Secondary Network (Sep 04-06)

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)
  • Kevin Dimond, Operations Supervisor, Xcel Energy

    • Program Location
    • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
    • 1717 Champa Street
      Denver, CO 80202
    • 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: $649 USD
    Regular: $999 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 14, 2019. 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 4, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Snapshot of Xcel Energy

Get an in-depth look at Xcel from a planning standpoint.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Evaluation of Live Front Protectors
Speaker(s): Daniel Honeyfield, Manager, T&D Maintenance Planning, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Learn about Sacramento Municipal Utility District's analysis to evaluate live front protectors.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Transitioning from Paper to GIS
Speaker(s): Dean Battershill, Manager Underground Field Resources - Network & Locates, ENMAX Corporation

Learn about the ENMAX journey moving from a paper-based system to a geographic information system.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hosted dinner

Thursday, September 5, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Vault Overview + Tour

Xcel Energy staff will lead a guided vault tour and be available to answer questions. Appropriate PPE is required to go into the vaults 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 - 2:30 PM

Discussion on Vehicles Used for Networks
Speaker(s): Dean Battershill, Manager Underground Field Resources - Network & Locates, ENMAX Corporation

Share the pros and cons of various vehicle uses and requirements for networks.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


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 Vendors

Enjoy networking with colleagues and taking time to speak with each of the vendors. There are no formal dinner plans.

Friday, September 6, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Vault Trespasser Incident
Speaker(s): Ryan Bradeen, Downtown Network Manager, Avista Utilities

How did Avista deal with a person trespassing in a live vault?

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap Up

Discussion on future agenda, topics, and locations.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • To reserve online, please click the link below, then “book now” in the top right corner and select the dates within the program (September 4 – 7, 2019). Alternatively, please contact the hotel directly at (800) 368-2544 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 14, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $949 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,849 USD
+ Vendor Assistant: $275

Registration prices increase $100 after August 14, 2019. 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 Map

PPE Information

PPE Requirements for the Xcel Energy vault tour:

1. Hard Hat Class E
2. Z87 rated safety glasses
3. Closed toe shoes (hiking or working boots preferred)
4. FR HRC2 Clothing with a minimum ATPV of 8 cals/cm2

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

Meet The Speakers

Dean Battershill

ENMAX Corporation

Manager Underground Field Resources - Network & Locates

Daniel Honeyfield

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, T&D Maintenance Planning
Learn More

Daniel Honeyfield joined Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in August 2015 as a Principal Electrical Engineer. In January 2017, he was promoted into his current role as the Engineering Manager of Transmission & Distribution Maintenance Planning where he oversees the development of yearly Operation & Maintenance (O&M) and Capital plans for all SMUD-owned substations and transmission & distribution lines that ensure SMUD’s compliance with Federal & State regulations.

With over 14 years in the utility industry, Daniel’s experience combines both private business and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining SMUD, Daniel worked for the City of Riverside Public Utilities from 2007 – 2015 with increasing responsibilities. His last role there was utilities senior electric engineer where he supervised professional and technical personnel in their Electric System Planning Department. His previous employment also includes engineering roles at Jacobs Engineering from 2006 – 2007 and Verizon from 2004 – 2006. Daniel received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and his MBA, with emphasis in Technology Management, from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a PE license with the state of California. He is married and has two children, Leah and Nolan.

Ryan Bradeen

Avista Utilities

Downtown Network Manager

Clement Ting

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Engineer, Network

Ziad Elgohary

ENMAX Corporation

Senior Engineer, Grid Modernization