By - Jon Brown

The Successful Path to Customer Engagement with Voluntary Green Power

The modern utility as we know it rounded into shape in the 1920s, after increased regulation and delivery standardization took hold. Since then, except for the last decade or so, the end user’s relationship with their utility has remained essentially unchanged. The advent of energy choice through deregulation, technological advances in distributed generation (such as rooftop solar), and increased pressure

By - Jon Brown

Ancillary Services (A/S) Fundamentals & Market Design

The emergence of renewable and variable energy resources has drawn attention to the supplemental services — beyond the basics of energy, generating capacity, and power delivery — that utilities, balancing areas and bulk-power systems require to ensure grid stability.  Some of these ancillary services (A/S), such as regulation and reactive power, are required during normal operations to maintain the necessary

By - Jon Brown

Integrated Resource & Grid Planning (IRP) Summit

Traditional utility integrated resource planning (IRP) modeling, analysis and preparation have been dominated by: Central station firm generation sited at specific locations Fueled mainly by gas, coal, oil, hydro and nuclear With one-way transmission and distribution systems And well-established reliability and high resource capacity factors This program will pivot to the new IRP paradigm. It is designed by integrated resource

By - Jon Brown

Fiber Optics for Electric Utilities Conference

The Developing, Designing and Managing a Fiber Optic Network for Electric Utilities Conference is constructed to showcase the best practices for cultivating successful Fiber Optics networks – no matter the location. Allowing ease of access to information is an essential aspect to the development of growing and thriving communities. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of business strategy development, financing, designing

By - Jon Brown

Building Codes, Appliance Standards, & Building Electrification

Energy codes and standards mandate baseline efficiency requirements for buildings and appliances in commercial and residential settings.  These regulations serve to reduce power demand, lessen environmental impacts, and save consumers money.  Codes and standards can also be one of the most cost-effective ways for utilities to save energy and claim savings through state programs. A new wave of state and

By - Jon Brown

Solar Project Due Diligence: Financial, Legal & Technical Best Practices

Solar PV utility-scale projects now proliferate in the power industry landscape, in both development and acquisition contexts.  As a result, the need for quality, systematic due diligence is essential. Such thorough due diligence is complex. Without it, even the slightest unexamined issue can trip up new players and industry veterans alike. While all phases of the project require this scrutiny,

By - Jon Brown

2019 Coal Combustion Residuals

Power generators have developed and revised their ash management, ash storage procedures, and groundwater monitoring plans to keep their facilities in regulation. With the approach taken by the Trump administration’s EPA, District Court rulings, and the impact of citizen lawsuits, there are future changes yet to come with the industry adapting the best they can. This coal ash focused conference

By - Jon Brown

Application of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics to the Oilfield

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Introduction to Digital Oilfield 2.0, May 15, 2019 in Denver, CO Convergence of OT and IT, May 16, 2019 in Denver, CO The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been hyped as a major disrupter of the status quo and transformational in its impact on

By - Jon Brown

Convergence of OT and IT

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in these related events Introduction to Digital Oilfield 2.0, May 15, 2019 in Denver, CO Application of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics to the Oilfield, May 17, 2019 in Denver, CO Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) have both developed at an increasing rate over the past several

By - Jon Brown

Stakeholder Symposium on Mitigating Methane Emissions

The natural gas industry is embracing new methodologies in managing methane emissions as more and more gas utilities are realizing dollar and social value in reducing their organization’s environmental footprint. However, there is still a need for further improvement in preventive measures that natural gas utilities can implement. Since timely leak detection is the most important factor in addressing methane

By - Jon Brown

Legal and Policy Issues in Spent Nuclear Fuel Management

Atomic (a.k.a. nuclear) energy law is the result of an extraordinary tension among national security, an unsatisfied national thirst for energy, and as the hazards became understood, environmental protection. The national security implications of atomic energy have always trumped every other beneficial or detrimental aspect of the application of atomic science and engineering to manufacturing, business, energy production or medical

By - Jon Brown

Distribution Overcurrent Protection – Fuses and Reclosers

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Distribution Transformer Fundamentals, February 26-27, 2019 in San Diego, CA This course has been developed at the request of electric utilities and engineering consulting firms for their staff to gain practical experience with overcurrent protection on a typical distribution system.  The instructor was specifically selected

By - Jon Brown

Distribution Transformer Fundamentals

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Distribution Overcurrent Protection – Fuses and Reclosers, February 28, 2019 in San Diego, CA This course has been developed at the request of electric utilities and engineering consulting firms for their staff to gain practical experience with distribution transformers.  The instructor was specifically selected for

By - Jon Brown

Wind Repower & Retrofit Due Diligence Summit

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has estimated that U.S. wind repowering investments could reach $25 billion a year by 2030.   Wind repowering – replacing older turbines or other components on a wind farm to improve power capacity and generation – is increasingly becoming an attractive option for developers, owners and investors to profit off existing wind project assets.  Federal production

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Distributed Resource (DER) System Planning

