Plant Management Institute

Plant Management Institute at Experience POWER

The Plant Management Institute Forum
Tuesday, October 8
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, October 9
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

The Plant Management Institute Reception
Tuesday, October 8
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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, are responsible for the resources that supply power, or are in a supervisory role, this forum is geared for you. We will open the forum 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 operation and also those that may not be critical, but also can’t be ignored.  

Add on Plant Management Institute during registration to get your pass to this important forum. Plant Management Institute is only available to electricity generating companies/utilities.


The Plant Management Institute is a network of electric power industry leaders dedicated to creating a forum and peer support network for knowledge transfer among the industry’s plant management. 

  • Honing Leadership skills
  • Building Community Collaboration
  • Investing in Human Capital
  • Building a Successful Team
  • Sharing Lessons-Learned
  • Sharing Best Practices
  • Strengthening Your Network

Grand Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Tuesday, October 8
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Experience POWER General Sessions
EP Week - Registration Open
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Facilitator
Kathryn Bowling
Plant Manager Eastern Gas
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Sponsored by:
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.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Plant Management Institute
Environmental Chess Game
Facilitator
Michael Burroughs
Plant Manager - Plant Scherer
Georgia Power
Sponsored by:
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.
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Facilitator
Rizwan James
Power Generation System Operations Director
Dominion Energy, Inc.
Sponsored by:
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.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Facilitator
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Facilitator
Siraj Taj
Principal / Owner
ST Power Services Consultants, LLC
Sponsored by:
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.
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Plant Management Institute
Hot Topic Open Discussion
Facilitator
Joe VonDerHaar
Plant Manager, Spurlock
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Sponsored by:
In the final hour of PMI, we will tackle additional hot topics chosen by the group. Bring your challenges and be ready to discuss them with your peers.
Sponsored by:
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!
Wednesday, October 9
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Experience POWER General Sessions
EP Week - Registration Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Room: Oceans 1
Roundtable Moderator
James Goosby
Executive in Residence at the McCrary Institute for Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Security
Southern Company

Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion on deciphering the NERC CIP rules and their implications for cybersecurity compliance in critical infrastructure. This interactive session brings together industry experts, cybersecurity practitioners, and compliance professionals to explore the challenges, best practices, and strategies for ensuring adherence to NERC CIP standards.

Moderated by a seasoned cybersecurity leader, this roundtable will delve into key topics including:

  1. Interpreting NERC CIP Requirements: Participants will share their insights and experiences in interpreting the complex requirements of NERC CIP standards, discussing common misconceptions and areas of ambiguity.
  2. Aligning Cybersecurity Practices with Regulatory Mandates: Explore approaches for aligning cybersecurity practices with NERC CIP requirements, including the implementation of security controls, risk management frameworks, and incident response procedures.
  3. Addressing Compliance Gaps and Challenges: Engage in discussions on identifying and addressing compliance gaps, overcoming challenges in implementing NERC CIP controls, and optimizing compliance efforts within resource constraints.
  4. Integration of NERC CIP with Other Regulatory Frameworks: Examine strategies for integrating NERC CIP compliance with other regulatory frameworks such as NIST Cybersecurity Framework, GDPR, and industry-specific regulations, ensuring a holistic approach to cybersecurity governance.
  5. Lessons Learned from Compliance Audits and Assessments: Share lessons learned from past compliance audits and assessments, highlighting best practices for preparing, executing, and remedying findings to maintain compliance readiness.
  6. Collaboration and Information Sharing: Explore the importance of collaboration and information sharing among industry stakeholders, utilities, regulators, and cybersecurity vendors to enhance collective cybersecurity resilience.
  7. Future Trends and Evolving Regulatory Landscape: Anticipate future trends and developments in NERC CIP regulations, discussing potential changes, emerging cybersecurity threats, and technological advancements shaping the regulatory landscape.

Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their perspectives, ask questions, and engage in meaningful dialogue with peers facing similar challenges in the realm of NERC CIP compliance.

Whether you're a cybersecurity professional, compliance officer, utility executive, or industry regulator, this roundtable provides a platform for collaborative learning, knowledge exchange, and networking to strengthen cybersecurity posture and safeguard critical infrastructure assets. Join us for an insightful discussion that promises to deepen your understanding of NERC CIP rules and enhance your approach to cybersecurity compliance.



