Sep

23-25

Secondary Network (Sep 23-25)

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 Co-chairs
Kevin Putnam, Director, Field Engineering-West, PacifiCorp
Richard Goddard, Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards, Portland General Electric
Dan Botieff, Area Engineer, Pacific Power

Program Location
Portland General Electric
121 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

Who Should Attend
Engineering professionals involved with standardization, reliability, distribution, power quality, electricity and networking will gain valuable insights from attending this program. In addition, service company professionals who offer support to any aspect of the secondary network system are welcome to attend.

Registration Options
Member Conference Registration: $599
Regular Conference Registration: $1199
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $799
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1599
+ Booth Assistant: $275

Member prices increase $100 after September 2. Regular prices increase $200 after September 2. Booth assistant passes are available for $275 each once the main vendor registration is complete and includes meals on Thursday. Conference Registration fee includes all sessions, comprehensive meeting materials, tour and all food events. Conference Registration + Vendor Display includes full meeting registration, opportunity to participate in the Vendor Platform, one (1) skirted banquet table.

For more information contact Kevin Sullivan at 971.255.4973.

Agenda

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration + Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Facilitator: Richard Goddard, Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards, Portland General Electric
Speaker: Bill Nicholson, Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution, Portland General Electric

8:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Relay History and Theory
Facilitator: Dan Botieff, Area Engineer, Pacific Power
Speaker: Dave Smith, Consultant
Join us for this presentation by one of the top experts in the field. Mr. Smith will discuss basic trip and close characteristics available in power based and sequence based network protector relays. Methods for evaluating the response of microprocessor relays under unbalanced voltage and current conditions during faults on the primary system will be presented. The effect of network relay close characteristics and close settings on the network load required for auto closing of an open network protector in spot networks will be presented, as well as a discussion of system conditions which can cause either protector cycling or pumping in spot networks, and relay settings that can reduce or prevent cycling or pumping.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Distributed Energy Resources and Your Secondary Network
Facilitator: Dan Botieff, Area Engineer, Pacific Power
Speakers: Robert Malahowski, Manager- Distribution Networks, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, John Watkins, Network Engineer, Portland General Electric, and Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX Corporation

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Monitoring
Facilitator: Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX Corporation
Speakers: Mike Renman, Standards Engineer, Xcel Energy Inc. and Robert Malahowski, Manager- Distribution Networks, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Break
Sponsored by:

Digital Grid

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Evolution of Solutions for Meeting Existing Manhole/Vault Dewatering Regulations
Facilitator: Richard Goddard, Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards, Portland General Electric
Speaker: Weston Aldridge, VP, Sales, Pure Filter Solutions
Manhole & Vault dewatering, a daily occurrence for many utilities, has come under stricter scrutiny in the past decade due to the potential for the discharge of pollutants such as hydrocarbons & large amounts of sediments. Federal regulations require that all discharges to receiving bodies of water meet certain guidelines, and the cities and states are tasked to set and enforce their respective requirements. Contaminates often collect in underground structures through rainwater runoff, groundwater seepage and equipment leaks.

A new practice of using high efficiency filter socks was implemented by many utilities as a means of reducing dependency on vacuum truck usage. The new high efficiency filter socks were annually field tested and proven to remove suspended solids down to 1 micron and oil sheen to non-detect, therefore meeting requirements. The high efficiency filter socks are now becoming the national standard for dewatering when an oil-spill is not present in the body of water.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Roundtable
Facilitator: Juval Bothe, System Planning Engineer, ENMAX Corporation
Open roundtable to address specific topics. Each company will have the chance to ask questions for peers in the room to answer.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hosted Dinner
Sponsored by:
Richards_mfg

Located at Rock Bottom Brewery
206 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

