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. Electricity generating companies/utilities only.

 

Agenda


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


 Formed in 2001, the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) is a national coalition of utilities, energy organizations and education partners. EPCE is an initiative of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national non-profit organization. EPCE provides its members with workforce solutions through its premier online education, built to address the critical employment needs of the evolving utility industry. The EPCE Coalition meeting offers utility professionals the opportunity to learn about online education and training resources that support employer workforce development and training strategies. 

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open

8:00 am - 8:30 am NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

                                             Ryan Cheney, Manager, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

8:30 am - 9:30 am NETWORKING BREAKFAST

9:30 am- 9:40 am WELCOME

Angie Lucas, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

9:40 am - 10:15 am EPCE BUSINESS UPDATE

Angie Lucas, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

Ryan Cheney, Marketing Manager, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

 

10:15 am - 10:45 am ELECTRIC VEHICLE WORKFORCE CONSORTIUM UPDATE

                                     Jim Auld, Director, External Training Initiatives, NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light 

10:45 am - 11:15 am CAREER PATHWAYS?   SOLUTIONS? TBD

         Kristen Himmerick,  Vice President, Solutions, CAEL

 

11:15 am - 11:30 am CAEL MEMBERSHIP - THE BENEFIT OF LABOR MARKET REPORTS

Jeannie McCarron,  Senior Director, Member Engagement, CAEL

 

11:30 am - 12:00 pm   ELECTRIC VEHICLE LEGISLATION UPDATE

                                        Jim Reed, NSCL

 

12:15 PM- 1:00 PM   Lunch

 

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EXCELSIOR COLLEGE (invited)

1:45 pm- 2:15 pm BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE (invited)

 

 2:15 pm- 2:30 pm EPCE TOOLS TO ENHANCE USING EDUCATION TO ENHANCE   

                                 EMPLOYEE RECRUITING 

Chair
Joe VonDerHaar
Plant Manager, Spurlock
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Leader
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Leader
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Leader
Michael Burroughs
Plant Manager - Plant Scherer
Southern Company
Leader
Michael Winegeart
Production Superintendent
Lubbock Power & Light
Leader
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants

The Plant Management Institute prides itself on being an open forum for free-flowing conversations about the challenges facing today’s plant manager/resource manager. With the power industry needing to address numerous changes to operations, some of the topics we normally cover have taken on new meanings or directions.

Now more than ever, it’s time to reconnect with your peers to share stories of the challenges, and your solutions to these challenges that have been tried and tested. 

If you are tasked with running a power plant, responsible for the resources that supply power, or are in a supervisory role, this program is geared for you. We will open the event with a top-of-mind, roundtable discussion, and as topics become evident, we will consider those that are most important to a plant’s successful operation. We will then look as a group at those challenges, discussing those that are critical for operations, and also those that may not be critical, but also can’t be ignored.  


Join us for this full-day forum of open discussion, where we will share lessons learned and concerns for addressing issues arising today.


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

Speaker
Jim Auld
Director of External Training Initiatives
Florida Power & Light Company
Speaker
Ann Moore
Global Industry Principal
OSIsoft (now part of AVEVA)
Speaker
Pam Frank
CEO
ChargEVC
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
Gerry Hamilton
Director Facilities 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
Power Solutions Director of Energy Development.
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
Bernard McNamee
Partner
McGuireWoods Consulting
Panelist
Thomas Smith
Power Solutions Director of Energy Development.
Caterpillar Electric Power
Panelist
Thomas Pyle
President
Institute for Energy Research
There are varying opinions on what the future energy landscape should look like. More solar and wind power is coming online almost daily, and it seems reliable, well-operating coal plants are being retired regularly. Should the industry be heading in this direction and at this speed? Come hear both sides of the question argued in this debate 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
This session touches on the effects that integrating renewables and IBRs have on transmission and distribution systems. These effects begin from the time a project's Interconnection process begins through the design of STATCOMS that counter volt/var issues that are introduced by DERs.
Moderator
Alex Krowka
Consultant
United States Energy Association (USEA)
Panelist
Steve Capanna (Invited)
Director, Technology Policy
U.S. Department of Energy
Panelist
Mike Nasi
Partner
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Panelist
Matt Fry
Senior Policy Manager, Carbon Management
Great Plains Institute
Panelist
Jim Reed (Invited)
Energy, Environment and Transportation Group Director
National Conference of State Legislatures
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"
Moderator
Jana Lesh
Controls Mechanic
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Panelist
Holly Stanton
Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning
Xcel Energy
Panelist
Angie Lucas
Director
EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
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
Moderator
Eamon Hogg
Research and Development Engineer
Southern Company
Panelist
Jeff Chase
Clean Power Generation Lead, Research, Development, & Demonstration (RD&D)
SoCal Gas Company
Panelist
Hari Gopalakrishna
Lead Consultant, Market Intel and Strategy
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Panelist
Marcus Nichol
Senior Director, New Reactors
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
Panelist
William Boley
Caterpillar Electric Power
Panelist
Patrick S. Daou
Principal Energy Consultant
Sargent & Lundy

