Incident-Resilient Power Plants

Deming’s Quality Model works well for most linear processes. The problem is most power plant operations seem to more closely follow Chaos Theory. Without the benefit of the All Knowing and All Powerful Oz as a staff member, we must respond to the variability and uncertainty of real work. Repeated success in this response has a name – Resiliency. This track will explore the human side of resilience – safety, practices, and operations. 

EP Track 4: Power Plant Resiliency

EP 4A: Keeping it Spinning: Power Plant Resiliency

Tuesday, April 11 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Room: W181C
The capacity to recover quickly from failures is vital to the power industry. Whether it is equipment failure or process failure, the key to keeping the power on is resiliency. Presentations in this session will highlight the most recent and proactive approaches to sustainability.
Chair:
Jon Towslee, Director, Marketing & Business Development, ABB Inc.
Speakers: How to Make Your Generation Assets More Resilient to a Variety of Current and Emerging Threats
Abstract
Julie Ann Soutuyo, Senior Manager, TVA
  License Renewal: Containment Vessel Verification and Evaluation
Abstract
John Vincent, Principal Structural Engineer, CTLGroup
Co-Author(s):
Trent Henline, Manager, Site Projects, FirstENergy
  An Ounce of Prevention is Worth Pounds of Cure
Abstract
Mr. Richard W. Vesel, Business Development Manager for Plant Performance, ABB IAPG North America, ABB Inc.
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EP 4C: Microgrids Done Right

Wednesday, April 12 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Room: W181C
The battle for where power comes from and its sustainability can be traced all the way back to Thomas Edison but it is still continuing today. This session will have presentations with case studies on how problems are being solved today.
Speakers: Developing Successful Microgrid Feasibility Studies: A NY Prize Community Microgrid Case Study
Abstract
Mehdi Ganji, Vice President, Willdan Group
  Schneider Electric Microgrid Program
Abstract
Andy Haun, Microgrid CTO, Schneider Electric
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EP 4D: Digital Plants and the Internet of Things

Wednesday, April 12 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: W181C
As technology plunges forward the power industry is busy trying to keep up. This session will show you how to use digital data to your benefit with case studies and real world examples of efficiency and economical benefits.
Moderator:
David Wagman, Program Chairman, Access Intelligence
Speakers:
Torsten Wetzel, Head of Digitalization Americas, Siemens
  Exelon Nuclear’s Digital Plant Innovation
Abstract
Randy Schmidt, Digital Plant Innovation Manager, Exelon
  How to Use Data and Analytics to Improve Efficiency and Operating Profile
Abstract
Kelly Borgen*, Performance Engineer, Westar Energy Jeffrey Energy Center
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EP 4E: Cyber Security: The Growing Inperative

Wednesday, April 12 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Room: W181C
The cyber threats facing the North American power systems are serious and growing in complexity. Understanding the situation and preparing to address it within your organization and as part of responsible communities is critically important. This session will provide presentations on NERC/CIP and ways to merge IT with OT. The session will be moderated by Bill Hederman, who was part of an Energy Department special team sent to Ukraine and who offers special insights to share with the conference.
Chair:
Mr. Michael Harbison, Manager, Utility Risk Mgmt, M E H & Associates, LLC
Moderator:
William Hederman, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Speaker: Implementation of Controls for Low Impact BCS
Abstract
Jerome Farquharson, Principal Director, Burns & McDonnell
Co-Author(s):
Michael Johnson, Associate Reliability Compliance Specialist, Burns & McDonnell Engineering
Michael Welch, Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell Engineering\Compliance & Critical Infrastructure Protection
  Bringing IT into an OT World: Establishing a Cybersecurity Baseline for Proprietary Control Systems
Abstract
David Zahn, CMO & General Manager of the Cybersecurity Business Unit, PAS, Inc
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* - This speaker has been invited to speak at ELECTRIC POWER 2017, but is not yet confirmed.

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