Distributed Energy

Featured Conference Track: Distributed Energy

Real-life applications, project planning and the business and financial aspects of distributed generation

The adoption of distributed energy resources is transforming the traditional centralized electricity generation and distribution model into a more flexible, resilient, and sustainable system. By spreading energy generation across many small-scale sources, distributed energy can improve the overall efficiency, reliability, and security of the electricity grid, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of the energy sector. The rise of distributed energy also presents new business opportunities, regulatory challenges, and operational issues that need to be understood and addressed. 

The Distributed Energy conference track features sessions covering real-life applications, project planning, and the business and financial aspects of distributed generation. If you are a utility-scale electricity provider or commercial, industrial, educational institution, cooperative or private enterprise power generator, this track is for you!


2024 Distributed Energy Sessions


Tuesday, October 8
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Experience POWER General Sessions
EPG - Registration Open
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Room: Oceans 12
This session focuses on developing a robust safety culture within organizations, emphasizing proactive strategies and effective crisis management. Key topics include the implementation of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) at the station level for active incidents and the integration of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for coordinated responses. We will explore comprehensive crisis plans for engaging with the community and public during emergencies. Additionally, the session will cover GeoTab for driving safety discussions and the Safe Start program, highlighting methods to encourage near-miss reporting and streamline the reporting process. Experts will share insights on transforming deep-rooted safety issues and fostering an environment where open communication and safety sharing are the norms. Join us to learn best practices for enhancing safety culture and ensuring the well-being of your team and community.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
This session delves into the intersection of operational excellence, financial influence, and the pace of transition in the energy sector. Key topics include addressing supply chain issues and adapting to the realities of the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) environment. We will discuss the impact of load growth on operations and how market dynamics influence decision-making for plant managers. Insights into purchasing power, managing high demand during low load periods, and sourcing reliable power will be explored. Additionally, the session will highlight the value of maintaining existing generation reliability amidst these challenges. Join industry experts as they share strategies to achieve operational excellence and navigate the financial and market complexities of the evolving energy landscape.
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Plant Management Institute
Plant Management Institute 2024
Panelist
Joe VonDerHaar
Plant Manager, Spurlock
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Join us for an in-depth exploration of real-world experiences and lessons learned in the renewable energy sector. This session will cover critical aspects such as the availability of parts, focusing on inverters, microprocessors, and the evolving dynamics of keeping up with technological advancements. We will discuss strategies for replacing outdated components to ensure the longevity and efficiency of renewable energy systems. The session will also address the issue of solar fires, examining causes, prevention methods, and best practices for safety. Additionally, experts will provide insights into the permitting process, sharing tips for navigating regulatory landscapes effectively. Whether you are involved in solar, wind, or other renewable energy projects, this session will equip you with valuable knowledge to overcome challenges and enhance your project's success.
3:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Plant Management Institute
Environmental Chess Game
In this session, we will delve into the complex and ever-evolving landscape of environmental regulations and their impact on power plant operations. We will explore the nuances of the 111 Rules, highlighting the key differences and their implications for compliance and operational efficiency. Additionally, the session will cover EOP-011, with a focus on its significance for winterization efforts, referencing insights from our dedicated session on this critical topic. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to navigate these regulatory challenges, ensuring their plants remain both compliant and resilient in the face of changing environmental standards. Join us to stay ahead in the environmental chess game and avoid operational pitfalls.
If you are a power plant manager, site manager, have a role in leadership at your facility's power plant, or are moving into a management role, you are invited to participate in this exclusive cocktail hour for Plant Management Institute attendees only. Fluor invites you to join them for light hors d' oeuvres, beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail to welcome you to Plant Management Institute and Experience POWER Week. Look for your personal invitation when you arrive onsite!
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Experience POWER General Sessions
