20-25 May 2022
POWERGEN 2022

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Initiate
Leaptran Pitch
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query_builder 11:15am - 11:30am
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Leaptran Pitch
Initiate is the hub at DISTRIBUTECH to hear about new technology, innovation, and up and coming talent in the energy sector. There will be 25 amazing startup companies pitching for a chance to win an award from Duke Energy and Clarion Energy Events. Stop by booth #3755 on the POWERGEN side to hear pitches and content centered around energy innovation.
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Leadership Summit
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from DC
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from DC
The future of energy in Texas and the US is one of carbon-free promise, but numerous challenges face us in designing and operating an electricity system that does not emit greenhouse gasses. What is the best way to meet growing consumer demand for power while ensuring resiliency and reliability? How can we address potential disruptions to natural gas supply, given limited storage and transportation capacity? And how do we manage these challenges within a changing regulatory environment? Mario Azar, President of Power Business at Black & Veatch will kick off the Leadership Summit with a short introduction. Join us for a conversation with former US Secretary of Energy and former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, and Brad Jones, Acting CEO of ERCOT. They have tackled energy challenges throughout the country and will weigh in on the unique issues that lie ahead as we march toward the Net-Zero Future.
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Initiate
Making The Most Of A Utility Accelerator Program
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
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Making The Most Of A Utility Accelerator Program
Dominion Energy Innovation Center's DEIC Accelerate program introduced 15 startups to dozens of business units across Dominion Energy in its first two years. In this session, Adam Sledd of DEIC and Michael Beiro of Linebird will discuss how the program creates value for both the utility and the startups.  They will cover how a startup can maximize its opportunity to quickly build customer relationships, and how the utility benefits from creating a formal framework to engage startup companies.
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Networking
Powered by Diversity Luncheon
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query_builder 11:30am - 1:00pm
place Ballroom C4, Second Level
card_travel Luncheon, Panel
mic English
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Powered by Diversity Luncheon
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Workplace diversity is becoming a more common conversation in the business world and placing a focus on diversity and inclusion should extend farther than the hiring department. Diversity is a range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values, national origin, veteran status, and political beliefs. Join us for a networking lunch to hear industry leaders speak on the topic of diversity in the workplace and share the best practices they have experienced in this space.
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Knowledge Hub
Midlife Assessment of the Combined Cycle Fleet
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place 5245, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Midlife Assessment of the Combined Cycle Fleet
Managing generation assets in today’s volatile electricity markets and regulatory environment is a challenge to all power plant owners. Decisions must frequently be made on capital expenditures and maintenance budgets that are prudent given projected market opportunities. Such decisions need to balance plant costs against projected revenues and profits, which are directly related to plant availability. Optimizing plant capital and maintenance expenditures requires knowledge about current and future market conditions and opportunities. It also requires knowledge about each critical component of a generation unit. The capacity-weighted average age of the U.S. generation fleet is approaching 30 years. The combined cycle (CC) fleet is younger but has many units approaching 20 years of operating life. While this fleet is aging, our analysis shows that significant number of the assets have transitioned from heavy cycling in the early 2000s to baseload operation as the coal fleet has retired. Depending on the original design and construction, the suitability of the installed equipment’s actual operating regime, owners and operators have been concerned about the remaining life of their asset. 25 to 30 years used to be a typical expected operating life for a CC power plant, but it is unlikely that a large portion of the generating fleet will be retired in the next 5-10 years. Owners are planning on operating CC assets even as they approach 40 years life. So, what does this mean for owners? Will maintenance cost increase with equipment age, and/or reliability impacted with equipment failure? Our analysis shows that historical maintenance activities, plant design and operating practices is a good indicator of future reliability and cost. While gas turbine maintenance is scheduled per original equipment manufacturer recommended plans, the balance of plant and steam turbine require a separate assessment for asset management. Several gas turbines will approach 120-140,000 operating hours, requiring significant investment from operators, and a careful engineering analysis of high-risk equipment, can assist in minimizing costly replacement of other equipment onsite. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the CC fleet’s remaining useful life and probability of failure as well as the expected cost to extend the fleet’s useful life.
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Keynote
On the Future of Work + Working
On the Future of Work + Working
Whether we have more jobs or less is a debate only time will settle, but there is no doubt 100% of jobs will be reskilled. How we work and Why is being recalibrated, and society overall will take a radical shift as we head into what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How can we build the new capacities necessary? How will new tools shape new behaviors and drive new expectations? Which old practices to manage risk are actually now putting us at risk? And how will we measure we are doing it right?
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Knowledge Hub
Decarbonizing Water – How Placer County Water Agency Is Preparing for Electrons as the New Fuel
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place 5925, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Decarbonizing Water – How Placer County Water Agency Is Preparing for Electrons as the New Fuel
Sponsored by Black & Veatch: As a provider of (pollution-free) water to their customers, decarbonization and resiliency are always among Placer County Water Agency’s top goals. As PCWA plans for a reduction in their carbon footprint, they are especially reimagining their fleet with zero-emission vehicles. In conjunction with moving towards a zero-emission fleet, they are also looking at their facilities to supply on-site renewable energy, to further reduce their emissions from their electricity needs. PCWA is an essential utility and must supply clean water to their customers, especially during emergency events. Resiliency is a significant consideration at every step of their planning. Changes in weather patterns and an increased number of natural disasters (such as hurricanes, forest fires, etc.) only add to the importance of planning for resiliency – for their facility and now also for their zero-emission fleet. This presentation will address the following, with examples from PCWA’s experiences: Fleet energy planning – Type of decarbonized vehicle (battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell electric) to consider for the fleet, the corresponding energy, and infrastructure needs. Decarbonized energy planning – based on the type of decarbonized vehicle technology, various considerations for fueling these vehicles with renewable energy sources. Resiliency – planning for long-duration outages and considerations for energy generation + storage infrastructure on-site that can provide needed backup power for an emergency operation scenario.
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Initiate
InnovationForce Pitch
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query_builder 1:15pm - 1:30pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
card_travel Presentation
mic English
InnovationForce Pitch
Dominion Energy Innovation Center's DEIC Accelerate program introduced 15 startups to dozens of business units across Dominion Energy in its first two years. In this session, Adam Sledd of DEIC and Michael Beiro of Linebird will discuss how the program creates value for both the utility and the startups.  They will cover how a startup can maximize its opportunity to quickly build customer relationships, and how the utility benefits from creating a formal framework to engage startup companies.
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Initiate
Noteworthy Pitch
Noteworthy Pitch
Dominion Energy Innovation Center's DEIC Accelerate program introduced 15 startups to dozens of business units across Dominion Energy in its first two years. In this session, Adam Sledd of DEIC and Michael Beiro of Linebird will discuss how the program creates value for both the utility and the startups.  They will cover how a startup can maximize its opportunity to quickly build customer relationships, and how the utility benefits from creating a formal framework to engage startup companies.
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Conference
Valve Performance Improvement Through Trim Upgrades with Additive Manufacturing
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D222, Second Level
card_travel Presentation, Tech Talk
mic English
Valve Performance Improvement Through Trim Upgrades with Additive Manufacturing
Sponsored by IMI Critical Engineering: Retrofit3D allows for simple, quick and cost-effective improvements to control valve performance through trim-only upgrade solutions. Retrofit3D harnesses the power of additive manufacturing to create custom engineered trim that is designed and optimized for the specific application. The talk will provide insight into Retroft3D and its applications through real-life case studies.
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