Oct

24-26

Underground/Overhead Electric Distribution (Oct 24-26)

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for distribution, substation and transmission operations. Presentations focus on new technologies, applications and specifications available for designing, building and maintaining overhead and underground lines. Case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned, and attendees leave with the practical knowledge to improve efficiency, safety and reduce costs. Agendas feature extensive roundtable discussions so that each delegate has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Participants also have the chance to preview vendor products and services. Vendors are encouraged to display.

General Details

Program Location
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador
1000 North Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85704

Who Should Attend
• Standards engineers
• Design engineers
• Line technicians and engineers
• Reliability and quality testers
• T&D supervisors and suppliers
• Operations and maintenance managers
• Suppliers of distribution and substation products and services

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Registration Options
Member Conference Registration: $599
Regular Conference Registration: $1,198
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,048
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $2,597
Speaker Delegate Registration: $599
+ Vendor Assistant: $299
+ Guest: $150

Member, regular and speaker delegate conference registration prices increase $100 after September 24. A conference registration with a vendor display registration increases $200 after September 24. A conference registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest passes with a registration are available for $150 and include access to the welcome reception and the reception and dinner with vendors.

Agenda

Monday, October 24

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 25

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration/Hot Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Welcome, Introductions and Housekeeping
Speakers: David Walden, T&D Line Standards Engineer, FortisBC
Jim Taylor, Chief Technology Officer, Fortis
As Fortis Chief Technology Officer, Jim Taylor is responsible for technology advancement for all nine Fortis, Inc. subsidiary companies.  Jim will discuss some of the goals and accomplishments of programs developed to share engineering knowledge and practices throughout the Fortis member company base.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Manufacturer 1 – OH/UG VisoVac Switchgear Equipment
Speaker: Timothy Day, Field Application Engineer, Eaton Cooper Power Systems

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Manufacturer 2 – OH/UG Solid Dielectric Padmount/Submersible Switchgear
Speaker: Kristin McInnis, Senior Product Manager, S&C Electric Company

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Vendor Break

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Manufacturer 3 – OH/UG Viper OH Recloser and Trident SafeVu Switchgear
Speaker: Jeffrey Semelka, Regional Vice President, G&W Electric Company

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Manufacturer 4 – OH/UG Solid Dielectric Switchgear and Overhead Recloser
Speakers: Dan Kellenaers, Sr. Application Engineer, Thomas & Betts

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Vendor Platform
Each vendor will have 2-3 minutes to introduce their company and share any new products or services they would like to highlight.

11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Lunch with Vendors

1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Underground/Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
Facilitators: Raluca Moldovan, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric
Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company
Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions, which includes supporting information or documentation necessary. Questions can be emailed directly to Raluca Moldovan at raluca.moldovan@pgn.com and and Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Break with Vendors

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Presentation – Underground/Overhead Switchgear Demos
Demo Trailers: S&C Electric, G&W Electric, Thomas and Betts, Eaton Power Systems
Each company will give a short presentation on their padmounted and overhead switchgear. Attendees will then adjourn to the parking lot to manufacturer’s trailers for demonstrations of the products. Other vendors are welcome subject to prior approval of the planning committee.

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Wednesday, October 26

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast – Hot Buffet

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Underground/Overhead Standards – The Why and the Philosophies
Speakers: Kyle Roethle, Electric Standards, Consulting Engineering Specialist, Puget Sound Energy
Karen Perzanowski, Senior Standards Engineer, Clark Public Utilities
You will hear “why standards” – the importance of standards, core philosophies, and examples of how these philosophies are put into practice at a utility.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break – Hotel Checkout

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable (Continued)
Facilitators: Raluca Moldovan, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric
Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company
Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions, which includes supporting information or documentation necessary. Questions can be emailed directly to Raluca Moldovan at raluca.moldovan@pgn.com and Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Planning Future Topics
Group discussion on future topics

12:00 PM
Meeting Adjourns

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Optional TEP Tour of Arizona of University Tech Park Solar Field
(Tour Includes box lunch.  Must RSVP.)
The University of Arizona has dedicated substantial acreage in their Tech Park to the development of various solar energy technologies.  The tour will visit the several solar facilities comprising the project and discuss the technology employed at each.  Included will also be a visit to a 10 MW energy storage site presently under development.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
UG/OH Wrap Up and Planning Meeting
For PDT members only and those interested in planning the fall meeting. Must RSVP.

Hotel + Travel

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
1000 North Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85704

Make your reservations by calling 1.800.HILTONS and speaking with a reservations agent to book a room. Group rate of $159 includes basic wi-fi and complimentary self-parking. Please note that a $20/night resort fee does apply. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made by September 23, 2016.

