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.

    Save the date for the upcoming Overhead Underground Electric Distribution.

  • 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 brewpubs and wine tasting rooms.

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
Speaker(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Innovation in the Face of Industry Change
Facilitator(s): Jeff Budke, Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer, Avista Corp.
Speaker(s): Latisha Hill, Senior Vice President, Avista Development, Avista Utilities

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Management of Vault Room Design and Construction
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Robert Carlsen, Manager, Potelco Inc.

A retrospective look at transformer/equipment vault room construction between 2007-2017 in PSE’s electric territory. Successes and lessons learned highlighted while taking a virtual tour of customer provided interior vault rooms housing PSE primary voltage assets.

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

Leveraging Smart Meter Data for Operational Efficiencies
Speaker(s): David Walden, Distribution Lines Engineer, FortisBC

A presentation on FortisBC’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) implementation, including a review of the various initiatives currently underway to leverage the AMI data for operational efficiencies. FortisBC will provide background on the use of AMI data for power quality analyses, distribution design, and theft identification.

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Vendors

12:45 Pm - 1:45 PM

Opportunities and Challenges of Wireless Collocation
Facilitator(s): Jeff Budke, Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer, Avista Corp.
Speaker(s): Stephen Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities

In the constantly changing landscape of telecommunications infrastructure utility pole owners may hold the key in helping to deploy the next generation of wireless technology to meet an ever growing consumer demand. Changes at the Federal, State and Local level are also playing a role, in some cases, requiring Utility structure owners to provide access to the untapped resource contained in the middle and top of utility poles. Is your Utility prepared to meet the challenge and see opportunity where others see roadblocks? Avista Utilities Joint Use Administrator Stephen Schulte will be discussing these and other topics relative to the new wireless world.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Small Cell Joint Use Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Jeff Budke, Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer, Avista Corp.

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
Facilitator(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

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

Electric Systems, Loads, and Design Analysis for Cannabis Production Facilities
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Tyson Schmitt, Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy, Todd Cornell, Customer Project Coordinator, Avista Corp.

What are the upcoming demands on the utility? How do you design for it? How does the utility speak to the customer?

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Non-Linear Analysis for Distribution Overhead Structures
Facilitator(s): David Walden, Distribution Lines Engineer, FortisBC
Speaker(s): Kevin van Popta, Principal Engineer, Distribution Standards & Operations, FortisAlberta

Overhead distribution structure analysis has been kept relatively simple for many decades when it comes to determine pole classes and guying requirements. Some jurisdictions, including those that follow the CSA C22.3 No.1, are moving towards the requirement for ‘geometric non-linear analysis’ of these distribution structures. This presentation will help you understand what that means and why it’s a good idea for robust line design.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

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
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy

Drone wood pole inspection programs, current BVLOS regulations, where the regulations are going, and if time what road blocks are before advancing regulations.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

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.

  • Driving Directions
  • You do not need to reserve a spot on the Airport Shuttle in advance.  Once you land at the Spokane International Airport call the hotel transportation department and let them know you are waiting.  Their direct line is 509-744-2341 and the driver can let you know how far out they are.  If you have mobility concerns let them know so they send the correct van.  Then follow the signs toward baggage claim.  Right outside the doors is where the shuttle will pick you up.  The vans are white with a big cookie on the side.  They run from 4am-12am each day about every 30 minutes.  When you board, the driver will give a voucher you can take to the front desk and choose to pay the $10 either cash or charge to your room.  Once at the hotel schedule your return trip to the airport with the bellstand.

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

Latisha Hill

Avista Utilities

Senior Vice President, Avista Development
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Latisha Hill is Senior Vice President of Avista Development, a subsidiary of Avista Corporation. Hill is focused on community and economic development through optimizing strategic investments that leverage the strengths of local and regional partnerships.
Over the past decade, Hill has served in various profession and civic roles, managing corporate and community issues, participating in public affairs, and fostering economic development. She was most recently Manager of HR Consulting and Analytics. Hill has been an engaged leader, serving on a diverse collection of community boards and committees such as the Group Health Foundation, Visit Spokane, University District Public Development Association, Washington State University Advisory Board, UW/ Gonzaga Regional Partnership Advisory Council, the Washington State Transportation Commission, the Inland Empire American Planning Association, the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, Greater Spokane Incorporated, the West Plains Chamber and others. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Jeff Budke

Avista Corp.

Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer

Robert Carlsen

Potelco Inc.

Manager

Kyle Roethle

Puget Sound Energy

Supervisor, Construction Services

David Walden

FortisBC

Distribution Lines Engineer
Learn More

Dave Walden is a Distribution Lines Engineer with FortisBC. After graduating from the University of Victoria he worked in Oil Field construction before coming over to the good side, electric utility. He has worked at FortisBC in various roles including Generation, Standards and Distribution Planning. Dave lives in Kelowna with his wife and two boys where they enjoy time together when he’s not Mountain Biking.

Richard Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Justin So

Portland General Electric

Standards Engineer

Kevin van Popta

FortisAlberta

Principal Engineer, Distribution Standards & Operations
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Kevin van Popta is the Principal Engineer of Distribution Standards and Operations at FortisAlberta. He has worked at Fortis in various Engineering roles for 11 years, including Projects, Standards and Planning. He lives with his wife and 2 year old daughter (with another baby on the way!) near Edmonton, Alberta.

Tyson Schmitt

Puget Sound Energy

Energy Management Engineer
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Tyson Schmitt is an Energy Management Engineer with Puget Sound Energy. He has been with PSE since 2014 and has taken on a role specified towards working with cannabis producers. Prior to PSE, he was a pitcher at the University of Washington, and he actively seeks out opportunities to play and coach baseball.

Todd Cornell

Avista Corp.

Customer Project Coordinator
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Todd Cornell has been with Avista Utilities for 18 years. His first twelve years as a Journeyman Lineman, and has spent the last 6 years as a Customer Project Coordinator. He has been married to his wife Jamie for 20 years and they have two boys, Ty who is 18 and getting ready to graduate high school and Tate who is 16 and a sophomore. He loves spending time with his family, traveling, snow skiing, and playing golf.