Women In Power

 

Co-located with ELECTRIC POWER, the Women in POWER panel discussion is designed to be an
interactive discussion of ideas and concerns relevant to women professionals in the electric power
industry. The format is organized around a group of key issues with a panel of high-level women
professionals in the power industry who will help facilitate discussion among the attendees. The event’s
emphasis encourages attendees to share concerns, career strategies, professional accomplishments,
and lessons learned. In addition, talk will focus on how to foster networking among women power
professionals, develop mentoring relationships for both technical expertise and career development,
and promote future careers in the electric power industry for young female students through
educational outreach programs. Get ready to feel the positive energy, hear success stories, gather new
industry contacts and leverage connections in the power industry! Women in POWER is open to all
registered attendees and will include a reception after the panel wraps up.

Tuesday, April 11 • 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
Chair: Colleen Campbell, Director, Business Development, AECOM

Panelists: 

Katy Wilner, General Manager, Sales, Gas Power Systems, GE Energy
Sharon Ferruccio, Director, Marketing ECM, Day & Zimmermann
Kerry Ann Colville, Operations Manager, NRG Energy Powerton Station
Melody Birmingham Byrd, Senior Vice President, Midwest Delivery Operations,
Duke Energy Corporation, Invited

 

Monday, April 10

7:00 AM — 6:00 PM — Registration Open

Coal handling catastrophic equipment failures can result in fire, costly repairs, forced outages and injury to personnel. Implementing a predictive maintenance program can help reduce cost, unplanned failures, and safety risks. This workshop will give an overview of why predictive maintenance is important to reliability. It will cover the basic fundamentals of vibration analysis, oil analysis, thermography, and airborne ultrasonic programs, and how to implement an effective and efficient condition based maintenance program. It will also cover how to develop a reporting methodology to effectively communicate failures to key stakeholders. Finally, it will give an overview of some of the challenges faced while implementing a predictive maintenance program.
  • Instructors
    • Mark Mayworm, Executive Director, Westar Energy
    • Brad Diederich, Predictive Maintenance Analyst, Westar Energy
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.
  • Instructor
    • Wes Havard, Manager of Operational Excellence & HPI, Luminant

    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
      • Maria Lauck, Plant Manager - Prairie Creek Generating Station, Alliant Energy
      • Greg W. Long, Project Director, The AES Corporation
      • David 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
Put some pep in your step as you take a jaunt through our Chicago Classic as we bring the excitement of the World Series to you! Round the bases as you munch on a Chicago Dog and stop along the way to relax with a glass of beer or wine and chat up a new friend. Whatever your style, the evening will be infused with laughter, good times and good industry networking during the Chicago Classic reception!

4:00 PM — 6:00 PM — Monday Exhibit Floor Hours

Tuesday, April 11

7:00 AM — 8:30 AM — Power Club Breakfast

7:00 AM — 5:30 PM — Registration Open

Moving Beyond Operational Excellence
Building Bridges to Nuclear’s Future Through Innovation, Advocacy and Market Reform

For decades, nuclear operators have been focused almost exclusively on running nuclear facilities at world class levels of safety and operational excellence. However, poor market conditions, increased regulatory requirements and the lack of equitable federal and state energy policies is changing all that. Today, we must move beyond operational excellence and find ways to build enduring value for our plants through innovation, cost optimization, advocacy and aggressive, proactive outreach to policy makers, regulators and elected officials.
  • Keynote
    • Moving Beyond Operational Excellence
      Abstract
      Bryan Hanson, Senior Vice President, Exelon Generation,and President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Exelon Nuclear, Exelon Generation LLC
Smart Cities and the Internet of Things both promise greater connectivity among people and devices and increased information sharing…and electricity is at the heart of it all! A world-leading test facility known as Mcity is in operation at the University of Michigan. At Mcity, companies of all stripes are testing vehicles, communications, and advanced information sharing in an outdoor urban environment. Attend this session to be briefed on Mcity and the U-M Mobility Transformation Center, highlighting its mission and ongoing work to help advance the development of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), which hold the potential to dramatically improve traffic safety, while reducing fuel use and carbon emissions, and increasing accessibility to transportation.
  • Keynote
    • Mcity, Smart Cities and the Electric Connection
      Abstract
      Dr. Huei Peng, Director of the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center, and the Roger L. McCarthy Prof. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
The issues facing Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO)/Independent System Operators (ISO) remain unchanged, and by some accounts, are continuing to deteriorate. At the top of the list are the rising concerns of cyber security. As more systems are hacked across North America, RTO/ISO and power companies invest time and resources in addressing possible attacks and the impact associated with these breaches. Just as important is system stability and reliability, much of it stemming from the financial commitment to maintain spinning reserves to accommodate renewable energy on the grid. The wholesale / commercial / and ever growing residential to the market’s ability to provide financial incentives for the startup and operation of conventional generation remains a fine line to walk. And no less critical are issues related to natural gas and how possible initiatives by the Trump Administration to ease environmental rules around coal could impact the generation mix.

