Power Plant Performance & Profitability

Competitive power markets demand that power plants regardless of fuel be operated efficiently and cost-effectively. Top-performing plants need to manage multiple fast-moving variables: fuel delivery, planned outages, predictive maintenance, workforce readiness and adequacy, as well as cycling and forced outage recovery. These sessions will help you improve your plant’s performance and bottom line.

EP Track 1: Power Plant Performance & Profitability

EP 1A: Project Financial Analysis

Tuesday, April 11 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Room: W178A
Determining what projects will be financially justified to move forward has proven more difficult as the market reacts to low gas prices and regulatory requirements. This session examines how generators prioritize and select options that are the most attractive, and seeks to answer the question, what is more valuable, reliability improvement, security of supply, or a diverse generation mix?
Chair:
Phillip Webster, Project Manager - Assoc VP, Black & Veatch
Co-Chair:
Mr. Robert Norton, Director of Business Development, Saulsbury Industries
Speakers: Enhancing Plant Performance and Profitability for Long-term Compliance
Abstract
Mike Borgstadt, Manager, Business Consulting, Burns & McDonnell
  Decision Making in a Constrained Financial Environment
Abstract
Kandi Forte, Asset Management Services Director, Black & Veatch
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EP 1B: Safety Culture

Tuesday, April 11 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: W178A
Safety has always been fundamental of our industry’s mission. The panel discussion will focus on how power generating entities implement and promote a safety culture that complements production in competitive markets.
Chair:
Frank Andracchi, PE, Energy Industry Executive, Independent Consultant
Co-Chair:
Joe VonDerHaar, Plant Manager, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Panelists:
Larry Stenzel, Alma Site Safety Manager, Dairyland Power Cooperative
 
Paul Goins, Safety Manager, Exelon
 
Michael E. Willoughby, Manager of Safety, Security& Facilities, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
 
Bob Sexton, Northeast Sr. Safety Professional, Exelon Generation LLC
 
Daniel Ortiz, VP Technical Services, IHI Power Services Corp
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EP 1C: NERC CIP Implementation at the Plant Level

Wednesday, April 12 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Room: W178A
As NERC continues to promulgate rules and regulations around plant cyber security, generators continue to grapple with interpretation as well as implementation. This session will provide real-world examples of how plants are implementing NERC CIP regulations. For more information click here.
Chair:
Jeff Fassett, President, IEM Energy Consultants
Co-Chair:
Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
Panelist:
Josh Sandler, Manager Security, Risk and Compliance, Duke Energy
 
Zachariah Tanko, NERC Reliability Compliance Specialist, NAES Corporation
  Consultant for Entergy
Abstract
Michael Miller, Regional Manager Cyber Security (NERC CIP), NRG Energy, Inc.
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EP 1D: Successful Techniques to Improve Furnace Combustion

Wednesday, April 12 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: W178A
The benefits of proper combustion in fuels are well known. They include greater efficiency, reduced maintenance, lower emissions and better load response among others. This session will explore techniques that have been successfully employed to improve furnace combustion.
Chair:
Greg W. Long, Project Director, The AES Corporation
Co-Chair:
Frank Andracchi, PE, Energy Industry Executive, Independent Consultant
Speakers: Fuel Flexibility Improved by Focus on Combustion Fundamentals
Abstract
Kristi McCall, Technical & Maintenance Manager, Duke Energy
Co-Author(s):
Ken Stover, Boiler System Owner, Duke Energy
Shawn Cochran, V.P., Field Services, Storm Technologies, Inc.
  Performance boost by machine learning and optimization
Abstract
Patrick Bangert, CEO, algorithmica technologies Inc.
  “Improving Boiler Throttle Response and AGC Control by Addressing the Inputs”
Abstract
Danny Storm, President, Storm Technologies, Inc.
Co-Author(s):
Aaron Steinhilber, Engineering Pricipal/MOE Performance Group, NIPSCO Generation
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EP 1E: Maintenance Strategies for Cost Reduction

Wednesday, April 12 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Room: W178A
As regulations drive generating assets toward different or new technology, maximizing the current fleet through tested and appropriate maintenance strategies is key. This session takes a new look at a variety of possible maintenance strategies that may enhance your plant’s bottom line.
Chair:
Joe VonDerHaar, Plant Manager, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
Co-Chair:
Randy Heisler, CMRP, Managing Principal, Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
Speakers: How DTE Combined Education and Leadership Best Practices to Implement a Strategic Reliability Initiative
Abstract
Tara Holwegner, CPLP, PMP, CMRP, Learning Subject Matter Expert, Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
Co-Author(s):
Sebastien Cournoyer, Project Manager Maintenance Improvement, DTE Energy
  Lifetime Assessment of Steam Turbine Components
Abstract
Eric Prescott, Team Leader, Mechanical-Component, GE
  MVA vs. ESA
Abstract
William Kruger, Technical & Training Manager, ALL-TEST Pro, LLC
  Online Leak Repair Oil, SF6 and Nitrogen Leaks
Abstract
Gary Lee Brown, Technical Sales, The Colt Group
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EP 1F: Plant Upgrades and Life Extension

Thursday, April 13 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Room: W178A
Many coal plants that remain in service operate under often-extreme economic stress even as they approach the end of their service lives. This session provides real-world examples of how some generators have responded to the current environment to keep their assets in the dispatch mix.
Chair:
Greg W. Long, Project Director, The AES Corporation
Co-Chair:
Jeff Fassett, President, IEM Energy Consultants
Speaker: Steam Turbine and Generator Modernization at a 60 Year-Old Power Plant - Case Study
Abstract
Michael Smiarowski, Senior Manager, Steam Turbine Modernizations, Siemens
Co-Author(s):
Nicholas Gordon, Manager, Steam Projects, Siemens
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EP 1G: Flexible Power Generation

Thursday, April 13 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Room: W178A
Flexible Power is becoming the new standard for generation across North America, driven by a variety of economic and market forces. Must-run renewable resources often deliver off-peak power, driving the demand for flexible generation. Unpredictable dispatch schedules and zero-fuel dispatch costs of renewables can reduce net load during all time periods and slash the typical peak periods to shorter, more sporadic durations. The new on-peak periods occur in shorter bursts, and are much more volatile in nature, requiring resources that can respond to market signals promptly and efficiently. Accordingly, markets have begun to place a premium value on these capabilities. This session will discuss and evaluate the drivers of flexible generation and will describe the role that reciprocating engines provide in today’s marketplace.
Chair:
Mr. Robert Norton, Director of Business Development, Saulsbury Industries
Co-Chair:
Merrill A. Jones, Director, Business Development, Day & Zimmermann
Speakers: Can Gas Save the Coal Power Industry in the United States?
Abstract
Una Nowling, Technology Leader, Fuels, Black & Veatch
  Optimized Decentralized Power Plants to Support Intermittent Renewable Power Generation
Abstract
Mr Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  Approaching Flexible Power Generation: A Situational Analysis
Abstract
Robin O’Callaghan, Business Line Manager, Kiewit Energy Group
  A Solution for Flexible Power Generation and Distributed Energy
Abstract
Harsh Shah, General Manager, The Americas and EMEA, PW Power Systems, Inc
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