Underground Transmission 2022

Underground Transmission 2022

January 11-12, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“EUCI workshops are always an outstanding way to learn and share knowledge about current trends in the energy sectors.” – Environmental Specialist, Ecology & Environment Inc. 

“A great conference that introduces attendees to other professionals in the field.” Project Engineer, Electrical Consultants Inc. 

“The EUCI UG conference is a great tool to introduce new UG affiliates to the field as well as expand the knowledge of the most senior affiliates.”  Transmission Engineer, Dominion Power 

This annual program will provide attendees with the knowledge and lessons that can enhance their involvement on underground projects and systems at their workplace. 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 have been developed, installation techniques have expanded in terms of options and efficiency while cost factors have improved giving transmission owners more realistic options. Operators and owners that have existing underground transmission know of some of the challenges they face efficiently operating underground systems regarding maintenance, repairs, leak detection and outage times. 

This 16th annual underground transmission program will engage attendees in examples of recent underground projects from submarine applications to urban and suburban routing. Corrosion reduction and retrofitting of cable types as well the siting and routing of underground lines are some of the additional topics discussed.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Review an innovative underground rail co-location development model that can be replicated for new underground transmission projects 
  • Expand on the challenges of getting a new underground transmission project to New York City assist in feeding the city with renewable energy 
  • Engage in a question-and-answer panel discussion on challenges with new underground transmission projects  
  • List the steps to developing a program for remediating corrosion and deterioration on XLPE cable systems 
  • Discover a program for refurbishing areas of wall loss on steel pipe transmission feeders 
  • Review the challenges in an urban fluid-filled cable replacement project 
  • Describe the steps taken in public outreach and coordination with the community for an underground project 
  • Review the fundamentals of splicing for different cable types and what makes them complicated  
  • Listen to the process and steps taken for an ongoing program of undergrounding to increase community safety  



    Tuesday, January 11, 2022 : Central Time 

    1:00 – 1:10 p.m.
    Log In

    1:10 – 4:45 p.m.
    Conference Timing


    1:10 – 1:20 p.m. :: Welcome and Introductions 

    1:20 – 2:20 p.m. :: SOO Green HVDC Link: How Underground Rail Co-Location is Model for National Clean Energy Grid 

    SOO Green is a first of its kind underground HVDC transmission line located primarily along railroad rights of way that will connect the MISO and PJM regional energy markets to deliver renewable energy from the upper Midwest to eastern markets.  As the first link in a national clean energy grid, SOO Green’s innovative underground rail co-location development model can be replicated to accelerate decarbonization and enhance grid reliability and resilience.  

    Steve Frenkel, Vice President, Direct Connect Development, Inc LLC 

    2:20 – 3:20 p.m. :: Clean Path New York 

    This transmission project is bringing new clean power generation and state-of-the-art transmission to drive the shift away from fossil-based to low- and zero-carbon emission sources. This project combines a 1,300-megawatt, 174-mile underground high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line with over 3,400 megawatts of new wind and solar projects in upstate New York. This presentation will cover the process to get this far and what the next steps are in getting the project into construction. 

    Megan Hayes, Licensing Specialist -Project Development & Licensing, New York Power Authority 

    3:20 – 3:35 p.m. :: Break 

    3:35 – 4:45 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: The Challenges of New Underground Transmission Projects 

    Engage in this panel discussion where attendees can ask questions of the panel on a broad spectrum of topics as they relate to underground transmission projects and the challenges faced and successfully resolved.  

    Jeffrey A. Liles, P.E., Senior Engineer – Technical Services – Lines – Power Delivery, Florida Power and Light Company  

    M. John Constable, Senior Engineer, Con Edison

    Steve Frenkel, Vice President, Direct Connect Development, Inc LLC 


    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 : Central Time 

    9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Conference Timing


    9:10 – 10:10 a.m. :: Remediating Corrosion and Deterioration on XLPE Cable Systems 

    This presentation will review FPL’s program to remediate corrosion and deterioration on early vintage XLPE cable systems. This is a known issue in the industry with the cable clamps and racking systems corroding away over time, as well as maintenance of link boxes. FPL remediated an early 1992 circuit last year and are working on a second one this fall and will also be installing permanent monitoring (partial discharge, temperature, vibration, and sheath current monitoring) across fiber optic. 