PMI 2024 Reception Sponsored by Fluor
Wednesday, October 9
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Room: Oceans 1
Roundtable Moderator
James Goosby
Executive in Residence at the McCrary Institute for Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Security
Southern Company
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Embark on an electrifying journey through innovation and efficiency at Cane Island Power Plant, hailed as a beacon of excellence and named a Top Plant in 2022. Step into the heart of cutting-edge technology where GE Vernova gas turbines reign supreme. Feel the pulse of energy as you explore Unit 1, powered by the renowned LM6000 simple cycle turbine, demonstrating streamlined performance and reliability. Venture further into the realm of power generation with Units 2, 3, and 4, where combined-cycle prowess takes center stage. Unit 2 boasts the formidable 7EA gas turbine, while Units 3 and 4 showcase the robust 7FA models, each a testament to engineering ingenuity. Join us for an immersive tour and witness firsthand the synergy of technology and sustainability that powers our communities. Reserve your spot now and ignite your curiosity at Cane Island Power Plant - where excellence meets energy!
Thursday, October 10
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Room: Oceans 9-11
Speaker
Jeff Cramer
President & CEO
Coalition for Community Solar Access
Discover the transformative potential of community solar as a distributed power generation strategy in our upcoming session. We'll explore how community solar initiatives are revolutionizing the way we approach renewable energy, from advancing green building practices with seamless solar energy integration to harnessing local expertise to fuel the growth of community solar projects. Learn from industry leaders and experts as they share insights, best practices, and success stories, highlighting the synergy between sustainability, community engagement, and economic growth. Whether you're a developer, policymaker, or advocate, this session offers invaluable knowledge and actionable strategies to drive positive change in your community through solar energy.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 2
Electric Power Insights Track
EPI 2A Emerging Technologies
Moderator/Chair
Diane Fischer
Director, Generation Services
Kiewit
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 1
Chair
Rizwan James
Power Generation System Operations Director
Dominion Energy/ Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Co-Chair
William Mangan, MBA, MEM, PMP
Operations and Maintenance Manager
Kissimmee Utility Authority
Speaker
Kenneth Luebbert
Principal Performance Engineer
Kansas City Power & Light
Speaker
Darren Hoard
Senior Engineer
Evergy, Inc
Join us for an insightful session focused on preparing your plant for the winter season. Our expert presenters will delve into essential topics including Winter Preparation/EOP-012 compliance, exploring the viability of fuel oil as an alternative during peak winter demands, and understanding the impact of HP and LP bypass systems on the efficiency of your steam system. Gain valuable insights and practical strategies to ensure your plant operates at its peak performance. Whether you're a plant manager, engineer, or technician, this session offers crucial knowledge to enhance the reliability and efficiency of your operations.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 12
Panel Moderator
Bobby Noble (Invited)
Program Manager Gas Turbine Research & Development
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
Panelist
Lacy McManus
Executive Director of Future Energy
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Join us for an insightful session delving into the complex world of hydrogen policies. As the world seeks cleaner energy solutions, hydrogen emerges as a frontrunner. However, understanding the intricate web of policies governing its production, distribution, and utilization is crucial. In this session, we'll explore the evolving hydrogen policy landscape on a global scale. From government initiatives and regulatory frameworks to incentives and investment trends, we'll uncover the opportunities and challenges shaping the future of hydrogen. Whether you're a policymaker, industry expert, investor, or enthusiast, this session will provide valuable insights to navigate the hydrogen frontier effectively.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 3
Panelist
Rosa Schmidt
Center For Energy Workforce Development
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Embark on a journey through the latest advancements in hydrogen production technology in our session on Electrolysis Technology for Clean H2 Production. With a focus on the diverse technical approaches, we'll delve into the intricacies of electrolysis, a key method for generating clean hydrogen. Our expert speakers will shed light on cutting-edge innovations, from membrane-based systems to solid oxide electrolyzers, highlighting their respective strengths and applications. Whether you're a researcher, engineer, policymaker, or industry professional, this session promises to broaden your understanding of hydrogen production technologies and inspire collaboration towards a sustainable energy future. Join us to explore the frontier of clean hydrogen production and propel innovation in the field.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 2
Speaker
Luke Krooswyk
Project Manager, Nuclear
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Moderator/Chair
Robert Hollinsworth
Plant Manager Montrose & Sibley Stations
Kansas City Power & Light
Co-Chair
Nik Kutz
Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)

