Sep

21-23

Secondary Network (Sep 21-23)

Secondary networks are vital to systems that support power needs in urban areas. These interconnected pathways improve reliability, but are also complex to inspect and maintain. This annual forum addresses the reliability, safety and protection challenges of spot networks and grid systems that comprise the secondary network. Designed as an open forum, attendees are encouraged to bring their challenges and opportunities for discussion and to share best practices. Attendees also get the chance to tour the local vaults of the host organization.

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General Details

Program Chair
Juval Bothe, ENMAX Corporation

Program Location
Hotel Arts
119-12th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G8, Canada

Who Should Attend
Utility professionals involved with power distribution reliability planning, engineering, operation, standardization, protection + control, and power quality analysis of secondary spot network and grid systems will gain valuable insights and networking from attending this annual program. In addition, service company professionals who offer support to any aspect of the secondary network system are welcome to attend.

Registration Options
Member: $599
Regular: $1,199
Member Vendor + Conference: $799
Regular Vendor + Conference: $1,599
+ Booth Assistant: $275

Member registration prices increase $100 and Regular registration prices increase $200 after August 31. Registration fee includes comprehensive conference materials and all food events. A Booth Assistant registration can be added to a Vendor + Conference registration for $275 and includes meals on Thursday.

For more information contact Beverly Jones Woolf at 503.688.2790

Agenda

Wednesday, September 21

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Speakers: Kenneth Clark, Vice President Asset, Regulatory & Business Planning, ENMAX Power Delivery
Dean Craig, Manager, Grid Modernization, ENMAX Corporation

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
BC Hydro’s Network Feasibility Study
Speaker: Tom Huitaka, Senior Engineer, BC Hydro
Overview of existing configuration, condition, and operational issues. Strategy options include retaining the secondary integrated network with a one for one replacement or with an automated open loop primary supply.  Third option involves secondary integrated replacement with an open lateral secondary and an open loop primary.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Power Flow Modelling Secondary Networks
Facilitator: Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX Corporation
Speakers: Jason Bank, Principal Engineer, EDD
Sarah Cunningham, PHI Network Engineer, Pepco
Explore software used to power flow model Secondary Network power systems. Discussion to focus on software implementations for Secondary Network including group discussion on application experiences and best practices.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch
Sponsored by:
DigitalGrid2-01
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Emergency Management Panel and Roundtable
Facilitators: Tom Huitaka, Senior Engineer, BC Hydro
Maria Ly, Principal Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Panelists: Truman Seto, Manager Operations Planning, System Operations, ENMAX
Dennis Marineau, Network Scheduler, Scheduling and Contracts, ENMAX Power Corporation
Jason Regan, Director, Emergency Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Angie Gibson, Manager, Emergency Management & Public Safety, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Emergency Management as it applies to Secondary Networks. Topics include Emergency Command Centers and how they are run and lessons learned from running an Emergency Command Center.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Open Roundtable
Facilitator: Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX
Discussion of issues, challenges, and successes provided by attendees on behalf of their companies.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Tour Preparation
Speakers: Dennis Marineau, Network Scheduler, Scheduling and Contracts, ENMAX Power Corporation
Alison Lewis, Safety Specialist, ENMAX Power Corporation
Brief presentation to prepare attendees for the Vault Overview + Tour of the ENMAX Secondary Network System on Thursday morning. Learn about the sites you’ll be visiting on the tour and the tour safety requirements.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hosted Dinner
Craft Beer Market
345 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5
Sponsored by:
Richards_mfg

Thursday, September 22

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Vault Overview + Tour of Secondary Network Systems
Hosted by ENMAX
ENMAX staff will lead a guided vault tour and be available to answer questions. Appropriate PPE is required to go into the vault so each person needs to bring their own gear as detailed on the Tour Information tab on the WEI website.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Distributed Generation Regulations – Area Differences and Similarities
Speaker: John Watkins, Portland General Electric
Distributed Generation on the network: Review rules and practices around Net Metering applications in a Network including: summarizing western state / provinces Administrative Rules on the subject, Protective equipment qualified by utilities, and the effects of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on the network.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Vendor’s Platform
Learn about new products, issues, and major product changes during the vendor platform. Each vendor will give a brief presentation.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception with Vendors
Dinner on your own.

