Conference Program

Abstract review is under way, so check back mid-September for the 2017 conference program!

In the meantime, take a look at last year's program below for reference.

Monday, April 18

See what all the buzz is about during ELECTRIC POWER’s first-ever Drone Workshop!
  • Overview on UAV industry (Orbital) 15 minutes (Jeff Buchko)
    Basic statistics on UAV use

  • UAV/FAA Regulations (Orbital) 30minutes (Dylan Lewis)

    What are the current requirements for use at a Power Plant?

    How do these current requirements restrict any potential advantage of UAV use in a Power Plant

    Who owns the airspace – at plant, along transmission lines & etc.

    Current statistics on UAV use

    Importance of having qualified/experienced pilots

  • How can UAV’s be used at Power Plant? (Orbital) 30 minutes (Scott Sambuco & Rich Schutte)

    Inspections inside - boilers, stacks, ductwork, piping & building

    Inspections outside – conveyors, stack, buildings, ductwork, piping, cooling towers and stacking tubes

    Surveying of site and 3D modeling

    Environmental monitoring & planning

    Construction monitoring

    Safety monitoring

    Use in Future Site/Project Planning

    Main Benefits of UAV use at Power Plants

  • Infrared Thermal Imaging via a UAV (Viper Imaging) 30 minutes (Andy Beck & Rich Shannon)

    General IR theory and the effect of a UAV on temperature measurement

    Overview of Optical Gas Imaging

    Applications for airborne thermography

    Integration of thermal data into understandable reports and database content
  • Drone Demo flights in parking lot 45 minutes (Group)

    Infrared demo

    Basic flight

    3D modeling demo

  • Review of demo flight data 45 minutes (Group)

    Post review of video inspection data

    Post review and process of infrared data

    Processing flight into 3D modeling

  • Questions 30 minutes (Group)
    • Instructor
      • Scott Sambuco, PE, NCARB, Director Safety & Asset Integrity, Orbital Technical Solutions
This course will provide the principles, key insights, and foundational knowledge of Human Performance Improvement.
Objectives:
1. Discuss and demonstrate the principles and key insights of HPI.
2. Explore additional HPI foundational concepts, including:
• Performance Modes and Related Error Modes.
• Traps, Triggers, and Tools.
• Taxonomy and Psychology of Deviation.
3. Develop and demonstrate proficiency in Error-Reduction tools:
• Phonetic Alphabet
• 3-Way Communication
• Self-Check/TV-STAR
• Pre-Job Brief
• Questioning Attitude
• Stop When Unsure
• Post-Job Review
• Peer Check
4. Explore what beyond the tools is required for long term success.
  • Facilitator
    • Wes Havard, Manager of Operational Excellence & HPI, Luminant
Complementary to attendees registered for the PRB Coal Users' Group this interactive round table conversations for members of the PRB Coal Users' Group. Focused on the topic areas of boiler and combustion; coal handling; safety & health, fire protection and risk management. During the interactive round table conversations, participants will be asked for input to improve current PRB Coal Users' Group Industry Better and Recommended Practices. Participants are also asked to share their better practices and successes.

    Employee retention/development
  • Work management
  • Human performance
  • Outage scheduling
    Safety/efficiency

    Environmental regulations
  • Ash pond closure
  • Scrubber installation
    Reliability/cost tradeoff
    • Chair
      • Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
    • Facilitators
      • Clifford Carnes, Plant Manager, Clifty Creek/ Indiana-Kentucky Electric
      • JP Brummond, Director – Gas and Hydro Generation, Alliant Energy
      • Greg W. Long, Project Director, The AES Corporation
      • Dave Strubberg, Director, Innovation & IT Projects, Ameren Missouri
      • Joe VonDerHaar, Plant Manager, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
      • Jeff Fassett, President, IEM Energy Consultants
      • Phillip Webster, Project Manager - Assoc VP, Black & Veatch
This workshop is all about what you need to know about the conveyor belt. This interactive dialog begins with learning how to select the proper conveyor belt for the application then progresses into its installation, training the belt, maintaining the conveying system for best belt performance, and trouble shooting.
  • Facilitator
    • Casey Price, Vice President, Engring, ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group

5:00 PM — 7:00 PM — PMI Reception

Tuesday, April 19

The future is a difficult to imagine. Predicting the future is even harder. Our jobs are fairly simple - generate power so that every day the lights come on when someone flips the switch.
That is a simplistic view of what we in the power industry have to face each day to achieve the goal. With changing regulations and technology, doing our job becomes more difficult each year because it is us that have to make the lights come on. But we have to do this while meeting every rule and regulation imposed upon us by government – all the while offering prices that the customer can afford.
But why can’t our jobs be as fun as it was for Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla? Let’s shelve the rhetoric about regulation, cyber security threats and fuel type arguments, and instead build the power generation industry of the future?
Hear Leo Denault’s keynote address as he opens the 18th Annual ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition and inspires us to learn more and dream bigger.
  • Keynote
    • Big Easy - Big Dreams
      Abstract
      Leo Denault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Entergy
Electricity is the foundation of global growth; however, over one billion people have insufficient power today. By 2025, we’ll see a 50 percent increase in the demand for power. To meet these challenges, there is a dynamic transformation under way across the entire energy value chain to maximize opportunities across the business and operations. Inexpensive sensors and big data, coupled with advancements in analytics and integrated software intelligence into hardware assets and control systems enable new and existing power generation, grid, and power consumption assets to operate at much higher levels of performance and operational effectiveness in order to drive smarter economic outcomes. Learn more about the future of energy and discover game-changing innovations.
  • Keynote
    • The Digital Transformation of Electricity
      Abstract
      Scott Bolick, Head of Software Strategy and Product Management, GE Power Digital
With the Clean Power Plan in force what will the future of the power industry look like. This panel of generation leaders will discuss how demand for Clean Power is changing the way they are approaching - electricity demand, customer loyalty, utility profits, etc.? With so many new technologies about to break through like long life batteries (energy storage), lower costs renewables, new nuclear prospects etc… how can we better prepare for the future? Are we blurring the lines between DG and utility. These questions and more will be discussed at the 18th Annual EP Executive Roundtable.
  • Moderator
    • Mr. Richard F. McMahon, Vice President, Energy Supply & Finance, Edison Electric Institute
  • Panelists
    • Phillip May, CEO, Entergy Louisiana LLC
    • Robert Ott, Vice-President of Wholesale Origination REMOVE, NRG Energy, Inc.
    • John Trawick, Fuel Analyst, Southern Power Company
    • Clarence (Joe) Hopf, Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Talen Energy
North American Power Industry Outlook – 30 minutes

The North American Power Industry continues moving into unprecedented territory. Changing natural gas prices, pending environmental legislation, aging infrastructure, and an increasing number of plant retirements are pulling the industry in several new directions. Join Industrial Info for our Power Industry Outlook to help make sense of these trends and discover how they will affect Power Industry spending over the next 12 to 24 months.


