Schedule at a Glance

 Tuesday, May 4
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM    Opening & Expectations
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM    Applications and Limitations of Machine Learning at Utilities
This session will discuss various applications of machine learning in the utility space, including a few recent ones at ComEd. The group will also discuss mis-applications and limitations of machine learning models.
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM    Digital Substations: ComEd’s Experience with 61850
This sessions presentation will provide a high level review of ComEd's experience implementing several 61850 substations. All stations being discussed utilize Google tripping, SDN Swithces and advanced HMI. One station also uses Sampled Values. This review will include what we considered best practices, lessons learned and some design details.
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM    iAuditor/SPOT Observations
iAuditor is an inspection app used to provide visibility and insights to help raise safety and quality standards across an organization. Combined with the web platform. You can easily collect consistent data, standardize operations, send reports, identify failed areas and get problems resolved. This will be an opportunity to analyze the data collected since the inception of "SPOT" observations at MG&E and how we are measuring the success of the program and identifying area of improvement pertaining to safety in the field.
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM    Job Creation through Intelligent Cities
Joshua Davis, President of The Will Group, discusses how his company has created job opportunities over the last 5 years as they have worked with Commonwealth Edison ( 160,000+ Smart Streetlights) and The City of Chicago (330,000+ Smart Streetlights). The complex process of mass streetlight upgrades has led to the creation of solutions that in turn have created jobs locally for both strategic partners.
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM    Optimizing your Cable replacement Program
Are you wondering when to replace your underground cable? Maybe you’re going to follow some utilities and replace all UG cable when it’s 20 - 40 years old? It may be hard to believe but the science says the majority of the 40-year-old cable still has at least 40 more years left. Let's examine failure analysis and data to understand the root cause of most cable faults, then explore how to identify which cables exhibit those root causes and optimize your replacement program to target those cables.
11:30 AM - 12:10 PM    Keynote: Maja Kazazic
12:15 PM - 12:55 PM    Electric Project Work Flow
This discussion will focus on the practices of how a project flows through both the design and construction. We hope this discussion will include such things as initial design discussion between engineering and operations such as a preliminary design review, as well as, how the crews get the projects and they are presented to them. The discussion could move toward an Operational Supervisor, Lead Lineman, Engineers point of view, etc.
12:15 PM - 12:55 PM    Managing Security Risk for Field Personnel
This session will cover how MidAmerican's customer service system (CSS) communicates with our outage management system. Anytime there is a threat or animal that is documented on the customers account, that info is then communicated to the OMS. They then take that info and advise the field personnel of the situation. MidAmerican also uses GPS to verify personnel location before any devices are closed. This will be a roundtable to get info from other companies as well.  
12:15 PM - 12:55 PM    Predictive Reliability Analysis Strategies
Using tools to predict outage performance on existing systems, and future projects.
12:15 PM - 12:55 PM    Sulfur Hexafluoride, the Alternatives & what it means for your Company's Future
This session will look at:
  • SF6 Characteristics
  • Current Environmental Standards – Local & Federal
  • What are the current alternatives and their environmental impacts?
  • The known versus the unknown
  • Where does SF6 go from here?
12:15 PM - 12:55 PM    Utility Pole Workers and Antennas
As more small cell antennas are mounted on utility poles, confusion grows on worker safety. What are the risks, what do those signs mean, and how do you provide workers with what they need to know? This talk will help you incorporate RF exposure into your safety training. Bring your questions and concerns.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM    Keynote: Live Q&A
 Wednesday, May 5
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM    Opening
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    3D Modeling of Standards
This session will dive into the use of 3D modeling for electric distribution standards. We will cover the the software, development, and implementation of the 3D models into the standards manual as well as the benefits to the end user.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Evergy Storm Management - Future State
With the KCPL and Westar merger, we are combining storm processes across the Evergy footprint. We are basing our future storm management plan around industry best practices as well as a gap analysis that was prepared between KCPL and Westar's storm practices.  We have positioned our company to move toward One Evergy Way storm management.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    IEEE Metering Accuracy Classes
This Session will be a review & discussion of the ANSI electrical metering accuracy standards.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Mitigating the Damage of Manhole Events
An overview of the electric industry's approach to preventing and minimizing the damage of manhole events and preventing unauthorized access. This includes data from EPRI testing, the ICC C34W Working Group's White Paper, and Neenah Foundry's solution to the problem.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Successes with Transformer Fluid Analysis
Insulating fluid analysis remains the most used test method for electrical transformers throughout the world. The recently published and long-awaited revision to the IEEE C57.104 DGA Guide for mineral oil transformers provides insight on dissolved gas analysis and factors that affect sample results. Understanding causal factors for the variations seen in sample combustible gas levels can improve early identification of developing faults. Case studies will help explain some of these techniques.
