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.
  • For more information contact Beverly Woolf, Program Manager at (503) 688-2790.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy - Colorado, Xcel Energy Inc.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Snapshot of Xcel Energy
Speaker(s): Keith Therence, Senior Engineer, Electric Distribution System Planning, Xcel Energy Inc.

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

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dead Front Network Protector Pilot Project
Speaker(s): Daniel Honeyfield, Manager, T&D Maintenance Planning, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is undergoing a pilot project assessing two types of dead-front network protectors. This presentation will review the selection criteria, features, and status of SMUD’s pilot project. This presentation is intended to be interactive with the participates of the conference providing input on their respective use of dead front protectors. 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Network Communications
Speaker(s): Richard Kernan, Foreman, Denver Underground, Xcel Energy Inc.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

From Paper to Electronic - A GIS NETWORK in the Making
Speaker(s): Dean Battershill, Manager, Field Resources - Network & Locates, ENMAX Corporation

As demand rises for the need around real time accurate grid information, the process to go from a world of outdated paper maps to the digital world of GIS starts to become a reality.    Currently ENMAX is pursuing the need to bring our downtown ENMAX NETWORK into the GIS world.  But what many thought would be an easy task has indeed given way many unexpected concerns and challenges.  ENMAX is not even half way through this daunting task, and we would like to share details experienced on our path to a GIS Network.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hosted dinner - Sponsored by Richards

Enjoy dinner and additional networking time at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – Downtown Denver
1001 16th Street
Denver, CO

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

The Utility Vehicles of Network System
Speaker(s): Dean Battershill, Manager, Field Resources - Network & Locates, ENMAX Corporation

This presentation will discuss and show the vehicles used by our field crews within the ENMAX NETWORK area.  Currently we have a few different types of vehicles that we use on a daily basis, and I would like the opportunity to share both details and photos of these units within our Fleet.  This is an open forum for equipment sharing.  We are open to having others bring in some photos and details of their NETWORK fleet vehicles in which we can find efficiencies and ideas that have helped other utilities in those busy congested NETWORK streets and avenues.

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 - 8:30 AM

SCADA in the ENMAX Secondary Network
Speaker(s): Ziad Elgohary, Senior Engineer, Grid Modernization, ENMAX Corporation, Pallavi Sehgal-Sidhu, Senior P&C Engineer, ENMAX Corporation

In 2015 ENMAX launched a pilot to extend SCADA into the Secondary Network. Since 2015 ENMAX is undergoing a program to extend SCADA to all its vaults in the Secondary Network. This presentation will discuss the planning, challenges and the lessons learned for this program. The presentation will provide an update on the status of the program now and other potential opportunities for having SCADA in the Secondary Network.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Distributed Energy Resources exporting onto ENMAX Secondary Network System
Speaker(s): Ziad Elgohary, Senior Engineer, Grid Modernization, ENMAX Corporation, Pallavi Sehgal-Sidhu, Senior P&C Engineer, ENMAX Corporation

This presentation will discuss the proposed protection philosophy to allow DERs connected to the ENMAX secondary network the ability to export power onto the primary feeders. As part of a pilot project, a DER will be connected to a spot network with the proposed protection scheme deployed to verify intended functionality. The presentation will also discuss the operational and technical challenges that are being considered.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

EPCOR's Shift from 600V Spot Networks to Primary Selective Distribution
Speaker(s): Clement Ting, Engineer, Network, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

EPCOR has made a decision to phase out 600V spot networks in its system and convert them to primary selective distribution schemes. This presentation highlights the practical application of this design philosophy as well as EPCOR's journey implementing the first conversion location.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Vault Trespasser Incident
Speaker(s): Ryan Bradeen, Manager, Avista Downtown Network, 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 Schedule
Thursday, September 5
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: Teardown

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, Field Resources - Network & Locates
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I have over 20 years in the Utility industry as a Certified Power-line Technician (PLT)(Power Lineman) who has worked in both Southern Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. During this time, I have been involved in construction on both the Distribution Overhead & Underground power systems as well as the Secondary NETWORK power system. From there I then moved into a NETWORK Planning and Design role in which I undertook the needs of the ENMAX NETWORK grid in both design and work order planning with a focus on maintenance and Customer planning. To help support the Safety needs of multiple departments I transitioned into the ENMAX Safety department assisting our Field services teams with a strong support on workplace safety. Together all of this combined experience supported a decision to step into management role as I was offered the position of Field Resource Manager of the Underground dept. with my focus 100% based on both the NETWORK and LOCATES departments.

Daniel Honeyfield

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, T&D Maintenance Planning
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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

Manager, Avista Downtown Network

Clement Ting

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Engineer, Network

Ziad Elgohary

ENMAX Corporation

Senior Engineer, Grid Modernization

Pallavi Sehgal-Sidhu

ENMAX Corporation

Senior P&C Engineer

Jeremy Jones

Xcel Energy Inc.

Apprentice Lineman

Dave Ogard

Xcel Energy Inc.


Richard Kernan

Xcel Energy Inc.

Foreman, Denver Underground

Roman Maynes

Xcel Energy Inc.

John Byrd

Xcel Energy Inc.

Mark Shibao

Xcel Energy Inc.

James Henriksen

Xcel Energy Inc.

Vaultman Cableman, Denver Underground

Timothy Martinez

Xcel Energy Inc.

Foreman, Denver Underground

Kevin Dimond

Xcel Energy Inc.

Operations Manager, Denver Underground ions Supervisor

Chris Steusloff

Xcel Energy Inc.

Cable Technician

Keith Therence

Xcel Energy Inc.

Senior Engineer, Electric Distribution System Planning
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Keith Therence has thirty two years of electric distribution capacity planning experience with Xcel Energy, New Century Energies, and Public Service Company of Colorado. Over the years, Keith has been involved with the design and planning of the primary feeder distribution systems in the Ft. Collins, Sterling, Greeley, and Central Denver Metro Areas, which includes the Downtown Network System. Annually, he is involved with the development of five-year electrical load forecasts for distribution feeders and substation banks; and with the development plans associated with new feeders, substation banks, and/or substations within in his areas. As required, he is involved with evaluating and modifying procedures, and designs associated with the Downtown Network system.

Alice Jackson

Xcel Energy Inc.

President, Xcel Energy - Colorado
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Alice K. Jackson is President of Xcel Energy – Colorado, a company serving 1.4 million electric customers and 1.3 million natural gas customers. The company is a recognized industry leader in delivering affordable and reliable service, providing clean energy choices, and in reducing carbon and other emissions. Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Ms. Jackson has held various positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently Ms. Jackson was Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives, where she built a team to generate new revenues through exploring and integrating new technologies and economic development initiatives in addition to looking at new options for Xcel Energy’s unregulated businesses. Prior to her corporate strategic role, Alice held the lead regulatory position with Xcel Energy—Texas/New Mexico and then with Xcel Energy—Colorado.

Before her time with Xcel Energy, Alice spent close to 10 years with Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) managing the energy needs of this large consumer across the country. Through her involvement in the federal and state electric markets, multiple rate cases, and interaction with customers large and small, Alice developed a unique respect for utilities and their contributions to society.

Because having a full-time career, being married to her high school sweetheart and having four sons is not enough of an adventure in life, Alice recently took on the challenge of advancing her business acumen. In 2017 Alice completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University. Before her professional experience, Alice obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.

Wayne Romero

Xcel Energy Inc.

Foreman, Denver Underground

Mike King

Xcel Energy Inc.

Director, Design & Construction