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

Panelist
Wayne Johnson
Manager, Key Segment Management, Education
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
Panelist
Tony Elkins
Transportation and Infrastructure Development Executive
Meridiam
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
Chadwick Johnson
Key Segment Manager - Manufacturing
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
Mark Adams
Business Development Manager
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
Samuel R. Barnes, P.E.
Chief Operating Officer
Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
Speaker
John Shubin
Director of Sales for North Americas
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.
Moderator
Michael Ruszkowski
Senior Program Manager
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
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.
Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Co-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
Operational Support Manager
Xcel Energy
Panelist
Tommy Waggoner
Southern Company
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.
Moderator
Kristen Himmerick
Vice President, Solutions
CAEL - Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Panelist
Kari Schafenburg
Director, Initiatives
CAEL - Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Panelist
Lewis Brown Jr. - MA
VP, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, and DEI
Comcast
Panelist
Prasanth Thupili
SVP, Power Generation Services
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Panelist
Mark Hinaman (Invited)
Director of Engineering Innovation
Franklin Mountain Energy
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
Speaker
Dr. Siari Sosa
Low Carbon Resources RD&D Program Leader
SoCal Gas Company
Speaker
Marc Prasse
Mechanical Engineer
Sargent & Lundy
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
Brent Voelker
Director
Kinsley Energy Systems
Speaker
Jaimie Hamilton-Antonson
Technical Advisor - Energy Management Solutions
Cummins Inc.
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.



