2017 Western Transmission Summit
February 27-28, 2017
Orange County, CA

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Overview

At this unique forum, you will hear top executives from the Western area’s regional planning entities, transmission developers, utilities, and state regulatory agencies 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 structure issues while balancing reliability, policy directives and economic interests.  Hear key project managers reveal the inside details of the most important transmission projects in the region in case study sessions.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and network with the key players in the Western energy market.

Learning Outcomes   

  • Compare different plans for creation of an expanded Western RTO
  • Examine the future of the growing California ISO EIM
  • Discuss the most current challenges and opportunities for transmission planning and expansion in the West
  • Compare the planning, implementation and outcome of several unique western transmission project case studies
  • Examine the latest developments of FERC Order 1000 and the lessons learned over the past year
  • Discuss the current state and future of solar projects in the region
  • Analyze how new State and Federal regulation is shaping the direction of transmission in the western region
  • Determine the best options for transmission project investment and financing
  • Examine the latest results of the Interconnection Seams Study
  • Analyze a successful proactive strategic approach to support major project approval and construction

Credits

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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 event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.

Agenda

Monday, February 27, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Expansion of CAISO to a Regional ISO/RTO

The Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), run by CAISO, now includes PacifiCorp and NV Energy, and is set to expand to Arizona Public Service, Puget Sound Energy, Portland General Electric and Idaho Power within the next two years.  PacifiCorp has announced that it will join CAISO as a full member, prompting much discussion of an expanded ISO/RTO in the Western region.  This panel session will take a look at the current state of talks on transforming CAISO into a full multi-state RTO and examine key questions such as:

  • What is driving the potential CAISO expansion?
  • What are the benefits and disadvantages to an expanded Western ISO?
  • Will FERC institute a capacity market on the new ISO?
  • How will an expanded EIM and Western ISO affect future transmission development in the Western region?

David Mills, Vice President, Energy Operations, Puget Sound Energy

Sarah Edmonds, Vice President and General Counsel, PacifiCorp

Don Fuller, Director, Strategic Alliances, CAISO

Eric Little, Manager – Wholesale Market and GHG Market Design, Southern California Edison

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Update on Mountain West Transmission Group’s RTO Initiative

The Mountain West Transmission Group (MWTG) is exploring the potential of joining an existing RTO. Join this session and learn:

  • What is the Mountain West Transmission Group (MWTG)?
  • History of MWTG
  • MWTG efforts to-date
  • MWTG going forward
  • MWTG’s timeline

Carrie Simpson, Sr. Manager, Market Operations, Xcel Energy

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: The Impact of Regulation on Transmission Development in the West

In this session, three state commissioners will discuss transmission development in their states, as well as the western region, and give their viewpoints on some difficult questions, including:

  • How are they working to balance the need for new generation and transmission in the region while considering environmental requirements, economic and policy goals, and public concern?
  • How are they dealing with federally mandated inter-regional planning at the state level?
  • How will the policy and regulation decisions being made now at both the state and federal levels shape the future of the energy industry?

Doug Little, Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

Patrick Lyons, Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

Molly Tirpak Sterkel, Program Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Permitting Branch, California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Division

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: The History and Future of the 368 Energy Corridors

Kurt Rautenstrauch, Ph.D., Natural Resources Consultation Specialist, HDR

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: FERC 1000 to Date:  Regional Planning, Interregional Coordination and Competitive Projects

In this lively discussion, each panel member will detail their organization’s experience with:

  • FERC 1000 – what are the lessons learned so far?
  • Regional Planning Process – what has come out of the process in terms of projects?
  • Interregional Coordination –what is the value of markets between these regions?
  • Competitive Projects – what projects are on the horizon for the 2 year/5 year/10 year plans?

Neil Millar, Executive Director, Infrastructure Development, CAISO

Patrick Damiano, President & CEO, ColumbiaGrid

Craig Quist, Director of Area Transmission Planning East, PacifiCorp; Planning Committee Chair, Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG)

Gerald Deaver, Manager, Regional Transmission Policy, Xcel Energy

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: The Current Status of the Interconnection Seams Study

The central U.S. is home to some of the world’s most bountiful energy resources. Strong winds across the Great Plains coupled with exceptional solar PV and CSP resources are located in close proximity to new natural gas resources, hydro generation, and growing electricity demand. Despite the regional abundance of diverse natural resources, there are three separate interconnections in the U.S. power system that limit the nation’s ability to maximize resource value and facilitate a more reliable, resilient, sustainable, and affordable U.S. electricity system.