Embark on a journey into the future of power generation with a focus on cutting-edge technologies. This session illuminates the potential of nuclear, fusion, and geothermal energy options in shaping the energy landscape of tomorrow. Delve into the latest advancements, from next-generation nuclear reactors to revolutionary fusion reactors, and uncover the untapped potential of geothermal resources. Join us as we explore the promise, challenges, and transformative impact of these innovative approaches in sustainably meeting the world's growing energy demands.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Alex Krowka
Consultant
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Speaker
Jeffery Pope PE
Program Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc.
As the energy landscape evolves, the decommissioning, demolition, and repurposing of power plants have become critical components of the energy transition. This session will delve into the strategic approaches necessary for effectively managing the end-of-life phase of power generation facilities. Industry experts will discuss the regulatory, environmental, and economic considerations involved in shutting down and dismantling power plants, as well as innovative methods for repurposing sites for new energy projects or alternative uses. Attendees will gain insights into best practices, potential challenges, and successful case studies that highlight the importance of planning and collaboration in these complex processes. Whether you are a plant operator, energy sector professional, or involved in policy-making, this session will equip you with the knowledge to navigate the future of decommissioning and repurposing power plants.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 3
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Chair
Mitchell Samuelian
CEO
NuConsult Services, LLC
The demand for power is fomenting a paradigm shift in the way electricity is produced and distributed. The proliferation of distributed generation, to serve as backup power, to support loads in rural areas, and as a way to supply high-demand intermittent loads such as EV charging stations and HVAC systems, has made microgrids an integral part of power systems. This session will look at a variety of microgrid designs, discussing both hardware and software elements, that will support microgrid design and development.
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Explore the fusion of IT and OT in the realm of digital transformation, where traditional boundaries dissolve. This session delves into integrating enterprise systems (IT) seamlessly with field devices (OT), bridging the gap for enhanced operational efficiency. Uncover common pitfalls in digital adoption and glean insights from industry peers to chart a successful course forward or enact meaningful change within your organization.
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Oceans 2
Speaker
Julianna Crumlish
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
William Latta
New Technology, Sr. Program Manager
Babcock & Wilcox
This session explores essential strategies for navigating permits in carbon capture projects and innovative approaches to decarbonizing hydrogen production. Participants will learn how to identify permit requirements, address challenges with new technologies, and streamline regulatory processes. Additionally, experts will discuss diverse feedstock processing, carbon capture integration, and financial incentives for carbon reduction technologies. Join us to discover pathways towards a carbon-neutral future.
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Oceans 3
Moderator
Kedaar Raman (Invited)
Director of Corporate Strategy
New York Power Authority
Panelist
DeAnna C. Myers
Senior Manager, Learning & Development
Sargent & Lundy
Panelist
Jody Porter
STS CONSULTING SERVICES LLC
Looking for strong leaders in the energy industry can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. But what if the talent you need is already within your existing workforce? How can you incentivize high-performing workers to pursue promotions and take on leadership roles? This panel discussion will equip you with practical strategies to identify and develop future leaders. Panelists will share best practices for talent identification and recruitment strategies aimed at finding future energy leaders. They will discuss how to assess soft skills, foster leadership development within an organization and build solid mentoring programs. The panel will conclude with an audience Q&A session, allowing attendees to engage with the speakers and delve deeper into specific topics of interest.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
This panel session offers a comprehensive exploration of the hydrogen energy ecosystem, spanning innovative financing, commercialization strategies, and practical implementation challenges. We will delve into the expansion of hydrogen, infrastructure, economic barriers facing small-scale projects, and technical complexities of hydrogen purity and its regulatory impacts.
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Chair
Justin Williams
Senior Account Executive
Trevi Communications
Facilities management staff at colleges and universities are creating distributed power generation systems to address a variety of issues. These include industrial-scale load shifting, demand response in a fleet of buildings, moving from thermal energy to renewable resources, and more--including serving EV charging demand, both from student and faculty and from the campus' own fleet electrified vehicles. We'll look at case studies of successful campus energy projects, and discuss the challenges facility managers face in providing reliable power across their buildings.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 2
Moderator/Chair
Thomas Steitz
Director of Energy Storage
Kiewit
Speaker
TBA (Invited)
Electric Hydrogen
Speaker
Diane Fischer
Director, Generation Services
Kiewit
Speaker
TBA TBA (Invited)
TBA Speaker
TBA
Join us for an enlightening session featuring cutting-edge advancements in energy storage technologies. This session will delve into a pioneering hydrogen project developed highlighting key aspects of combustion and the integration of vanadium redox flow batteries, exciting progress of a liquid air energy storage project and Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage. This session will provide insights into the latest developments, potential applications, and future directions in long-duration energy storage (LDES). Don't miss the opportunity to engage with groundbreaking research and innovative solutions shaping the future of sustainable energy.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Todd Svoboda
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Speaker
John Giles
Project Manager
Kiewit
Speaker
Timothy Eiden
Environment Technology Associate III
Sargent and Lundy
In this session, we unpack the implications of the latest EPA rule for the power generation industry. Dive into the regulatory landscape shaping the future of energy production, and gain clarity on compliance requirements, emission standards, and operational adjustments mandated by the new rule. Hear insights from industry experts on navigating the transition towards cleaner, more sustainable energy practices while maintaining operational efficiency and profitability. Whether you're a policymaker, industry stakeholder, or energy professional, this session offers valuable perspectives on adapting to regulatory changes and driving positive environmental outcomes in the power generation sector.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 4
