Electric Distribution

The Electric Distribution track focuses on sharing experiences, solutions and current best practices in workforce development, emerging technology and its implementation, aging infrastructure, and connecting with customers to meet their developing and ever-changing needs.

Meet the Electric Distribution Program Development Team.

April 15, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Cool Tools
Speakers: Brady Kinsella, Business Delivery Manager, Operations Solutions, Puget Sound Energy
Shannon Jacobs, Regional Construction Manager, Southern California Edison
Zach Wassenberg, Augmented Technologies\Transmission & Distribution Services, Burns & McDonnell
This session will have two presentations. Going Paperless – come see how one large utility has moved away from paper. Learn some lessons from their experiences and see some of the best practices they’ve now developed. They’ll focus on work orders and T&D processes. Augmented Reality – join us for this real-world introduction to innovative augmented reality technology. Our speaker is a leader in finding and implementing augmented technologies, and other cutting-edge field tools for utilities.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Construction Coordination and Employee Development
Speakers: Ben Rushwald, Manager Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy
This session will have two presentations. The first will discuss Resource Management: How a Training Plan Impacts Future Resources. In 2008 – 2010, there was an economic downturn which greatly reduced the demand for design work. In 2010, SRP saw the indicators of an economic recovery. To prepare, SRP wanted to onboard new Designers. Instructional Designers partnered with SRP’s Subject Matter Experts to develop an instructor-led and formalized on the job training program that included tracked knowledge assessments. SRP created an onboarding program that offered dual enrollment with a local community college that provided Designers with 16 college credit hours which increased the speed to competency. The ability to onboard and sustain the program has positioned SRP to get through retirements and turnovers.

The second presentation is entitled Resource Management: An in-depth look at the unique relationship between a utility and its service provider. Here you’ll hear from Puget Sound Energy and Potelco as they discuss their unique utility/service provider model and the benefits and challenges it creates. You’ll get an inside glimpse into everything from coordinating crew resources for planned system work, customer work, storm restoration and everything in between. They’ll discuss strategies for maintaining a steady stream of work for the service provider and how to ensure crews are always available when the work is there. This is intended to be an open forum and questions are highly encouraged.

April 16, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Reliability + Aging Infrastructure
This session will provide two presentations. The first will have a panel cover the inherent conflict between IT and OT. The second presentation will encompass innovations southern California utilities have made in Reliability.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Managing Emerging Customer Connections
This session will cover how evolving customer connections are requiring expansion of data requirement needs, forecasting mythologies and system behavior knowledge to successfully plan, control day-to-day operations and manage the distribution system.