10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sponsored by:
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!
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Experience POWER General Sessions
General Session
Join us for an engaging and insightful opening session that will cover key developments and trends across the energy industry.
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Experience POWER General Sessions
Experience POWER Opening Keynote Program
Sponsored by:
Join us for an engaging and insightful keynote session at our upcoming event, where esteemed industry leaders will delve into the latest trends, challenges, and innovations in the power generation sector. This keynote will provide valuable perspectives on the future of energy, highlighting key developments and strategic initiatives shaping the industry. Stay tuned for the announcement of our distinguished speaker, and be prepared to gain actionable insights and inspiration to drive your business forward.
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Speaker
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Sonal Patel
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Darrell Proctor
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
POWER's editors regularly meet with high-level power industry leaders and subject matter experts, probing for knowledge and insight that only insiders have. Much of that information is shared in articles featured in POWER magazine or on POWER's website, but there's often not enough space to divulge all the juicy details in print or even online. Join us for an insightful session that delves into the dynamic landscape of power generation, exploring critical topics that shape our energy future. Learn what our editors are hearing as they keep their fingers on the pulse of the industry. • Extreme Weather: From wildfires to polar vortexes, extreme events strain grid reliability. We'll discuss strategies to enhance resilience and security. • AI, Data Centers, and EV Loads: Growing implementation of AI-based tools, booming data center development, and widespread electric vehicle adoption all add complexity to the power landscape. Robust analytics and modeling are essential for managing demand patterns. • Raw Material Shortages: Clean energy's surge impacts supply chains. How can we ensure sustainability and resilience? • Digitalization Impact: Shifting management approaches and labor shortages require adaptive supply chain strategies. • Ambitious Goals: Shareholders and federal targets demand action. Investments offer a golden opportunity. • Strategic Integration: How can utilities adopt new technologies and processes to achieve decarbonization? • Distributed Energy Resources: Decentralization enhances responsiveness. Coordination is key for a seamless energy ecosystem. • Virtual Power Supplies: From microgrids to local renewables, efficiency lies in distributed solutions. • Renewable Integration: Moving clean energy into load centers requires grid expansion. • Reducing Congestion: Modernization reduces charges and ensures reliable transmission. • Digital Journey: If you haven't started, you're falling behind. Explore the impact of digitalization on operations, efficiency, and innovation. Don't miss this Industry Insight session. It provides a compass to help you identify what direction the power industry is headed.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Room: Oceans 5-8
Sponsored by:
Join your peers for the Power Awards Reception, a celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of top power plants. This event honors excellence and innovation in the industry, providing an opportunity to network, share successes, and recognize the achievements of exceptional facilities. Don't miss this chance to celebrate with industry leaders and peers.
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: Oceans 9-11
Experience POWER General Sessions
POWER magazine Top Plant Awards Ceremony
Join us as we celebrate the winners of this years' POWER magazine Plant of the Year Awards!
Thursday, October 10
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Experience POWER General Sessions
EP Week - Registration Hours
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Room: Oceans 10
Moderator/Chair
Darrell Proctor
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
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 - 9:00 am
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Stewart Nicholson
President
Primex

Discover how AI can transform the way power plants operate by predicting maintenance needs, optimizing asset performance, and reducing downtime. Learn about cutting-edge data collection techniques that ensure accurate and timely information, enabling better decision-making and strategic planning.

Participants will gain a deep understanding of:

 

  • Predictive maintenance to prevent equipment failures.
  • Real-time data collection for accurate monitoring.
  • Machine learning for operational insights and cost reduction.
  • Practical applications and case studies demonstrating the tangible benefits of AI in improving power plant performance.

 

