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.
Member: $199 USD
Regular: $299 USD
Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Conference Chair will welcome everyone to the opening of the confrence and introduce keynote speaker
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Speaker(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company
Hear about basic lighting design concepts, common terms in the lighting industry and LED light fixture specifications. Also hear about the implementation of LED street and area lighting at Idaho Power and lessons learned.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Switchgear Insulation Comparison
Speaker(s): Craig Befus, BC Utility Sales Manager, Eaton Corp.
Craig Befus will provide an overview of vault and pad-mounted medium voltage dead front switchgear designs using SF6, oil and solid dielectric insulation. We will briefly review available options and configurations from the various manufacturers, and IEEE standards covering the design and testing requirements. We will also talk about options and trade-offs to be evaluated to meet specific utility application requirements including automation and SCADA control.
10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Underground/Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product + 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 email@example.com.
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Wildfire Mitigation Strategies Utilizing Existing and Emerging Technologies
Speaker(s): John Lauletta, CEO, Exacter, Inc., Brett Efaw, Statistician, Idaho Power Company
Electrical system owners and operators worldwide are exploring strategies and emerging technologies to improve distribution system resiliency for wildfire prevention and mitigation. This panel session will explore three specific opportunities that utilities can utilize to successfully reduce total ignition events and ignition events per fault occurrence as a way of enhancing public safety and improving system performance:
1. Optimizing existing distribution system equipment, operational technology and protection strategies (sometimes at the expense of reliability and customer satisfaction).
2. Utilizing Data Analytics to adjust operational settings, develop equipment deployment methodologies and evaluate system performance.
3. Incorporating new and advanced technologies to further improve fault detection, reduce fault clearing times, and help prevent additional faults.
The panel will also explore the question “Do we need quantitative resiliency metrics to measure system resiliency going forward similarly to how electrical distribution system reliability is now measured?”
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
10:15 AM - 10:20 AM
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Speaker(s): Andy Wendell, Director of Customer Service and Stakeholder Outreach, Chelan County PUD
This presentation will cover cryptocurrency mining relative to utility: rates, policies, operations, engineering, etc. Please join us for a presentation that will be a blend of information covering all utility business units and a healthy Q&A session to bring attendee’s real-life situations to the team.
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM
Planning Future Topics
Group discussion on future topics
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
OH/UG Wrap Up and Planning Meeting
Program Development Team Wrap Up Meeting – For Program Development Team members only and those interested in planning the spring meeting.
John Lauletta has been involved in electric utility measurement technology since 1975. John’s career includes ten years with American Electric Power as Measurements Manager, 14 years as VP Scientific Columbus and since 2006 as CEO/CTO of Exacter, Inc.
John holds electrical engineering degrees from The Ohio State University and Purdue University and is the Past Chair of the Central Ohio Power and Energy Society Chapter of IEEE. John holds several patents in predictive failure technologies. John manages several research programs for IIoT sensor development for electric utility applications as Visiting Scientist at the University of Akron. John is the recipient of the 2018 PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award.
Exacter, Inc. is a developer of predictive technologies for electric utility reliability, grid conditions-based assessment, grid preventive maintenance, and Smart Grid network performance.
Brett Efaw is a Statistician at Idaho Power Company, where he provides data reporting and analytics support for various groups across the T&D Planning, Maintenance and Operations Departments. He has extensive experience and knowledge of data structures and related business applications for a variety of utility systems such as OMS, GIS and DMS. His areas of expertise include data processing and architecture for analytics purposes, data visualization and statistical modeling. He is the current chair of the Distribution Resiliency Working Group within the IEEE PES T&D Committee, Distribution Subcommittee, whose goal is to define and quantify resilience for electric distribution systems in a way that is useful and accessible to operating utilities and regulators.
Mr. Huffman has 30+ years of utility, electrical construction and consulting management experience and currently serves as Business Development Line Lead for Burns & McDonnell’s Distribution Modernization business line. He is the Vice Chair of the EEI Distribution Reliability Working Group, Vice Chair of the IEEE Distribution Resiliency Working Group and an active member of the IEEE Distribution and Grid Modernization Working Groups. Before joining Burns & McDonnell Mr. Huffman spent 23 years with Southern California Edison (SCE). During his tenure at SCE he successfully and safely managed utility operations, maintenance, and capital project teams in the Generation and T&D divisions. He has testified before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) as an expert witness and has managed many large Transmission, Distribution and Substation planning and construction projects and programs including construction and commissioning of the Devers – Palo Verde 500kV line in Southern California. Mr. Huffman served as Program Manager for FirstEnergy’s $600M annual “Energizing the Future” transmission infrastructure program and has experience with T&D planning, design, construction, operations, regulatory policy and cost of service development and rate recovery initiatives