Presented by Britt Burt, VP of Research- Power

April 19: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)

April 20: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)



2016 U.S. Industrial Market Outlook – 30 minutes

Immediately following our Power Industry Outlook, Industrial Info provides a broader view of North American industrial markets with our "Top-Line" spending forecast, covering 12 industrial sectors, including Electric Power Generation. Gain insight into the big picture of how the drivers and constraints for all industrial sectors will affect plant spending in the U.S. and Canada. Industrial Info will discuss its spending indicators, including Construction Starts, Project Fallout, Project Restarts (previously canceled or on-hold projects coming back to life) and our Project Spending Index.


Presented by Michael Bergen, Executive Vice President

April 19: 12:45 PM (All Attendees)

April 20: 12:45 PM (All Attendees)



Knowledge-building sessions for beginning & advanced current users – 30 minutes

Already a user of Industrial Info’s online database tools? In these sessions, we provide tips, techniques and best practices to get the most out of PECWeb, Power Tracker and other resources. Learn how to streamline and optimize your queries to obtain the data you want, as well as how to use features such as Saved Searches and Email Alerts to help customize our tools to fit your needs. We also will touch on new features, products and enhancements that will help you become more successful in your sales and marketing activities!


Separate sessions are provided for beginning and advanced PECWeb users.


Presented by Christine Garcia, Vice President of Support Services

Chris Keister, Vice President of Electronic Products

April 19: 1:30 PM (Advanced Users *)

April 20: 1:30 PM (Basic Users **)


* = This session is for current users with a relatively strong understanding of PECWeb.

** = This session provides beginning users an understanding of the basics of PECWeb.
We will discuss preventive practices, coordination of outage activities, and application of advanced measurement tools that help improve outage management. Standard practices often fall short for facilities because they don’t foresee errors caused by dynamic problems, leading to costly complications and lost production. Hear specifics about how plants have seen a decrease in urgent work requests and an increase in work management and planned/scheduled activities by changing their approach from reactive to preventive.
  • Chair
    • Keith W. Morris, P.Eng., Retired, Doosan Power Systems
  • Co-Chair
    • Merrill A. Jones, Director, Business Development, Day & Zimmermann
  • Speakers
    • Minnkota Power Cooperative Improves Work Management, Planning and Scheduling
      Abstract
      Craig Bleth, Plant Engineer, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Wally Wilson, Senior Subject Matter Expert, Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
    • Jeffery Energy Center SNCR and Smartburn Installation – A Case Study of a Fast Track Environmental Project
      Abstract
      Geoff Greene, Director, Tecumseh Energy Center, Westar Energy
    • Proactive Shop Strategy to Avoid Field Balancing after a Major Outage
      Abstract
      Zlatan Racic, Director-Owner, Z-R Consulting
      Co-Authors
      • Marin Racic, Senior Engineer, Z-R Consulting
This session will explore the current status of the Clean Power Plan. Court rulings, early state adoption, the new Supreme Court justice and timing of all remain highly volatile and will have significant impact on the utility sector. Changes to fuel mix and reliability/emissions based dispatch would be unprecedented. Compliance strategies, legal issues and system impact will be discussed by the distinguished panel.
  • Chair
    • Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Robert Hollinsworth, Unit Manager, LaCygne Power Plant, Kansas City Power & Light
  • Moderator
    • Tony Licata, Consultant, Licata Energy & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Panelists
    • John King, Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.
    • Block Andrews, Strategic Environmental Solutions Director, Burns & McDonnell
    • Maria Race, Director, Federal Environmental Programs, NRG Energy, Inc.
    • Chuck Barlow, VP, Environmental Policy and Strategy, Entergy
    • JT Smith, Director, Policy Studies, MISO - Midcontinent Independent System Operator
The Clean Power Plan and the Clean Air Act have proven that the White House is committed to using every appropriate tool to combat climate change, including Nuclear Power. Nuclear is still one of the lowest CO2 emissions per gigawatt hour, surpassed only by Geothermal and Wind, the cost is not as competitive in the light of lower natural gas prices. Are there new technologies out there that will help solve climate change at a better price? This session will talk about new technologies, check in on new plants and discuss what the government is doing to increase nuclear innovation and encourage new solutions.
  • Moderator
    • Mr. Thomas W. Overton JD, Associate Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Speakers
    • Update on the Newest Nuclear Plant in the US
      Abstract
      Fredie Carmichael, Nuclear Development Communications Coordinator, Georgia Power - Plant Scherer
    • The Department of Energy's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear
      Abstract
      Mike Goff, Senior Technical Adviser, Idaho National Laboratory
This session addresses both steam and gas turbine-generators and covers process changes and modifications that improve operation and optimize efficiency. Additionally, project examples will be cited that demonstrate how heat rate improvement can be achieved so you’re compliant with the CO2 emissions reduction guidelines recently established by the EPA.
  • Chair
    • Mr. Michael Harbison, Manager, Utility Risk Mgmt, M E H & Associates, LLC
  • Co-Chair
    • Jeff Fassett, President, IEM Energy Consultants
  • Speakers
    • Specific Upgrades for Specific Needs
      Abstract
      David Ferns, Engineer, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
      Co-Authors
      • Keita Fujii, Senior Engineer, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
      • Katsuhiko Abe, Engineering Manager, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
    • Industrial Steam Turbine Upgrades and Modifications to Optimize Efficiency with Changed Process Steam Conditions
      Abstract
      Pat Thornton, Plant Thermodynamics and Modeling Engineer, Alstom Power
    • Improving Performance and Achieving Heat Rate Reductions at Coal Fired Power Plants through Steam Turbine-Generator Modernizations
      Abstract
      Rob Bursch, Marketing Specialist, Siemens
      Co-Authors
      • Michael Smiarowski, Senior Manager, Steam Turbine Modernizations, Siemens
Get an overview of the EPA’s final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rulemaking and the status of the most recent legal challenges before acquiring a “Survival Kit” about how to navigate this challenging environment. The four pillars of the CPP will be broken down, with case studies and technical analysis focused on the options available so your plant will meet regulations, no matter your fuel.
  • Chair
    • Melanie Green, Sr. Director, Technical Analytics | Power Generation, CPS Energy
  • Speakers
    • Clean Power Plan Key Components, Compliance Options and Implications
      Abstract
      ANDY BYERS, Associate Vice President - Environmental Services, Black & Veatch
    • Clean Power Plan Coal Plant Efficiency Improvements v. NSRs
      Abstract
      Rodney Durban, Project Development Director, ABB
      Co-Authors
      • Richard Vesel, Business Development Manager for Plant Performance, ABB IAPG North America, ABB Inc.
    • Basic NPV Economics for CO2 Reduction
      Abstract
      Mr. Thomas Wright, Supervising Engineer (Mechanical), WorleyParsons
    • Clean Power Plan Compliance with Natural Gas Utilization Technologies
      Abstract
      Marc Lemmons, Boiler Specialist - Mechanical Engineer, Sargent and Lundy, LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Emily Kunkel, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
      • Rajendra Gaikwad, Mechanical Engineer, Sargent Lundy, LLC
Natural gas combined cycles must respond to balance supply and demand. This source of reliable generation has many considerations for fully integrated plant design across the widest operating range, broad ambient conditions, and varying fuel characteristics.
  • Chair
    • Dr. Carlos E. Koeneke Ph.D, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions in Combined Cycle Facility major equipment integration for fast starting, rapid ramping, and efficient operation across the facilities operating range.
      Abstract
      Marcus Weber, Executive Director of Engineering, Fluor Corporation
    • A Case Study - Designing Combined Cycle Plants for Operating Flexibility and Reduced Startup Emissions
      Abstract
      Alap Shah, Thermal Performance & Technologies, Black & Veatch
      Co-Authors
      • Alap Shah, Associate Vice President & Turbine Technologies Manager, Black & Veatch
    • Validation of Advanced Technologies and Performance : An Integral Part of Siemens Utility Gas Turbine Development and Commercialization
      Abstract
      Sudip Dey, Proposal Manager, Siemens Power and Gas Division
      Co-Authors
      • Adam Foust, Engineer, Siemens
      • Francisco Dovali-Solis, Package Frame 8000H, Siemens Power and Gas Division
    • The FlameSheet™ Combustor System : A Retrofittable, Step Change Improvement in the Flexibility of Existing E & F-Class Gas Turbines
      Abstract
      Marc Paskin, Combustion Manager, PSM - An Alstom Company
      Co-Authors
      • Hany Rizkalla, Manager, Combustion Engineering, PSM - An Alstom Company
      • Khalid Oumejjoud, Senior Manager, Conceptual Combustion Design, Power Systems Mfg (PSM)
Learn resiliency and reliability tips from three different industries – wildland firefighting, aviation and healthcare. Hear lessons learned from wildfire firefighters who have performed so reliably that they now act as testers for reliability concepts and practices. Also hear insight on how aviation achieves the highest reliability of any industry, as well as a case study on the steps that hospitals took to improve resiliency after it was reported that hospital error was the third leading cause of deaths in the US.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Zachary Woods, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • 20 Years of Increasing Reliability & Resilence - Lessons from Wildland Firefighting
      Abstract
      David Christenson, MA, MSc, CEO, O4R: Organizing for Resilience
    • Resilient Shift-Change Handoffs - Lessons from Healthcare
      Abstract
      Michael Rayo, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University
    • Cultural Shift -- Moving from Mission Culture to Safety Culture in Wildland Fire Aviation
      Abstract
      Marc Rounsaville, Managing Director, Bluejack Consulting
Nature has a way of continuously challenging our operations. This session will explore methods of “weathering the storm.” Learn resiliency lessons from the aftermath of the 2015 California Valley Fire, and hear how hurricane responses have changed after Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Rita.
  • Chair
    • Scott M. Bryant, Fire Protection Engineer, AMPED I, LLC
  • Speakers
    • Resilience in the Line of Fire – The Calpine Geysers Response to the California Valley Fire of 2015
      Abstract
      Seph Harris, Director Change Management, Calpine Corporation
    • Hurricane Response Then and Now: Katrina/Ike/Rita
      Abstract
      Melonie Stewart, Director, Customer Service, Entergy
    • When Disaster Strikes – A Hydro Plant’s Approach to Safety and Reliability
      Abstract
      Glen Harrison, Engineer, ABB
Pick up useful insight from case studies that focus on the actual implementation of CHP facilities, including University of Michigan’s new gas turbine generators, a coal-fired industrial plant that has efficiently combatted the major drawbacks of cogeneration, and one of the world’s first commercial scale, second-generation cellulosic ethanol plants.
  • Chair
    • Roosevelt Huggins, Associate Vice President - Regional Sales Director, Black & Veatch
  • Co-Chair
    • John Steinert, Senior Vice President, HDR Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Combined Heat & Power—a Viable Distributed Energy Option for a Midwest University Campus
      Abstract
      John Hodge, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Black & Veatch Management Consulting
      Co-Authors
      • James Adams, Associate Director for Utilities and Plant Engineering for the University of Michigan, University of Michigan
    • Cogeneration Allows Coal-Fired Industrial Plant to Efficiently Convert to Gas
      Abstract
      Ivan Srdjevic, Mechanical Engineer, Sargent Lundy, LLC
      Co-Authors
      • William Siegfriedt, Project Manager, Sargent Lundy, LLC
      • David Huff, Senior Manager, TEAC Resources, LLC
    • Green for the Environment and Your Bottom Line: A CHP Case Study
      Abstract
      Marc Rouse, Director of Sales – North America, Capstone Turbine Corporation
Human capital is an important factor in building our energy future. Gain insight and hear from electric power professionals on what skills, training and experience is needed to build a robust workforce serving the electric power industry. Panelists representing various power generation companies (including, coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear and renewable power) will share their perspectives on the importance of developing the technical and professional workforce to meet the needs of the world’s energy future.
Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion with a Q&A format.

Panelists:
  • Christine Carpenter, Director, EPCE
  • Clarence Fenner, Workforce Development, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC)
  • Duncan Nims, Regional Learning Officer, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Kathy Perry, T&D Training Manager, APS
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Colleen Campbell, Director, Business Development, AECOM
  • Panelists
    • Carolyne Murph Wass, SVP Asset Management, LSPower
    • Laurie Dunham, Vice President, DATC
    • Kelly Inns, Sr. Project Engineer, Indeck Energy Services, Inc.
    • Mary Grikas, Vice President of Communications, SolarReserve
    • *Linda Mattes, REMOVE-no longer there, Alliant Energy
    • April Gournier, Lead Risk Analyst, Entergy Services, Inc.
Rapid population growth and expanding trade and commerce on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border have attracted significant attention and investment in recent years. Mexico’s Energy Reform of 2013 brings a new dynamic to the country’s electric sector. The potential for a continental perspective on electricity investments has never been more timely. This session offers an overview of the cross-border energy market and investment opportunities.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Soll Sussman, Managing Director, S cubed Studio
  • Panelists
    • Jimena Elizondo Garrido, Founding Partner, Rodríguez Dávalos Abogados (RDA)
    • Jose Aguilar, Principal, Vive Energia
    • Peter K. Nance, Managing Director, Que Advisors

Wednesday, April 20

A review of current approaches to outage management with explanations of their shortcomings and benefits will be discussed before real world case studies are revealed, focusing on which processes and programs need to be implemented to reduce outage challenges. Experts will share tips on how to improve human performance and streamline work control process to reduce downtime.
  • Chair
    • Merrill A. Jones, Director, Business Development, Day & Zimmermann
  • Co-Chair
    • Keith W. Morris, P.Eng., Retired, Doosan Power Systems
  • Speakers
    • Challenges of Outage Management and the Pursuit of Continuous Improvement
      Abstract
      Malcolm Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer, ep3, LLC
    • Human Performance & Process Improvement through LOTO Automation
      Abstract
      Bryan Gay, Director of Software Delivery, Champs Software, Inc.
This session will focus on strategies to achieve flue gas SO2 reduction through various performance optimization tactics, including dry sorbent injection (DSI). Get a visual case study of the progression of a large DSI project from conceptual design to commissioning. Also get access to a deep comparison of dry scrubber performances, and laboratory results of new technologies designed for SO2 reduction.
  • Chair
    • Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Large Dry Sorbent Injection Project for So2 Reduction, NRG Waukegan Station
      Abstract
      Jon Norman, Project Engineering Manager, NRG Energy, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Stan Konopacki, Project Engineering Manager, NRG Energy, Inc.
      • Jon Norman, Manager, Sales and Technology, UCC Dry Sorbent Injection, LLC
    • Dry Scrubber Operating Cost Reduction Strategy & Practice
      Abstract
      Stewart Nicholson, President, Primex Process Specialists, Inc
      Co-Authors
      • Jim Apostolico, Plant Manager, North America Energy Services (NAES) - Logan Generating Plant
    • A High Reactivity Hydrate For Improved SO2 Capture
      Abstract
      Pat Mongoven, Business Development Manager - DSI, Mississippi Lime Company
      Co-Authors
      • Curt Biehn, Manager, Marketing & Technical Services, Mississippi Lime Company
Access the newest case studies that focus on practical improvements for data improved performance, reliability and enhancing environmental compliance. Presentations include visual graphs/plots, helpful data, scope of work & schedule details, design features, and more.
  • Chair
    • Mr. Jim Ekmann, Engineer/Economist, Leonardo Technologies, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • TANGENTIALLY FIRED COAL TO GAS CONVERSION - YATES 6 & 7: AN OVERVIEW OF DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS AND RESULTS
      Abstract
      Kulbhushan Joshi, Senior Engineer, Babcock Power, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Lee Eslavon, Staff Engineer, Southern Company Generation
      • Stephen Black, Sr. Fuel Equipment Design Engineer, Babcock Power Services, Inc.
      • Darrell Dorman, Sr. Staff Engineer, Babcock Power Services, Inc.
    • "Westar Energy, Inc., Jeffrey Energy Center, Unit 1 LP Turbine Modernization Project 2015"
      Abstract
      Lewis Lenard, Alliance Administrator, Westar Energy
      Co-Authors
      • Dustin Ringer, Operations Supt, Westar Energy Jeffrey Energy Center
      • Rob Bursch, Marketing Specialist, Siemens
    • Case Study Showing Methods for Reducing Arc Flash Incident Energy with Existing Equipment
      Abstract
      Howard Firestone, Vice President, Patrick Engineering
      Co-Authors
      • Shahzad Syed, Director of Power Systems, Patrick Engineering
    • Optimizing the heart of the unit.
      Abstract
      Paul Garnham, Vice President of Sales - USA, Loesche Energy Systems
      Co-Authors
      • Simon Mutzenich, DR., Director of Operations
As the power generation space transitions to the 21st century, the demands on the workforce continue to increase. This session will examine the process to train and develop workers through transitions of all types, including coal-to-gas, low-tech to high-tech, etc.
  • Chair
    • Tony Wiseman, Training Program Manager, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • Learning in Safe-to-Fail Environments
      Abstract
      David Christenson, MA, MSc, CEO, O4R: Organizing for Resilience
    • Resilience Defined, Resilience Required: Preparing the AEP Clinch River Workforce for Conversion from Coal to Gas Firinged
      Abstract
      Ed Shelton, Energy Production Superintendent, American Electric Power - AEP
      Co-Authors
      • Alex Lekich, Vice President, Bd, GSE Environmental, Inc.
    • Duke Energy Fossil to CT/CC Cross-Craft Training Programs
      Abstract
      Tony Ware, Director Training & Development, Duke Energy
      Co-Authors
      • Richard Gregory, Manager of Generation Training, Duke Energy
Cybersecurity breaches are regularly making headlines, and the energy sector is a prime target. Staff at all levels in power generating companies need to stay up to date with the latest threats, requirements, and best practices for protecting essential assets. This session will start with the “must do”: an update on how to strategize for compliance with the latest North American Electric Reliability Corp. Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standards, followed by details on building a compliance program and preparing for an audit. Beyond the regulatory requirements lie a host of other threats. To build resilience in the face of often unknown threats, this session will also explore how to build a layered defense cybersecurity program.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Dr. Gail Reitenbach, Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Speakers
    • NERC CIP Standards – Latest Update
      Abstract
      Chip Handley, Project Manager, Black & Veatch Management Consulting
    • Establishing an Effective NERC Compliance Program to Ensure Audit Sucess
      Abstract
      Mark Gollini, Manager, NERC Services, NAES
    • Look Out Ahead: Beware the ICS Cybersecurity Iceberg
      Abstract
      David Zahn, CMO & General Manager of the Cybersecurity Business Unit, PAS, Inc
    • Plant Compliance with NERC CIP
      Abstract
      Jeffrey Fuller, Director, Cyber & Physical Security, The AES Corporation
This session will present some key factors driving CHP development and offer examples of CHP technology currently being utilized to increase efficiency and power output. Learn about a better steam raising system, incorporating organic rankine cycle technology with CHP to generate additional power and profit, and how to select your CHP project site and technology.
  • Chair
    • Aaron Larson, Executive Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Co-Chair
    • James Foster, President / CEO, Foster Energy Development LLC
  • Speakers
    • Highly duct fired Gas Turbine CHP: a better steam raising system
      Abstract
      Suresh Jambunathan, Director, Business Development Commercial & Municipal Business, Veolia North America
    • CHP Project Site and Technology Selection
      Abstract
      Adam Young, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Reliability is as important as ever, but most of us have more challenges and less budget than ever. Hear experts share how they’ve prioritized maintenance activities, created and optimized an Asset Management Plan (AMP), and used analytics to increase reliability and profitability. Presentations will be followed by an open panel discussion on adapting maintenance to the changing market demands on today’s operating fleet with a Q&A at the end.
  • Chair
    • Rick Wheeler, Director, Asset Management Services, Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Jonathan Long, V.P., Project Management, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • The Increased Cost of Cycling Operations at Combined Cycle Power Plants
      Abstract
      Douglas Hilleman, P.E,, Principal Engineeer, Intertek-AIM
      Co-Authors
      • NIKHIL KUMAR, SYSTEMS ANALYST, Aptech Engineering Services Inc
    • More Challenges, Less Budget – Using Adaptive Planning Analytics to Prioritize Maintenance Activities
      Abstract
      Una Nowling, P.E., M.Sc., Technology Lead, Fuels, Black & Veatch
      Co-Authors
      • Kevin Jennison, FUEL SERVICE AREA, Black & Veatch Management Consulting
This session will cover the various aspects that utilities and engineering firms must consider in planning and implementation of coal combustion residual and transportation projects. Compliance with EPA regulations & ELG guidelines, zero discharge technologies for bottom ash collection and recirculation systems, water in contact with fly ash, and system options such as remote submerged chain conveyor will be explored.
  • Chair
    • Bob Williams, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Wolf Point Engineers & Contractors
  • Co-Chair
    • David Thomas, CCR Program Lead, DTE Energy
  • Panelists
    • Thomas Adams, Executive Director, American Coal Ash Association
    • Zachary Bahr, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
    • Randy L. Shepler, Division Manager, CCC Group, Inc.
    • Robert Walsh, Lead Engineer Fossil Division, Altran Solutions Corp
    • Dan J. Whalen, Senior Vice President, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Power Generators face the challenge of integrating renewable resources into the electric utility system while efficiently operating the grid and providing affordable, reliable and secure power. Get insight on common failures and how to avoid them at your facility, as well as strategies that combat the challenges of balancing load and generation fluctuations, the need for more flexible generation resources, the increasing use of energy storage, and the need for proper planning for intermittent renewables.
  • Chair
    • Ashwani Gupta, Professor. Director, University of Maryland
  • Speakers
    • Integrating Renewables in The Power Generation Mix
      Abstract
      Mr. Francisco M M. Tacoa, Director, Marketing & Business Development, ABB Inc.
    • Wind Generator Failure Modes and Occurrences Update for 2016
      Abstract
      Kevin Alewine, Director of Marketing, SHERMCO INDUSTRIES
    • New Concepts for Quality Management and Insurability as a Key for Future Project Financing for PV power plants
      Abstract
      Thomas C. Sauer, President & CEO, EXXERGY GmbH
This session will relate how NERC has adapted the lessons learned from Wildland Firefighting, Aviation and Healthcare industries (4B), all in an effort to promote behavior consistent with the concepts of a Highly Reliable Organization (HRO) and to promote resilience in the Bulk Power System.
  • Chair
    • Tony Wiseman, Training Program Manager, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • Reinventing the Relationship Between Operators and Regulators
      Abstract
      James Merlo, Director, Reliability Risk Management, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
    • Reliability now to Resilience in Emergencies; People and Corporate Cultures
      Abstract
      Michael Legatt, Ph.D., Principal Human Factors Engineer, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
The reliability of a system depends on many factors, of which design is one of the most significant. As power plants add systems to meet regulatory or code requirements, the design becomes more significant.
  • Chair
    • Justin Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
  • Speakers
    • Is This a Power Plant or a Chemical Plant? It's Both; and You Better Realize That!
      Abstract
      Ed Brewer, General Manager - Generation Strategy and Planning, Duke Energy
      Co-Authors
      • Jonathan Byrd, Risk Management Director, Duke Energy
      • Daniel Mottola, Manager - Regulatory Engineering, Duke Energy
    • Display Design and Alarm Management to Increase Resilience
      Abstract
      Michael Rayo, Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Integrated Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University
This session will highlight the latest technology offerings aimed at the CHP market. OEM technology has made significant progress in recent years; learn about tools that can contribute to efficiency and reliability.
  • Chair
    • James Foster, President / CEO, Foster Energy Development LLC
  • Co-Chair
    • Aaron Larson, Executive Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Speakers
    • Efficient power generation solutions for a complex, highly interconnected and environmentally conscious market
      Abstract
      Aileen Barton, Sr. Production Manager, GE Capital
    • Micro Grid - How CHP can contribute to the overall efficiency & reliability
      Abstract
      Linjun Li, Manager of Emerging Markets, Solar Turbines Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Uwe Schmiemann, Marketing and Product Strategy Manager, Solar Turbines Inc.
    • Selecting the Right Technology to Maximize Energy Efficiency, Minimize Environmental Impact and Reduce Operational Costs
      Abstract
      Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
The coal-fired power industry is on track to reach a critical point in personnel dynamics during which a significant number of long-time employees with valuable corporate and industry knowledge prepare to retire. Yet, the number of young professionals entering the industry work force is not on par with the number of employee who are set to exit. This dynamic has made the importance of information exchange, mentorship, and networking amongst industry professionals of utmost importance. This presentation will discuss topics such as how the industry has changed in the last decade, the direction the industry is headed, and advice for young professionals. A round robin, Q&A, discussion session will close out the presentation.

Instructor: Priscilla Kissinger, Special Projects Manager, Carbonxt, Inc.
  • Moderator
    • Priscilla Kissinger, Special Projects Manager, Carbonxt, Inc.
  • Panelists
    • Diane Fischer, Regional Area Director - Central Region, Black & Veatch
    • Joe VonDerHaar, Plant Manager, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
    • Pat Mongoven, Business Development Manager - DSI, Mississippi Lime Company
North American Power Industry Outlook – 30 minutes

The North American Power Industry continues moving into unprecedented territory. Changing natural gas prices, pending environmental legislation, aging infrastructure, and an increasing number of plant retirements are pulling the industry in several new directions. Join Industrial Info for our Power Industry Outlook to help make sense of these trends and discover how they will affect Power Industry spending over the next 12 to 24 months.


Presented by Britt Burt, VP of Research- Power

April 19: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)

April 20: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)



2016 U.S. Industrial Market Outlook – 30 minutes

Immediately following our Power Industry Outlook, Industrial Info provides a broader view of North American industrial markets with our "Top-Line" spending forecast, covering 12 industrial sectors, including Electric Power Generation. Gain insight into the big picture of how the drivers and constraints for all industrial sectors will affect plant spending in the U.S. and Canada. Industrial Info will discuss its spending indicators, including Construction Starts, Project Fallout, Project Restarts (previously canceled or on-hold projects coming back to life) and our Project Spending Index.


Presented by Michael Bergen, Executive Vice President

April 19: 12:45 PM (All Attendees)

April 20: 12:45 PM (All Attendees)



Knowledge-building sessions for beginning & advanced current users – 30 minutes

Already a user of Industrial Info’s online database tools? In these sessions, we provide tips, techniques and best practices to get the most out of PECWeb, Power Tracker and other resources. Learn how to streamline and optimize your queries to obtain the data you want, as well as how to use features such as Saved Searches and Email Alerts to help customize our tools to fit your needs. We also will touch on new features, products and enhancements that will help you become more successful in your sales and marketing activities!


Separate sessions are provided for beginning and advanced PECWeb users.


Presented by Christine Garcia, Vice President of Support Services

Chris Keister, Vice President of Electronic Products

April 19: 1:30 PM (Advanced Users *)

April 20: 1:30 PM (Basic Users **)


* = This session is for current users with a relatively strong understanding of PECWeb.

** = This session provides beginning users an understanding of the basics of PECWeb.
Learn new performance and efficiency improvements that address changes in plant duty cycles and environmental compliance. Methods, lessons learned, and results will be shared that help with the increasing challenges to maintain operational efficiency and adopt new technology using internal resources. For example, hear how Xcel Energy used “Big Data” to bring radical transformation to their fleet and how Luminant enabled their plant operators to take preemptive measures to stay out ahead of potential challenges.
  • Chair
    • Michael D. Morris, P.E., Executive Consultant, Zachry Engineering Corporation
  • Co-Chair
    • Frank Andracchi, PE, Energy Industry Executive, Independent Consultant
  • Speakers
    • Advanced Monitoring & Diagnostics - Experience at Luminant and the Benefits of Industry Collaboration
      Abstract
      Clinton Carter, Director, Marketing, Sales, Government Relations, Luminant
    • Improving Technical Competency in Power Plants
      Abstract
      Matt Zuehls, PE, Associate Vice President, HDR Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Bob Moss, Senior Partner / COO, Synterprise, LLC
      • Steve MIlls, VP Energy Supply Operations, Xcel Energy
    • Driving Efficiency Improvement in Coal Plants: A Response to the Clean Power Plan
      Abstract
      David Brill, Sr. Project Manager, Black & Veatch
    • Continuous Performance Assurance at Budget Constrained Power Plants
      Abstract
      Rodrigo Camargos, Process Optimization Engineer, Primex Process Specialists, Inc
      Co-Authors
      • STEVEN DICARLO, PROJECTS GENERAL MANAGER, Power Plant Management Services, LLC
      • Stewart Nicholson, President, Primex Process Specialists, Inc
With the EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) and Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) finalized and compliance plans being prepared, generating stations are going to feel profound effects on their residuals management and water management approaches. This session will share examples and approaches in response to the challenges these rules present, including simple, low-cost approaches that you may have overlooked.
  • Chair
    • David Thomas, CCR Program Lead, DTE Energy
  • Co-Chair
    • David Stopek, Principal, Stopek Technical Services
  • Speakers
    • Ash Handling and Wastewater Compliance: A review of Holistic Compliance Approaches to Reduce Cost for Affected Power Generators
      Abstract
      Mike Preston, Chemical Engineer Section Leader, Black & Veatch
    • Strategies for Water Reduction at Steam Turbine Generating Plants
      Abstract
      Danielle Flagg, Project Associate, Sargent & Lundy
      Co-Authors
      • Matthew Heerman, Project Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
    • Byproduct Fixation as a Low-Cost Approach to Complying with the Effluent Guidelines
      Abstract
      Holly Hills, Senior Environmental Engineering Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Danielle Flagg, Project Associate, Sargent & Lundy
    • Dense Slurry Ash Management: Testing Requirements to Identify Ash/Water Mixes to Maximize Economics and Environmental Performance
      Abstract
      Dale Timmons, Program Manager, NAES Corporation
    • Groundwater Monitoring Requirements Under the New CCR Regulations
      Abstract
      Jeff Pope, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc.
Driven by dynamic market conditions and environmental regulations, gas powered technology must continue to evolve. Get an overview of gas powered technology advancements from around the world and how you can better achieve system balancing, operational flexibility, and flexible generation.
  • Chair
    • Mr. Fredric C. Fletcher, Assistant General Manager, Burbank Water & Power
  • Co-Chair
    • Jacqueline Engel, Product Manager, Siemens
  • Speakers
    • Low risk steam to air cooling design approach
      Abstract
      Dr. Carlos E. Koeneke Ph.D, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Sosuke Nakamura, Gas Turbine Design Director, MHPSA
    • Proven H-class gas turbines and combined cycle power plants
      Abstract
      Matt Bogdan, SGT-8000H Testing & Validation Manager, Siemens
      Co-Authors
      • Joshua Kovac, Engineering Manager, Siemens
    • Value of reciprocating engine power plant in the US market
      Abstract
      Matti Rautkivi, General Manager, Origination, Wartsila Corporation
      Co-Authors
      • Christian Hultholm, Manager, Marketing, Wartsila Finland
In organizations with strong safety cultures, safety is not a goal but a way of doing business. This interactive session will explore the attributes of a safety culture by presenting a road map that’ll ensure your facility is achieving an optimal safety approach.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Woody Cole, CSP, CPEA, CESCO, Corporate Physical Security & Fire Protection Manager, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • Safe 4 the Right Reasons
      Abstract
      Wylie Davidson, Training and Safety Culture Specialist, DiVal Safety Equipment
    • The Road Map to Achieving VPP Excellence
      Abstract
      Woody Cole, CSP, CPEA, CESCO, Corporate Physical Security & Fire Protection Manager, Calpine Corporation
      Co-Authors
      • Robert Van Benthuysen, Director, Safety Programs, Calpine Corporation
      • Maciel Lopez, Regional Safety Manager, Calpine Corporation
    • After the Fall - Rescue from Fall Protection
      Abstract
      Tom Wood, Training Manager, PMI/Vertical Rescue Solutions
Remaining resilient in a crisis, such as an oil spill or cascading event, depends on many factors. This session will explore how pre-planning, drills, and a robust response help mitigate the impact of man-made disasters.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Greg W. Long, Project Director, The AES Corporation
  • Co-Chair
    • Beth Lay, Director, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • A Proven Framework for Emergency Planning and Response Operations
      Abstract
      CDR Jim Elliott, Vice President, T&T Salvage
    • Plant Trips/Failure Cascade – Case Study
      Abstract
      Beth Lay, Director, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
Combined Heat & Power (CHP) is among the technologies accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet emission targets in the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Will the CPP be a game changer for CHP?
  • Chair
    • John Steinert, Senior Vice President, HDR Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Colleen Campbell, Director, Business Development, AECOM
  • Speakers
    • CHP: A Solution for State Clean Power Plans
      Abstract
      Linda Shaw, Principal, Future Energy Development LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Dwight Kanyuck, Associate, Future Energy Development, LLC
    • Utility Owned Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Plants – Will the Clean Power Plan (CPP) push the Electric Utility Industry to embrace CHPs?
      Abstract
      Ajay Kasarabada, Manager, Combined Heat and Power Solutions, Black & Veatch
      Co-Authors
      • Brian O'Neal, Manager, Air Permitting Services, Black & Veatch Management Consulting
    • Grid Reliability-Is CHP a Part of the Problem or a Part of the Solution?
      Abstract
      Anthony Cirillo, Senior Project Director/Industrial Energy Market Sector Manager, AECOM
With the aging workforce gap it is imperative to find out what young engineers think about the power industry and what it
takes to pique their interest. If you are looking to hire someone from Generation Y and Z then listen to what these speakers
have to say. It is a new world and we need to embrace the change.
  • Moderator
    • Niki Kutz, Production Operations Division Training Supervisor, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
  • Panelists
    • Mr. Brendan O'Brien, Project Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
    • Carter Bailey, Senior-Mechanical Engineering STUDENT, PRB Coal Users' Group
    • Emily Kunkel, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
    • Daniel Cunningham, Winner from StudentEnergy, Student Energy

Thursday, April 21

With continued pressure to improve generating plant financial performance there comes increased need to maximize the value achieved in the limited time available for outages. This panel discussion brings industry practitioners who will discuss their experiences and recommendations in execution of generating plant outage maintenance.
Invited speakers from:
Longview Power, KCP&L, TransAlta, Entergy, Westar, and Eskom
  • Chair
    • Phillip Webster, Project Manager - Assoc VP, Black & Veatch
  • Co-Chair
    • Jeff Fassett, President, IEM Energy Consultants
  • Panelists
    • Josh Newman, I&C/Electrical Maintenance Manager, Westar Energy
    • Bobby Breedlove, Fleet Maintenance Manager Combined Cycle Generation, Entergy
    • Nick Slappy, Plant Manager - Wansley Power Plant, Georgia Power
Whether your utility is in the first year of Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) compliance or nearing an extension deadline, the proposed Effluent Limit Guidelines (ELG) will require additional action for you to get compliant. This session will present strategies on how to do so, with data and descriptions on all options for Hg mitigation to optimize you plants mercury.
  • Chair
    • Mark Strebel, Division Manager, Martin Engineering
  • Speakers
    • Powdered Activated Carbon Injection into the WFGD for Mercury Capture
      Abstract
      Erica Gonzaga, ME, Applications Engineer, Carbonxt, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • David Mazyck, CEO, Carbonxt, Inc.
    • Full-Scale Installation of Mercury Control System at FirstEnergy’s Fort Martin Power Station
      Abstract
      John Knotts, Global Business Development Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Jeff Kolde, Product Specialist, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
      • Jonas Klingspor, VP President, AECOM
      • Ron Rogers, AECOM
      • Dan Sendro, FirstEnergy Corp.
      • Larry Earnest, FirstEnergy Corp.
    • System for Powdered Activated Carbon Injection Resulting in Improved Dispersion
      Abstract
      Christine Valcarce, Environmental Scientist, Carbonxt, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • David Mazyck, CEO, Carbonxt, Inc.
      • Erica Gonzaga, ME, Applications Engineer, Carbonxt, Inc.
    • Cooper Unit 1 MATS Compliance Update – Approach for removing Mercury
      Abstract
      Samuel Yoder, P.E., Chemical Engineer, Energy Division, Burns & McDonnell
      Co-Authors
      • Mary Jane Warner, Director, Production Engr & Constr, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
      • Craig Johnson, Sr.VP Power Production, East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
      • David Meade, Engineer (non-IT), East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. [EKPC]
With coal generation continuing to play a large part of the electric generation mix, issues like coal handling quality, dust prevention and conveyor performance are as important as ever. Dive into the science of dust to get a better understanding of how you can cut down maintenance & cleanup problems, extend component life, reduce regulatory & safety issues, and improve costs.
  • Chair
    • Mike Schimmelpfennig, Consulting Engineer, Ameren Missouri
  • Speakers
    • Coal Dust Supression Programs Fortified with SCI (Spontaneous Combustion Inhibition) Chemistries
      Abstract
      Chris Raymond, Technical Director, MinTech
      Co-Authors
      • Harry Heydorn, Sales and Marketing, MinTech
    • Dust, Water, and Coal… The Science of Dust Suppression Systems
      Abstract
      Gary Swearingen, Product Manager, Dust Management Group, Martin Engineering
    • Design Innovations in Conveyor Transfers, Load Zones and Belt Tracking to Solve Coal Dust and Spillage problems
      Abstract
      Mark Bayley, VP Sales Manufactured Products Division, ASGCO "Complete Conveyor Solutions"
    • Redesigning the Loading Zone to improve Coal Conveyor Dust Control
      Abstract
      Richard Shield, Conveyor Technology Manager, Martin Engineering
There are two choices: fix the worker or fix the system. Fixing the worker means training, disciplining, or terminating a person who did something they didn’t mean to do in the first place and don’t intend to do again. In fact, they are the one most likely NOT to do it again as they’ve learned the lesson the hard way. Fixing the system means looking at breakdowns that set the worker up to fail and will be better for the worker, the organization, and is really the only reliable path forward. This session explores how to move from a “crime and punishment” model of managing safety to a “diagnose and treat”. You have to choose: blame or learning culture. You can’t have both.
  • Chair
    • Zachary Woods, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • How Leadership Response to Failure Creates (or takes away from) Reliability
      Abstract
      Wes Havard, Manager of Operational Excellence & HPI, Luminant
    • The Hitchhikers Guide to Human Error…
      Abstract
      Mark Pregrem, Consultant, SAFEmap
    • Why Some Flourish & Others Fail: HPI Initiatives After 1-5 Years
      Abstract
      Jake Mazulewicz, PhD, JMA Human Error Solutions, LLC
Loss control focuses on risk mitigation practices to reduce the possibility of failure or to minimize the impact if failure occurs. The ability to recover from system disruptions depend on many factors, and this session will provide insights on lessons learned from emergency response, risk concepts as they apply to managing human performance and the latest systems accepted by major international gas turbine manufacturers and insurers.
  • Chair
    • Scott M. Bryant, Fire Protection Engineer, AMPED I, LLC
  • Speakers
    • Water Mist Applications within the Gas Turbine
      Abstract
      Adam Tracy, Vertical Market Manager, Marioff Inc
    • FireRover Transformer Fighting Tool
      Abstract
      Ryan Fogelman, VP of Business Development, FireRover
      Co-Authors
      • Justin Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
    • The Risk Concept for Managing Human Performance
      Abstract
      Tony Muschara, CPT, Muschara Error Management Consulting, LLC
Get up to speed on the latest trends and best practices for application in power plants to improve performance through process control, plant systems and instrumentation, and filtration management. The demands on the average plant operator have evolved the past 20 years, and the industry has seen a recent paradigm shift to better leverage technological advancements. This session will deliver a practical building block approach to achieve a quick return on investment no matter what your challenge or environment.
  • Chair
    • Mr. Robert Norton, Director of Business Development, Saulsbury Industries
  • Co-Chair
    • Jeff Fassett, President, IEM Energy Consultants
  • Speakers
    • New Trends in Advanced Process Control and Impact on Power Generation Operations
      Abstract
      William Poe, Sr. Principal Technical Consultant, Schneider Electic Software
    • Enhancing inlet pulse systems for performance improvement in harsh environments
      Abstract
      Dan Burch, Product Marketing Leader, CLARCOR Industrial Air
      Co-Authors
      • Brad Kippel, Principal Engineer – Global Mechanical Systems, GE Power & Water
      • Tim Nicholas, Team Leader – Aftermarket & Services, CLARCOR Industrial Air
    • Flue Gas Humidity Measurement - Combined Cycle Plant Benefits
      Abstract
      Jeff Bossong, Operations Manager, Humidity 2 Optimization
    • High Performance HMI Design
      Abstract
      Bob Kanel, Technology Manager: Simulation & HP HMI Solutions, ABB Inc.
This session focuses on the control of NOx and particulate matter through the application of technology and prudent operating practices. Retrofit fabric filter installation, electrostatic precipitator operation in intermittent energization mode, SCR pluggage and the effects of ammonium bisulfate, and NOx reduction utilizing combustion optimization are the topics to be presented through several project-specific reports.
  • Chair
    • Robert Hollinsworth, Unit Manager, LaCygne Power Plant, Kansas City Power & Light
  • Co-Chair
    • David Paz, Regional Sales Director, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Up in the Air to Clean the Air
      Abstract
      Tom Tauber, Senior Civil/Structural Design Engineer, Zachry Engineering Corporation
      Co-Authors
      • Philip Imber, Engineer, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
      • Mel McDowell, Senior Electrical Engineer, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
      • Mike Brumage, Project Engineering Manager, Zachry Group
    • Commercial Operation of Electrostatic Precipitator High Frequency Energization in Intermittent Energization Mode at Labadie Energy Center, Units 1 & 2
      Abstract
      Gary Grieco, Consulting Engineer, Air Consulting Associates
      Co-Authors
      • Hardik Shah, Applications Engineer, Southern Environmental
    • Reducing NOx on a Ramping Coal-Fired Unit using a Combustion Optimization System
      Abstract
      Steve Piche, Director of Research and Development, NeuCo
      Co-Authors
      • Fred Pickard, Vice President of Technology Development, NeuCo
    • Ammonium Bisulfate (ABS) Root Cause Analysis and Troubleshooting for NRG’s W.A. Parish Unit 5 & 6
      Abstract
      Emily Kunkel, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
      Co-Authors
      • Andrew Carstens, Vice President Environmental Services, Sargent Lundy, LLC
      • Robert Bland, Engineering, WA Parish Generating Station
The increasing amount of renewable power – much of it intermittent wind and solar PV storage will play a critical role in maximizing clean energy production while maintaining system reliability. This session will analyze the current issues and explore several energy storage strategies.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Septimus Van der Linden, President, Brulin Associates
  • Speakers
    • Customer Lowered Electricity Price
      Abstract
      Myron Katz, PhD, VP for Research, Building Science Innovators
    • Why Energy Storage Is Taking Off
      Abstract
      John Jung, CEO, Greensmith
    • IDCCCLEP
      Abstract
      Fredric Fletcher, Assistant General Manager, Burbank Water & Power
This session will look at the collaborative efforts that should be employed by the utilities and the members of the law enforcement community. It will serve to dispel some of the myths and focus on what is plausible in terms of keeping the infrastructure safe through training, drill facility design and security initiatives.
  • Chair
    • Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
  • Speaker
    • Woody Cole, CSP, CPEA, CESCO, Corporate Physical Security & Fire Protection Manager, Calpine Corporation
Efforts to increase plant reliability are often focused on equipment but many plant trips and equipment failures are triggered by human actions. This means reliability ultimately comes down to people. We begin with an understanding that work in power plants is variable and complex. This leads to a different approach to work than traditional safety systems. For example, practices focus on developing deep knowledge and improving decision making. In these sessions, practical strategies and tactics will be shared to move toward being a highly reliable, resilient organization.
  • Chair
    • Beth Lay, Director, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
  • Speakers
    • Case Study - Applying Lessons of HRO
      Abstract
      Beth Lay, Director, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
      Co-Authors
      • Tony Wiseman, Training Program Manager, Calpine Corporation
    • Resilient Systems: Managing Maintenance Across a Fleet
      Abstract
      Zachary Woods, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
    • Critical Steps: Managing What Absolutely Has to Go Right the First Time, Every Time
      Abstract
      Tony Muschara, CPT, Muschara Error Management Consulting, LLC
    • Case Study - A Workshop to Assess Brittleness, Design for Resilience
      Abstract
      Beth Lay, Director, Human Performance, Calpine Corporation
Get up to speed on newly released technology designed to improve reliability. These tools assess equipment condition, capture and correct trend failures, automate the visualization process to create a more efficient control, and more. Attend this session and find solutions that will reduce unexpected failures.
  • Chair
    • Maxwell Pitts, Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing, Fluor, Fluor Corporation
  • Speakers
    • Incorporating New Technologies to Enhance Driver and Pump Assessments
      Abstract
      Ralph Richard, Senior Pump Specialist, ProPump Services, LLC
    • The Complete Guide to Transformer/ Substation Condition Assessment
      Abstract
      Jon Giesecke, President/CEO, JLG Associates LLC
    • Cost Effective-Detailed -3D Visualization of Technical Information
      Abstract
      Tony Wiseman, Training Program Manager, Calpine Corporation
      Co-Authors
      • Fred Foster, CEO/President, Technical Training Professionals
Presentations and discussions continue from 4G: Design for Resilience – Practices, O&M (Session 1)
Whether in response to state or federal agency mandates, or local desires for emergency preparedness, microgrids are slowly becoming mainstream. This session will look at the range of generation options for microgrids, where they are being deployed, and why. It will also explore new technologies being used to integrate variable renewable generation sources into microgrids. Although microgrids have traditionally been developed by large campus-type energy users, utilities are beginning to see how they can be a valuable aspect of resource planning.
  • Chair
    • Thomas Overton, JD, Associate Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Speakers
    • The Future of Power Systems Is Here, Microgrids
      Abstract
      Chrstopher Evanich, Director of Microgrids, S&C Electric Company
    • High-Penetration Renewable Power Microgrids
      Abstract
      William Galton, Development Engineer, ABB
    • Fuel Cell Power Plants for Utility Applications and More
      Abstract
      Ken Wicker, Director of Business Development, FuelCELL Energy, Inc.

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