Best Practices for Wood Utility Poles
January 24-25, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Always in plain view, but not always noticed, wood utility poles have been the backbone of the electric distribution system since the mid-19th century with the installation of the telegraph system. Today, with new technology, new standards, and new materials, it is getting increasingly difficult for utilities to determine what is best for not only their utility, but most importantly, their customers.
In this conference, attendees will be able to hear from industry experts on a range of topics all focused on the wood utility pole. The conference is broken down into four fundamental sessions; specifications, maintenance, environmental, and safety, reliability, and resiliency. Starting with an update on ANSI and NESC standards, the conference provides presentations on the entire life of a wood pole, ranging from how a pole is made, all the way to pole disposal. With a combination of technical presentations and case studies, this conference is intended to provide attendees with an unbiased look at what the future holds for wood utility poles and how to manage their current systems.
- Discuss the various disposal practices in use today
- Define the NESC strength requirements
- Define ANSI O5.1 updates
- Review the new standards on pole attachments
- Discuss how to improve distribution circuits lightning performance
- Describe how to prepare for a disaster
- Identify pole inspection methods
- Recognize the future challenges of wood pole disposal
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference.
Power Point presentations
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
Session I: Specifications
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break
Session II: Safety, Reliability & Resiliency
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
Session III: Maintenance
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break
Session IV: Environmental
Utility Pole Attachments 101
January 25, 2017
In late 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Order on Reconsideration updating the pole attachment formula for telecommunications carriers. The FCC modified the rates to bring parity to telecommunications carrier attachers and cable company attachers. The new formula went into effect on March 4, 2016.
What does this mean for electric utilities? The FCC Order will compound the recent industry trends and court rulings placing downward pressure on rental rates. This downward pressure means that, more than ever, it is important to ensure that electric utilities’ agreements with existing attachers are up to date, and to know, understand and effectively administer the provisions of those agreements.
- Review common joint use contract provisions and their practical implications
- Identify how to calculate the FCC Maximum Allowable Rate for pole attachments
- Discuss the rights and obligations of utilities and joint-users/attachers on new and existing joint use poles
- Review NJUNS and the transfer process
- Develop effective strategies for working with attachers and joint-users to correct past mistakes and issues
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing
- Introduction and Pole Attachment Overview
- Industry Trends
- FCC/Regulatory Update
- Google Fiber and “One-Touch” Make-Ready Policies
- Other Current Events/Presidential Election Impacts
- Pole Attachment Agreements
- Review of Common Contract Provisions
- Sample fees included in contracts
- Administering Existing and “Predecessor” Agreements
- Negotiating New Agreements
- New Joint Use – The Essentials to Ensure Proper Attachments
- The Permit Process
- Existing Joint Use – Modifications and Transfers
- NJUNS Introduction, Tips and Tricks
- Late transfers and Pole Ownership transfers
- Modifying Existing Joint Use Poles
- NESC Clearance Requirements, Violations and Remedies
- Correcting Past Issues
- Pole Attachment Inventory Review and Billing
- Safety/Code Compliance Audit Review and Billing
- Pole Ownership
- Stranded Assets
- Attachment Cost Calculations
- FCC Maximum Allowable Rate Calculation Example
- Alternative Methods and Sample Rates
Sean Knowles/Principal, VP. Business Development/ McLean Engineering
Sean has been with McLean Engineering for seven years. During that time, McLean has grown its distribution engineering, inspection and pole attachment practice to include IOU, electric cooperative, and municipal utility clients across the US. Sean’s primary responsibilities related to pole attachments include project development, overall project management and project payback, as well as pole attachment contract development, pole attachment rental rate calculation and contract advisement and negotiation.
Prior to coming to McLean Engineering, Sean earned a Master of Business Administration from Duke University, where he ran the Duke Start-up Challenge business plan competition. Prior to Duke, Sean worked for six years in the United States Senate, the last four of which he spent as a staff member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, during which time he negotiated eight public laws allocating military spending, traveled to 13 countries conducting project oversight, analyzed over 2,000 construction projects and allocated over $50 billion in funding for the Department of Defense (DOD). Sean’s experience during his tenure on the Appropriations Committee included oversight of the DOD’s utilities privatization program. Prior to his work in the Senate, Sean earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University.
Brian Bartos, Manager, Pole Attachment Services, CPS Energy
Fred Barvarz, PE, Transmission and Distribution Manager, City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department
Butch Bernhardt, Sr. Program Manager, North American Wood Pole Council
Nelson Bingel, Chairman of NESC and Chairman of the ASC O5 Committee, Vice President-Product Strategy, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
Barry Breede, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery
Robert Harris, PE, Principal Engineer, Transmission and Distribution, NRECA
Rachael Harms, Project Manager, Hi Line
Sean Knowles, Vice President, Business Development, McLean Engineering
Carlton Penney, Director of Manufacturing, Texas Electric Cooperatives
Tom Pope, Product Manager, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
Kevin Ragon, Executive Director, Southern Pressure Treaters’ Association
J. David Taylor, Staff Engineer- Asset Management Group, Entergy Corporation
Chris Warren, Engineer-Distribution Asset Management Group, Entergy Corporation
Sheraton Suites Galleria – Atlanta
2844 Cobb Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
To reserve your room, please call 1-888-627-7047 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.
The room rate is $169.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.
Room Block Dates:
A room block has been reserved for the nights of January 23 – 24, 2017.
Rate Available Until:
Make your reservations prior to January 9, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.
|Proceedings package||US $ 395.00|