Conference Program

One Place, Multiple Event Options

As the power generation industry undergoes a global energy transition to cleaner power sources, it’s imperative to stay abreast of H2 technology updates, microgrid advancements for energy security and resilience, effects of the energy transition on transmission and distribution, and so much more. POWER Events bring the power and chemical process industries together to dive into these pressing topics and help you prepare for the future. This year, POWER Events has created program and registration options that allow you to select the conference program access that’s best for you…


All-Access Pass

The ultimate pass that provides unfettered access to all sessions, networking events, lunch, general and keynote sessions, and the exhibit hall across Experience POWER, the Distributed Energy Conference, and HydrogeNext.

Single Event Access

Gain access to sessions, networking events, lunch, general and keynote sessions, and the exhibit hall for the single event of your choosing.

Monday, October 3

7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Registration Hours: 

  • Monday, October 3rd 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open
  • Tuesday, October 4th 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
  • Wednesday October 5th 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open

The electric power industry and its workforce continue to evolve, but one thing remains constant – the need for knowledgeable and skilled workers. The EPCE Coalition Meeting provides utilities the opportunity to discuss, network and learn relevant ideas to support initiatives that develop, educate and train the energy industry’s workforce. We welcome you to attend the EPCE Coalition meeting.

Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) is a national industry coalition working collaboratively on workforce development solutions, translating what would be separate individual efforts into a national, industry-wide solution.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The main goal of plant managers used to be simply keeping their units running reliably at full power. Today, many plant managers are overseeing operations in a highly competitive environment that includes regular cycling and several other priorities. This year’s Plant Management Institute* meeting will focus on topics crucial to performing the seemingly ever-changing responsibilities and tasks required of plant managers and their management teams. Moderated by a Plant Management Institute Board Member, this meeting will be held as a roundtable, allowing for open and honest discussion between peers.

Add on Plant Management Institute during registration to get your pass to this important event today. Open to End Users only.

Speaker
Jim Auld (Invited)
Director of External Training Initiatives
Florida Power & Light Company
Speaker
TBA TBA (Invited)
TBA Speaker
TBA
Speaker
Ann Moore
Global Industry Principal
OSIsoft (now part of AVEVA)
EV charging is evolving, with alternative methods joining traditional infrastructure and creating both new challenges and opportunities for charging station manufacturers, and utilities. Manufacturers are incorporating new battery technologies, while utilities are creating business units devoted to EV owners. It's all against the backdrop of how power demand from EV charging is impacting the grid, as utilities try to forecast future loads across their territories.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Breaks: 


  • Monday, October 3rd 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 4th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday October 5th 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Speaker
Lincoln Bleveans
Executive Director - Sustainability & Energy Management
Stanford University
Speaker
Dr. Zhihua Qu
Pegasus Professor and Director of RISES Center
University of Central Florida
Speaker
Adam Zellner
CEO
Greener By Design
Speaker
Adam Nogiec
Lead Engineer
Unison Energy

College campuses, business sites, and other complexes have become proving grounds for innovative distributed energy technologies. Universities are setting sustainability goals and looking to reduce their carbon footprints by producing their own power. Local governments are looking at microgrids to ensure public safety in emergencies, upgrade existing infrastructure, and help reach their own climate goals. Our host resort, the Gaylord Rockies, has a combined heat and power set-up that provides more than 90% of the site’s electrical and thermal needs. We’ll hear from those who planned, designed, and are implementing distributing energy resources to power facilities and provide models for how institutions can realize cost savings, achieve climate goals, and ensure a supply of reliable and resilient power for their locations.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Reception Hours: 

  • Monday, October 3rd 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 4th 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 4

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Hours: 