Plan to attend this timely session as leaders from RTOs, ISO, and Power Generators discuss these issues and related topics.
  • Moderator
    • Barry Worthington, Executive Director, United States Energy Association
  • Panelists
    • Andrew Ott, President and CEO, PJM Interconnection, LLC
    • John Bear, President and CEO, MISO - Midcontinent Independent System Operator
    • Cindy Crane, President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Power - PacifiCorp
    • Ken Zagzebski, CEO & Pres, US Strategic Bus Unit, The AES Corporation

11:00 AM — 5:30 PM — Tuesday Exhibit Floor Hours

11:00 AM — 1:00 PM — Tuesday Lunch on Exhibit Floor

North American Power Industry Outlook – 40 minutes

Join IIR’s presentation for an overview of how the power industry will continue to transition and transform to meet future demand, a higher levels of environmental preservation and scales of economy. IIR will present a detailed overview of investments targeted for the industry over the next 24 months based on owner surveys conducted on future power projects.

Key topics outlined during this discussion include:

  • How favorable fuel prices and the abundance of natural gas are shaping the power industry
  • Tax incentives for renewable energy and how these could be affected by the new Trump Administration
  • Investments earmarked for modernization and upgrade of the existing fleet
  • Future maintenance programs
  • The ongoing modernization of the transmission and distribution grid
  • How environmental rulings such as Clean Power Plan (CPP), Coal Combustion Residual (CCR), Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) and others play out with the new Trump Administration

We invite you to join us to hear insight from our industry leaders on how these issues and others will affect the power plant and infrastructure spending for 2017 and beyond.


Presented by Britt Burt, Vice President Research-Power and Brock Ramey- Power Industry Specialist

April 11: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)

April 12: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)



North America Industrial Market Outlook – 40 minutes

With the tumultuous presidential election behind us, how is a Trump Administration and Republican lead House and Senate going to impact industrial plant spending in 2017 and beyond? Join IIR in this presentation as we discuss the outlook for capital and maintenance expenditures in the United States and Canada for the Industrial Market.

Discussion points include:

  • Is the increase in consumer spending having an effect on manufacturing plant investments?
  • What’s the current outlook for the Oil & Gas industry based on supply and demand dynamics?
  • What companies will likely move forward in the next wave of LNG Export development?
  • Will the Petrochemical sector continue on its growth path through the end of the decade?
  • Does the U.S. steel production and coal mining industries have a future?
  • How does changes to the Affordable Healthcare Act impact the Pharmaceutical & Biotech Manufacturers spend?
  • What is the outlook for Oil Sands development in Western Canada?

Join IIR for a 30 minute presentation covering industry spending trends, drivers and constraints, then concluding with IIR’s Top-Line Spending Forecast projections for 2017.



Presented by Michael Bergen, Executive Vice President of Analytics

April 11: 12:50 PM (All Attendees)

April 12: 12:50 PM (All Attendees)



Industrial Info's Products and Services Interactive Session - 45 Minutes

Are you new to using IIR's Services? Are you not getting the most from IIR's data platform? Are you aware of the latest enhancements within the IIR Tools?

Come join us for an Interactive Setup Session from 1:30pm-2:15pm. Our client service and support personnel will be on-hand to work one-on-one with you to help you get the most from your IIR data subscription. Working together, we can verify your login, personalize your alert preferences, tailor your saved searches to provide you the right data at the right time, and transform your dynamic dashboard for quick access to the information you need when you need it.

Missed one of IIR's Product Feature & Enhancement Emails? We will also have our technical support staff on-hand to review with you all the latest enhancements, tools, and products that IIR has to offer.


Please, join us for this exciting made-to-order experience right from the Tradeshow Hall at Electric Power 2017!


Presented by Christine Garcia, Vice President support personnel

April 11: 1:30 PM (All Attendees)

April 12: 1:30 PM (All Attendees)

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
This session will discuss real-world experiences as power plants work to comply with the so-called 316b regulations.
  • Chair
    • Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Melanie Green, Sr. Director, Technical Analytics | Power Generation, CPS Energy
  • Speakers
    • Technical Developments in Fish Exclusion & Debris Barriers for 316(b) Compliance
      Abstract
      Andy Peters, Director, Markets and Applications, Pacific Netting Products Inc
    • National Grid - Northport Power Station - 316b Implementation
      Abstract
      Arthur Castelli, Senior Project Manager, RRT SIGMA Engineering
      Co-Authors
      • Ezekiel Sachs, Project Technical Lead Engineer, National Grid
This session considers technology advancements involving coal plant optimization and improvements as well as coal yard conveyor upgrades. Also considered will be adaption strategies to increase renewables and reviewing advancements to conveyor dust and spillage technology.
  • Chair
    • Mark Strebel, Division Manager, Martin Engineering
  • Co-Chair
    • Robert Hollinsworth, Unit Manager, LaCygne Power Plant, Kansas City Power & Light
  • Speakers
    • State-of-the-Art Coal-Fired Power Plant Improvements in Operating Range, Efficiency, Emissions, and Adaptation to Increasing Renewable Penetration
      Abstract
      Edward Lightbourn, Director of Engineering Business Development, SmartBurn LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Pisi Lu, President, SmartBurn LLC
    • Conveyor Improvement for Coal Handling Safety by Design – Conveyor Upgrades
      Abstract
      Mark Bayley, VP Sales Manufactured Products Division, ASGCO "Complete Conveyor Solutions"
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-Authors
      • 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.
There are many aspects to consider as the power industry continues to close power plants, whether the result of technological obsolescence, regulatory strictures, or economic competitiveness. This session will address lessons learned through the decommissioning and closure process.
  • Chair
    • Jeff Mullins, Safety & Health Consultant, Lightstone Generation, LLC. - Gavin Power , LLC
  • Co-Chair
    • Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
  • Speakers
    • Lessons Learned Through Implementing Decommissioning, Demolition and Decontamination (DDD) Projects
      Abstract
      Jeff Pope, Manager, Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc.
    • Workforce Utilization in the Decommissioning Process
      Abstract
      Andrew Schaaf, EIT, Project Manager, CB&I
Seldom has the source of electric generation been more varied than today—from conventional coal to renewable energy. The diversity offers both developers and utility planners multiple generation options. This session will focus on CHP and microgrid case studies, and will give examples of their potential and proven uses within the electric generation sector.
  • Chair
    • Roosevelt Huggins, Associate Vice President - Regional Sales Director, Black & Veatch
  • Co-Chair
    • Samuel R. Barnes, P.E., Vice President - Power Generation and Energy, Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Microgrid System Innovation and Case Studies
      Abstract
      James DiCampli, Engineer, GE Power
    • Combined Heat and Power for Industrial Applications - Case Studies
      Abstract
      Dalia El Tawy, Director, Thermal Power Solution, Siemens Energy
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
This session will explore the strategies needed to effectively navigate the environmental regulations impacting the fossil fuel power industry. Panelists will explore likely scenarios for the future of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, CCR, ELG, and other regulations. As emissions and water discharge limits tighten, both the positive and negative effects from control technologies need to be fully understood and incorporated into an overall site strategy. Compliance strategies, legal issues, and system impacts will be discussed by this distinguished panel, the first to convene at a major industry event since the Inauguration.
  • Chair
    • Mr. Grant Grothen, Principal, Burns & McDonnell
  • Co-Chair
    • Thomas G. Wos, P.E., Regulatory Program Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
  • Moderator
    • Tony Licata, Consultant, Licata Energy & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Panelists
    • Maria Race, Director, Federal Environmental Programs, NRG Energy, Inc.
    • Block Andrews, Strategic Environmental Solutions Director, Burns & McDonnell
    • Ken Snell, Senior Environmental Consultant, Sargent Lundy, LLC
    • Michael Goo, PARTNER, AJW-Inc.
With the development of shale gas resources it is important to design flexible combustion systems capable of burning gas with different compositions. This session covers a range of topics, including: Fuel flexibility, emissions, coms dynamics, ethane rich natural gas, and propane combustion.
  • Chair
    • Carlos Koeneke, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
  • Co-Chair
    • Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Ethane and Propane as a Gas Turbine Fuel
      Abstract
      Mr Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
    • The FlameSheet™ Combustor: A (R)evolution in Combustion Technology for Power Generation Gas Turbines
      Abstract
      Nicolas Demougeot, Senior Manager Combustion, Ansaldo Energia
      Co-Authors
      • RuthAnn Rawlings, Global Product Line Manager, PSM
    • Second Generation A-CPFM
      Abstract
      Sosuke Nakamura, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
      Co-Authors
      • Sosuke Nakamura, Director, GT Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
    • Simulating Pressure Transients Events in the Fuel Gas Supply to Combined Cycle Plants
      Abstract
      Robert Schroeder, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
      Co-Authors
      • Matthew Zitkus, Associate, Sargent & Lundy
      • Beniamino Rovagnati, Senior Associate, Sargent & Lundy
      • Michael Czyszczewski, Fossil Power Technologies, Sargent Lundy, LLC
This session will focus on wind, biomass, renewables and microgrid systems that are becoming important component for base loads as well as in local energy production for near zero emissions and enhanced sustainability. Various challenges, issues and potential of each of these technologies will be presented.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Dr. Ryo S. Amano, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Speakers
    • Microgrid Energy Systems – the pathway to Grid-Edge Integration
      Abstract
      Vijay Bhavaraju, Principal Engineer, Eaton Corporation
    • Industrial Grid Interactive Fluid Heating Utilized for Micro-Grid Efficiency and Management
      Abstract
      Christopher Molnar, VP, Industrial Heaters and Systems, Chromalox
    • Torrefied Biomass, Technology Status and Implementation in Power Production
      Abstract
      Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council
    • Enhanced Clean Energy Recovery from Solid Wastes and Biomass
      Abstract
      Ashwani Gupta, Professor. Director, University of Maryland
For power plant professionals, an incident requiring emergency first responders is a scenario that few want to contemplate. But emergency response preparedness is an essential part of an effectively operating power plant. This session will offer attendees ER case studies, lessons learned, strategies for preparing plant personnel—and first responders—for emergencies, and a discussion of common contributing factors that lead to incidents requiring emergency responses.
  • Chair
    • Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
  • Speakers
    • Emergency Response Preparedness
      Abstract
      Justin L. Clift, Managing Partner, Fire Solutions Group
    • The Good CO2 - The Myths, the Reality
      Abstract
      Mr. Bob Taylor, President, CoalSAFETY, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Michael Greiner, President, Hazard Control Technologies, Inc
    • AEP Transformer fire
      Abstract
      Jeff Mullins, Safety & Health Consultant, Lightstone Generation, LLC. - Gavin Power , LLC
This session will explore sizing CHP units appropriately to maximize economic performance, adding CHP systems to existing assets as a growth strategy, and utilizing creative win-win transactions to solve customer needs while increasing business revenue. Case studies will include examples from Duke and Pepco.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Aaron Larson, Executive Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Co-Chair
    • Colleen Campbell, Director, Business Development, AECOM
  • Speakers
    • Combined Heat and Power: Providing New Revenue Streams for Utilities
      Abstract
      David Jones, Manager, ICF
    • Economic Benefits of Load Following Design for CHP Facilities
      Abstract
      Christopher Strong, Director of Energy Technology, CLARK FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP
      Co-Authors
      • Gregory Swaluk, Principal, CMTA Consulting Engineers
      • Christopher Waybill, Consultant, Kaiser Associates
      • Brian Whitesides, Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
    • CHP: A Means to Take a Peaker’s Performance to New Heights
      Abstract
      Anthony Cirillo, Senior Project Director/Industrial Energy Market Sector Manager, AECOM
  • Chair
    • Colleen Campbell, Director, Business Development, AECOM
  • Moderator
    • Sonal Patel, Associate Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Panelists
    • Katy Wilner, GM, North America Sales, GE Energy
    • Kerry Ann Colville, Operations Manager, Powerton, NRG Energy Powerton Station
    • Helena Hernandez, VP of Central Maintenance, NextEra Energy
    • Sharon Ferruccio, Vice President, Marketing, Day & Zimmermann
Hear from young professionals in power who have earned success at Sargent & Lundy. Gain insight and interact with these emerging leaders as they describe their career path highlights thus far and share lessons that helped spur their rapid success.
  • Chair
    • Mark Santschi, Sr. VP/Director of Engineering, Sargent Lundy, LLC
  • Co-Chair
    • DeAnna C. Myers, Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Sargent Lundy, LLC
Get in the groove and find your inner blues soul as you don sunglasses and a fedora in typical Blues Brothers fashion at our jazz networking reception. Don’t be surprised by the mesmerizing mist that may surround you as you near a liquid nitrogen cocktail bar…grab a spiked ice cocktail, chat up the guy or gal next to you, and enjoy the moment at the Blues Brothers Jazz Reception!

Wednesday, April 12

7:00 AM — 5:00 PM — Registration Open

In the true spirit of sharing lessons learned and achieving goals in the power industry the ELECTRIC POWER Conference invites you to join us for our Winners Circle Breakfast. Open to all generating company personnel complimentary we will allow non-generating company personnel to attend at a cost of $75 per person or $600 for a table of 10.
This breakfast will highlight all POWER magazine top plants of the year but will allow a select few to share their story about what goal or milestone they reached to achieve this honor.
Join us to learn more from the best of the best in the power industry.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Aaron Larson, Executive Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Speakers
    • Plant of the Year
      Abstract
      Dr. Udo Brockmeier, Chairman-Mgmt Board/CEO, Stadtwerke Duesseldorf Ag
    • Reinvention Award
      Abstract
      Stephen Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, Longview Power
    • Youngheung Ocean Hydro Power Plant III
      Abstract
      Kim Dong Woong, Manager, KOEN
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.
  • Panelists
    • 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.
Two of the hottest environmental topics for coal-fired power plant operators are the EPA’s Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Coal Combustion Residuals rule. Neither rule can be viewed in isolation when developing compliance strategies. This session explores available options as well as the decision-making processes for achieving an effective ELG/CCR compliance plan, and kicks off a series of sessions devoted to fleshing out the details of both rules.
  • Chair
    • Dan Connell, Director Strategy & Analysis, CNX Coal Resources LP
  • Co-Chair
    • Thomas G. Wos, P.E., Regulatory Program Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Case study: Selecting an ELG/CCR Compliance Path
      Abstract
      Kyle Osier, Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
      Co-Authors
      • Mike Roush, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
      • Diane Martini, Senior Associate Environmental Scientist, Burns & McDonnell
    • U. S. EPA's Final CCR Rule Changes, Beyond Disposal and Containment, Tracking a Moving Target
      Abstract
      Douglas Dahlberg, Project Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Mohammad Karim, Associate I, Sargent Lundy, LLC
From concept through operation, two technologies will be presented as successful case studies with proven operation.
  • Chair
    • Jon Towslee, Director, Marketing & Business Development, ABB Inc.
  • Speakers
    • "Westar Energy, Inc., Jeffrey Energy Center, Unit 1 LP Turbine Modernization Project 2015"
      Abstract
      Mr. Lewis Lenard, Alliance Administrator, Westar Energy
      Co-Authors
      • Dustin Ringer, Operations Supt, Westar Energy Jeffrey Energy Center
      • Rob Bursch, Marketing Specialist, Siemens
    • How Snohomish County PUD is using energy storage to support more renewable generation on their system
      Abstract
      Dan Sowder, VP, Power System Integration, Doosan GridTech
      Co-Authors
      • Jason Zyskowski, Manager of Substation Engineering, Snohomish County Pud
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
Finding solutions for a workforce in transition, including finding quality candidates to fill skilled positions can be challenging. Add internal and external game changers impacting the energy industry and it creates an important need to develop the skills of a transitional workforce. A change in generation sources, growing environmental changes, evolving customer needs, and increasing technological advances all require a skilled workforce. Learn about specific utility workforce initiatives from various utilities leveraging online education through a partnership with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), to build the skills of transitioning workers.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Christine Carpenter, Remove, EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
  • Panelists
    • G. Michael Martin, Manger Electric Operations Training, ComEd
    • Heather Davis, Training Director, Training Strategies and Workforce Development, EXELON NUCLEAR GENERATION
    • Chris Van Haren, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Commonwealth Edison Company [ComEd]
This session will focus on the regulatory permitting aspects of CHP project development, including proven strategies to deal with potential hurdles and impediments.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • David Paz, Regional Sales Director, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
  • Co-Chair
    • Roosevelt Huggins, Associate Vice President - Regional Sales Director, Black & Veatch
  • Speakers
    • Best Practices for Streamlining Environmental Permitting For Combined Heat and Power Facilities
      Abstract
      Linda Shaw, Principal, Future Energy Development LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Dwight Kanyuck, Attorney, Future Energy Development, LLC
    • CHP Minor Source Permitting – The Future is Small
      Abstract
      Brian Petermann, Manager, Air Quality Compliance Services, Sega Inc.

10:00 AM — 5:00 PM — Wednesday Exhibit Floor Hours

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-Authors
      • 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-Authors
      • Aaron Steinhilber, Engineering Pricipal/MOE Performance Group, NIPSCO Generation
This panel discussion will cover the various aspects that utilities and engineering firms must consider in planning and implementing coal combustion residual and transportation projects. Compliance with EPA regulations, zero-discharge technologies for bottom ash collection and recirculation systems, water in contact with fly ash, and system options such as remote submerged chain conveyors 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
    • Dan J. Whalen, Senior Vice President, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
    • Zachary Bahr, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
    • Randy L. Shepler, Division Manager, CCC Group, Inc.
    • Nathan Higgerson, Power Generation PM/Business Development Lead, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
As renewable energy resources expand throughout the North American power grid, stabilization technologies are gaining traction as generators cope with intermittent resource availability. During this session the following topics will be discussed: standardizing energy storage, monetizing clean power, storage technologies, system grid integration.
  • Chair
    • Ian Summerside, Product Line Manager, Ansaldo Energia
  • Co-Chair
    • Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Using Energy Storage to Maximize Clean Power
      Abstract
      Timothy Effio, Market Director, MCAC, The AES Corporation
      Co-Authors
      • Brian Perusse, Strategic Marketing & Communications / VP, AES Energy Storage
    • Liquid Air Power & Storage (LAPS) in Utility applications
      Abstract
      William Conlon, President, Pintail Power LLC
    • Standardizing Utility-Integrated ESS Procurement
      Abstract
      Dan Sowder, VP, Power System Integration, Doosan GridTech
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
The Mill Creek Air Quality Control System Project retrofit at the 1,600 MW LG&E/KU Mill Creek coal-fired power plant is one of the largest EPC projects in the USA. The project includes new flue-gas desulfurization units for all four units, new pulse jet fabric filters (PJFF) and ID fans for all four units, and new chimneys for three of the units. The use of field engineers has been instrumental in the success of the project. This paper and presentation will describe how the use of field engineering bridges the gap between conceptual design and field installation and establishes a “One Team” project environment.
  • Chair
    • Paul Hahn, Health & Safety Consultant, WE Energies
  • Co-Chair
    • Niki Kutz, Production Operations Division Training Supervisor, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
  • Speaker
    • Bridging the Gap - Outstanding Engineering in the Field
      Abstract
      Brent Dovin, Mechanical Design Group, Zachry Engineering
      Co-Authors
      • Rob Gappa, Project Manager, Zachry Engineering
This session explores the range of technology available for CHP applications. Among the issues to be addressed are combustion turbine scale, package deals, and unique utility applications for solving energy needs are the basis for future projects.
  • Chair
    • Samuel R. Barnes, P.E., Vice President - Power Generation and Energy, Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Michael D. Morris, P.E., Executive Consultant, Zachry Engineering Corporation
  • Speakers
    • Aeroderivative Combined Cycle Fast Power
      Abstract
      James DiCampli, Engineer, GE Power
    • CHP - How Utilities can benefit from CHP installations
      Abstract
      Uwe Schmiemann, Marketing and Product Strategy Manager, Solar Turbines Inc.
    • Combined Heat and Power Solutions for District Heating Applications
      Abstract
      Dalia El Tawy, Director, Thermal Power Solution, Siemens Energy
  • Speakers
    • World Economic Prosperity - Energy Economy
      Abstract
      Norm Hansen, President, Energy USA, Inc.
    • Ghana ‘S Power Generation; Existing Gaps, Lessons Learned and Possible Solutions
      Abstract
      Emmanuel Darko, P.E., Manager Systems Engineering, Exelon Nulcear
      Co-Authors
      • Jonathan Amoako-Baah, Director Technical Services, Volta River Authority
      • Dennis Kwatia Amoako, Koforidua Polytechnic
      • Adamu Mohammed, Principal Engineer, AECOM
      • Edmund Anang Adjaye, Perfect Personal Care Company
    • Industrial Power Plant Solutions and how they can increase a power plant profitability and minimize risk - Examples and Case Studies
      Abstract
      Dalia El Tawy, Director, Thermal Power Solution, Siemens Energy

11:30 AM — 1:30 PM — Wednesday Lunch on Exhibit Floor

North American Power Industry Outlook – 40 minutes

Join IIR’s presentation for an overview of how the power industry will continue to transition and transform to meet future demand, a higher levels of environmental preservation and scales of economy. IIR will present a detailed overview of investments targeted for the industry over the next 24 months based on owner surveys conducted on future power projects.