Thursday, September 24, 2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Vault Overview + Tour
Facilitators: Kevin Putnam, Director, Field Engineering, PacifiCorp
Richard Goddard, Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards, Portland General Electric
An overview of the upcoming vault tours at PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric. Some safety equipment will be provided, but all attendees should bring their PPE.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
CYME
Facilitator: Thomas Huitika, Senior Engineer, BC Hydro
Speaker: Matthew Ibaraki, EWEB
Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) is a public utility located in Eugene, Oregon with about 90,000 customers. Last year, EWEB worked with programmers from CYME to go through its Gateway solution, which create a CYME model from GIS and historical data. In this presentation, EWEB will go through its steps of selecting the vendor and implementing the CYME Gateway, aspects of the project that went well and those that did not, as well as a brief look at EWEBs downtown network as modeled in CYME.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
New Substations
Facilitator: Richard Goddard, Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards, Portland General Electric
Speaker: John Watkins, Network Engineer, Portland General Electric
Mark Mayner, Network Engineer, ENMAX Corporation
PGE is constructing a new Substation to source what is currently an 8 Feeder Network. Hear the reasons for this, the plan that was put in place, the challenges faced, and the overall solutions to those challenges. ENMAX will then cover best practices of transferring network load onto new substations.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Vendor’s Platform
Facilitator: Dan Botieff, Area Engineer, Pacific Power
Learn about new products, issues, and major product changes during the vendor platform. Each vendor will give a brief five-minute presentation.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception with Vendors

Friday, September 25, 2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Safety Morning: Manhole Cover Restraint System
Facilitator: Richard Goddard, Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards, Portland G
Speakers: James Justice, Sales Director, Stabiloc LLC, Pete DeHaan, District Manager, Corporate Accounts and Tom Huitika, Senior Engineer, BC Hydro
Swiveloc/Explosion Mitigation:
An overview of different approaches to manhole cover restraint systems and solutions.  Attendees will hear some of the history and general details of flying manhole covers.  We will then learn about 3 different solutions in BC Hydro, EJ, and Swiveloc.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Break

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Roundtable 2
Speaker: Robert Malahowski, Manager- Distribution Networks, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
In February of 2015, a consortium of utilities including Alabama Power, Con Ed, National Grid, and PG&E conducted arc-flash testing at PG&E’s high current yard in San Ramon, California. Part of the testing included the use of optical sensors for detection of arc-flash events. In addition, various fault scenarios were conducted on CM-22 style network protectors. A discussion of the results of this testing will be provided. We will then finish the general roundtable with attendee topics.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Break and Hotel Checkout

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Wrap Up
Facilitator: Beverly Jones Woolf, Program Manager, Western Energy Institute
Discussion on future agenda, topics, and locations.

12:00 PM
Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503.226.7600

Reservation Instructions
Please contact the hotel directly at 503.226.7600 to make your hotel reservations. Mention you are with the Western Energy Institute when booking the reservation to receive a special rate of $199 USD single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to September 2, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full. You may also make your hotel reservations online.

Located on the banks of the Willamette River, featuring spectacular views of Mount Hood, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is within walking distance of top downtown attractions. As a guest here, you are in the middle of it all from concerts and local culinary experiences to jogging, biking and kayaking at Waterfront Park. Portland State University is just down the street. When you’re hungry, our Energy Star-certified hotel features tasty cuisine with an artisanal flair. Truss Lounge & Bistro is known throughout downtown Portland as an inviting neighborhood hotspot popular for a local brew, wine, or handcrafted cocktail. Active guests can stay fit in our 24-hour fitness center or step outside and enjoy a refreshing run along the Willamette River. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy our well-appointed guest rooms with flat-panel TVs and luxurious linens. And with over 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, our downtown Portland hotel gives business events a truly unmistakable flair.