  • Monday, October 3rd 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open
  • Tuesday, October 4th 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
  • Wednesday October 5th 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
Sponsored by:
Keynote
Thomas Smith
North American Gas Segment Manager
Caterpillar Electric Power
Keynote
Duane Highley, P.E.
President & CEO
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Keynote
Robert Chapman
Senior Vice President Energy Delivery and Customer Solutions
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
Panelist
Robert Chapman
Senior Vice President Energy Delivery and Customer Solutions
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
Panelist
Thad LeVar (Invited)
Commissioner
Department of Public Utilities Commission
Panelist
Thomas Pyle (Invited)
President
Institute for Energy Research
There are a numerous opinions out there as to what the future of the energy industry should look like and the landscape is changing daily. With an increasing number of viable, clean burning coal plants being retired and the continued emphasis on renewables, is this where we as an industry should be heading? Come here both sides of the question debated and decide for yourself.
11:00 am - 6:30 pm

Exhibit Hours:


  • Tuesday, October 4th 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Networking & Lunch:

  • Tuesday, October 4th 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Presenter
Joelle Abi Nahed
Principal Engineer
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Presenter
Sercan Teleke
Principal Engineer
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Presenter
Brett Galura
Chief Technology Officer
Fluence
Presenter
David Hulinsky
Director, Private Networks Solutions Lead
Black & Veatch
Moderator
Sheila Hollis (Invited)
Acting President
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Panelist
Steve Capanna (Invited)
Director, Technology Policy
U.S. Department of Energy
The shifting energy landscape dictates a rapid response from utilities, often with minimal direction. This session will discuss current state and federal policies that attempt to provide direction.
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Speaker
Rizwan James
Manager
Dominion Energy/ Atlantic Coast Pipeline
"Discussion on benefits, challenges, and solutions that facilities are seeing with operating the new Larger Frame Advanced Gas Turbines GE & Siemens H and Mitsubishi G & J. This session will address the following topics; HRSG damage, emissions (NOx/CO), damage to gas turbines themselves, vibrations and issues getting parts especially higher-grade materials for bolts, nuts, seals, etc. such as Inconel 718"
It's not just about the aging workforce, when you add internal (mergers, acquisitions, new technologies) and external (grid modernizations and regulatory changes) game changers impacting the energy industry it creates an important need to develop employees' skills to transition into key positions. It's key for energy companies to stay in front of the industry's evolving changes and create a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Learn about specific employer initiatives that are developing their own workforce, managing skills gap, developing skill sets and building multiple skills to transition employees into key job positions to address more complex systems. We will discuss a few main strategies, including developing untraditional career paths, leveraging education and training partnerships to build the skills of transitioning workers and how blended learning models can support internal training initiatives. Some examples include: Recruiting Talent: • Using traditional and non-traditional methods to find and assess talent • Marketing the company's value, appealing to multi-generations • Workplace models outside the box Creating Skilled Talent from within: • Transitioning and merging technical skills to develop a multi-skilled technician • Transitioning a military background to leverage veterans' technical skills • Transitioning incumbent workers to replace the highly-skilled, aging workforce • Incumbent continuous training models to develop various types of skilled, technical workers:
Chair
Murray M. Medlock
Project Manager - Research and Development
Southern Company Services

In discussing a potential hydrogen economy, it is important to understand the usage demand from this market. This session will focus on identifying where the potential uses/demands/and markets for hydrogen will likely evolve.


·      H2 as fuel for Turbines

·      Fuel Cells – Transportation

·      Regional Hub

o  Maritime

o  Chemical

·      Energy Storage (based on Energy Density)

Rockets

Speaker
Wayne Johnson
Manager, Key Segment Management, Education
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
The first step to building a successful distributed energy project is lining up financial support. Traditional methods may not work for everyone, but there are many alternatives available to get a project from the drawing board to the operational phase. This session will look at those alternatives, including private/public partnerships, and other innovative contractual structures--including bringing a real estate investment mind-set to energy transactions.
Speaker
Geoff Slevin
Clean Energy Strategy and Development Executive
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
More and more, organizations find themselves needing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. At the same time, extreme weather means organizations need to harden their operations against outages. It's a balancing act with three competing drivers: sustainability, affordability and resiliency. How exactly are manufacturers supposed to drive fast and furious carbon reduction goals while still reducing costs and ensuring more reliable backup power for their operations? Can resiliency and sustainability help them gain a competitive advantage when the supply chain is disrupted? What are the steps they need to take to achieve the coveted energy trifecta? We'll look at customer case studies such as Bausch + Lomb and discuss how new funding options and incentives make now the best time to install distributed generation. Attendees will learn: • How sustainability and resiliency can help them adapt in these times of disruption • How to push through challenges to find the right energy balance • Which financing mechanisms and sustainable and resiliency solutions are the most promising for organizations • Why collaboration across industries can better help organizations achieve their own energy trifecta"
Roundtable Moderator
Chadwick Johnson
Key Segment Manager - Manufacturing
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
Join a small group of your peers to discuss how businesses, universities and municipalities are supposed to drive fast and furious carbon reduction goals while still reducing costs and ensuring more reliable backup power for their operations. Can resiliency and sustainability help you gain a competitive advantage when the supply chain is disrupted? What are the steps you need to take to achieve the coveted energy trifecta of sustainability, resiliency and affordability?
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Breaks: 


  • Tuesday, October 4th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday October 5th 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Moderator/Chair
Sam Barnes
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Speaker
Dan Alexander
Development Manager
Aggreko
Speaker
John Shubin
Director of Sales for North Americas at Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF)
Speaker
John Todd
Sr. Business Consultant
TRM
Speaker
Chris Fleming
CEO
Cyberhawk
Technology can be used to increase efficiency and ensure higher levels of quality and add protection from threats. This session will range from drones and visualization to employing private networks.
Many utilities are touting a net zero emissions strategy, but many want to know if this is achievable and is practical. This session will present the pragmatic thoughts of experts from various aspects of the energy industry.
Moderator/Chair
Michael Burroughs
Plant Manager - Plant Scherer
Southern Company
Panelist
Jeffrey Haskins
MANAGER*POWER OPERATIONS
Xcel Energy Services Inc.
Panelist
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Panelist
Mark Mechenbier (Invited)
Operational Support Manager
Xcel Energy
Major weather events often affect electric reliability which can result in loss of lives, destruction of property, and strains on finances. Weather events are a constant and will continue to challenge the industry. This session examines the financial impacts of weather events and what utilities can or must do to mitigate risk.
Change management for the energy transition. Building strategies to support a diverse, multi-generational workforce. Improving recruitment and retention for energy technology of the future and need for cultural change.
Moderator
Brad Bradshaw
President
Velerity LLC
Panelist
Rick Beuttel
Vice President, Hydrogen Business
Bloom Energy
This session is comprised a panel of electrolyzer manufacturers who will give short intros on technology types followed by a full panel discussion describing the current state of hydrogen production technologies and provide insights about emerging methods. Panelists will also discuss the hydrogen rainbow current technology such as SMR, electrolysis, pyrolysis and others.
Sponsored by:
Moderator/Chair
Thomas M. Poteet III, P.E.
VP of Corporate Development
Mesa Solutions
Speaker
Sequoya Cross
COO
SimpliPhi Power
Speaker
Jeremy Toews
Engineer
Glumac
Speaker
Matt Bergan
Director of Operations
Kotzebue Power Plant
Speaker
Brent Voelker
Director
Kinsley Energy Systems
Today's microgrids comprise a wide range of technologies, offering flexibility, reliability, and resilience. This session will provide details about the design, construction, and operation of installations in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Oregon and the Arctic that support agriculture, commercial and industrial facilities, and an island's power grid, including a project built to withstand a hurricane.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Reception Hours: 

  • Monday, October 3rd 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 4th 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, October 5

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Hours: 

  • Monday, October 3rd 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open
  • Tuesday, October 4th 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
  • Wednesday October 5th 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Keynote
Andrew Webber
Founder & CEO
Digital Power Optimization

·  This keynote presentation is geared to inform and excite the power generation industry at the prospects and opportunities that bitcoin mining can provide for the energy industry. Our speaker, Andrew Webber, brings to bear over a decade of financial expertise and experience, having worked at firms such as Goldman Sachs, Surveyor Capital, and Fortress Investment Group. Andrew and his company, Digital Power Optimization (DPO), are working to inform the energy sector of the variety of ways through which it can directly utilize bitcoin mining as a powerful tool by taking advantage of the direct link between power generation and Bitcoin.


