Electric Substation

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Meet the Electric Substation PDT.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Utility Staffing Challenges
Speakers: Tina Drews, Director of Talent Management, Salt River Project
Ruth Erwert, Recruiting Manager, Chelan County PUD
Steve Carpenter, Senior Manager, Process Governance, T&D, Southern California Edison
Mike Perez, Training Manager, Southern California Edison
Dale Goodman, Manager Substation Operations, Portland General Electric
As the existing utility workforce retires and new positions emerge, how do utilities fill the gaps? This panel discussion presents alternate strategies for recruitment, screening, hiring, training, and retraining the modern utility workforce.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Meeting Operational Training Challenges
Speakers: Chris Bolton, Associate Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Tyrone Kneller, Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
This session will first discuss how SDG&E is tackling operational challenges related to relay technician resources, competency, and knowledge gaps. Then, a second speaker will give an overview of PG&E’s new training facility and discuss how they are planning to utilize it in the future.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
This session is a roundtable to discuss unplanned equipment failures and operational improvements and how both can affect the operation of the electric grid. We also plan to set up a method to help spread solutions and challenges to our neighboring utilities.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Technology in the Field
Speakers: Ben Field, IT Specialist, Chelan County PUD
Nick Carter, Substation Engineering Manager, Portland General Electric
This session will cover how technology is being implemented in the field. How do utilities streamline data entry when many of our field processes are evolving from paper?