Moderator
Mr. James Goosby
Director, Office of Business Technology Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Southern Company
Panelist
Cheri Caddy (Invited)
Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity
US DOE
Panelist
Dr. Frank Cuffillo (Invited)
Director, McCrary Institute for Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Security
Auburn University
Panelist
PE Jonathan Tubb
Director Industrial Cyber Security North America
Siemens Energy
Panelist
Larry O'Brien
Vice President, Research
ARC Advisory Group
This session will focus on current issues surrounding operational cybersecurity, including how cyber challenges have increased in recent years and what the potential impacts are to power companies and plant operators. We will also discuss practical ways in which utilities and suppliers can partner together, along with government agencies, to prevent cyberattacks from hitting the industry or mitigate the effects of those that do.
Moderator
Mason Emnett
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
Constellation
Panelist
Brian George
Global Energy Market Development and Policy, US Federal Lead
Google
To achieve the ultimate goal of decarbonizing the power sector, we will need enough clean energy to meet total consumption in every hour of every day. However, the reality is that many of the RECs being used to measure progress toward decarbonization goals represent energy produced months earlier by a solar or wind farm 1,000 miles away from the customer. Unless the clean energy you buy covers 100 percent of your energy use at the time and place you use it, research shows that you're likely still getting a large portion of your energy from polluting sources. For example, a Princeton study found that a typical customer in the PJM region using RECs to match 100% of demand on an annual basis would only be using 62 percent clean energy when evaluated on an hourly matching basis. In the proposed session, industry experts will do a deep dive into how clean energy policies can evolve to reflect the matching of clean energy production to consumption at the point in time and location that the energy is being used. Panelists would discuss the benefits of a 24/7 approach to clean energy procurement and the steps that policymakers and companies are taking to implement 24/7 strategies. Panelists also would review the transactional, technical and compliance enhancements necessary to match energy production and consumption on an hourly basis and support corporate sustainability goals.
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.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Speaker
Joe Grochmal
Engineer
Kiewit
Speaker
Matt Gregori
Customer Solutions RD&D
SoCal Gas Company
Speaker
Claire Behar (Invited)
Chief Commercial Officer
Hy Stor Energy
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 Rodriguez
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
Manager of Technical Services
Utility Services, Inc.
Speaker
Dan Doyle
ICE Technician
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Speaker
Stuart Kramlich
Senior Manager, Intelligent Operations
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, 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
Ravi Mundhe
Energy Co-Innovation & Strategic Alliances
Microsoft Corporation
Panelist
Andrew Webber
Founder & CEO
Digital Power Optimization
Panelist
Ifran Ali (Invited)
Managing Member
BALICO, LLC
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?
Moderator/Chair
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Larry Lesh
Generating Station Operating Supervisor
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Speaker
Luis Cordova
Plant Manager
Austin Energy
Speaker
Prasanth Thupili
SVP, Power Generation Services
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
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
Speaker
Erin West
Environmental Permitting Lead
Kiewit
Speaker
Lisa Walker
Environmental Project Manager
Black & Veatch
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.
Panelist
Benjamin Carmichael
Business Development Manager, Advanced Energy Systems Research and Development
Southern Company
Panelist
Robert Schueffner
Microgrid and Renewables Commercial Manager
Caterpillar Electric Power
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
Dennis Buchanan
Plant Director, Harrington Station
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Larry Lesh
Generating Station Operating Supervisor
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Speaker
David Williams
Fleet Engineering Manager-Controls
Xcel Energy
Speaker
Ian King
Enterprise Security Architect
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.
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.
Speaker
Gary Martin
Senior Director
Worley
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.
Panelist
Ann marie Augustus
Vice President of Operations
Urban Electric
Panelist
Dan Lambert
Senior Product Manager
Zinc Five
Panelist
Ryan Brown
Salient Energy
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.
Speaker
Robert Wholey
Chief Executive Officer
Long Ridge Energy
Speaker
Diane Fischer
Director, Generation Services
Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.
Speaker
Joshua Martincic
Head of North American Development
Energy Developments Limited (EDL)
Speaker
Jeffrey Goldmeer
Emergent Technologies Director - Decarbonization
GE Power
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
"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.
Moderator
Bobby Noble
Senior Technical Leader
EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
Panelist
L. Eric Johnson
Plant Manager Plant McDonough Combined Cycle
Southern Company
Panelist
Jeff Wilson
Fleet Modernization R&D Manager
Southern Company
Panelist
Ben Thomas
Product Line Manager
Mitsubishi Power
  • The project demonstrates retrofitting advanced-class gas turbines to operate on a hydrogen fuel blend.
  • Georgia Power has already reduced carbon emissions by more than 60%, this new project showcases potential for further reductions using existing infrastructure.
  • Dry low NOx hydrogen blending on the M501G gas turbine was executed at the designed 100% natural gas firing temperature, within emissions compliance and without impact to maintenance intervals.
  • Tests included blending 20% hydrogen — an industry first for an advanced-class gas turbine — resulting in an approximately 7% reduction in CO2 emissions.


Sponsored by:
Speaker
Thomas M. Poteet III, P.E.
VP of Corporate Development
Mesa Solutions
Speaker
H. Douglas Sansom
Director, Orgination
NRG
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
Moderator/Chair
Mrs. Wayshalee Patel
Manager
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
John Carroll
Project Engineer
Southern Company
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
Brett Pingree
Country Manager, North America
Emergya Wind Technologies Americas Inc-EWT
Speaker
Ben Jones
Vice President, Canopy Design Engineering
Distributed Solar Development (DSD)
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.

 

Sponsors & Supporting Organizations