Join us as we explore what exactly cryptocurrency mining is, how it works, and the many use cases for bitcoin mining as an energy management tool.



This session will deal with current life issues surrounding plant cyber security, including, how the challenges have increased, what is the impact of digital age on our cyber security issues and what are the coming challenges. We will also discuss practical ways in which todays utilities can respond.
Moderator/Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Panelist
Robert Pascarella
Entergy
Panelist
James Fleming
Manager GENCO Operations
Alliant Energy
Panelist
Mr. Rob M. Shepard (Invited)
Vice President
IEM Energy Consultants
As utility staffs become leaner and leaner, attrition and retirement have taken there toll, how much outsourcing for outage management do we do? There are positives and negatives to both sides of this discussion. Come here lessons learned from utilities as well as service providers.
Speaker
Joe Grochmal
Engineer
Kiewit
This session will discuss issues associated with storage and sequestration topics. Topics will include technical, regulatory, monetary, logistics and geographical issues that arise in designing and selecting these facilities.
Sponsored by:
Speaker
Jon Rodroguez
Energy Business Director - Engine Power Plants
Wartsila North America, Inc.
Our energy landscape is rapidly changing, particularly in the electric power sector. Renewable energy adoption is increasing at a rapid rate, and around the U.S. even more ambitious 100% renewable energy targets are being set by companies, states, utilities, and regulators. The exact recipe is not defined on how to technically reach these targets. In the midst of the progress toward decarbonizing our energy systems, utility stakeholders face the challenge of making long-term decisions about technology investments, continuing to meet demand generation, retiring coal, nuclear, and gas inflexible baseload plants, and dealing with the resultant reliability concerns created by large scale intermittent renewable energy resources in the system--all in the face of constantly shifting energy markets, regulations, and technology developments. This session will provide utility decision-makers with how Wärtsilä solutions can help address these challenge. Jon Rodriguez, Energy Business Director at Wärtsilä, will focus on two applications for Wärtsilä solutions along with real-world examples. The applications discussed will include balancing renewables with engine power plants, as well as with battery energy storage systems.
10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Exhibit Hours:


  • Tuesday, October 4th 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Breaks: 


  • Tuesday, October 4th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday October 5th 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Speaker
Sean Randles (Invited)
Manager of Technical Services
Utility Services, Inc.
Learn what power plants are doing to protect their control systems. This session will provide best management practices in cyber and physical security at power plants.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Moderator
Mike Moore (Invited)
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Panelist
Hanna Grene
Director, Energy & Sustainability Americas
Microsoft Corporation
Panelist
Andrew Webber
Founder & CEO
Digital Power Optimization
Panelist
Kirk Hudson (Invited)
Managing Director
Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County
Life in the 21st century is increasingly becoming electrified, digitized and cloud based. Exponential growth in electric vehicles, crypto currencies and future living in the metaverse foretells a coming tsunami in demand. What doe this tsunami consist of and how big can we expect it to be?
Chair
Larry Lesh
Generating Station Operating Supervisor
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Luis Cordova
Plant Manager
Austin Energy
Outage issues related to supply chain shortages as well as the shortage of personnel. The new age of project management and reacting to current immediate impacts, managing a more compact outage to meet current resource demands.
PRESENTATIONS:
Speaker
Rich Gottwald
President & CEO
Compressed Gas Association
Moving to a hydrogen economy means that hydrogen will be produced and stored at many locations. This session will look at various production and storage locations and explore the critical safety and regulatory issues and requirements involved.
Distributed power generation can provide many benefits, and utilities are discovering the many ways they can utilize distributed energy systems to support their operations, particularly when it comes to providing reliable and resilient electricity. Representatives from top U.S. power providers will discuss how their companies are embracing distributed energy as part of their business.
Speaker
Christian Mueller
Sr. Sales Manager
INNIO Jenbacher
On the path to net zero, highly efficient CHP systems can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint in distributed energy systems. This presentation will provide an overview on different options to use hydrogen fuels in CHP systems while maintaining the flexibility and reliability of dispatchable gas engine-generators. Advances in engine technology and fuel flexibility will be showcased, including the use of 100% H2. Global case studies will be presented, highlighting operational power generation projects and the best practices for utilizing hydrogen in gas engines.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking & Lunch:

  • Tuesday, October 4th 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Chair
Larry Lesh
Generating Station Operating Supervisor
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Co-Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
David Williams
Fleet Engineering Manager-Controls
Xcel Energy
Cybersecurity at generating stations requires expertise in both information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). This session explores what defines effective cybersecurity and what is required to implement and maintain the system including integration of operational controls. Discussing the opportunities of working together to secure information without comprising system and data integrity.
Speaker
Gary Martin
Senior Director
Worley
Moderator/Chair
Jana Lesh
Controls Mechanic
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Speaker
Jefferson Peters
Power Industry Leader - Western USA
SUEZ WTS, Inc.
With a strong desire to protect the local waterways and be good stewards of the environment, a large western utility went above and beyond all regulatory requirements and took a proactive approach to eliminate phosphorous from certain plant operations. By utilizing a novel technology developed by SUEZ, call E.C.O. Film, it is estimated that the plant will eliminate almost three (3) tons of phosphorous from its discharge stream annually.
This session will present example projects that show early progress in the decarbonization market early lessons learned are presented and next steps will be shown.
Moderator/Chair
Ann marie Augustus
Vice President of Operations
Urban Electric
Panelist
Dan Lambert (Invited)
Senior Product Manager
Zinc Five
Panelist
Blake Richetta (Invited)
Senior VP
Sonnen Business Solutions
Get ready for a robust panel discussion of technologies for battery energy storage that have reached the commercial stage. Think lithium-ion is the only option? Better think again. Experts, including battery manufacturers, will provide information about a host of up-and-coming battery types that are shaking up the stationary energy storage sector, with insight into which technology works best in a particular situation.
Moderator/Chair
Mike Harbison
President
M E H & Associates, LLC
Speaker
John Todd
Sr. Business Consultant
TRM
Speaker
Edward English
Vice-President & Technical Director
Fuel Quality Services, Inc.
Speaker
Daniel Goulet
President, North America
Mobideo Technologies
Speaker
Yi Liu
Technology Manager
BASF Corp
"This session will provide a number of insights into how to do a better job in various scenarios. It will help you in planning your preventative maintenance tasks. It will help you in managing your fuel energy assets to ensure a reliable tomorrow. It will help you by showing you the importance of unlocking data to improve outages. It will help you deal with your flue gas oxidation with your gas turbines.
Sponsored by:
Speaker
Thomas M. Poteet III, P.E.
VP of Corporate Development
Mesa Solutions
Join us to discuss how decentralized power can work for the grid and not against it - strengthening our nation's infrastructure with utility demand response programs and backup microgrids.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Breaks: 


  • Tuesday, October 4th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday October 5th 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Speaker
Danielle Flagg
CCUS Project Development Manager
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Jim Keane
Power Process Engineering Consultant
WOOD
This session we'll cover the role of CO2 capture in decarbonization and as a pathway to net zero. Status of technology development, pilot scale applications and technology readiness in the power sector. Discussion on sighting considerations and integration.
Moderator
Darrell Proctor
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Rob Roys (Invited)
Regional Sales Manager
ABB
Not everyone has access to the power grid; that goes for entire communities in some parts of the world, along with commercial and industrial enterprises operating in remote locations. Communities have developed innovative ways to power their homes and businesses, whether through microgrids, district energy systems, or other methods. Businesses that operate far-flung field operations, including oil and gas producers, have developed ways to produce their own power by using natural gas that otherwise would be flared. Crypto miners, as part of an energy-intensive business, are helping design systems to supply power for their data centers. This session will provide information about the design and operation of some of these systems and the technologies that are transforming the way people live and work in off-the-grid settings.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Reception Hours: 

  • Monday, October 3rd 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 4th 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday October 5th 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 6

Management team is working on several Tour Options so plan to stick around and visit facilities in the Denver Area that depict the future of energy.