Key topics outlined during this discussion include:

  • How favorable fuel prices and the abundance of natural gas are shaping the power industry
  • Tax incentives for renewable energy and how these could be affected by the new Trump Administration
  • Investments earmarked for modernization and upgrade of the existing fleet
  • Future maintenance programs
  • The ongoing modernization of the transmission and distribution grid
  • How environmental rulings such as Clean Power Plan (CPP), Coal Combustion Residual (CCR), Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) and others play out with the new Trump Administration

We invite you to join us to hear insight from our industry leaders on how these issues and others will affect the power plant and infrastructure spending for 2017 and beyond.


Presented by Britt Burt, Vice President Research-Power and Brock Ramey- Power Industry Specialist

April 11: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)

April 12: 12:00 PM (All Attendees)



North America Industrial Market Outlook – 40 minutes

With the tumultuous presidential election behind us, how is a Trump Administration and Republican lead House and Senate going to impact industrial plant spending in 2017 and beyond? Join IIR in this presentation as we discuss the outlook for capital and maintenance expenditures in the United States and Canada for the Industrial Market.

Discussion points include:

  • Is the increase in consumer spending having an effect on manufacturing plant investments?
  • What’s the current outlook for the Oil & Gas industry based on supply and demand dynamics?
  • What companies will likely move forward in the next wave of LNG Export development?
  • Will the Petrochemical sector continue on its growth path through the end of the decade?
  • Does the U.S. steel production and coal mining industries have a future?
  • How does changes to the Affordable Healthcare Act impact the Pharmaceutical & Biotech Manufacturers spend?
  • What is the outlook for Oil Sands development in Western Canada?

Join IIR for a 30 minute presentation covering industry spending trends, drivers and constraints, then concluding with IIR’s Top-Line Spending Forecast projections for 2017.



Presented by Michael Bergen, Executive Vice President of Analytics

April 11: 12:50 PM (All Attendees)

April 12: 12:50 PM (All Attendees)



Industrial Info's Products and Services Interactive Session - 45 Minutes

Are you new to using IIR's Services? Are you not getting the most from IIR's data platform? Are you aware of the latest enhancements within the IIR Tools?

Come join us for an Interactive Setup Session from 1:30pm-2:15pm. Our client service and support personnel will be on-hand to work one-on-one with you to help you get the most from your IIR data subscription. Working together, we can verify your login, personalize your alert preferences, tailor your saved searches to provide you the right data at the right time, and transform your dynamic dashboard for quick access to the information you need when you need it.

Missed one of IIR's Product Feature & Enhancement Emails? We will also have our technical support staff on-hand to review with you all the latest enhancements, tools, and products that IIR has to offer.


Please, join us for this exciting made-to-order experience right from the Tradeshow Hall at Electric Power 2017!


Presented by Christine Garcia, Vice President support personnel

April 11: 1:30 PM (All Attendees)

April 12: 1:30 PM (All Attendees)

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-Authors
      • 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
The EPA rule sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that can be discharged from power plants, based on technology improvements in the steam electric power industry over the last three decades. This session will discuss the EPA’s electric effluent conditional guidelines that came into effect in early 2016.
  • Chair
    • Robert Broglio, Sr. Sales Manager, Doosan Power Services America
  • Co-Chair
    • Mark Nagel, PE, Plant Manager-Shawville Generation Station, NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Speakers
    • Emerging Technologies for ELG Compliance
      Abstract
      Diane Martini, Senior Associate Environmental Scientist, Burns & McDonnell
      Co-Authors
      • Tisha Scroggin, Regional GP Manager, CHI, Burns & McDonnell
    • Ash Handling and Plant Wastewater Treatment for CCR and ELG Compliance
      Abstract
      Mike Preston, Chemical Engineer Section Leader, Black & Veatch
    • Evaluation of Boiler and HRSG Chemical Cleaning Waste Treatment
      Abstract
      Michael Rosen, Senior Chemical Engineer, Sargent & Lundy
      Co-Authors
      • Stephen Shulder, Senior Technical Leader, EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
    • Wet FGD Based Mixed Metals Control
      Abstract
      Gary Meyer, Chief Technology Officer, Redox Solutions
In a challenging and dynamic environment, gas turbine original equipment manufacturers are responding with technologies that run hotter and harder than ever before. This session will bring together key industry experts to discuss innovative technologies and dynamic operating requriements for power plants, including turbine designs and validation approaches.
  • Chair
    • Dennis Buchanan, Plant Director, Harrington Station, Xcel Energy
  • Co-Chair
    • Jacqueline Engel, Product Manager, Siemens
  • Speakers
    • MHPS Advanced Gas Turbines Recent Milestones
      Abstract
      Carlos Koeneke, VP of Project Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
      Co-Authors
      • Sosuke Nakamura, Director, GT Engineering, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America - Energy & Environment
    • Ansaldo Launches the New Very Large Gas Turbine GT36
      Abstract
      Ian Summerside, Product Line Manager, Ansaldo Energia
      Co-Authors
      • Klaus Doebbeling, R&D Program Manager, Ansaldo Energia
      • Patrik Meier, R&D Program Manager, Ansaldo Energia
      • Thorsten Osterhage, Product Manager, ANSALDO ENERGIA
    • Siemens Large Frame Turbine Developments
      Abstract
      Francisco Dovali-Solis, Package Frame 8000H, Siemens Power and Gas Division
      Co-Authors
      • Guido Schuld, Package Frame 8000H, Siemens Power and Gas Division
    • Advancements in H Class Gas Turbines for Combined Cycle Power Plants
      Abstract
      David Walker, Senior Product Manager, GE
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
  • Speakers
    • Implementation of Controls for Low Impact BCS
      Abstract
      Jerome Farquharson, Principal Director, Burns & McDonnell
      Co-Authors
      • 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
Are you prepared for the next 24 months when 50% of your workforce may retire and when millennials will fill that gap in the workforce? Millennials, who typically stay at a company less than 18 months, want to work for brands they know and trust. They want to work in a culture that caters to them (i.e. that offers flexible hours, new technology, and a quick path to management), and to be part of a company that makes a difference for others and for the environment. Build a millennial-oriented brand that attracts talented young workers to your team.
  • Chair
    • Scott M. Bryant, Fire Protection Engineer, AMPED I, LLC
  • Co-Chair
    • Paul Hahn, Health & Safety Consultant, WE Energies
  • Speakers
    • “Surviving The Coming Millennial Tsunami”
      Abstract
      Janet Kieffer, PRINCIPAL, Influence
    • Christine Carpenter, Remove, EPCE - Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Energy storage and complex control schemes are key aspects of distributed generation. This session focuses on energy storage solutions as well as the challenges faced by distributed generation project developers. IA series of case studies round out this session.
  • Chair
    • Michael D. Morris, P.E., Executive Consultant, Zachry Engineering Corporation
  • Co-Chair
    • Aaron Larson, Executive Editor, POWER Magazine
  • Speaker
    • Thermal Energy Storage – Pump Storage for Gas Turbines
      Abstract
      Mike Phillips, Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, TAS Turbine Air Systems, Ltd.
Savor the flavor of foods from around the world and test your palate with beers from corresponding countries. Walk the grounds and enjoy conversations with colleagues and peers as you travel the world tasting regional cuisines!

