Electric Substation

The Electric Substation track focuses on sharing experiences, solutions, and current best practices in substation workforce recruitment and retention, new technology and its implementation, managing aging infrastructure, as well challenges and opportunities of time based maintenance to come up with new and innovative ways of thinking.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Transforming your Business Through People – Strategies for Recruitment and Retention
Moderator: David O’Claire, Supervisory Civil Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration
Speakers: Richard Bustamante, Transmission Planning Manager, Bonneville Power Administration
Christine Lewis, Substations Manager, Tacoma Power
Brett Nolte, POWER Engineers, Inc.
Join us for an engaging panel discussion as we explore the challenges of hiring and retaining the right professional, technical, and crafts-based personnel for electric substations.  The panel will consist of both HR professionals and hiring managers that face those challenges daily and are developing innovative solutions to help counter them.

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Substation Innovation: Integrating New Technology
Speakers: Andrew Leonard, Senior Project Manager, BC Hydro
David Chwaklinski, BC Hydro
Shane Smith, BC Hydro
Nick Welch, Black & Veatch
To meet the increasing demands of customers, utilities and industry have to shift their mindset in order to do more with less. This session will explore how utilities and industry are approaching space constraints when building new substations or replacing assets within an existing substation. What goes into building and operating an underground substation? What equipment can be used to reduce the footprint of assets in existing substations or digitize information normally run using cables, inputs, and outputs? How does a company stay in compliance with NERC/FERC standards while integrating new equipment and ideas into existing infrastructure?

Thursday, April 27, 2023

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
The Journey from Time to Condition-Based Maintenance
Substation equipment is one of the biggest investments to a utility and the proper operation and maintenance is vital to the reliability of the equipment and the entire grid. This session will take you on a journey to developing a condition-based maintenance program that supports reliability and efficiencies in our system. Monitoring technology and predictive analytics can help alleviate some of the challenges of: aging infrastructure rising O&M costs manufacturer specs equipment downtime shortage of experienced personnel. This session will focus on deployed technologies that have added value to a condition-based maintenance program. We will discuss successful catches, lessons learned, challenges, frustrations, the good, the bad, and the ugly side of this ongoing journey.