Located on over 500 acres in the shadows of the magnificent Pusch Ridge in Tucson, Arizona, the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort offers some of the most pristine desert and mountain vistas in the Southwest. Nestled at the base of the breathtaking Santa Catalina mountains and surrounded by acres of high Sonoran Desert terrain, the resort offers an opportunity for guests to experience world-class resort amenities in a truly spectacular setting.

Combining breathtaking natural landscapes, year-round sunshine, a myriad of attractions and activities with a mix of Spanish, Mexican and Native American influences, Tucson is a truly special destination – and Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort provides the perfect location to experience the best that Tucson has to offer.

Relax in one of the 428 spacious guest rooms and suite accommodations at our AAA Four Diamond Arizona golf & tennis resort. Play a round (or more) on 45-holes of golf. Enjoy a game of tennis on one of 31 lighted courts. Relax poolside at our Desert Springs Oasis, featuring sparkling pools and a 143-foot waterslide. Dine on exquisite cuisine at one of our five restaurants – including our newest addition, Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails. At Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, the options are limitless.

Vendor Display

Registration Options
Member Vendor Display: $649
Regular Vendor Display: $1,599
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,048
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $2,597
+ Vendor Assistant: $299

Vendor display registration includes a main Vendor Display representative, one skirted Vendor Display table and Tuesday Display Events (two breaks, lunch, vendor platform, evening reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should choose the Conference Registration + Vendor Display registration option.

Vendor assistant passes are available for $299 each once the main vendor registration is complete. This registration includes booth privileges and Tuesday Display Events (two breaks, lunch, vendor platform, evening reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Booth Assistants that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should reserve a conference registration.

Display Schedule
Tuesday, October 25
Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Attendee Break with Vendors
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Vendor Platform
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendors
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Break With Vendors
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Please note that it is expected that vendors and attendees will attend all functions including the reception and dinner on Tuesday evening. Please feel free to network on your own after 8:30 PM.

Meet The Speakers

Kyle Roethle

Puget Sound Energy

Consulting Engineering Specialist

Karen Perzanowski

Clark Public Utilities

Senior Standards Engineer

Raluca Moldovan

Portland General Electric

Standards Engineer

David Walden

FortisBC

T&D Line Standards Engineer
Learn More

Dave Walden is a Distribution Lines Engineer with FortisBC. After graduating from the University of Victoria he worked in Oil Field construction before coming over to the good side, electric utility. He has worked at FortisBC in various roles including Generation, Standards and Distribution Planning. Dave lives in Kelowna with his wife and two boys where they enjoy time together when he’s not Mountain Biking.

Jeffrey Semelka

G&W Electric Company

Regional Vice President
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Jeff Semelka has over 17 years of Utility Industry experience. He began his career as a System Planning Engineer with a large IOU before transitioning to the role of Application Engineer with a major recloser manufacturer. He has since spent time as a Sales Engineer and Director of Grid Automation, focusing on Smart Grid Solutions for the Utilities. He is now the Regional Vice President of Sales with G&W Electric Co.

Timothy Day

Eaton Cooper Power Systems

Field Application Engineer
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– Timothy R. Day has held the position of Senior Field Application Engineer for the past 5 years, helping electric utility customers in the western U.S. maximize the capabilities of EATON’s apparatus and advanced controls. In his prior 18-year tenure at Cooper Power’s Edison Technical Center near Milwaukee, WI, Timothy worked as a Relay Application Engineer performing power system modeling and analysis, protection algorithm design, and customer support and training. He also worked in Cooper’s System Engineering group performing electrical system studies, executing specialized field measurements and presenting workshops. Timothy completed his master’s degree in electrical power engineering from Washington State University and he is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.

Kristin McInnis

S&C Electric Company

Senior Product Manager
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– Kristin McInnis has worked over a decade at S&C Electric Company in various marketing roles. She has spent significant time collaborating with R&D teams to identify and develop solutions to the challenges facing S&C’s customers. She is currently serving as Senior Product Manager with global product management responsibility for a portfolio of underground switching and protection products. McInnis holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Dan Kellenaers

Thomas & Betts - Utility Group

Sr. Application Engineer
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Dan Kellenaers is a Sr. Application Engineer in the Western US for Thomas & Betts, A Member of the ABB Group, with responsibility for the Elastimold Solid Dielectric Switchgear and Recloser, Joslyn Hi-Voltage, and Fisher Pierce Product Lines. Prior to joining T&B in 2011, Dan worked as a Sales Engineer for several Utility Manufacturer’s Representative Agencies and as a Distribution Standards Engineer at a southwest US utility after graduating from New Mexico State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Rick Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Jim Taylor

TEP

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