    Jeffrey A. Liles, P.E., Senior Engineer – Technical Services, Florida Power and Light Company  

    10:10 – 11:10 a.m. :: High Pressure Transmission Pipes Enhancement with Composite Material 

    The feeder pipe enhancement is a proactive program to reduce dielectric fluid leaks and increase availability of transmission facilities. This program focuses on refurbishing areas of wall loss on the steel pipe transmission feeders, and sections of pipes not accessible. The program is continuously developing to reduce its installation cost and improve its inspection technology to find subsurface defects. 

    M. John Constable, Senior Engineer, Con Edison 

    11:10 – 11:25 a.m. :: Break 

    11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. :: National Grid Downtown Reliability Project 

    National Grid is replacing 2 miles of double-circuit, 1940’s Self Contained Fluid Filled 115kV cables in Providence, Rhode Island. The new cable system will integrate the existing vintage duct bank with a new, PVC conduit duct bank. The presentation will review design concepts and challenges as the project nears completion in 2022.  

    Eyad Al-Sibai, Transmission Underground Engineering, National Grid 

    Thomas Buonomano, P.E., Engineer – Underground Line Transmission, POWER Engineers  

    12:25 – 1:10 p.m. :: Group Luncheon  

    1:10 – 2:10 p.m. :: Underground Community Engagement for Transmission Replacement 

    This presentation will be a case study on public outreach and the coordination with landowners and the community for the Marion Road project rebuild which is taking existing underground lines and replacing them due to department of transportation upgrades that are resulting in the existing lines removal.  

    Joe Demaree, Project Outreach Specialist Sr., American Electric Power 

    2:10 – 2:25 p.m. :: Break 

    2:25 – 3:25 p.m. :: Uncomplicating Underground Transmission Splicing 

    This presentation will review the fundamentals of splicing for different cable types and at a high level cover the requirements and necessities that make splices the complicated system components they are.  

    John Cronin, Splicing Instructor, ConEd 

    3:25 – 4:25 p.m. :: Undergrounding for Safety Enhancements  

    This presentation will review the on-going program to underground lines for safety within the Pacific Gas & Company service area and what that process entails and the plan, challenges, and future. 

    Matt Pender, Sr. Director, Major Programs and Project Delivery Electric Operations, Pacific Gas & Company 

    4:25 – 4:30 p.m. :: Conference Wrap-up 


    • Eyad Al-Sibai, Transmission Underground Engineering, National Grid

    • Thomas Buonomano, P.E., Engineer – Underground Line Transmission, POWER Engineers

    • M. John Constable, Senior Engineer, Con Edison

    • John Cronin, Splicing Instructor, ConEd

    • Joe Demaree, Project Outreach Specialist Sr., American Electric Power

    • Steve Frenkel, Vice President, Direct Connect Development, Inc LLC

    • Megan Hayes, Licensing Specialist -Project Development & Licensing, New York Power Authority 

    • Jeffrey A. Liles, P.E., Senior Engineer – Technical Services, Florida Power and Light Company

    • Matt Pender, Sr. Director, Major Programs and Project Delivery Electric Operations, Pacific Gas & Company

    Online Delivery

    We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
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    Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

    Event Standard RateAttendees
    Single Connection - Underground Transmission 2022US $ 1195.00
    Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
    Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
    Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
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    This event has the following related events:

    Underground Transmission FundamentalsUS $ 1195.00
    Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
    Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
    Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00

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    Instructional Methods

    This conference will use case studies and PowerPoint presentations.

    Who Should Attend 

    • Transmission Engineers 
    • Transmission Project Managers 
    • Engineer in Training (EIT) 
    • Transmission Siting Professionals 
    • Transmission Right of Way Professionals
    • Transmission Communications Professionals
    • Utility business development professionals  
    •  Regulatory staff 

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