Engineering & Operations Conference

E&O Conference Sessions—Tuesday P.M.

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Tuesday, April 21

1:30 — 2:45 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1.25 / CPEs 1.5

To Broadband or Not to Broadband https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Communications-%26-Control-Icon.jpg
There has been a resurgence of interest in municipal broadband deployments to help public power utilities thrive in the Internet of Things age. But is it right for you? Examine the pros and cons of a municipal broadband offering and learn how to avoid common mistakes if you undertake a feasibility study. Discover how Gbps broadband can help you position your community for economic development and sustainability while you leverage fiber-to-the premises smart grid efforts for utility automation.

Thomas Asp, Consultant, Power System Engineering, Edgerton, Wisconsin; and Stacy Cantrell, Vice President of Engineering, Huntsville Utilities, Alabama

Find and Fix: Identifying and Fixing Safety Issues Without Delay https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Safety-Icon.jpg
Don’t just say it’s a problem! Once something is identified as a hazard, utilities need to determine the best, most permanent, solution. Review case studies where workers identified safety issues and made changes. Hear examples and discuss your own experiences. 

Robert Scudder, Industrial Hygiene, Corporate Risk Manager, Grand River Dam Authority, Oklahoma and other public power utility case studies

Warehouse Site Visit https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Supply-Management-Icon.jpg
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Tour filled to capacity; please contact [email protected] to inquire about the wait list. 

Space can often be hard to find in a warehouse. Luckily, there are storage and organization systems available which can help you optimize your space. Come to this warehouse-focused session where we will review the various material storage systems to maximize storage efficiency.

Coal Plant Decommissioning: How to Avoid a Debacle https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Enviromental-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Generation-%26-Fuels-Icon.jpg
From 2010-2019, retirements of more than 546 coal-fired power units, (about 102 GW of generating capacity), were announced. Plant owners intend to retire another 17 GW of coal-fired capacity by 2025. Join us to discuss the complex, multi-year process for coal plant decommissioning, remediation, and redevelopment. Take a comprehensive look at the process — from selling scrap metal to reusing equipment — that must be performed in a coordinated and efficient manner to keep the lights on.

Eric Spirtas, President, Spirtas Worldwide, Missouri 

Building Resiliency: What Does it Mean for You?  https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Systems%20Planning-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Transmission-%26-Distribution-Icon.jpg
As natural disasters are on the rise, resiliency has become the new buzz word — the federal government has embraced it, and many states and communities are trying to define it. But what does resiliency mean for your utility? How do you become stronger given the unique risks and challenges of your environment? Come and learn from case studies on what other utilities like yours are doing to harden distribution systems for disasters, and to snap back afterwards. 

Andrew Kendall, Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California; Dave Boyer, Regional Sales Manager-Central and Bill St. Cyr, Regional Sales Manager-Northeast—Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems


3 — 4:15 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1.25 / CPEs 1.5

Working Safely Around 5G Pole Attachments https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Communications-%26-Control-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Safety-Icon.jpg
Age-old issues with pole attachments have intensified with the introduction of 5G telecom services. What should you do when telecom and electric services collide on your poles? Can telecom workers work safely ABOVE the electric space on 5G antenna? Should there be common maintenance standards and codes for lineworkers and telecom workers? Get the answers  and determine how you can work with telecom companies to keep your community safe and flexible to take advantage of new technologies.

Brent McKinney, Director, Electric Transmission & Distribution, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri

Warehouse Site Visit https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Supply-Management-Icon.jpg
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Tour filled to capacity; please contact [email protected] to inquire about the wait list. 

Space can often be hard to find in a warehouse. Luckily, there are storage and organization systems available which can help you optimize your space. Come to this warehouse-focused session where we will review the various material storage systems to maximize storage efficiency.

Nearman Creek Power Station: 316(b) Compliance Tour  https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Enviromental-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Generation-%26-Fuels-Icon.jpg
3 - 5 p.m.
Limited to 35 people. Advance registration required. Transportation provided. 

Join us for a tour of Kansas City Board of Public Utilities’ Nearman Creek Power Station (a coal-fired 256MW station) on the Missouri River, the first facility in the region to comply with Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act. Check out their state-of-the-art fish collection and return systems, designed to comply with the latest regulations and best practices.

Drinking Out of the Data Firehose https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Systems%20Planning-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Transmission-%26-Distribution-Icon.jpg
Data, data everywhere—but not a drop to drink. This seems to be the scenario at utilities of all shapes and sizes. Operations teams love to collect data but fall short on analysis and use. Learn how to prioritize your data collection and analysis efforts when you don’t have adequate staff or resources. Discover how utilities small and large can use available data available to improve operations and work to higher efficiency standards.

Jason Brown, President and CEO, mPower Innovations, Michigan; Frederick Rumery, T&D Construction Coordinator, and Tyler Sanderson, ERP Functional Analyst, Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska


4:30 — 5:30 p.m.

Operations and Reliability Power Hour https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Communications-%26-Control-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Enviromental-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Generation-%26-Fuels-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Safety-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Supply-Management-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Systems%20Planning-Icon.jpg https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Transmission-%26-Distribution-Icon.jpg
Join the American Public Power Association’s reliability team for an overview and open discussion of public power reliability and operations benchmarking metrics. Discuss the latest benchmarking data, share reliability stories, and help define the path forward for public power to continue to excel. Network with your peers over a drink (cash bar) during this informal session.

Featuring American Public Power Association staff and members