The Interconnection Seams Study analyzes a range of transmission scenarios that aim to decrease the cost of serving U.S. electricity demand by facilitating efficient transfers of electricity across the eastern and western interconnections. The study identifies least cost options for increasing the robustness of the U.S. electricity system and decreasing the cost of serving load. In particular, the study analyzes three core scenarios: baseline, modernization of existing back-to-back high voltage direct current (HVDC) facilities, and a macro-grid overlay comprised of multiple HVDC lines. The study will use a comprehensive modeling approach based on capacity expansion, production cost, and AC power flow analysis to calculate the value of the various transmission enhancements under a variety of generation scenarios.  This session will provide a look at the current status of the study that is slated to be completed in September of 2017.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Transmission Advisor, Asset Planning and Management, Western Area Power Administration

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Comparison of Case Studies of Regional Projects
  • SWIP 500 kV Project

Mark Milburn, Vice President, LS Power

  • Rush Creek Wind Project and current transmission projects

Gerald Deaver, Manager, Regional Transmission Policy, Xcel Energy

  • SunZia Project

Tom Wray, Sunzia Project Manager, Southwestern Power Group

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Sponsored by HDR


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Overcoming Key Regional Challenges

There are many drivers shaping the energy industry today.  In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the most critical current issues that are influencing transmission development, such as:

  • Grid modernization and resiliency
  • FERC 1000 challenges
  • Renewable integration

Moderator:  Laurie Dunham, Vice President, DATC

Alan Myers, Director, Planning, ITC Holdings Corp.

Bob Smith, Vice President, Transmission Development, TransCanyon

Ron Belval, Manager, Regional Transmission Planning, Tucson Electric Power

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Transmission Project Investment and Financing

Undoubtedly, large transmission investments are needed to create a modern and resilient grid.  What are the challenges of gaining financing for these large transmission projects?  In this session, we’ll examine key topics such as:

  • ROE calculations and the impact on current and future transmission investment
  • Business models and market features that lead to improved project financing
  • Overcoming key challenges to secure financing

Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood

Keith Sparks, Director of Development, Clean Line Energy

Roman Fontes, Sr. Investment Officer, WAPA

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: A Proactive Strategic Approach to Support Major Project Approval and Construction

In this session, you will learn how San Diego Gas & Electric proactively engages stakeholders to gain support of major project development of electric and natural gas projects throughout SDG&E service territory, at all stages of development.  SDG&E’s belief is that there is no such thing as a “one-size fits all” approach to public participation.  Instead, Regional Public Affairs Team and Major Projects Specific Teams coordinate to tailor the right approach for each project, including: 

  • Internal support and external outreach
  • Project-specific public affairs plans
  • CAISO bidding process, pre-filing, CEQA process, construction
  • Lead on construction notifications
  • Active role in agency approval processes
  • Close coordination with RPA, media, community relations, and the broader project team

Todd Voorhees, Regional Public Affairs Manager, Major Projects External Relations Group, San Diego Gas & Electric

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 pm. :: Conference Wrap Up

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood

Ron Belval, Manager, Regional Transmission Planning, Tucson Electric Power

Patrick Damiano, President & CEO, ColumbiaGrid

Gerald Deaver, Manager, Regional Transmission Policy, Xcel Energy

Laurie Dunham, Vice President, DATC

Sarah Edmonds, Vice President and General Counsel, PacifiCorp

Roman Fontes, Sr. Investment Officer, WAPA

Don Fuller, Director, Strategic Alliances, CAISO

Rebecca Johnson, Transmission Advisor, Asset Planning and Management, WAPA

Eric Little, Manager – Wholesale Market and GHG Market Design, Southern California Edison

Doug Little, Commissioner, Arizona Corporation Commission

Patrick Lyons, Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

Neil Millar, Executive Director, Infrastructure Development, CAISO

David Mills, Vice President, Energy Operations, Puget Sound Energy

Alan Myers, Director, Planning, ITC Holdings Corp.

Craig Quist, Director of Area Transmission Planning East, PacifiCorp; Planning Committee Chair, Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG)

Kurt Rautenstrauch, Ph.D., Natural Resources Consultation Specialist, HDR

Carrie Simpson, Sr. Manager, Market Operations, Xcel Energy

Bob Smith, Vice President, Transmission Development, TransCanyon

Keith Sparks, Director of Development, Clean Line Energy

Molly Tirpak Sterkel, Program Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Permitting Branch, California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Division

Todd Voorhees, Regional Public Affairs Manager, Major Projects External Relations Group, San Diego Gas & Electric

Location

Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840

To reserve your room, please call 1-714-750-1234
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $99.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of February 26 – 28, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to January 26, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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Proceedings package US $ 295.00
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