Substation Operations – Virtual (Nov 17)

This utility-only forum is designed specifically for Directors and Senior Managers that work in or support substation operations. The format is largely centered around structured roundtable discussions that allow for informal benchmarking between participants and for group problem solving. This is an opportunity to share best practices and learn from industry peers on how to manage the changing landscape within Substation Operations. The content covers substation operation topics such as technology and automation, changing workforce, improving safety, aging infrastructure, compliance/regulation, industry trends and sharing other lessons learned. The format will be a mix of virtual and in-person.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Lorraine Gray, Director, Station Services, Hydro One Inc.

    • 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
    • Directors and senior managers responsible for Substation Operations.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes online access and all digital meeting materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants, 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 Christopher Lee, Director of Program Development at (971) 303-2111.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

7:45 AM - 8:00 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.

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Welcome + Introductions

Be prepared to give a quick introduction with your camera on.

8:20 AM - 9:20 AM

Roundtable: Substation Technology
Facilitator(s): Lorraine Gray, Director, Station Services, Hydro One Inc., Thuan Tran, Principal Manager Asset Engineering, Southern California Edison

A roundtable discussions focused on:
-What is the role of the substation in electrification
-Use of SF6 and phase out in California

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM


9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

Roundtable: People
Facilitator(s): Tyler Hansen, Stations Senior Manager, Idaho Power Company

A roundtable discussions focused on:
-Training and addressing rapid turnover
-Specialization and organization within the workforce.

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable: Substation Processes
Facilitator(s): Brandon Besch, Principal Manager, Substation Construction & Maintenance, Southern California Edison

A roundtable discussions focused on:
-Work management systems
-Spare strategy under COVID conditions
-What is your inventory management strategy?
-Supply chain challenges

Meet The Speakers

Lorraine Gray

Hydro One Inc.

Director, Station Services

Thuan Tran

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager Asset Engineering

Tyler Hansen

Idaho Power Company

Stations Senior Manager

Brandon Besch

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager, Substation Construction & Maintenance