Breakout Sessions - Monday AM


Breakout sessions let you personalize your conference experience by choosing the topics that best meet your needs and interests.

Key to Sessions
Communications & Control
Environmental Generation & Fuels Safety Supply Management
System Planning Transmission & Distribution


Monday, May 8

10:30 a.m. – Noon
Recommended CEUs .2/ PHDs 1.5 / CPEs 1.8, Specialized Knowledge 

1. Lessons Learned in Fiber Rollouts
Hear from public power utilities that have secured Google funding to roll out high speed fiber in their communities. Understand the unexpected challenges and opportunities, from timelines to deadlines.

  • Speakers: Brian Bartos, P.E., Director,Integrated Network System Operations, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas; Stacy Cantrell, Vice President of Engineering, and Daniel Martin, Fiber Operations Manager, Huntsville Utilities, Ala.

2 .COon the Ground

CO2 reduction techniques and strategies vary widely on a regional, state, and even local level. The complexity of the issue makes it difficult to ever have a one-size-fits-all approach. Come join our diverse panel to discuss methods to help plan for potential and existing CO2 regulations and learn about how CO2 currently plays a role in east and west coast markets.   

  • Speaker: Scott Benson, Manager, Resource & Transmission Planning, Lincoln Electric System, Neb.; Timothy Hebert, Executive Vice President, Energy New England, Foxborough, Mass.; and Scott Tomashefsky, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Northern California Power Agency, Roseville, Calif.

3. Safety vs. Speed: No Compromises

Lineworkers are expected to complete outage restoration efforts as quickly as possible and may feel pressured to bypass safety rules. Learn how you can you train them to achieve the right balance between safety and speed and to do more with less.

  • Speakers: Rick Aguilar, Director of Job Training & Safety, Kansas Municipal Utilities, McPherson, Kan.; Gaspo Dixon, Safety and Training Specialist, Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Tenn.; and Duane Richardson, Executive Director, Indiana Municipal Electric Association, Noblesville, Ind.

4. The A-Z of Improving Reliability

Learn how to build an organizational culture that supports a reliable infrastructure, operations, and customer service. Explore reliability from the perspective of regulators, customers, and utility employees. Discover indices used to measure reliability, set performance targets, and identify performance improvement initiatives. 

  • Speaker: R. John MinerP.E., President, Collaborative Learning, Inc., Helotes, Texas

5. Supply Management Opening Roundtable

 Join this roundtable to network with colleagues, hear about current projects and challenges, and discuss supply management topics of mutual interest.


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