Thursday, April 13

8:00 AM — 11:30 AM — Registration Open

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-Authors
      • Nicholas Gordon, Manager, Steam Projects, Siemens
The U.S. EPA finalized national regulations to provide a set of requirements for the disposal of CCRs, commonly known as coal ash, from coal-fired power plants. The final rule came after years of study on the effects of coal ash on the environment and public health. The rule establishes technical requirements for CCR landfills and surface impoundments under subtitle D of the RCRA, the nation's primary law for regulating solid waste. This session considers a range of options and solutions for managing ash ponds to comply with the new CCR Rules.
  • Chair
    • Melanie Green, Sr. Director, Technical Analytics | Power Generation, CPS Energy
  • Co-Chair
    • Holly Hills, Senior Environmental Engineering Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
  • Speakers
    • Zero Discharge Ash Handling Compliance Strategies and Cost Analysis
      Abstract
      Kok Foong Cheong, Sr. Engineer, Sargent & Lundy
    • Channel Realignment Project to Maximize CCR Landfill Space - Prairie State Generating Company
      Abstract
      Nathan Higgerson, Power Generation PM/Business Development Lead, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
    • Coal Ash Ponds – Ground Improvement Options for Retirement and Spill Prevention
      Abstract
      Jeffrey Hill, Director, Hayward Baker, Inc.
Integrating renewable energy, peak load monitoring, and control technology is becoming more important with the implementation of environmental regulations. This session includes discussions on peak shaving, energy storage and renewable energy integration.
  • Chair
    • Ian Summerside, Product Line Manager, Ansaldo Energia
  • Co-Chair
    • Mark Bayley, VP Sales Manufactured Products Division, ASGCO "Complete Conveyor Solutions"
  • Speakers
    • Peaking Power…Fast Start Natural Gas, Multiple Times per Hour
      Abstract
      John Hoeft, Sr. Power Plant Marketing Leader, GE Power
    • Energy Monitoring Software Case Study: Hawaii gets an A+
      Abstract
      Brendan Harney, Business Development Manager, Stem, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Tad Glauthier, VP of Hawaii Operations, Stem, Inc.
On October 22, 2012, a significant explosion occurred in the coal bunker at Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor Energy Center. This explosion severely injured an employee working near the explosion. You will hear about the experience firsthand from the employee involved in the incident. The presentation will focus on incident investigation and root cause, what engineering and administrative controls were implemented as a result of the accident, and improvements made across the thermal generating fleet. Hear how Joe and Minnesota Power thought they had done everything right, but how everything went so wrong.
  • Moderator/Chair
    • Niki Kutz, Production Operations Division Training Supervisor, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
  • Speaker
    • Coal Dust Explosion - Joe’s Story
      Abstract
      Joe Fredrickson, Operations Field Specialist, Minnesota Power
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
This session will cover methods of NOx reduction in coal-fired boilers including combustion optimization, SNCR, and SCR-related technologies and operation.
  • Chair
    • Thomas G. Wos, P.E., Regulatory Program Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
  • Co-Chair
    • Dan Connell, Director Strategy & Analysis, CNX Coal Resources LP
  • Speakers
    • High Altitude Coal-fired Boiler NOx Reduction and Performance Improvement through Combustion Optimization without SCR
      Abstract
      Edward Lightbourn, Director of Engineering Business Development, SmartBurn LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Eric Petritz, Manager—Power Generation & Engineering, Talen Energy
    • SNCR Experience on Large Coal Fired Boilers with Difficult Operating Conditions
      Abstract
      Kelly Borgen, Performance Engineer, Westar Energy Jeffrey Energy Center
      Co-Authors
      • Geoff Greene, Director, Tecumseh Energy Center, Westar Energy
      • Kevin Dougherty, VP Business Development & Marketing, Fuel Tech, Inc.
      • Dale Pfaff, Regional Sales Manager, Fuel Tech, Inc.
    • Solving SCR Buildup Issues due to Large Particle Ash
      Abstract
      Andrew Kline, Engineering Manager, Integrated Global Services
      Co-Authors
      • Jeff Shelton, Vice President, Integrated Global Services
      • Grant Hilbers, Principal Engineer, DTE Energy
    • Advantages of Efficient Ammonia-Based Desulfurization Technology and its Application in World's Biggest Ammonia-Based FGD
      Abstract
      Don Hamilton, Global VP of Sales & Marketing, Jiangnan Environmental Technology Inc.
Equipment reliability is key to realizing operationally efficient power plants. Advancements in condition monitoring can provide the catalyst to optimize equipment replacement and repair costs. Topics include dynamic limits for condition monitoring continuous condition monitoring for high voltage transformers, I&C room obsolescence issues and solutions, and technology innovation enables asset protection and optimize performance.
  • Chair
    • Joshua Zussman, Tech Safety and Training, Lansing Board of Water and Light
  • Co-Chair
    • Darren Gale, Vice President of Nuclear Operations, Day & Zimmermann
  • Speakers
    • Dynamic Limits for Condition Monitoring
      Abstract
      Patrick Bangert, CEO, algorithmica technologies Inc.
    • Continuous condition monitoring of high voltage transformers by direct sensor monitoring of oil aging to achieve a stable power grid
      Abstract
      Manfred Mauntz, Dr.-Ing., cmc Instruments GmbH
      Co-Authors
      • Jörn Peuser, Dr. rer. nat., cmc Instruments GmbH
    • I & C Room Obsolescence Issues and Solutions
      Abstract
      Mr. Tony Spear, Director Sales & Marketing, Otek Corp
Fundamentally, workers come to work to do good work. So when something bad happens, is it possible to move beyond "blame and punishment" and even beyond "error prevention?" Is it possible by collaborating with those who actually perform the work, to build a culture of "error tolerance?" This session will focus on what happens when organizations become open to the idea of operational learning instead of being surprised by occasional human error and failure. The discussion will seek a dialogue around safety, reliability, resilience, and accountability with a different mindset.
  • Chair
    • Heather Wilston, Manager, PI Training, TVA
  • Co-Chair
    • Paul Hahn, Health & Safety Consultant, WE Energies
  • Speaker
    • Bob Edwards, Founder, The H.O. P. Coach

11:30 AM — 1:00 PM — Lunch for Conference Attendees

Acid gas control covers various control technologies for acid gas removal in the flue gas path, including impacts on existing control equipment from regulation and unit dispatch changes.
  • Chair
    • Holly Hills, Senior Environmental Engineering Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
  • Co-Chair
    • David Thomas, CCR Program Lead, DTE Energy
  • Speakers
    • Sorb-Tec™ Injection Technology Delivers Savings for DSI & ACI Systems
      Abstract
      Grace Whiteford, Technical Sales Engineer, Nol-Tec Systems, Inc.
    • HClearTM Technology: A Solution-Based Approach to HCl Abatement
      Abstract
      Chris Smyrniotis, VP Chemical Technologies, Fuel Tech, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Chris Smyrniotis, VP Chemical Technologies, Fuel Tech, Inc.
    • Challenges of WFGD Operation on Low Sulfur Fuel
      Abstract
      Mr. Kristen Bell, Senior Associate, Sargent Lundy, LLC
      Co-Authors
      • Andy Stimatze, Station Chemist, KCPL
Technology trends for asset protection, measurement sensors, conditions monitoring, and maintenance assessment will be reviewed. Drone technology will be demonstrated. Among the topics to be discussed are drone technology, remote visual inspection, condition assessment.
  • Chair
    • Mike Schimmelpfennig, Consulting Engineer, Ameren Missouri
  • Co-Chair
    • Mark Strebel, Division Manager, Martin Engineering
  • Speakers
    • Remote Visual Inspection Solutions Applied to Power Generation Assets
      Abstract
      Ron Kessler, Vice President- Advanced Digital Imaging, Quest Integrity Group, LLC
    • Internal Inspections at Electric Plants with Drones
      Abstract
      David Strubberg, Director, Innovation & IT Projects, Ameren Missouri
      Co-Authors
      • Jeff Buchko, COO, Orbital Technical Solutions
      • Scott Sambuco, Director Safety & Asset Integrity, Orbital Technical Solutions
    • Critical Flow Measurements for Optimizing Gas Turbine Thermal Efficiency and Environmental Compliance
      Abstract
      Bob Carrell, President, Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.
      Co-Authors
      • Sandra Kelly, Vice President North American Sales, Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.

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