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM    2020 Democratic National Convention - A Host Utility’s Experience
The 2020 Democratic National Convention was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin within WEC Energy Group's service territory and three city blocks from our corporate headquarters. As the first National Special Security Event (NSSE) held in Wisconsin (and held during the Covid-19 pandemic) WEC Energy encountered a unique event with special security requirements and would like to share our experience with the group. 
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM    Damage Assessment Improvements
This session will focus on recent storm improvement initiatives that focus on improving damage assessment resources and reporting during severe weather events.
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM    Grounding for Vegetation Management
This session will discuss AES Indiana's process and procedure on Grounding for Vegetation Management.
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM    Hot Line Tag
This session will look at UPPCO's philosophy on Hot Line Tag vs. Non-Reclose.
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM    Managing Meter Data and Enterprise Connection
This presentation reviews the capture of AMI data, were it goes, and how an MDM system can not only warehouse the data, but can provide useful tools to report on that data and provide specific data points to the enterprise such as the Customer Information, Outage Management, Graphical Information, Supervisory and Control systems and more.
12:05 PM - 12:45 PM    Distribution Automation Philosophies and Technologies
Distribution Automation (DA) strategies and two specific applications. Attendees will learn what are the critical DA functionalities/features desired by the DA leaders of their organizations and see their DA project applications.
12:05 PM - 12:45 PM    Electric Vehicle Service Equipment
Summary and detail of the latest updates in the field of electric vehicles, charging stations, and associated test equipment.
12:05 PM - 12:45 PM    Ergonomics of Underground Work
A presentation of tools and procedures that were used and ones that were tried by the Evergy underground department to help mitigate injuries when forming cable.
12:05 PM - 1:30 PM    Equipotential Grounding - Substations
12:50 PM - 1:30 PM    Electrical Connector Fundamentals: What They Are and How to Choose The Right One
Attendees will learn basic fundamentals of electrical connectors. Topics include the purpose of connectors, what types of connector technologies exist, and how to choose one for an application. Attendees will also learn the three basic principles that enhance connector performance, reliability, and longevity and why connectors fail prematurely.
12:50 PM - 1:30 PM    MV Instrument Transformer Challenges in the Modern Grid
This session will examine selected issues in the grid which can lead to failures of MV Instrument Transformers in service, will review the typical investigation approach into such events, and will discuss certain proactive measures that may be taken to improve the the field life of these critical assets. A brief case study from a datacenter will also be examined. 
12:50 PM - 1:30 PM    Perception of Risk
Madison Gas and Electric assembled a team to support the MGE Journey to Safety Excellence by gaining a clear understanding of risk behaviors, including understanding of what risks are taken by MGE employees, why employees would take risks and determine how to mitigate the risks. The team defined what a risk is (with an understanding of probability, frequency, and severity), and solicited employee feedback to support development of a proactive plan to address risk behaviors.
12:50 PM - 1:30 PM    Update on ADMS Implementation at Alliant
This session will be a review of the ADMS Implementation at Alliant energy.
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM    Wednesday Closing
 Thursday, May 6
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM    Opening
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    A New Look at Padmount Equipment Inspections
UPPCO has long had contractors inspect and test their distribution poles; however, in 2016 they began having their Underground System inspected too. UPPCO also moved all their inspection processes to a new digital platform. In this session, Matt will review UPPCO's inspection process, the lessons they have learned, and explain how their new digital platform has greatly improved efficiency.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Importance of Self-Discipline
There are many important qualities that can contribute to a person’s achievements and happiness, but there is only one that creates sustainable, long-term success in all aspects of life: self-discipline. This presentation will focus on the importance of self-discipline as pertains to working safely.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Net Metering - Solar and Generators
This session will cover Ameren Missouri's rules and standards regarding the connection of Renewable (PV Solar and Wind) Generation onto our grid. Presentation will consist of a review of metering standards for customer-owned renewable generation and a discussion of sample one-line diagrams for the two types of connections allowed.
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Planning for Grey Sky Day Weather Events
This session will be a discussion of preparations and planning involved to effectively respond to outages during Grey sky weather events. 
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM    Temporary Power Options for Underground
During this session hear how MidAmerican Energy temporarily lays primary underground cable on the ground to get customers back on due to a power outage or in some cases a scheduled outage. MidAmerican has been doing this for the last 6-7 years with good success in certain situations.
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM    Arc-Fault Protection
Donovan will discuss the arc-fault protection that is being utilized within CenterPoint Energy. He will also discuss the result of being burned in an arc-flash fire.
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM    How Callouts are Handled for Field Personnel
During this session we will be discussing the different processes used when the need for field personnel are needed to respond to incidents. Some of the topics will be automatic callout programs, manual callout process, decisions made in order to get the correct person to respond. Also what type of field personnel are you responsible for callout out? Meter shop, substation, linemen etc.
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM    Preventing Losses due to Wildlife Contacts in Electrical Substations
Substation outages caused by wildlife contacts create a financial impact of approximately $20 to $30 billion annually based upon recent EPRI research. This impact is the combination of costs to customers due to lost production as well as cost to utilities of lost customer revenue as well as cost of restoration and repair. This presentation will highlight the various wildlife mitigation techniques and products that are available to the electric utilities to prevent such outages.
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM    Use of AMI Data for Correction of Outage Records
ComEd has created an algorithm which utilizes AMI data to automatically correct outage records. The algorithm has changed how ComEd reviews outages, allowing for the outage reviews to focus on areas that require review by a human. We will discuss how the algorithm functions, the effect it has had, and future uses of its output.
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM    Working in a COVID World
This session will be a panel discussion of the various challenges related to managing utility workers during the pandemic.
12:45 PM - 1:25 PM    Approval Process of New Material
This session will cover the processes used to approve new material for use in the electric distribution space. We will discuss a number of topics from research, approval for use, trials, and field feedback gathering.
12:45 PM - 1:25 PM    Continuous Operator Training
This session will be an open discussion on Continuous Operator Training from all utilities. 
12:45 PM - 1:25 PM    Drone Technology Utilization at American Electric Power
AEP has slowly built a multi-faceted and loosely coupled use of drone technology over the past four years. Hear how now AEP is working to brining the disparate efforts from across the organization together under one central support organization with common direction and goals.
12:45 PM - 1:25 PM    Handling Crews Working from Home - Doing Substation Maintenance Remotely
With the challenges that we faced regarding safe work practices, new work processes and policies in place for COVID-19, this group aims to discuss lessons learned and ways to still be efficient, productive and effective leaders during the pandemic while working remotely. We will discuss tips and the balance between "getting the job done" and not always being available physically.
12:45 PM - 1:25 PM    Hardening the 21st Century Electric Grid for Resiliency

Storm events impact many utilities requiring significant grid rebuild and causing gross domestic product losses in some states to tune of billions. The complimentary PDi2 “Utility Infrastructure Resiliency Playbook” documents best practices and how some utilities and government entities are partnering to make billion-dollar scale investments to selectively underground vulnerable assets, greatly improve total restoration time, and lower the economic impact of storms to society.

1:25 PM - 1:45 PM    Closing & Prize Giveaway and "That's a Wrap"

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