Secondary Network – Virtual (Sep 15-16)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Ryan Bradeen, Manager Electric OPS- Downtown Network, Avista Utilities

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • 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: $199 USD
    Regular: $299 USD

    Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Traci Pepper, Program Manager at (971) 303-1004.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Industry topic

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Stretch Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Industry topic

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Industry topic

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Stretch break

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Thursday, September 16, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Industry topic

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Industry topic

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Stretch Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Roundtable/open discussion

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap up