20-25 May 2022
POWERGEN 2022

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Utility University
UU 207: Using the Common Information Model for Distribution Grid Model Data Management
UU 207: Using the Common Information Model for Distribution Grid Model Data Management
To register for this course, click here! This course will provide an overview of the use of the Common Information Model (CIM) for organizing grid model data,  focusing on the use of CIM data constructs to enable effective network model data management solutions inside the utility enterprise. The course will cover a variety of topics related to leveraging the CIM to improve utility management of grid model data, including: The distribution network model management challenge Organizing utility grid model data management using a business function approach Grid Model Manager tool functional requirements CIM data constructs for the modeling of power system data CIM data constructs for the management of power system data CIM-related IEC Standards overview Areas of current CIM activity relevant to distribution grid model management The course is suited to technical and manager-level utility personnel working in the operations, planning, or GIS areas as well as those working in IT roles supporting those areas. It will provide information useful to utility personnel in: designing local solutions for managing network model data from its source in engineering and facilities tools to its ultimate use in planning, protection, and operations network analysis tools specifying CIM-standard interfaces in tool procurements specifying requirements for tools expected to perform the grid model management function It is also suited to vendor personnel who are developers or product managers for tools that are used to supply, consume, or manage grid model data (including GIS, engineering design tools, and network analysis software such as planning/protection tools and OMS, DMS or ADMS). The course will provide information vendor personnel would find useful in: understanding the enterprise-wide requirements of distribution utilities related to grid model management designing CIM-aligned tool interfaces that enable effective utility model management solutions understanding the functional requirements of tools intended to deliver grid model management capability Attendees familiar with the use, creation, or management of grid model data at utilities will gain maximum benefit from this course.  
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Utility University
UU 204: DNP3 Overview: Keeping Current
UU 204: DNP3 Overview: Keeping Current
To register for this course, click here! In this course the Chair of the IEEE DNP Technical Committee will explain the philosophy (and terminology) underpinning IEEE Standard 1815 (DNP3); explain its structural components and clarify a number of areas that people sometimes find difficult to grasp. Some lesser-known features of DNP3 and current developments will also be discussed. The course is structured to encourage attendees to question or discuss any aspect of DNP3 or SCADA systems that interest them, without being restricted to the course’s topic areas.  Topics:  DNP3 Philosophy & Terminology Addressing Data Models, Data Types & Structures Data Collection & Control Mechanisms DNP3 Classes DNP3 Subset Levels Less well-known features: Engineering Cybersecurity Mapping to IEC 61850 DER applications Conformance Testing Prerequisites:  Attendees should have familiarity with SCADA systems, but are not required to have detailed knowledge of DNP3. Target Audience:  Engineers and technicians responsible for design, specification, configuration, installation and fault-finding of SCADA equipment that uses DNP3 for transmission of SCADA data. 
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Utility University
UU 203: Approach for Migrating the Evolution from a Smarter Utility to a Digital Utility
UU 203: Approach for Migrating the Evolution from a Smarter Utility to a Digital Utility
To register for this course, click here! Course purpose: The course will show attendees examples of how utilities are evolving their grid modernization investments while migrating from Smart Grid 1.0 to Smart Grid 2.0 and into the Digital Utility 3.0 level.  This course lays out a transformation path regardless of the starting point.  What many utilities have found over the last few years, even with the best vendors selected and very good intentions of maximizing the benefits identified in the business cases, is that often after a few years something was missing holding them back from getting all the value from their investments. The following items will be covered: Key Trends for Future Technology Considerations: i) Overall utility technology trends,  ii) Current state of grid modernization taking place, iii) Communications infrastructure future, and iiii) Utility of the future - what does it look like. Learn from the Past: Review of 2001-2021 Smart Grid investment shortfalls that existed even at progressive utilities, which typically were keeping them from maximizing their investment. Approaches for Developing the Digital Utility Roadmap: Establishing digital utility and technology investments in the overall Strategic Plan Migration from current automation to next-generation investments: 1) Nextgen AMI, 2) SCADA to ADMS, 3) Communicating with DER endpoints, 4) Work Management to Asset Management, 5) Next Gen. Mobile Workforce optimization Electric Infrastructure Foundations Next-Generation Communications Infrastructure Managing DER and Behind-the-Meter (BTM) Programs  New Customer Offerings (products/services) Maximizing Analytics Staffing trends needed for the digital utility. Approaches for Justifying and Getting Approval for digital utility investments Describe the specific knowledge, skills, and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.  Insights on separating “industry hype from reality.” An understanding of the differences in the business case output from foundational investments i.e., GIS, MDM, FAN, etc.) to applications-specific investments AMI, DA, DER communications. Approaches to a gradual smart migration to next-generation AMI to the Field Area Network to BTM communications. The methodology for creating a digital utility roadmap. The methodology for maximizing organizational change management. New approaches for growing new types of revenue outside of traditional regulated kWh or Therms driven consumption. Who should attend this course?  Utility and vendor executives tasked with creating a digital utility plan. Utility executives to project managers from IT tasked with building the future digital infrastructure. Experienced engineers that oversee SCADA, ADMS, DA, AMI, and new DER programs that are now tasked with replacing their legacy communications infrastructure with the next generation communications Vendors are creating new product lines to address the digital utility needs of the future. Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications: None
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Utility University
UU 205: IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability: Accelerating DER Integration
UU 205: IEEE 1547-2018 Interoperability: Accelerating DER Integration
To register for this course, click here! The purpose of this course is to educate utility, regulator, and vendor decision-makers and implementers on the new IEEE 1547.1 Interoperability requirements (section 10 in IEEE 1547-2018); help the audience understand what is/is not included in certified UL 1741 SB products vis-à-vis interoperability; provide guidance on the implications of the new Interoperability requirement for utilities, regulators and vendors; and to suggest strategies for leveraging the game-changing inverter technology.      This course describes the fundamental challenges in integrating inverter-based DERs into grid operations and the significant changes being implemented by inverter vendors to enable more scalable interoperability between all systems in the Grid-DER management infrastructure.    The course is aimed at those decision-makers and implementers working on short-term and long-term strategic plans for scaling DER integration into grid operations.  The understanding and adoption of standard communications protocols for inverter-based communications are critical to success.  Who should attend this course? The course is aimed at senior executives, product managers, engineers, software developers, system architects, and IT professionals who are planning to (or in the process of) design, integrate, or maintain a scalable DER communications infrastructure using standard communication protocols.   Attendees should have a working knowledge of DER products and capabilities as defined by IEEE 1547-2018.   Experience with DER interconnection requirements and management of DERs would be beneficial but not required.  Experience in the field is probably more important as a pre-requisite than specific degrees or certifications. 
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Utility University
UU 201: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 1, Fundamentals
UU 201: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 1, Fundamentals
To register for this course, click here! This course provides an examination of the fundamentals of electric utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems with a focus on case studies, industry best practices, and application of the concepts. Key topics to be covered include:  SCADA system benefits, building blocks, and system integration  The business case for SCADA  Delivering reliability outcomes through digital technologies  Introduction to and comparison of communication technologies and protocols  The use of SCADA in emerging applications  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.  A student new to SCADA will leave with a thorough understanding of why these systems are so important to reliable grid operation as well as what other technologies and considerations accompany an actual deployment. A critical component of this class is the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and share experiences/issues with follow classmates. The presenters have over 60 years combined experience in this area so the talk will include many “real world” equipment and project examples (utility case studies) to go along with the technology narrative.  Who should attend this course?  Engineers and managers responsible for planning and cost justifying SCADA, communications, and smart grid  Engineers responsible for designing and implementing a SCADA, communications, or smart grid project, or contributing to its design and implementation  Nontechnical professionals who wish to get an introduction to SCADA and smart grid  technologies  Operators and technicians working with SCADA, communications or smart grid  systems  Project Managers  Engineers and sales personnel working for suppliers and integrators of hardware and software products used in SCADA, communications or smart grid  and related fields  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  No prior knowledge of SCADA or certifications required 
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Utility University
UU 208: Utility Project Management – Methods for Success
UU 208: Utility Project Management – Methods for Success
To register for this course, click here! Effective project management for electric, water, and gas utilities relies on superior implementation approaches, techniques, and skills. Implementation success for utility projects is not a given in our industry in general where as many as 80% of projects fail to meet their technical, cost, or schedule objectives. For projects which have achieved success, strong project management has proven to be the essential ingredient. The documented benefits of good project management are myriad, but the effects are easy to see: projects which deliver to their goals despite the inevitable hurdles present in any large-scale endeavor.  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    This course distills lessons learned and best practices from successful projects into an understandable guide and roadmap for those either about to embark, or currently managing a project. Students will be taken through the planning process, from the very first planning steps through the project closeout and operational transition, and how to position the organization for even greater benefit in the future. Specific guidelines, approaches, and techniques to avoid issues and maximize benefits, with examples and case studies tools will be taught. By the end of the course, the student will have gained the knowledge and key lessons learned to manage successfully based on multiple utility implementations.  Who should attend this course? All utility personnel involved in utility projects, from executive sponsors and project management to utility operational personnel, will benefit from the complete understanding of project resource needs, business impacts, customer benefits/impacts, and technology.  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  A college education and familiarity with utility operations is helpful.
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Utility University
UU 202: Outage Management Fundamentals
UU 202: Outage Management Fundamentals
To register for this course, click here! The purpose of this course is to educate students on:  The role of Outage Management Systems (OMS) at utilities  The core OMS modules and functions   The role of GIS models in OMS  How Emergency Management practices are being embraced and used by utilities  How customer communications are evolving related to outages Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    Learn about:  Outage Management System Modules and Capabilities  Outage communications   ADMS and OMS operations business processes and trends  Maintaining OMS models  Seattle City Light’s OMS (a case study) Use of OMS at CenterPoint Energy and one other utility in both blue sky days and during storms  Overview of the future directions of OMS   Who should attend this course?    New OMS (and ADMS) end-users  OMS administrators  Control Center Managers  Customer Service managers  People involved in the procurement of a new or replacement OMS or ADMS.  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  A limited and/or minimal understanding of electric utility practices  No IT, OMS or emergency management experience needed 
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Utility University
UU 102: Understanding Storage for Distribution Grids and Behind-the-Meter
UU 102: Understanding Storage for Distribution Grids and Behind-the-Meter
To register for this course, click here! The hype around storage is only matched by the need for storage as the grid transforms.  This course will provide the following information: Fact based comparison between the different types of storage available An understanding of the characteristics of storage  11 different types of standard batteries,   7 different kinds of flow batteries, and   24 different types of non-battery storage (e.g., hydrogen, ammonia, small pumped hydro, etc.).   Safety, capital cost, O&M cost, facility life, storage life, ramp rates, charge time, round trip efficiency, etc.  Discussion of uses cases, duration and value   Regulations and compliance standards for storage including an introduction to NFPA855 An understanding of which questions to ask storage vendors. Who should attend this course?   Energy industry professionals who want have basic knowledge about energy storage in order to help identify which type of storage will meet their needs.   This course is designed to be jargon-free and provide a basic understanding of storage in layman’s terms. It is useful for all levels from final decision makers to line engineers.  
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Utility University
UU 101: ADMS Solutions for Modern Distribution Systems
UU 101: ADMS Solutions for Modern Distribution Systems
To register for this course, click here! Course purpose This course will provide information electric utilities need to plan, integrate, and commission an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) that includes functions for electrical optimization, outage management, DER Management, and other advanced applications. Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.  System integration guidelines and challenges Current vendor offerings Implementation strategy Lessons learned by at least two leading utilities who have recent ADMS implementation experience Who should attend this course Electric utility operators, engineers and managers involved in the operation, design and optimization of electric distribution systems Representatives of electric distribution companies that are implementing or planning to implement ADMS functionality Information technology and business process personnel responsible for system integration and transitioning to modern distribution control centers Financial personnel interested in the business case for deploying ADMS Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications Knowledge of electric distribution operations Business processes for managing customer outages General knowledge of communication media for remote monitoring and control of electric power apparatus
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Utility University
UU 307: The Business Case for IEC 61850 and Cybersecurity
UU 307: The Business Case for IEC 61850 and Cybersecurity
To register for this course, click here! As cybersecurity requirements continue to grow, utility industry vendors and suppliers are constantly challenged to keep up with the latest requirements in a cost-effective way. The purpose of this course is to familiarize attendees with the latest cybersecurity requirements, proven methods to achieve compliance, and how cost savings and enhanced business operations can be realized through the latest designs of cybersecurity infrastructures and modern communication networks. Attendees will acquire An overview of IEC 61850 and its role in efficient information-based operations in utilities going forward. Who should attend: Cyber security personnel, compliance managers, protection and control engineers/ managers; asset managers, system planners, maintenance personnel, utility IT personnel, operations personnel   Prerequisite skills and knowledge: Utility operation and communication fundamentals.
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Utility University
UU 301: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 2, Advanced
UU 301: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 2, Advanced
To register for this course, click here! This course provides an in-depth look at the systems that utilize supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) information, functionality, and secure networks for advanced applications. Key topics to be covered include:  Distribution Automation (DA) and Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)  Integration with other systems such as distributed energy resources (specifically solar PV and energy storage systems), new power electronics devices, and microgrids  The impacts of IT/OT convergence and data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robots  SCADA system design and best practices  Cybersecurity considerations and perspectives   Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    Those wishing to build on an existing background in SCADA should expect to learn how other applications utilize the data, implementation challenges, and the latest tools for securing the system against cyber threats. As with the "fundamentals” course, attendees will be encouraged to bring questions and experiences to share. The presenters will address these and facilitate discussion on how the time-tested methods of utility data acquisition and control can be married with new, more complex applications.  Who should attend this course?    Engineers and managers responsible for planning and cost justifying SCADA, communications, and smart grid Engineers responsible for designing and implementing a SCADA, communications, or smart grid project, or contributing to its design and implementation  Nontechnical professionals who wish to get an introduction to SCADA and smart grid technologies  Operators and technicians working with SCADA, communications, or smart grid systems  Project Managers  Engineers and sales personnel working for suppliers and integrators of hardware and software products used in SCADA, communications or smart grid and related fields  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  No prior knowledge of SCADA or certifications required 
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Utility University
UU 302: The Future of Outage Management Systems
UU 302: The Future of Outage Management Systems
To register for this course, click here! The purpose of this course is to educate students on:  Outage Optimization and Digital Strategies for OMS  Advanced ADMS/OMS Data Exchanges   Visibility of Network Models Outside of the Control Center  Advanced Outage Analytics  OMS Product Roadmaps  Using Fault Data and AMI Data to Improve Outage Predictions  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.    Learn about:  Digital Communications Strategies   Outage Data Exchanges, Standards and Protocols   Network Model Visibility  Maintaining OMS models  Advanced Outage Analytics  Future Directions of OMS Products  Fault Data and AMI Data Integration  Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Management   Who should attend this course?    Experienced OMS (and ADMS) end-users  OMS administrators  Control Center Managers  Customer Service managers  People involved in the procurement of a new or replacement OMS or ADMS  Emergency Preparedness Managers  Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  Some exposure to electric utility practices  Basic experience withs OMS or emergency management practices and/or Outage Management Fundamentals 
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Utility University
UU 306: The Role of Grid Forming Inverters in Inverter Dominated Power Systems
UU 306: The Role of Grid Forming Inverters in Inverter Dominated Power Systems
To register for this course, click here! As the power system is moving toward an inverter-dominated system, this course is intended to inform the audience on the need for grid-forming inverters, including the definition, use cases, and performance requirements of these inverters.  Describe the specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course.   Attendees of the course will acquire knowledge on:   System needs from inverter-based resources in an inverter-dominated system  The definition of a grid-forming inverter and how it differs from a grid-following inverter  Grid-forming control methods and their high-level operation principles  Use cases for grid-forming inverters in the distribution and transmission grid  Performance requirements of grid-forming inverters in utility-scale microgrids    Who should attend this course?    Engineers and consultants working in the areas of  Transmission planning and operations  Distribution planning and operations  Microgrid design and operation  Owners of inverter-based generation resources  Inverter vendors    Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications  Basic understanding of power system operation and grid support from inverter-based resources 
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Utility University
UU 304: AMI Data Operations: Managing Real-time Sensor and IoT Data to Unlock the Next Level of Utility Operational Improvements
UU 304: AMI Data Operations: Managing Real-time Sensor and IoT Data to Unlock the Next Level of Utility Operational Improvements
To register for this course, click here! This course is focused on Data Operations in the real-time world of AMI and IoT.  This course answers these questions: What are the critical activities for monitoring and managing the real-time and near real-time data from smart meters and the plethora of IoT (Internet of Things) sensors being added to utility communications? How can you simplify the millions of data elements which flow into the utility data operations by automating the monitoring and management, filtering the noise and getting information to the systems and personnel who can utilize the information? How do you increase the utilization of the valuable data from millions of metering and sensing endpoints? What are the right systems and personnel to monitor, manage and analyze this overwhelming amount of data? AMI and IoT are moving to edge computing, how do you move data operations from a static to a dynamic view to take advantage of this? Who should attend this course and what knowledge is required? Project managers, IT managers, Operations and Analytics personnel.  Basically, any utility personnel who expect to be involved in the utilization or operation AMI and IoT with millions of real-time endpoints.  Anyone considering the implementation of AMI, MDM, MAMS and/or Enterprise Analytics and would like to understand how the solution will be operated and why consideration of operation is important at the start, rather than the end, of the project. Attendees must understand the metering and sensing requirements and data required by utility operations.
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Utility University
UU 305: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Utilities
UU 305: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Utilities
To register for this course, click here! To discuss the rapidly changing demographics of the current and incoming workforce, and how this relates directly to achieving goals of gender and LGBTQIA+ based diversity and inclusion (D&I). To explain the basic principles of showing respect, equity, fairness, and inclusion towards employees, vendors, clients, and all persons worldwide - regardless of the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. To demonstrate via an example how building this positive goals-oriented respectful culture will empower all your employees to be their very best. Throughout the session, attendees participate in role-playing using real-life examples to help us recognize our own unconscious bias and how it impacts the organization. These examples will help us consider “How that situation made us feel?,” what you thought about while the situation was happening,” and what did you learn about yourself and others?” We will talk about microaggression and macroaggression and their impact on the work environment. You will gain best practices to remove misconceptions and stereotypes and engage in dialogue that will be the catalyst for change. The presenter will provide practical tips that help you manage situations positively and productively. Describe the specific knowledge, skills, and /or capabilities that attendees should acquire through this course. Learning specific action plans for engaging management and employees as a team to create an inclusive workspace, as well as communicating your commitment to such both internally and externally. Successful strategies for crafting or changing Human Resources guidelines, updating management and employee training materials, and having meaningful enforcement of these policies – including ensuring that employee benefits programs are inclusive and fair. How to encourage D&I in employee recruitment, hiring, advancement, and retention. The role of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and community participation, and how to develop workable and sustainable programs. Addressing sub-contractor, supplier, and vendor diversity concerns. Developing and tracking internal and external compliance metrics for success. Being aware of continuing “change as usual.” Who should attend this course? Supervisors and managers at all levels, customer-facing professionals, human resources and talent development personnel, corporate training, and education staff, etc. especially those who work with others from various countries and cultures from around the world? This topic is highly applicable to the STEM fields where a significant gender-based division exists that has been traditionally weighted heavily towards one side. Prerequisite skills and knowledge: Nothing specifically required.
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Utility University
UU 303: Grid Modernization Communications – Alternatives
UU 303: Grid Modernization Communications – Alternatives
To register for this course, click here! This course provides a fresh unbiased perspective on communications technologies for critical applications for both existing automation programs and for future programs as defined in your Grid Modernization Master Plan.  Most utilities already have some form of backhaul communications for SCADA, AMI, and DA.  However, the emerging grid modernization programs are being expanded by adding new applications and greatly expanding existing programs. Communicating with customer-owned DER endpoints has become a growing challenge, the communication requirements for DA and AMI backhaul are also expanding and substations are becoming communication node locations.     The latest communications breakthroughs listed below will be reviewed with case studies used to enhance the learning outcomes.  Comparisons will be made regarding: latency, reliability, spectrum required, communication protocols, ease or challenge of obtaining end-point coverage, throughput potential, power requirements, typical pricing and several other characteristics.  The architecture, vendor solutions, costs and cost justification process and value proposition will be covered while addressing the following:  Private LTE Overview Including a Private LTE Case Study  Private LTE as your Long-Term AMI Metering Solution:    802.16s WiMAX Overview:    Licensed Broadband Spectrum Sources: 900 MHz, 700 MHz, 600 MHz, 220 MHz  Review the Narrowband Communication Alternatives:   AMI as a Backhaul for the Field Area Network Programs:    Communications Beyond the Meter  Fiber Optics as part of the WAN:  Commercial cellular Specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees will acquire: Learn about private LTE and 802.16s and the use of licensed spectrum for your Field Area Network applications.   Discover new opportunities to commercialize communication assets.  Learn about new applications that are now requiring communications – C&I DER, home automation Behind-the-meter (BTM), private drone communications, expanded DA program, others.   The ability to separate technology hype with great future promise versus technologies that are ready for a 2022 deployment. Who should attend this course?    This course is targeted for a variety of skill sets and experience levels including the following:   Senior Executives who are tasked with approving recommendations that involve millions of dollars of smart utility infrastructure can benefit by learning about the trade-offs of different communication technologies and key questions they should be asking their staffs.  Utility strategy personnel looking for new opportunities to expand a utilities revenue (either regulated or deregulated).  For experienced engineers that oversee SCADA, ADMS, DA, AMI and new DER programs that are now tasked with replacing their legacy communications infrastructure with the next generation communications.  For IT staff that that may have focused more on internal applications that are now assigned to project teams that involve the WAN and FAN for the future selection or deployment of next generation communications infrastructure.  For project managers that may not be experts with communication technologies but will be involved with procuring, deploying or managing communication infrastructure projects.  For attendees that only have time for a four-hour class and want to receive a fresh update on the state of industry for Field Communications for mission critical programs like SCADA, DA, AMI and DER backhaul. 
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Keynote
A Morning with Rick Perry
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query_builder 8:30am - 10:00am
place The Arena, Second Level
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A Morning with Rick Perry

With the backdrop of 14 years as governor of the nation’s second-largest state and a lifetime of public service, former Texas Governor Rick Perry shares with audiences his thoughts on current events and conveys what he’s learned from his extensive executive and legislative experiences with examples he faced as governor of the Lone Star State.

The keynote session sets the stage and kicks off three exciting days of education and networking at POWERGEN International®. Day one will open with a keynote address by Jim Greer, EVP, and COO of Oncor; Tom Deitrich, President and Chief Executive Officer to Itron; Braden Cammauf, Head of FPT Industrial Brand Nafta; Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, and Rick Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Governor of Texas. 

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Decarbonization Goals: How Do We Get There?
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query_builder 10:30am - 12:00pm
place D220, Second Level
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Decarbonization Goals: How Do We Get There?
As utility organizations need to transition from current generation mix to carbon free generation, while high levels statements are made, the actual transition and execution is left to technical teams who are challenged with economics, transmission, generation mix physics (reliability/regulatory requirements), integration and implementation of the transition itself.  This session is to provide the perspectives of mid-level staff at utilities on the actual execution of the transition plan.  Discussion regarding challenges of transitioning existing fossil fleet to decommissioning while bringing more variable renewables resources on line, challenges regarding the current transmission grid and how it influences mis transition, early indicators regarding operability and control of the emerging grid mix and other challenges that have become opportunities for innovation and utility growth.  The panel will be focused less on the challenges of transition but rather the opportunities and innovation the transition is creating for utilities and the entities that support them.
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Plug and Play Tech Center Panel
Plug and Play Tech Center Panel
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Leadership Summit
Power Challenges Bigger than Texas: Addressing Resource Adequacy, Resiliency and Security in an Uncertain World with Rick Perry, Massoud Amin & Julia Matevosyan
Power Challenges Bigger than Texas: Addressing Resource Adequacy, Resiliency and Security in an Uncertain World with Rick Perry, Massoud Amin & Julia Matevosyan
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 electrical system to meet the growing demand for power while ensuring resiliency, reliability, and security. How do we manage these challenges within a changing regulatory regime and with an evolving threat environment? Deepa Poduval, Vice President & Global Advisory Leader at Black & Veatch kicks off the Leadership Summit with a short introduction. Following his remarks will be a conversation with former US Secretary of Energy and former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, Massoud Amin, professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and Julia Matevosyan, Chief Engineer at ESIG Energy. This give-and-take discussion will offer a candid assessment of the policy, technology, and cybersecurity issues that are crucial to the bulk power system’s future.
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As Transport Electrifies, Airports, Seaports, and EV Fleets Seek Resilient, Sustainable, and Cost-effective Onsite Generation Solutions.
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query_builder 1:00pm - 1:30pm
place D220, Second Level
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As Transport Electrifies, Airports, Seaports, and EV Fleets Seek Resilient, Sustainable, and Cost-effective Onsite Generation Solutions.
Sponsored by Baker Hughes: Electrification in Mobility is gathering pace, and power is becoming the most critical input to these operations.  The future of airports is to electrify terminal infrastructure, ground service equipment, busses, and regional cargo airplanes.  Cruise Ships and Cargo Ships are ripe for shore power conversion, and there is significant political support for electrifying port operations.  Municipalities are planning for city bus fleet electrification with many projects underway.  As our country electrifies transportation, on-site power generation often offers a cleaner, cheaper, more resilient solutions.  Authority Planners, Design Firms, and Energy Technology companies are committed to designing and deploying on-site Microgrids to meet local and industry-set decarbonization goals.  This talk identifies specific Transportation Applications and discusses how to best approach each with an integrated solution.
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Integrating Sustainable Engine Technologies into a Microgrid
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D220, Second Level
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Integrating Sustainable Engine Technologies into a Microgrid
The definition of a microgrid is a decentralized group of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to the traditional wide area synchronous grid but can also disconnect to "island mode" and function autonomously as physical or economic conditions dictate. Based on aging electric infrastructure, growing electric demands and focus on carbon reduction the microgrid market is growing to meet these global requirements. Recip engines are an integral part of a microgrid now and into the future based on their ability to provide consistent, sustainable, reliable electricity and thermal energy. Recip engines can operate on many different fuels such as natural gas, diesels, biogas, propane, etc. They are also being designed and configured to operate on clean zero-carbon fuels such as hydrogen, renewable natural gas to meet carbon reduction goals. Manufacturers are also focusing on making sure current reciprocating engine microgrids can be retrofitted to operate on zero-carbon fuels as they become readably available and are cost-effective. This abstract will focus on two operating microgrids that incorporate reciprocating engine technologies today. One operates an engine in a simple cycle mode and the other incorporates an engine operating in combined heat and power application (CHP). The first project contains a continuous duty generator set rated for is a 423 kW for a microgrid project located at the Chattanooga, TN airport. The customer is the local municipal utility, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB). This project utilizes a recip gen set, PV solar panels, battery energy storage, and a microgrid controller. EPB worked with the University of Tennessee to develop the microgrid controller as part of a grant. The second project is a 5-MW microgrid for Tasteful Selections, a vertically integrated farmer-owned, farmer-driven bite-size potato growing, packing, and shipping operation. Combining 3.6 MW cogeneration firm power with 120-kW solar and 1.25-MW/625-kWh lithium-ion battery storage, the microgrid has approximately 5-MW total capacity with provisions to add additional renewables, including more solar and renewable natural gas. It is architected to create efficiency at every turn, from capturing and repurposing heat to optimizing engine efficiency and advanced load side management. The microgrid incorporates solar energy generation and battery storage to provide Tasteful Selections a pathway to net-zero carbon.
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Decarbonization Through a Sustainable Thermal Hybrid Operation with Renewables and Green Hydrogen Application
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place D220, Second Level
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Decarbonization Through a Sustainable Thermal Hybrid Operation with Renewables and Green Hydrogen Application
This presentation shows concepts to support the decarbonization goals considering Aeroderivative technology as well as a portfolio of digital products to achieve an energy transition to meet the said goals. The Aeroderivative Gas Turbines technology (Aeros) demonstrated that it could meet an affordable and sustainable energy supply model, either through complementing Renewable Sources in hybrid configuration injecting at the same point of interconnect (POI) or utilizing a mixture of gas and green hydrogen. The GE Aeros have been operating in several sites in Thermal Hybrid mode with Renewable Sources (Solar and Wind) and Energy Storage (BESS) thanks to the digital controls that enable those assets to operate as a fully integrated single resource including forecasting and dispatch optimization capabilities. Additionally, the Aero technology have demonstrated the capability of operating with renewable fuels including hydrogen that reduces the carbon emissions when mixed with natural gas in distributed generation scheme. The Use cases: A_ Thermal Hybrid Operation 24/7: Thermal Hybrids allow the RE (Renewable Energy) asset to generate to its fullest capacity while turning down the thermal asset and hence reduce the curtailment, fuel burnt, the pure Thermal LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity) as well as Carbon emissions to enable complying with the decarbonization imperatives. This use case will serve as the new base load from a hybrid asset that has a lower carbon emission when compared a pure thermal one bringing to the table many advantages and reducing the grid wide efforts to balance renewable assets with other interconnected ones. B- Green Hydrogen operation – Aero as a long term storage technology The Aero Gas turbines offer multiple options to achieve lower carbon emissions, by using a renewable fuel such as hydrogen. The proposed use case herein constitutes of feeding an Electrolyzer with the electrical power from a Solar PV asset to generate green hydrogen. The H2 will be compressed and stored during the availability of the solar Energy and then deployed to be mixed with Natural gas to burn during the evening and early dawn hours. This option eliminates the alternative of mixing the hydrogen in the gas infrastructure pipelines and instead deploy it on a distributed micro scale and determine the associated LCOH, LCOE and associated carbon reduction. In such scheme, the Aero technology will be utilized as a long-term storage technology.
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Leadership Summit
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from “The Trenches” Across the Globe
Decarbonization – Getting to 2035: Technology Interdependencies and Options - the View from “The Trenches” Across the Globe
Heads of companies and thought leaders discuss specific challenges they have to meet their decarbonization goals or those set by government agencies, and how R&D can help individual companies and industries. The panel would focus on specific challenges and opportunities industries are facing, on electrification and its limits, and on specific measures/technologies needed.
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Networking
Cantina Reception
Cantina Reception
Take 5 for a drink and a quick chat at our cantina receptions located throughout the exhibit hall.

Networking Bar Locations:
Company Booth Name
Black & Veatch 4811
PTMW 3745
Power Plant Services 6146
Qualus Power Services 3827
Maddox 4245
Blue Wolf Performance Solutions 4516
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Leadership Summit
Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the Net-Zero Future
Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the Net-Zero Future
The always complicated process forced upon developers and builders of new projects for the energy sector gets more challenging and problematic every year. Financial constraints, technology, and connectivity needs, regulatory hurdles, political pressures, and, last but not least, environmental goals and challenges are not always in alignment, so utilities and their partners have hard rows to hoe in bringing those together. A significant part of our build strategy is now planning for weather-related challenges with hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.  How do we prepare ourselves to keep the grid and infrastructure online or restore as quickly as possible when disaster strikes?  This session will look at how both utilities, developers, and partners navigate the building and install the intelligent equipment needed for Destination 2050. 
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Startup Corporate Mixer, powered by Plug and Play Tech Center
Startup Corporate Mixer, powered by Plug and Play Tech Center
The Initiate Hub (booth #3755) will host an invite-only mixer on Monday, May 23rd, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This exclusive mixer will bring together startup companies and utility innovation managers for an informal hour of networking and connecting.
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Networking
Networking on Tap Reception
Networking on Tap Reception
Join your colleagues for a drink on the exhibit floor! Thanks to our sponsors there will be bars available throughout the exhibit hall located at each sponsor's booth.

Networking Bar Locations:
Company Booth Number
UBC Millwrights 5117
WEG Electric Motors 5025
S T Cotter Turbine Services Inc. 4139
Industronic Inc     4333
Tuff Tube Transition 4765
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Networking
Breakfast Roundtables
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query_builder 8:00am - 9:15am
place Ballroom C2 and C3, Second Level
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Breakfast Roundtables
To register for the roundtables, click here!

These roundtable discussions provide excellent opportunities to network with peers while engaging with industry experts. Roundtables focused on specific industry topics are moderated by leading professionals in each field. The roundtables sell out quickly—don’t delay reserving your seat!
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Leadership Summit
Funding the New Energy Paradigm: Innovative Financing Mechanisms & Clever Capital Structures
Funding the New Energy Paradigm: Innovative Financing Mechanisms & Clever Capital Structures
This session will explore the different financing mechanisms and capital structures that will be critical to enabling a more sustainable energy future and what actors will be key to making this a success. Alternative financing for medium sized players: Reconciliation, direct-pay tax credits What's next for Project Finance? CPPAs, VPPAs, and what about other options?
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Conference
Energy Transitions in the Power Sector: A Path to Carbon Neutrality
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query_builder 10:00am - 10:30am
place D220, Second Level
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Energy Transitions in the Power Sector: A Path to Carbon Neutrality
Global electricity demand is set to increase three times by 2070, driven by economic growth and expansion. To meet this growth while reducing carbon footprint, the rapid adoption of CO2 reduction technologies is a pathway for sustainable growth. This presentation will provide an overview of the technology and recent developments. Carbon Capture Technology: The first step is deciding which assets to target, and then selecting an appropriate technology optimized for that operation. Technologies are ready today that can be deployed at scale-based for any number of factors. Learn about different carbon capture technologies to help achieve your CO2 emission targets. Storage, EOR & Carbon Sinks: IEA’s sustainable development scenario shows that over 90% of the world’s captured CO2 will need sequestration, but there are other options based on several factors. Learn of different industries that can put carbon to use.
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Leadership Summit
Utility Communication Infrastructure: Mission Critical Private Networks – The Catalyst for Utilities’ Digital Transformation
Utility Communication Infrastructure: Mission Critical Private Networks – The Catalyst for Utilities’ Digital Transformation
A fireside chat with the executive leadership from two major IOUs – Southern Co. and Exelon Corp. We will hear their perspectives on the role that capital investments in private networks play toward grid modernization strategies, and how Private-LTE networks can help accelerate a utility’s digital transformation journey. This session will have plenty of opportunities for the audience to engage in a dialog with the panel.
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Conference
The True Costs of Financing Decarbonization
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query_builder 10:30am - 11:30am
place D220, Second Level
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The True Costs of Financing Decarbonization
Session to Identify some of the key federal and state/utility incentives that may act as catalysts or game changers in decarbonization.  Some may influence how equity partners invest in generation, how utilities can access funding for transition, how disruptors (ESCO, Bitcoin, Residential scale, EVs) can change the market conditions and others.  The focus of the panel will be on the economics and financial incentives rather than regulatory drivers.  The session should provide answers to some key questions utilities are asking today: What are the policy incentives going to be and what should they be? Will federal incentives work for IPPs, COOPs, Public power, IOUs Example. Will they function like Section 45Q for Carbon storage – tax credit that now has portability feature to sell it/monetize it at a discount for those without tax authority/liability How are utilities going to track their carbonization metrics? Discussion points with ITC, Direct pay and other mechanisms that are being used in marketspace today to drive work?
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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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Making The Most Of A Utility Accelerator Program
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query_builder 11:30am - 12:00pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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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
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Powered by Diversity Luncheon
To purchase a ticket, click here!

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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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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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
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Utility Scale Wind Energy Projects
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query_builder 1:30pm - 2:00pm
place D220, Second Level
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Utility Scale Wind Energy Projects
As new wind farms are developed and existing farms repowered, thoughtful consideration must be taken into the technology selection and layout of the project. There is a new trend in the wind energy industry that leverages new large-scale wind turbines with rated capacity that is significantly higher than the industry standard over the past 5 years. By taking advantage of these new designs, there are also additional benefits in regards to wind resource capacity factors due to increased hub heights. Large scale technology ultimately allows for broader project adoption in previously underutilized geographies. Additionally, new innovations in the area of wind turbine support structures, including novel tower and foundation design; allow for the realization of cost effective tall towers and optimized turbine foundations. Such foundations utilize much smaller amounts of concrete and reinforcing steel. The application of some of the new novel foundation designs, would vastly reduce the amount of CO2 emissions that occur within the concrete, steel fabrication and the overall transportation emissions. Innovation in blade design is also a large factor in enabling the deployment of such large turbines. Lastly the infrastructure that is put in place, for example access roads and collection system within the project site, will be reduced due to less turbines required to achieve the targeted power generation capacity. Collectively all the above trends lead to significant reduction in carbon footprint for the operational project. This results in a smaller number of utilization factors for the construction activities and eventual operations and maintenance. This reduced carbon footprint comes with cost benefits pertaining to construction, O&M and lifetime extension mechanisms that are put in place for these projects. This session will focus on strategies, technology and methods for the reduction of carbon footprint for forthcoming utility scale wind power projects.
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Networking
Cantina Reception
Cantina Reception
Take 5 for a drink and a quick chat at our cantina receptions located throughout the exhibit hall.

Networking Bar Locations:
Company Booth Name
Black & Veatch 4811
Flanders Electric 6045
PTMW 3745
Qualus Power Services 3827
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Conference
Carbon Capture as Part of the Energy Transition
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query_builder 2:00pm - 2:30pm
place D220, Second Level
card_travel Presentation
mic English
Carbon Capture as Part of the Energy Transition
With new legislation and financial incentives for GHG reductions developing across the world, as well as corporate sustainability and net-zero goals, there is an increasing focus on methods to decarbonize the power sector and beyond. This presentation will focus on the role CO2 capture can play as a key decarbonization pathway in the transition to a net-zero carbon electricity sector. This presentation will discuss the current state of development of CO2 capture technologies, including direct air capture, and infrastructure and the ways in which CO2 capture can be applied to address near-term and long-term decarbonization goals. Market drivers, incentives, and regulations that would impact the deployment of CO2 capture technologies will be discussed. This presentation will also discuss key considerations that could impact the economics and feasibility of implementing these projects.
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Reslient Power Systems Pitch
Reslient Power Systems 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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AWS Start Ups & Culture of Innovation
AWS Start Ups & Culture of Innovation
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Conference
The Opportunity for Propane in Microgrids: a Case Study of Partnering to Decarbonize Power
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query_builder 2:30pm - 3:00pm
place D220, Second Level
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mic English
The Opportunity for Propane in Microgrids: a Case Study of Partnering to Decarbonize Power
Sponsored by Propane Education Research: Come listen to the Founder and CEO of BoxPower and Senior Director of Global Industrial Solutions for Generac along with staff from the Propane Education & Research Council present user success stories of using propane as back-up power for microgrids. There is a world of opportunity for propane with microgrids. Today’s microgrid applications with propane include power for a homeless village, a community of tiny houses with families and power for areas vulnerable to wildfires. Come see why propane is clean, efficient and the right choice for your next project. Propane is Energy for Everyone.
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SolarFi Pitch
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query_builder 3:00pm - 3:15pm
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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SolarFi 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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Networking
Networking on Tap Reception
Networking on Tap Reception
Company Booth Number
UBC Millwrights 5117
WEG Electric Motors 5025
S T Cotter Turbine Services Inc. 4139
Industronic Inc     4333
Tuff Tube Transition 4765

Join your colleagues for a drink on the exhibit floor! Thanks to our sponsors there will be bars available throughout the exhibit hall located at each sponsor's booth.
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Networking
Powerful Young Professionals Happy Hour
Powerful Young Professionals Happy Hour
The fostering and nurturing of young talent is a central pillar of Initiate, whether an undergraduate or postgraduate student or a young professional at the beginning of their career.
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Networking
Power Play
Power Play
Join us for the POWERGEN & DISTRIBUTECH Joint Networking Party, Power Play. Network with your industry peers at our sports-themed event.
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Conference
Solar Generation Grid Volatility – Examination of Impact of Blending Solar into the Modern Power Grid
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query_builder 8:30am - 9:00am
place D220, Second Level
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Solar Generation Grid Volatility – Examination of Impact of Blending Solar into the Modern Power Grid
This paper examines some of the unique challenges associated with large scale implementation of utility scale solar PV generation on the US power grid, highlighting some of the issues which have or may potentially arise. The paper covers some of the lessons learned from solar PV output studies including the effects of cloud crossings, as well as overcast days and the somewhat random nature of all renewable generation resources today and what effects this can have on other fossil fueled generation in operation on the grid. Volatility in generation output is one of the main challenges which is found to be increased when large amounts of solar power are added to the grid. The paper seeks to discuss the expected outcomes of higher and higher amounts of random renewable generation and how as responsible engineers the technical community can take steps to manage some of the negative operational and economic impacts of higher volatility before it becomes a more significant problem in the future. The author shares data from output studies carried out on portions of the USA grid, as well as a very useful data set from one of the largest solar research installations in the world having been a member of the team which developed and designed that facility in Australia. The paper shares some of the understanding based on the author’s years of design and development R&D and studies of how the output volatility from larger installations of solar PV can be somewhat mitigated by the close proximity to other generation sources and storage to further mitigate the effects of volatility on the grid.
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Conference
How to Optimize Your Investments in Decarbonization
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query_builder 9:00am - 9:30am
place D220, Second Level
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mic English
How to Optimize Your Investments in Decarbonization
To achieve a carbon-free grid by 2035 and a U.S. decarbonization economy by 2050, the Power sector will require an extensive amount of capital investment to ensure the infrastructure supports a clean, resilient grid. In this panel, we will first explore the full array of emerging carbon-free technologies and associated decarbonization investment opportunities impacting the Power sector. Then, we will shift focus to share how cross sector convergence and market players access the value chain can optimize capital investment strategies, including covering government stimulus and emerging regulatory measures at the federal and state level to accelerate the own decarbonization plans. This moderated panel will include key insights from EY industry experts and several utility executives.
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Best Practices for Structuring and Negotiating EPC Contracts for Renewable Power Power Projects
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query_builder 9:30am - 10:00am
place D220, Second Level
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Best Practices for Structuring and Negotiating EPC Contracts for Renewable Power Power Projects
This discussion will comprise an overview, from the owner’s/developer’s perspective, of two fundamental contracts for building a renewable (wind or solar) electric generation facility: the Equipment Procurement Agreement (EPA) and the balance of plant (BOP) Engineering Procurement and Construction Agreement (EPC). The first half will focus on key provisions that should be in the typical EPA, outlining the key issues and risks inherent in these documents and focusing on how to protect the owner’s/developer’s interests at every step. The presenters will delve into “best practices” and “critical nuances” on key subjects, including in such areas as payment and payment security structures, equipment delivery obligations, performance testing and guarantees, and warranties. The second half will focus on the typical BOP EPC Agreement, focusing on how the three fundamentals of scope, time and money are each addressed throughout the document’s inter-woven provisions, and how various key risks can impact these fundamentals. The panelists will delve into “best practices” and “critical nuances” on key subjects, including in such areas as payment and payment security structures, equipment delivery obligations, performance testing and guarantees, and warranties. Change Order, Force Majeure. Finally, the panelists will explore strategic techniques for “weaving” the EPA and BOP EPC together so as to replicate near-turn-key risk allocation in the multi-prime contracting situation. Such an approach can help decrease a project’s construction risk, helping to prime it for project financing
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Initiate Awards
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query_builder 10:00am - 10:30am
place 3755, Exhibit Floor
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Initiate Awards
Join us for the Initiate awards, where Clarion Events will announce 3 winners and Duke Energy will announce one 1-to 3 winners from the startup pitch competition.
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