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.
Western Energy Institute takes the health and safety of our employees and members very seriously. With safety as our top priority, this program is being offered in a virtual format. No hotel or travel is required. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager directly.
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
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
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
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
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.
This event will now be held in a virtual format. Hotel and travel arrangements will not be required to attend.
If you previously made hotel reservations for this event and need to cancel them, we’ve included the contact information for the hotel below for your convenience. If you have additional questions about this event, please contact the Program Manager directly.
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5H 2W7