALMAC Portfolio
Trane
Panelist
Guy Frankenfield
Energy Division Manager
DN Tanks, Inc.
Panelist
Brian Clark
Regional Sales Manager
CB&I Storage Solutions
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
This session explores the hazards associated with Battery Energy Storage Systems and methods (solutions) for addressing the hazards.
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Bob Taylor
President
CoalSAFETY,I Inc.
Speaker
Anibal Morones Ruelas
Blast Effects Consultant
Baker Engineering & Risk Consultants Inc
Speaker
Paul Hayes
GM, PE
American Fire Technologies Inc
Speaker
Michael Greiner
President
Hazard Control Technologies, INC.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
PRESENTATIONS:
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Speaker
James Meaney
Electrical Engineer
Merrick & Co.
Speaker
Natalia Lopez
Product Line Manager, Intelligent Solutions
Mitsubishi Power Americas
Reciprocating engine plants are well suited for flexible peaking and intermediate generation needs in the 20 - 300 MW output range. They offer competitive heat rates and multi-shaft reliability to compete in energy markets, plus industry-leading ramp rates and startup times to compete in ancillary services markets. Despite all their benefits, reciprocating engines are not without their disadvantages. Work is ongoing to help overcome specific challenges regarding environmental impact and efficiency. Reciprocating engines have improved significantly over the last two decades in terms of increased efficiency and reduced emissions. Electronic engine control and improved combustion chamber design, including the use of pre-combustion chambers, allow engines to operate on leaner fuel mixtures.
Chair
Nik Kutz
Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 21

8:30 am - 10:00 am