The growth of distributed generation (DG) and distributed energy resources (DERs) is challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional utility system planning relies.  In many regions already, DER penetration is reaching levels at which it has a measurable impact on system planning and operations. For example, DERs are creating two-way power flows on the distribution and transmission grids that

By - Jon Brown

Financial Transmission, Congestion and Auction Revenue Rights (FTRs/CRRs/TCRs/ARRs)

Financial transmission (FTR)/congestion revenue rights (CRRs and TCRs) and auction revenue rights (ARRs) facilitate mandatory, competitive, open transmission access. While the use of these measures is a customary practice among physical market participants, it’s their use as financial instruments that seems to draw the most attention with regard to the efficient operation of the wholesale power marketplace. Several market conditions

By - Jon Brown

2019 Plant Retirement

Environmental regulations have been a major force in changing the landscape of coal powered generation. Besides regulations, the economic influences of less demand and natural gas prices have further caused non-critical and aging plants to become no longer economically viable. This annual conference will provide owners with the next step in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and

By - Jon Brown

Project Management for Engineers

This training program is designed for engineers looking to effectively manage a construction project.  The training will cover the following topics with emphases on infrastructure projects:  contracts, bidding, financing, code compliance, project planning, scheduling, project control, communication, safety, quality, litigation and potential environmental issues.  The contracts, bidding, and code compliance portion will focus on pre-construction activities.  The project planning, scheduling,

By - Jon Brown

2019 Western Transmission Summit

The 11th annual Western Transmission Summit will bring together top executives from the Western area’s regional planning entities, transmission developers, utilities, and state regulatory agencies to discuss and debate the most critical issues surrounding transmission expansion in the Western region. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with these thought leaders on how to address complex planning, siting, and market

By - Jon Brown

Utilities and Smart Cities

The heart of the city is changing rapidly. With an unprecedented level of interconnectedness, cities are growing into a bustling metropolis of technology and communication. Upgrading to analytic LED streetlights and switching to EV are now expected practice for modern day utilities. In the midst of this smart revolution it is the utility that bares the unique responsibility of leader—

By - Jon Brown

Advanced Utility Depreciation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Introduction to Utility Depreciation, February 27-28, 2019 in Chicago, IL This course guides utilities and energy personnel through the strategies necessary to achieve accurate and meaningful data to provide to consultants doing depreciation studies. The material that will be covered in the course will include,

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Utility Depreciation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Exploring the Practice of Depreciation, February 28-1, 2019 in Chicago, IL This course provides a foundation for understanding depreciation concepts, thinking through ratemaking implications, and making data collection choices that will impact the content and quality of the depreciation study.  This course is intended to

By - Jon Brown

Gas Insulated Substations

Faced with increasing demands for reliability, improved aesthetics and security, the adoption of gas insulated substations (GIS) by North American utilities is rapidly increasing. Companies also elect to use GIS because of the increased load and limited space present in the urban areas. Often, building new substations or increasing capacity is difficult because land is either not available or is

By - Jon Brown

Optimizing the Interconnection Process for Renewables & Storage

The process for interconnecting new energy generation to the electric grid — both large scale (LGIP) and small scale (SGIP) — has become increasingly complex.  Challenges remain to federal and state regulations and requirements; technical and regulatory issues facing owners of generation and transmission assets continue to evolve; and different motivations influencing the actors in the interconnection process often result

By - Jon Brown

2019 Hawai’i Power Summit

Hawaii is making impressive strides toward hitting its target of 100% renewable energy by 2045.  The state, its regulators, utilities and stakeholders are now well down the road towards tackling the commitment to several laudable, though formidable, power system goals: Achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045 Attaining 100% carbon-neutral status by 2045 Creating a flexible grid capable of accommodating and

By - Jon Brown

Distribution System Planning & Optimization

Optimizing distribution system assets are a more difficult task as distributed energy resources become a bigger player on the distribution system. Analyzing load data is essential to developing an effective forecast. This course will take attendees through traditional distribution system planning practices and move quickly into modern and future trends to be considered. Practical examples and case studies will compare

By - Jon Brown

2019 Best Practices In Public Outreach For Transmission Projects

Transmission infrastructure projects are often characterized by high perceived risk and low stakeholder trust.  A balance must be struck between the need for additional transmission development and landowner priorities, environmental impact considerations and regulatory compliance. A comprehensive strategic public participation process is a key tenet to the success of any transmission project.  All stakeholders must be engaged throughout the process,

By - Jon Brown

Underground Transmission 2019

Going underground with transmission has traditionally been a transmission owner’s last resort because the cost of underground transmission is many times the cost of overhead transmission and maintenance and repair has proved costly and difficult. However, advanced cable technologies are being developed, installation techniques have expanded in terms of options and efficiency while cost factors have improved giving transmission owners

By - Jon Brown

Digital Grid Innovation Conference

Power grids across the country are moving from old systems of centralized power generating entities to complex multi-directional grids that include millions of diverse power sources. Renewables, microgrids, and even electric vehicles all demand that utilities adopt new ways of operating.  This new reality of distributed generation brings challenges to utilities looking to provide reliable service on resilient grids. Fortunately,

By - Jon Brown

2019 National Utility Fleet Management Conference

Companies are facing the greatest operations challenges they have seen in years, forcing many to reevaluate their individual fleet strategies. In addition to this, utilities are pressured into navigating a host of safety regulations, budget restrictions, and system obstacles. With fragmented costs and inaccurate consumption metrics, maintaining a utility fleet can lead to a slew of inefficiencies and leaking funds.

By - Jon Brown

Utilities & Data Centers 2019: Partnering for Sustainable Success

As we kick-off the year and hurtle through 2019, emerging trends in technology and the desire for sustainability are shaping the future of the data center industry.  The explosive popularity of IoT devices, cloud storage and a focus on renewable energies have forced data centers to become adaptable and to create sustainable partnerships with utilities to provide the best locations

By - Jon Brown

NERC & FERC Compliance for Renewables

Renewable energy providers and their suppliers continue to wrestle with the complexities of the NERC reliability standards implementation, compliance, and enforcement process. Full audit schedules within each regional entity ensure that the stakes remain high. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards add another level of complexity, further demonstrating to the power industry the difficulties associated with legislating reliability and security. With

By - Jon Brown

Wireless Pole Attachments Best Practices Conference

As technology advances and the demand for reliable, faster internet services increases, pole owners are faced with increasing pressure to allow wireless attachments on their poles. With the new FCC regulations, what can the electric utilities, carriers and government organizations except for the future of wireless pole attachments? Wading through the waters of joint use and pole attachment agreements can

By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Oil & Gas

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key energy trends and skills for personal and professional development.  Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in oil & gas as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal

By - Jon Brown

Southwest Energy Storage

As the sunniest region in the United States, the Southwest is leading the nation in solar power deployment. The only drawback grid operators must manage is that solar is a variable resource meaning its output can’t be controlled to fully match customer demand. As utilities, businesses, and individuals switch to cleaner and lower cost renewable energy in droves, the region

By - Jon Brown

Non-Wire Alternatives

For utilities and other power system providers, when considering grid replacements and upgrades it is increasingly important in their capital and infrastructure financial and operational analyses to evaluate “non-wire alternatives” (NWA).   These NWA are electricity grid investments and operating practices that employ non-traditional measures to defer, mitigate, or potentially eliminate the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments. 

By - Jon Brown

The Evolution of Power Markets and Changing Technologies

The electric energy world is in the midst of dramatic and disruptive change at many levels. The convergence of technologies has never been as rapid, or as important as it is today, and the energy industry is undergoing a period of extremely fast-paced evolution that was not visible to most participants even five years ago. This highly-interactive seminar is designed

By - Jon Brown

Evolution of Distribution Feeder Network Analysis and Automation

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS), December 10-11, 2018 in Denver, CO While advanced transmission network analysis (aka energy management systems) steadily advanced from the 1970s through the 1990s, distribution management systems never enjoyed the same attention, or funding, so

By - Jon Brown

SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS)

If this event is of interest you may also be interested in this related event Evolution of Distribution Feeder Network Analysis and Automation, December 12, 2018 in Denver, CO Learn the fundamentals of SCADA systems with focus on Energy Management systems (EMS). SCADA systems are generally used to monitor and control equipment in industries such as telecommunications, water and waste

By - Jon Brown

Fundamentals of Overhead Distribution Systems

This course will introduce and provide non-technical people with the basics of the overhead distribution system and all the general components that make up the system. Issues that are involved in the design, construction, operation, reliability, protection and maintenance of overhead distribution, as well as safety awareness will be discussed.  It will allow people who are not distribution engineers to

By - Jon Brown

Crisis Communications Summit

The evolution of IoT is ushering in a new era of exciting advancement and serious challenges to the energy sector. With the elevated number of customers, companies, and stakeholders signing themselves onto the smart grid, utilities face an equally growing amount of responsibility…and risk. According to a publication by PwC, about 1.5 million cyber-attacks occur each year, averaging out to

By - Jon Brown

Energy Markets’ Software Acquisition & Implementation

As the energy and commodity markets mushroom in their sophistication, software solutions become increasingly critical to an energy company’s operating success.  Tightening margins require technical solutions that can lower market cost, reduce risk and increase profitability.  Systems and applications must evolve to meet the ever-increasing demands of users and markets. Most legacy systems — including many longstanding market leaders —

By - Jon Brown

An Introduction to Electric Utility Systems for Non-Engineers

This course has been developed for non-engineers working for electric utilities or involved in business relationships with electric utilities. The course provides a non-technical introduction to the fundamental concepts that form the basis for the design and operation of the integrated electric utility system. The fundamental concepts underlying legacy electric power systems and how the attributes of these systems affect

By - Jon Brown

Transmission Expansion in the Midwest

At this unique forum, you will hear top executives from the area’s RTOs, utilities, transmission developers, and state regulatory agencies discuss and debate the most critical issues surrounding transmission expansion in the Midwest region. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with these thought leaders on how to address complex planning, siting, and market structure issues while balancing reliability, policy

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