Whether you are a plant manager, engineer, or decision-maker, this session will equip you with the knowledge to harness the power of AI for smarter, more efficient power plant management.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 2
Moderator/Chair
Thomas Steitz
Director of Energy Storage
Kiewit
Speaker
Diane Fischer
Director, Generation Services
Kiewit
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.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 12
Panel Moderator
Brandon Delis
Engineering
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
Moderator/Chair
Kristen Himmerick M. Ed.
Vice President, Solutions/Interim Director of EPCE
CAEL - Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Panelist
Rosa Schmidt
Center For Energy Workforce Development
This insightful session is designed to share lessons learned and tools of the trade to effectively recruit members of the military to the power generation industry. By understanding the unique skills and experiences that veterans bring, employers can tap into a highly skilled and disciplined workforce. The session will cover strategies for recruitment, best practices for onboarding, and tailored training programs to ensure a smooth transition for veterans into the power generation sector.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 4
Speaker
Afshin Salehian
Energy Infrastructure Investment and Development Strategy
Southwest Power Pool
In today's rapidly evolving energy landscape, modernizing power infrastructure is essential to meet increasing demand, integrate renewable energy sources, and enhance grid reliability. This session will delve into the latest strategies for upgrading and expanding power infrastructure. Industry experts will discuss cutting-edge technologies, policy frameworks, and best practices for transitioning to a smarter, more resilient grid. Attendees will gain insights into the financial and logistical challenges of infrastructure projects, the role of digitalization, and innovative solutions to ensure sustainable energy delivery. Join us to explore how modernization can drive efficiency, sustainability, and future-proof our power systems.
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Jim Finnerfrock
Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
Speaker
Robert Wolfe
Product Line Manager - Digital
Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
What lessons can be learned from implementing a virtual plant model at a Combined Cycle Facility using the latest digital technologies. Advanced analytics the good and the bad when predicting failures and performance issues.
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 10
The electrification of transportation is a key part of decarbonization, as emissions from the transport sector account for about one-fifth of global emissions of carbon dioxide. The transition to electrified transit, though, comes with challenges, as the transportation sector looks at overhauling its supply chains, finding cost efficiencies, refining new technologies, and improving EV charging infrastructure. Electric utilities have their own challenge--producing enough electricity to satisfy the demand created by the need to charge all those batteries. This session will look at the issues around electrifying transportation, and solutions to industry challenges.
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Brian Heinbaugh
Plant Manager - Wildcat Point Generation Facility
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Co-Chair
Jeffrey Fassett
President
IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker
Galen George
VP
Siemens Energy
By using big data management with advanced alarm and plant process analytics those pesky alarms that are hard for the Operators to navigate can be significantly reduced allowing the operator to focus on more important things.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Room: Oceans 5-8
Experience POWER General Sessions
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 4
Speaker
Sercan Teleke
Principal Engineer
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
In the face of increasing energy demands and the transition to renewable energy sources, the power grid must evolve to ensure reliability, efficiency, and sustainability. This session will explore cutting-edge advancements transforming the landscape of electrical transmission and grid management.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 2
Moderator/Chair
Robert Hollinsworth
Plant Manager Montrose & Sibley Stations
Kansas City Power & Light
Co-Chair
Nik Kutz
Training Supervisor
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
Speaker
Luke Krooswyk
Project Manager, Nuclear
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Speaker
Travis Russell
Manager of Innovation and Advanced Nuclear Engineering
Enercon

