Oct

23-25

Overhead Underground Electric Distribution (Oct 23-25)

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for mainly distribution operations. Agendas feature extensive roundtable discussion so that each delegate has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Presentations focus on new technologies, applications, and specifications available for designing, building and maintaining overhead and underground lines. Case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned, and attendees leave with the practical knowledge to improve efficiency, safety and reduce costs. Participants also have the opportunity to preview vendor products and services. Vendors are encouraged to display.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Kyle Roethle, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
    • 322 N Spokane Falls Court
      Spokane, WA 99201
    • Who Should Attend
    • Standards engineers
      Design engineers
      Line technicians and engineers
      Reliability and quality testers
      T&D supervisors and suppliers
      Operations and maintenance managers
      Suppliers of distribution and substation products and services

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD
    Regular: $1,298 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after October 2, 2017. Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $175 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Kristen Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.

Agenda

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Walking Tour of Avista's Downtown Spokane Network

Join us for a walking tour of Avista's downtown Spokane network including: hydropower plant, substation, and network vault,ending in the midst of
local breweries and wineries
.
See Networking tab for more details.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Underground Vaults

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Vendor Platform

Each vendor will have 2-3 minutes to introduce their company and share any new products or services they would like to highlight.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break with Vendors

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Evaluating and Using Smart Meter Data

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Vendors

12:45 Pm - 1:45 PM

Opportunities and Challenges of Wireless Collocation
Speaker(s): Stephen Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Small Cell Joint Use Roundtable

This roundtable discussion will provide time for attendees to discuss in depth how their utilities are managing the joint use small cell issues occurring within their jurisdictions. Utilities with small cell standards (mid-pole and top-pole) are encouraged to come to the meeting ready to share their standards electronically. Contact Kris Taylor at taylor@westernenergy.org for more information. 

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break with Vendors

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions, include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Marijuana Grow Operation Demands

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Finite Element Analysis

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions, include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Drone Policy and Standards

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions, include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

3:45 Pm - 4:00 PM

Planning Future Topics

Group discussion on future topics

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meeting Adjourned

Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

PDT Wrap Up meeting

For PDT members and those interested in planning the spring meeting.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-757-6131 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $149/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 2, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

All networking events take place on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Walking Tour of Avista’s Downtown Spokane Network
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Registration Fee: free

Join WEI for a walking tour of Avista’s downtown Spokane network including: hydropower plant, substation, and network vault, ending in the midst of local breweries and wineries. We’ll end the tour in the midst of local breweries and wineries networking and socializing before the reception at 5:30 PM back at the hotel. PPE: Hard hats will be provided, wear closed toed shoes. There is no fee for this tour, but your bar bill is all your own. Total walking distance will not exceed 3 miles. Due to the need for security clearances, registration for this tour will end on Friday, October 6, 2017.

WEI reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited but you can always meet us at the end of the tour to socialize.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,248
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $2,847
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $699
Regular Vendor Display Table Only: $1,649

Registration prices increase $100 after October 2, 2017. Vendor Display Table Only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor display table, Wednesday display events (2 breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening Reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should select the Attendee + Vendor Display Table option.

Vendor Display assistant tickets are available for $299 and include booth privileges, Wednesday display events (2 breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Booth Assistants that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should register as a delegate for this industry forum.

Vendor Display Schedule

Tuesday, October 24

Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tear Down: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Vendor Platform: 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Break with Vendors: 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Lunch with Vendors: 11:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Break With Vendors: 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Reception and Dinner with Vendors: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Meet The Speakers

Stephen Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator