Apr

01-03

Overhead Underground Electric Distribution (Apr 01-03)

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)
  • Adam Peretti, Snohomish County PUD

    • Program Location
    • The Grove Hotel
    • 245 South Capitol Boulevard
      Boise, ID 83702
    • 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: $699 USD
    Regular: $1,349 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after March 1, 2019. Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $100 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

    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 Kris Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.

Agenda

Monday, April 1, 2019

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tour of the Northwest Lineman College

There will be an industry tour of the Northwest Lineman College's facility in Meridian, ID from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Monday, April 1, 2019. There will be no cost for the tour and transportation will be provided to and from the lobby of the Grove Hotel. Northwest Lineman College is the largest educational and training organization that trains across the full lifespan of a line worker's career, from pre-apprenticeship through experienced lineman. The Meridian location's tour will include not only the education and training facility, but the manufacturing group and the video production group. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. PPE will be supplied if needed. Bring a jacket as April weather can be unpredictable, chilly, cold and windy. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour. Please register if you are interested in attending, capacity is limited to 25 conference attendees. If you register but find later that you are unable to attend, we would appreciate you calling Kris Taylor at 971.930.2033. There will be a wait list and she can easily fill your spot.

WEI reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met.
 

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by: Hubbell Power Systems

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome & Introductions

Housekeeping Announcements and Introductions

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Keynote
Speaker(s): Vern Porter, Vice President of T&D Engineering & Construction and Chief Safety Officer, Idaho Power Company

Safety is a value at Idaho Power, hear about Idaho Power’s focus on Safety and how this important aspect of our daily work impacts everyone in today’s power provider business.

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Scope of NEETRAC Testing
Speaker(s): Rick Hartlein, Director, NEETRAC

Mr. Hartlein will review test programs conducted by NEETRAC to support the development of T&D industry standards. The presentation will highlight work conducted to initiate or improve standards on many topics, including underground cable systems, polymer cutouts, wildlife guards, substation bus ampacity and boat dock safety.

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 - 11:45 AM

Fiberglass Crossarms Testing
Speaker(s): Rick Hartlein, Director, NEETRAC

Mr. Hartlein will review the development of a comprehensive test program developed by NEETRAC, on behalf of their members, to evaluate the performance characteristics of non-wood (composite) crossarms. It includes electrical, mechanical and environmental test elements. The program can be specified by utilities to help them make sound purchasing decisions.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Vendors

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Stray Voltage
Speaker(s): Paul Ortmann, Principal Electrical Engineer, Idaho Power Company

A continuation of the Power Quality 101 presentation from last year, hear from a veteran power quality engineer on how stray voltage can impact employees and the public as well as ways to detect and correct it.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Design and Installation of Metal Sectionalizing Cabinets
Speaker(s): Paul Tramm, Elctric Utility and International Market Manager, Enclosures Business Unit, Hubbell Power Systems, Paul Tramm, Electric Utility and International Market Manager, Enclosures Business Unit, Hubbell Power Systems

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Break with Vendors

3:15 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. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions, which includes supporting information or documentation necessary. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Role of a Technical Writer within a Utility
Speaker(s): Laura Vanderpool, Technical Writer, Seattle City Light

Learn the role a technical writer plays within a utility and the value they add to their department and company.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Field Safety for Engineers
Speaker(s): Scott Taylor, Senior Safety Professional, Idaho Power Company

Following the safety theme of the keynote address, hear from a safety professional about the hazards that office workers can recognize, and should avoid, to be safe when visiting crews in the field.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The DOUGs
Speaker(s): Karen Perzanowski, Standards Engineer, Clark Public Utilities, Bob Carlsen, Manager, Potelco Inc., Jeff Budke, Senior Standards Engineer, Avista Corp., Gary Betts, Principal Engineer, Idaho Power Company

Distinguished Old Utility Guys/Gals answer questions and share their knowledge and experiences with the attendees.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Planning Future Topics

Group discussion on future topics

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meeting Adjourns

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

OH/UG Wrap Up and Planning Meeting

PDT Wrap Up Meeting – For PDT members only and those interested in planning the fall meeting.

Hotel + Travel

  • The Grove Hotel
  • 245 South Capitol Boulevard
  • Boise, Idaho 83702
  • Phone: 888 961-5000

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 208-489-2222, opt. 3 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as with the “WEI Overhead Underground Electric” group to receive a special rate of $159 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 1, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,298 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $2,898 USD
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $699 USD
Regular Vendor Display Table Only: $1,649 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after March 1, 2019. Vendor Display Table Only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) 6-foot skirted Vendor display table, Tuesday display events, Tuesday breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening Reception and dinner. Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should choose the Attendee + Vendor Display Table option.

Vendor display assistant passes are available for $299 each once the main vendor registration is complete. Registration includes booth privileges, Tuesday display events, Tuesday breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening reception and dinner. Meeting attendance is not included. Vendor Display Assistants that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should register as a delegate for this industry forum.

Guest tickets are available for $100 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

Vendor Display Schedule
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Tear Down: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM – Vendor Platform
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Break with Vendors
11:30 PM – 12:45 PM – Lunch with Vendors
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – Break With Vendors
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Please note that it is expected that vendors and attendees will attend all functions including the reception and dinner on Tuesday evening. Please feel free to network on your own after 7:30 PM.

Vendor Display Map + Listing

Shipping Information
Shipments may be received a maximum of three (3) business days prior to your event. All packages must be labeled as follows:
The Grove Hotel
245 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
Attn: Receiving
Your company name
Your onsite company representative
WEI Overhead Underground Electric Distribution
April 2, 2019
Box __ of __

Meet The Speakers

Vern Porter

Idaho Power Company

Vice President of T&D Engineering & Construction and Chief Safety Officer
Learn More

Vern Porter announced his retirement from Idaho Power in October 2019, effective December 31, 2019. Porter assumed the role of Vice President of Transmission & Distribution Engineering and Construction and Chief Safety Officer for Idaho Power on March 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he worked as Vice President of Customer Operations since April 2015.

Porter joined Idaho Power in 1989 after starting his career in 1986 with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In October 2009, Porter was named Vice President of Delivery Engineering and Construction. Porter has held a variety of other positions within the company, including various engineering roles, System Planner, Energy Trader, Senior Manager of Grid Operations and Customer Service, and General Manager of Power Production.

Porter is a graduate of Brigham Young University, earning his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1985 and Master of Science in 1986. He also received his Executive Master of Business Administration from Boise State University in 2013.

Porter serves on the Idaho Technology Council Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida Council.

Richard Hartlein

NEETRAC

Director
Learn More

Mr. Hartlein is currently a Principal Research Engineer at Georgia Tech where he serves as the Director of the National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center (NEETRAC). In this position, he works with close to 40 members to conduct research and testing projects related to the transmission and distribution of electric energy. He served in several leadership roles in industry technical organizations and was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2010. As NEETRAC Director, he also serves as the chair of the NEETRAC Management Board and continues to work as a principal investigator on projects in the field of underground cable systems.

Paul Ortmann

Idaho Power Company

Principal Electrical Engineer

Laura Vanderpool

Seattle City Light

Technical Writer
Learn More

Laura Vanderpool is a Technical Writer at Seattle City Light in the Standards Organization. She has been with City Light for six years and has the distinction of being the first technical writer ever hired by the City. We are excited to hear her perspective on bringing standards into the digital age. Her background also includes a decade in public relations, representing technology, architecture, and engineering firms. In her spare time, she plays guitar in a rock band and loves to hike and travel all over the world.

Bob Carlsen

Potelco Inc.

Manager

Jeff Budke

Avista Corp.

Senior Standards Engineer

Karen Perzanowski

Clark Public Utilities

Standards Engineer

Scott Taylor

Idaho Power Company

Senior Safety Professional

Gary Betts

Idaho Power Company

Principal Engineer

Paul Tramm

Hubbell Power Systems

Elctric Utility and International Market Manager, Enclosures Business Unit

Paul Tramm

Hubbell Power Systems

Electric Utility and International Market Manager, Enclosures Business Unit