Electric Power Insights Track
Supply Chain in 2024
Moderator/Chair
Joseph Vonderhaar
Station Manager, Spurlock Power Station
EAST KENTUCKY POWER CORPORATION
Panelist
Greg Breyer
Director of Supply Chain
EAST KENTUCKY POWER CORPORATION
Many things are challenging the utility industries current Supply Chain. COVID seemed to kick things off, but other factors like green energy build out, aging infrastructure, raw material supply, supplier base and product quality, to name a few, are also having a big impact. How are utilities handling these issues and working to keep the pipeline of parts and services available so utilities can achieve their mission? This session will discuss the issues and share strategies, efforts and successes in this quest.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 3
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Commercial pitches for break-through technologies in the hydrogen space.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Friday, October 11
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 2
Moderator/Chair
Benjamin Carmichael
Business Development Manager, Advanced Energy Systems Research and Development
Southern Company
Co-Chair
Emmanuel Darko, P.E.
Principal Nuclear Engineer
PSEG Energy Holdings
Panelist
Jhansi Kandasamy
Director, Net-Zero Program
Idaho National Laboratory
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the latest developments in nuclear power technology. From advanced reactor designs to innovative fuel cycles and safety enhancements, this session will showcase the forefront of nuclear energy innovation. Discover how next-generation reactors are revolutionizing the industry, addressing concerns about safety, waste management, and proliferation. Gain insights into the role of nuclear power in the global energy transition and its potential to provide clean, reliable electricity for the future. Whether you're a seasoned nuclear expert or new to the field, this session offers a comprehensive overview of what's new and exciting in nuclear power.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 1
Speaker
Dean Allen Barefield (Invited)
UAS Manager
Southern Company
Speaker
Jenny Taylor (Invited)
Virtual Crew/XR Lab
Duke Energy
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 12
Moderator/Chair
Brooke Mills
Sr. Comms Business Partner
GE Vernova
Speaker
Rodolfo Tellez-Schmill
Product Champion
KBC Advanced Technologies
Speaker
John Evans
Principal Consultant
Thornton Tomasetti
Hydrogen is seen as a form of energy that is both transportable and flexible, and can replace traditional fuels. However, its flammability is well known. Learn how refining and improving hydrogen process design can improve safety. Also learn about hydrogen jet fire modeling techniques.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 9-11
Chair
Mitchell Samuelian
CEO
NuConsult Services, LLC
The goal of decarbonizing the power generation sector will require the use of more distributed energy resources (DERs). Virtual power plants can support DER deployment at scale and help make affordable, resilient, and clean energy more accessible. A VPP is a connected aggregation of DER technologies--solar power and energy storage, grid-interactive efficient appliances, smart buildings, electric vehicle charging systems, and more. VPP operators can work with aggregators, utilities, or grid operators, to remotely and automatically adjust DERs to provide clean energy, reliability, and grid services while maintaining customer comfort and productivity. This session will look at the technology, including software and hardware, that supports VPPs and opens the power grid to a new utility-scale, behind-the-meter supply of electricity.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Unlock the potential of hydrogen as a versatile energy storage medium in our engaging session on Hydrogen Storage. As the world transitions towards renewable energy sources, the need for efficient energy storage solutions becomes increasingly critical. Hydrogen emerges as a promising candidate, offering high energy density and scalability for various applications. Join us as we delve into the latest advancements in hydrogen storage technologies, from compressed gas and liquid hydrogen to solid-state and chemical storage methods. Discover how these innovative approaches enable hydrogen to serve as a dynamic energy buffer, facilitating the integration of intermittent renewables and powering diverse sectors such as transportation, industry, and grid stabilization. Whether you're a researcher, entrepreneur, policymaker, or energy enthusiast, this session promises valuable insights into the evolving landscape of hydrogen storage and its pivotal role in shaping the future of sustainable energy. Don't miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of the hydrogen revolution!
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 4
Electric Power Insights Track
Cyber and Physical Security
Moderator/Chair
James Goosby
Executive in Residence at the McCrary Institute for Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Security
Southern Company
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Speaker
Manny Vivar (Invited)
Founder & CEO
HostDime Global Operations
Chair
Justin Williams
Senior Account Executive
Trevi Communications
A data center is a facility that businesses and other groups use to host their critical applications and data. A data center's design is based on a network of computing and storage resources that enable the delivery of shared applications and that data, and the design also must include ways to acquire and manage these buildings' massive electricity demand. This session will look at how today's data centers are being designed to house large amounts of data, and how these centers are acquiring and managing their electricity loads.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Speaker
Peter Hoeflich
Director Generation Technology
Duke Energy
This session offers a comprehensive exploration of the hydrogen energy ecosystem, spanning innovative financing, commercialization strategies, and practical implementation challenges. We will delve into the expansion of hydrogen, infrastructure, economic barriers facing small-scale projects, and technical complexities of hydrogen purity and its regulatory impacts.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Join us for an insightful session on the crucial guidelines and best practices for explosion venting in energy storage systems. As the landscape of power generation evolves with the integration of advanced technology batteries, it's imperative to understand the nuances of ensuring safety and efficiency. We'll delve into the latest advancements and innovations driving this change, exploring how diversified energy storage technologies are shaping the energy transition. Gain valuable insights and practical strategies for navigating this dynamic industry while prioritizing safety and sustainability. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the ever-changing power landscape.