Friday, September 23

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Open Roundtable
Facilitator: Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX
Attendees will be asked to provide questions and topics. It is also an opportunity to discuss in further detail subjects presented earlier in the conference.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Open Roundtable Continued
Facilitator: Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX
Attendees will be asked to provide questions and topics. It is also an opportunity to discuss in further detail subjects presented earlier in the conference.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Wrap Up
Facilitator: Beverly Jones Woolf, Program Manager, Western Energy Institute
Discussion on future agenda, topics, and locations.

12:00 PM
Meeting Adjourns

Tour Information

PPE Requirements for ENMAX vault tour:
1. Hard Hat Class E
2. Safety Glasses: Glasses required with rigid side shields or, if wearing prescription glasses that are not prescription safety glasses, over the glasses safety glasses.
3. Safety-footwear: Certified safety footwear provided they have steel toes and steel shank. Footwear to be certified as per CSA or meet your company’s local certifying agency regulations.
4. FR Clothing: HRC 2 rated with full pant legs and arm sleeves

ENMAX will have hardhats to loan attendees traveling from outside the area.

Photo ID may be required to attend the tour. Please contact Beverly Jones Woolf with any questions on PPE requirements.

Hotel + Travel

Hotel Arts
119-12th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G8, Canada
Phone: 403.266.4611

Make your reservation online or by contacting the hotel directly at 1.800.661.9378. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $229 CAD single/double plus taxes and fees. This rate is guaranteed to August 30, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Sarah Cunningham

Pepco Holdings, Inc.

PHI Network Engineer

Jason Bank

EDD

Principal Engineer

Tom Huitaka

BC Hydro

Jason Bank

EDD

Principal Engineer

Sarah Cunningham

Pepco

PHI Network Engineer

Truman Seto

ENMAX

Manager Operations Planning, System Operations

Jason Regan

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Emergency Management

Angie Gibson

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Emergency Management & Public Safety

Kenneth Clark

ENMAX Corporation

Vice President of Power Delivery

Dean Craig

ENMAX Corporation

Manager, Grid Modernization

Dennis Marineau

ENMAX Power Corporation

Network Scheduler, Scheduling and Contracts

Kenneth Clark

ENMAX Corporation

VP Asset, Regulatory & Business Planning

Dean Craig

ENMAX Corporation

Manager, Grid Modernization

Thomas Huitika

BC Hydro

Senior Engineer
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Thomas Huitika graduated from RCC School of Technology with a Technologist Diploma, Lakehead University with a Electrical BEng, and University of Victoria with a MASc.

He has fifteen years of experience with distribution design and construction management of heavy industrial and infrastructure projects, ten years of experience with BC Hydro Distribution Engineering, three years as a Design Engineer and seven years as a Distribution Engineer for greater Victoria Including the Secondary Integrated and Spot Network.

Juval Bothe

ENMAX Corporation

System Planning Engineer

Truman Seto

ENMAX Corporation

Manager Operations Planning, System Operations

Dennis Marineau

ENMAX Corporation

Network Scheduler, Scheduling and Contracts

Jason Regan

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director of Emergency Management

Angie Gibson

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager

Maria Ly

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Principal Engineer

Alison Lewis

ENMAX Corporation

Safety Specialist
Learn More

In her role, Alison supports all aspects of ENMAX Power departments, including working with business partners across the company to proactively identify trends and safety initiatives. She is the ENMAX Safety Representative on the Joint Utility Safety Team, JUST, for the five main power utilities in Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Regina, and has over 20 years’ experience as a Safety Specialist in both Canada and the USA, including being a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.

John Watkins

Portland General Electric

Network Engineer

Kenneth Clark

ENMAX Power Delivery

Vice President Asset, Regulatory & Business Planning

Alison Lewis

ENMAX Power Corporation

Safety Specialist

Daniel Derosiers

Eaton Cooper Power Systems

General Manager, Eaton's CYME International T&D