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 3
Moderator/Chair
Kristen Himmerick M. Ed.
Vice President, Solutions/Interim Director of EPCE
CAEL - Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Panelist
DeAnna C. Myers
Senior Manager, Learning & Development
Sargent & Lundy
Panelist
Jamie Choate
Director, Workforce Strategy & Development Labor Relations, Safety, & Workforce Development
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Panelist
Kristie Kelley
Workforce Development Director
Center For Energy Workforce Development
In this session, we will explore cutting-edge educational strategies aimed at rebuilding and fortifying the talent pipeline for the challenges of tomorrow. As industries rapidly evolve and new skillsets become essential, it's crucial to adopt innovative approaches to education. Whether it's reimagining traditional curriculum frameworks, integrating emerging technologies into learning environments, or fostering a culture of lifelong learning, this session will showcase diverse perspectives and best practices. Join us to discover how educational institutions, businesses, and policymakers are collaboratively shaping the future workforce landscape through forward-thinking educational strategies.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Speaker
Mr. Brendan Jones
Mechanical Engineer
Sargent & Lundy
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 10
Chair
Mitchell Samuelian
CEO
NuConsult Services, LLC
Speaker
Tim McCarthy
Marketing Director
Trystar
Speaker
Takis Zourntos
VP_ R&D/Products
Volta Energy Inc.
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.
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.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Oceans 5-8
Experience POWER General Sessions
Networking Lunch on Exhibit Hall
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Oceans 2
Moderator/Chair
Mrs. Wayshalee Patel
Manager
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
Julianna Crumlish
Senior Environmental Associate
Sargent & Lundy
Speaker
William Latta
New Technology, Sr. Program Manager
Babcock & Wilcox
Speaker
John Giles
Project Manager
Kiewit
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
Panelist
Jody Porter
STS CONSULTING SERVICES LLC
Panelist
Jamie Choate
Director, Workforce Strategy & Development Labor Relations, Safety, & Workforce Development
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
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
Moderator/Chair
Samuel R. Barnes, P.E.
President & CEO
Middough Inc.
Speaker
Ed Davis
Senior Consultant
DOE Loan Programs Office
Speaker
Clayton Tucker
Process Engineer - Green Energy Solutions
Lectrodryer
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 10
Chair
Justin Williams
Senior Account Executive
Trevi Communications
Speaker
David Trombly
Senior Engineer Supervisor
UC Davis
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.
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Oceans 1
Chair
Rizwan James
Power Generation System Operations Director
Dominion Energy, Inc.
Co-Chair
William Mangan, MBA, MEM, PMP
Operations and Maintenance Manager
Kissimmee Utility Authority
Speaker
Kenneth Luebbert
Senior Director - Gen Support Engineering
Evergy, Inc
Speaker
Darren Hoard
Senior Engineer
Evergy, Inc
Sponsored by:
Join us for an insightful session focused on hardening your plant against disruption. 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.
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Room: Oceans 5-8
Experience POWER General Sessions
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Mike Harbison
President
M E H & Associates, LLC
Speaker
Siraj Taj
Principal / Owner
ST Power Services Consultants, LLC
Speaker
Dr. Yang Ge
Team Leader
SmartBurn LLC
In the ever-evolving landscape of energy production, operational excellence in fossil fuel power generation plants remains crucial for ensuring efficiency, reliability, and sustainability. This session will delve into advanced strategies and best practices for optimizing the performance of coal, natural gas, and oil-fired power plants. Attendees will explore the latest innovations in process optimization, predictive maintenance, and emissions control.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room: Oceans 3
Moderator/Chair
Mrs. Wayshalee Patel
Manager
Sargent & Lundy
Panelist
Hadia Sheerazi
Manager - Community Engagement
Rocky Mountain Institute
Panelist
Mrs. Jill Liska
General Counsel, Sponsor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative
Sargent & Lundy
Join us for an inspiring session celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in power generation. The Women in Power panel is dedicated to highlighting the initiatives spearheaded by these trailblazers to advance their facilities and organizations. This session provides a platform for panelists to discuss the unique challenges their companies face as the power industry continues to evolve. As the energy transition gains speed, the value of diversity becomes increasingly evident. Diverse perspectives and inclusive practices are crucial for driving innovation and creating more resilient and adaptable organizations. Panelists will share their experiences and strategies for recruiting more women into the energy sector, aiming to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Panelists will also place a significant focus on leadership advancement and exploring the ways women can break barriers and achieve their career aspirations. The discussion will delve into effective career pathing, offering insights into navigating and overcoming obstacles in the workplace. Whether you are an industry veteran or new to the field, this session promises valuable takeaways to empower your professional journey. Don't miss this chance to learn from and be inspired by women who are shaping the future of power generation.
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 10
Speaker
Mel Bergsneider
Executive Account Manager
Allume Energy
Speaker
Justin Walters
VDC Lead
Middough
Business enterprises know the importance of reliable power, as well as the need for a resilient energy supply. That's why more commercial and industrial companies are installing systems to generate their own electricity, using a variety of technologies. This session will look at the design of distributed energy systems, using both thermal and renewable generation, that are supporting businesses.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Room: Oceans 5-8
Friday, October 11
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Experience POWER General Sessions
EP Week - Registration Hours
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 4
Panelist
Jhansi Kandasamy
Director, Net-Zero Program
Idaho National Laboratory
Delve into the pressing issues surrounding grid expansion and the integration of renewable energy sources. Hear industry experts discuss strategies for addressing the backlog of power projects in the interconnection queue and streamlining the permitting process amidst NIMBY arguments. Explore innovative solutions for incorporating intermittent renewables like solar and wind into the grid, ensuring reliability and stability. Join us as we explore the complexities of financing new power lines, upgrading existing infrastructure, and fostering collaboration across stakeholders to build a more sustainable energy future.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 12
Moderator/Chair
Brooke Mills
Sr. Comms Business Partner
GE Vernova
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 10
Chair
Mitchell Samuelian
CEO
NuConsult Services, LLC
Speaker
Joshua Reidy
CEO and Co-Founder
Thread
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.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Room: Oceans 1
Moderator/Chair
Todd Svoboda
East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Speaker
Timothy Eiden
Environment Technology Associate III
Sargent and Lundy
Panelist
Eric Fins
Vice President
Grove Climate Group
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.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Room: Oceans 5-8
Experience POWER General Sessions
Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 12
Speaker
Dan McGee
Director, Hydrogen Markets
Kiewit
Speaker
Takis Zourntos
VP_ R&D/Products
Volta Energy Inc.
Speaker
Rick Lank
President and Chief Commercialization Officer
Resilient Power Works, LLC
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
Supply Chain in 2024
Moderator/Chair
Joseph Vonderhaar
Station Manager, Spurlock Power Station
EAST KENTUCKY POWER CORPORATION
Panelist
Steve Dobson
EAST KENTUCKY POWER CORPORATION
Panelist
Chris Kurle
Manager of Purchasing
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
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.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 10
Chair
Justin Williams
Senior Account Executive
Trevi Communications
Speaker
Junaid Ali
CEO
Prismecs
Speaker
Hudson Gilmer
CEO
LineVision Inc
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.
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Oceans 1
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
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Oceans 5-8
Experience POWER General Sessions
Networking Lunch on Exhibit Hall
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 10
Speaker
Casey Allen
Associate Professor
Marquette University
Speaker
Mukesh Chatter
CEO, President, and Co-founder of Alsym Energy
Alsym Energy
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.