Secondary Network (Sep 27-29)

Secondary networks are vital to systems that support power needs in urban areas. These interconnected pathways improve reliability, but are also complex to inspect and maintain. This annual forum addresses the reliability, safety and protection challenges of spot networks and grid systems that comprise the secondary network. Designed as an open forum, attendees are encouraged to bring their challenges and opportunities for discussion and to share best practices. Attendees also get the chance to tour the local vaults of the host organization.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Monica Morales, T&D Distribution Maintenance Support, Manager, Arizona Public Service Company

    • Program Location
    • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
    • 100 N 1st St.
      Phoenix, AZ 85004
    • Who Should Attend
    • Utility professionals involved with power distribution reliability planning, engineering, operation, standardization, protection & control, and power quality analysis of secondary spot network and grid systems will gain valuable insights and networking from attending this annual program. In addition, service company professionals who offer support to any aspect of the secondary network system are welcome to attend.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $599 USD
    Regular: $1,199 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after September 5, 2017. Registration price includes conference materials and food events.

    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.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

A Few Words from Monica and Beverly

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

APS Network Equipment Replacement Program (NERP) Strategy
Speaker(s): Federico Cuestas

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Arizona Public Service’s New Network Dedicated Substation
Speaker(s): Charlie Hendrickson, Senior Apparatus Engineer, Arizona Public Service Company

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion on Distributed Energy Resources on Networks
Facilitator(s): Monica Morales, T&D Distribution Maintenance Support, Manager, Arizona Public Service Company

Topics during this discussion may include DG Regulation and DG utility requirements – What requirements has your company set onto the network?

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Age of Assets and Infrastructure
Speaker(s): John Vandermaar, Doug Forkner, Civil Engineer, Avista Corp.

Everyone ages, but the toll of time creates some unique challenges for network systems.  Explore one company's problems and potential solutions to upgrading the system.  Learn about coordination between municipalities and the utility as well as taking into account new vault and safety standards.

2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

277 Arc Flash Event and Change Management
Speaker(s): Ryan Bradeen, Downtown Network Manager, Avista Utilities

Learn about the journey made on a personal and company level that began on April 12th 2016, following an arc flash scenario with 277/480v. Follow the steps taken through investigation, gap analysis, benchmarking, and into implementation of improvements in engineering, tools, and work practices.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Get to Know Entergy

Learn about Entergy and their secondary network system – what's unique, what works well, and what doesn't.

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion on Maintenance & Operations
Speaker(s): Monica Morales, T&D Distribution Maintenance Support, Manager, Arizona Public Service Company

Attendees will be asked to provide questions and topics. It is also an opportunity to discuss in further detail subjects presented earlier in the conference.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Dinner

Sponsored by Richards

The Arrogant Butcher
2 East Jefferson #150 
Phoenix Arizona 85004

Thursday, September 28, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Vault Overview and Tour of Secondary Network System

Hosted by Arizona Public Service Company

APS staff will lead a guided vault tour and be available to answer questions.  Appropriate PPE is required to go into the vault so each person needs to bring their own gear as detailed on the PPE Information tab on the WEI website.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with vendor displays

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Vault Tour Recap

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Roundtable Discussion on Safety Work Practices /Emergency Response
Facilitator(s): Monica Morales, T&D Distribution Maintenance Support, Manager, Arizona Public Service Company

Topics may included PPE requirements, Confined space rescue training, and Collaboration with local emergency responders.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Break with vendor displays

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Vendor's Platform

Learn about new products, issues, and major product changes during the vendor platform. Each vendor will give a brief presentation.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with vendor displays

Dinner on your own

Friday, September 29, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Impact of Hurricane Sandy
Speaker(s): Peter Arroyo, Field Operations Planner, Consolidated Edison

Learn about the effects, restoration, and lessons learned as ConEd handled the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on secondary networks.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Roundtable Discussion on Planning & Design

Topics may include relay settings (standard vs deviation of standard), standards & specifications, grounding – EPZ, and emerging technologies on network systems.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Program Wrap Up

Discussion on future agenda, topics, and locations.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 800-309-8138 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with “WEI Secondary Network” to receive a special rate of $259/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 5, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $899 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,849 USD
+ Vendor Assistant: $275

Registration prices increase $100 after August 28, 2017. Registration includes materials and food events for the full conference in addition to one skirted display table for Thursday only and an invitation to participate in the Vendor’s Platform presentation.

Vendor assistant passes are available for $275 once the main vendor registration is complete and includes attendance and meals on Thursday only.

Vendor Display Schedule

Thursday, September 28
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Set up
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Lunch available for vendors
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with vendor displays
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Break with vendor displays
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Vendor’s Platform
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with vendor displays
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Tear down

Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly. Please review this document for shipping instructions and requirements.

PPE Information

PPE Requirements for Arizona Public Service vault tour:

1. Hard Hat Class E
2. Z87 rated safety glasses
3. Close toed shoes (hiking or working boots preferred)
4. FR HRC2 Clothing

APS will have a limited supply of hard hats to loan. Photo ID may be required to attend the tour. Please contact Beverly Jones Woolf with any questions on PPE requirements.

Meet The Speakers

Ryan Bradeen

Avista Utilities

Downtown Network Manager
Learn More

Ryan Bradeen is a Network Manager for Avista Corporation. He has worked at Avista for 14 years and throughout his career he has had the opportunity to experience many departments. Ryan attended Spokane Community College to study business. He then enrolled in the Avista Lineman School in the winter of 2001/2002, and received top honors in his class which led to his career at Avista Utilities. He spent time as an electric groundman, a meter reader, and in generation production support services. The majority of Ryan’s career has been as a Journeyman Cableman. His responsibilities as a cableman are to maintain Avista’s most high profile electric customers in downtown Spokane’s redundant network system. Throughout his career he has led projects such as the implementation of a prototype mobile tool for job planning and information resource to make the network crews more productive and predictable. Ryan has recently participated in Avista’s Aspiring Leadership Program. The yearlong commitment has inspired him to learn about leadership styles and how to be an effective leader. Ryan has aspirations to pursue management and would like to apply the skills that he has learned to help build and cultivate a strong team environment.

Peter Arroyo

Consolidated Edison

Field Operations Planner

Charlie Hendrickson

Arizona Public Service Company

Senior Apparatus Engineer

Monica Morales

Arizona Public Service Company

T&D Distribution Maintenance Support, Manager

Doug Forkner

Avista Corp.

Civil Engineer

Ted Geisler

Arizona Public Service Company

General Manager Transmission & Distribution Ops & Maint

Craig Stegmeier

Arizona Public Service Company

Supervisor of Engineering for Distribution Planning