Driving Directions
From Portland International Airport – PDX (9 miles):
Follow Airport Way East and merge onto Interstate 205 South/Veterans Memorial Highway toward Interstate 84/Portland/Salem.
Continue to exit 31B and merge onto Interstate 84 West/US-30 West.
Take the Interstate 5 South exit on the left toward Beaverton/Salem/City Center and proceed to the City Center exit. Keep right and take the ramp for Morrison Street/City Center.
Make a slight right onto Morrison Bridge then take the ramp for Naito Parkway/Interstate 5 South/Salem.
Keep right and take the Front Avenue ramp toward Interstate 5 South/Salem. The hotel will be 1/2 mile on the right.

Meet The Speakers

Jim Justice

Stabiloc LLC

Sales Director
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Jim is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Stabiloc, LLC, headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Previously, he had careers with both General Motors and Lear Corporation in the field of Human Resources Management.

Jim is a graduate of Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Finance.

Weston Aldridge

Pure Filter Solutions

VP, Sales

David Smith

Consultant

Consultant
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Mr. Smith is an engineering professional with over 50 years of experience working in many areas related to power distribution systems. The first 25 years were with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, the next 21 years with Siemens Power Technologies and its predecessor organizations, and since 2009 he has served as a private consultant to utilities in matters related to secondary networks. He is a life fellow member of the IEEE, a registered professional engineer in PA, and was the recipient in 2004 of the IEEE Power Engineering Societies Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering. He is holder or co holder of five patents.

Michael Renman

Xcel Energy Inc.

Electric Distribution Standards Engineer

Juval Bothe

ENMAX Corporation

System Planning Engineer

John Watkins

Portland General Electric

Network Engineer

Robert Malahowski

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager- Distribution Networks

John Watkins

Portland General Electric

Network Engineer

Robert Mahalowski

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager- Distribution Networks

Pete DeHaan

EJ

District Manager, Corporate Accounts

Pete DeHaan

EJ

District Manager, Corporate Accounts

Tom Huitika

BC Hydro

Senior Engineer
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Thomas Huitika graduated from RCC School of Technology with a Technologist Diploma, Lakehead University with a Electrical BEng, and University of Victoria with a MASc.

He has fifteen years of experience with distribution design and construction management of heavy industrial and infrastructure projects, ten years of experience with BC Hydro Distribution Engineering, three years as a Design Engineer and seven years as a Distribution Engineer for greater Victoria Including the Secondary Integrated and Spot Network.

Richard Goddard

Portland General Electric

Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards

Bill Nicholson

Portland General Electric

Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution

Kevin Putnam

PacifiCorp

Director, Field Engineering

Thomas Huitika

BC Hydro

Senior Engineer

Matthew Ibaraki

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Beverly Jones Woolf

Western Energy Institute

Program Manager

Richard Goddard

Portland General Electric

Manager, Distribution Engineering and T&D Standards

Bill Nicholson

Portland General Electric

Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution
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As senior vice president, Bill Nicholson currently oversees Customer Service Operations, Customer Strategy and Business Development, and Transmission & Distribution Operations & Services. Nicholson joined PGE in 1980 as an engineer at the Trojan Plant and has served in a variety of capacities in Distribution Operations and Generation Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University in 1980.

Kevin Putnam

PacifiCorp

Director, Field Engineering-West

Matthew Ibaraki

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Beverly Jones Woolf

Western Energy Institute

Program Manager
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Working primarily with the Operations-focused programs, Beverly leads WEI’s Safety Summit, Secondary Network Conference, and the Operations Business Strategies – Electric Executive Forum. She is the Program Manager for the Challenge group of Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders and launched the Gas Utility Fundamentals and Insights course in 2017.

Prior to joining WEI in 2015, Beverly worked for Contact Energy in New Zealand. She started on the phones in the call center and moved up through the Customer Care management track, rising to the position of Business Implementation Manager overseeing areas such as smart meter deployment, regulatory integration, and quality assurance.

Beverly is a graduate of Missouri State University and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband, Jon, have three kids, two grandkids, one daughter-in-law, two dogs and a cat.

Dan Botieff

Pacific Power

Area Engineer

Mark Mayner

ENMAX Corporation

Network Engineer