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Gas Insulated Substations
Regulatory, Technical, and Business Considerations
February 26-27, 2020 | Anaheim, CA

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Overview

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 prohibitively expensive. This conference will address regulatory, technical and business considerations for GIS.

Attendees will learn about Austin Energy’s new compact GIS substation as well as their complete controls upgrade in an operating GIS substation. PSEG’s GIS expert will discuss their portfolio expansion and cost lifecycle. The conference will review SF6 characteristics, environmental standards, and emission reductions. A case study of Xcel Energy’s Denver 115-kV GIS installation will be included, as will lessons learned during GIS commissioning for Seattle City Light’s Denny substation.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about GIS low to high voltage designs, applications and expansion. Experts will discuss alternative insulating fluids to SF6 gas as well as PG&E’s SF6-free GIS installment. Digital substations will be discussed, including benefits, design and technology. The City of Anaheim will provide case studies regarding three of their GIS substations.

This event will conclude with a tour of two of the City of Anaheim’s GIS substations, including its underground Park substation. Tour attendees must bring a hard hat, an FR shirt or clothing made of non-melting natural materials and closed toed shoes with no stiletto-type heels.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss Austin Energy’s new compact GIS substation as well as their complete controls upgrade in an operating GIS substation
  • Describe PSEG’s GIS portfolio expansion and cost lifecycle/justification
  • Review SF6 characteristics, environmental standards, and emission reductions
  • Participate in a GIS hot topics Q&A panel
  • Hear industry updates on other GIS projects from switchgear components to full medium to high voltage installations
  • Describe the downtown Denver 115-kV GIS installation with Xcel Energy
  • Explain lessons learned during GIS commissioning for Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation
  • Review new GIS design ideas, applications and industry wide expansion
  • Discuss alternative insulating fluids and design types to SF6 gas
  • Describe the SF6-free GIS installation with PG&E
  • Explain digital substations, including benefits, design and technology
  • Review case studies regarding 3 of the City of Anaheim’s GIS substations
  • Attend two GIS tours through the City of Anaheim’s Harbor Substation and Park Underground Substation.

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 conference and 0.3 CEUS for each workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course, and complete the conference assessment with a 70% or higher to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, site visit

Agenda

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. :: Conference Timing


1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Welcoming Remarks

Harry Sidhu, Mayor, City of Anaheim


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Austin Energy Case Studies: New Compact GIS Substation in an Urban Downtown Area & Complete Controls Upgrade in an Operating GIS Substation

Mr. Bayer will present two case studies of Austin Energy GIS projects. The first is a compact GIS substation in an urban downtown area serving underground network distribution. As this project is not complete, site constraints, design and community involvement will be discussed. The second is a complete control upgrade of an operating GIS substation performed by Austin Energy engineering and field crews. Failure of obsolete components of the existing control system compromised supervisory control which prompted this project. Innovative design, preparation and execution will be discussed.

Scott Bayer, Director of Transmission and Substation Engineering & Construction, Austin Energy


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: PSEG GIS Portfolio Expansion and Cost Lifecycle

This case study will discuss key considerations Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) has made to justify a rapidly expanding GIS portfolio. The presentation will cover the business case for installing new GISs, medium to high voltage designs, and new strategies PSEG has taken to implement.

Raymond Alvarez, Sr. Director of Electric Asset Management, PSEG

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Sustainable GIS Service & Environmental Practices: Preventing SF6 Emissions Through Awareness

This presentation will cover:

  • SF6 characteristics overview
  • Current environmental standards
    • Local
    • Federal
  • Environmental benefits of reconditioned SF6 gas
    • FAQ
  • Importance of training personnel conducting SF6 breaker maintenance
    • EU vs US
  • How DILO is working with utilities to assist in their efforts in reducing emissions
    • DILO Direct services
    • DILO Direct-Track gas management program
    • Accredited education
  • Processes that all SF6-users can adopt to do their part

Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. West Coast Regions, DILO


3:45 – 5:15 p.m. :: GIS Hot Topics Q&A Panel

This panel presents an opportunity to pose your GIS questions to industry experts.

Moderator:

George Becker, Senior Substation Engineer, POWER Engineers

Panelists:

Thomas Schulz, Manager- North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB

Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. Midwest & West Coast Regions, DILO

Raymond Alvarez, Sr. Director of Electric Asset Management, PSEG

Scott Bayer, Director of Transmission and Substation Engineering & Construction, Austin Energy

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Thursday, February 27, 2020

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. :: Downtown Denver 115-kV GIS Installation with Xcel Energy – Case Study

A brief case study of challenges encountered during the installation of 115kV gas insulated switchgear in downtown Denver. This project greatly enhanced system reliability reconfiguring the station from a115kV air insulated straight bus to a 115kV GIS ring. Congestion of below grade utilities, site access, and lay down space in an energized yard will be discussed during this presentation.                   

Janson Ferrera, T&D Projects Manager, Burns & McDonnell


8:45 – 9:45 a.m. :: Denny Substation Commissioning: Lessons Learned

This session will cover GIS lessons learned for the recently finished Denny substation, including issues discovered with the Denny substation during commissioning and how Seattle City Light is fixing those issues. The session will also cover the ongoing line reactor GIS project.

Rajinder Rai, Principal Substation Engineer, Seattle City Light


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: GIS Design, Application and Expansion

  • GIS design
  • How utilities are applying GIS
  • GIS applications in various regions
  • Expansion of GIS

Patrick Abruzzese, GIS Product Line Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 a.m.– 11:30 p.m. :: Alternative Insulating Fluids to SF6 Gas – Status and Strategy Considerations

SF6 has been an essential dielectric fluid for Transmission and Distribution equipment and switchgear for decades.  Despite of all the technical advantages of SF6 there is one shortcoming, that being environmental impact.  This presentation will provide an update on the status of ongoing research and development of potential new gases, gas mixtures and vacuum interrupter technologies, that have similar electrical properties and functionality to SF6 filled equipment, but with much lower GWP.  This presentation will also provide strategy considerations with respect to the development and use of SF6 alternatives.

George Becker, Senior Substation Engineer, POWER Engineers


11:30- a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: PG&E Case Study: PG&E path to Zero Global Warming on High voltage Substations

  • Recap of current and proposed CA regulation on SF6
  • PG&E approach to Phase out SF6: dry-air/vacuum DTCB, LTCB and GIS
  • PG&E dry-air/vacuum DTCB and GIS projects
  • Siemens Clean Air GIS, the 8VN1 a dry-air/vacuum alternative
  • 8VN1 GIS, the choice for PG&E Livermore and Hunters Point substations

Tom Rak, Manager of Standards Engineering, PG&E

Gilles Barthes, Sales & Marketing Manager HV GIS North America, Siemens  

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: ABB GIS & Digital Substation

With the development of the grid and integration of renewable power sources like large windfarms demands are rising for highly reliable Substation operation, planning of outages and assurance of asset health. This session will explain what a digital Substation is, address benefits, design and technology of the digital Substation concept including topics such as:

  • Digital Substation Applications, Benefits and Technology
  • Testing and maintenance of Digital Substation
  • Experience from utilities Digital Substation Implementation

Galina Antonova, Technical Sales Engineer—ABB, PGGA Group


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Anaheim City Case Studies: Park, Harbor and Anaheim Substations

This presentation will discuss the City of Anaheim’s business case for GIS, and elements of the planning and approval process for a municipal entity. The session will cover the business drivers that lead to the design of the Park Substation, and the construction and aesthetic considerations of the newly-built Harbor and Anaheim Substation. GIS commissioning and public outreach will be addressed, along with lessons learned.

Larry Davis, Capital Projects Manager, Anaheim Public Utilities (APU)

Joseph Wei, Substation and Automation Manager, Anaheim Public Utilities (APU)

Janet Lonneker, Assistant General Manager- Electric Services, Anaheim Public Utilities (APU)


2:30 – 5:30 p.m. :: Anaheim City Site Visits

Linxon Site Tour – Harbor Substation

Siemens Site Tour – Park Underground Substation

Tour attendees must have a hard hat, an FR shirt or clothing made of non-melting natural materials, and closed toe shoes with no stiletto-type heels. Extras hard hats and vests are available; however, we do ask attendees bring their own if possible.

5:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop

Post Conference Workshop


GIS 101: An Introduction

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Overview

This workshop will provide an overview of compact gas insulated substations (GIS) and compare GIS to traditional air insulated substations (AIS). Traditionally GIS substations were used only when real estate was extremely limited or real estate and/or site preparation was very expensive. The speakers will demonstrate comparable cost between AIS and GIS due to new pre-engineered, preassembled, & pretested solutions; substation physical security considerations; and total life cycle cost. We will conclude with a Q&A session to cover any remaining questions.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Describe fundamental characteristics of GIS
  • Compare AIS to GIS
  • Learn AIS & GIS total life cycle cost comparisons
  • Compare substation physical security cost of AIS & GIS
  • Understand “The Digital Substation”

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

Agenda

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Course Timing: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Introduction & Overview
  • Basics and Technology
  • Interface Design
  • O&M Design Advancements
  • Development Trends
  • “The Digital Substation” Communication & Condition Monitoring
  • GIS Application – Optimized & Innovative Layouts
  • Deployment of Pre-engineered GIS to Reduce Construction Time and Cost
  • Cutover from AIS to GIS
  • GIS and Digital Integration
  • Substation Physical Security: Grid Hardening With GIS
  • AIS/GIS Life Cycle Cost Comparison
  • Q&A

 

Instructors

Pravakar Samanta, Engineering Director, Linxon

Mr. Pravakar Samanta is the Engineering Director for Linxon North America, an ABB & SNC Lavalin Company.

He has received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Management. He is a senior member of IEEE and participated in various standards and the GIS handbook  publication.

In his over 25 years of experience (more than 10 years in leadership management & 12 years international) in the industry, he held multiple roles – ranging from Application Engineering to Project Sales and Commercial Operation. His expertise includes sales, engineering, and business operation for Substation (AIS and GIS), Rail, Wind, Thermal and Nuclear Power and Oil Refinery projects. He managed multiple large projects for Transmission Utility, Rail, Oil and Process Industry that are diverse in both scope and customer base.


Pat Ervin, Business Development Manager, Linxon

Mr. GL “Pat” Ervin is the Business Development Manager for Linxon North America, an ABB & SNC Lavalin Company. Linxon specializes in HV AC substations. His responsibility includes convincing utilities to convert from large traditional AIS substations to modern compact GIS substations. He has ten years of experience developing compact substations for Linxon & ABB and is a member of the IEEE PES GIS Substations Subcommittee. He has a Bachelor of Science General Studies degree from West Point.


Thomas Schulz, Manager – North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB

Thomas graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from HTWK in Leipzig/Germany in 1996 specializing in Power Technology. He has been with ABB since 1999. As a project manager for airport projects in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan he was responsible for the project handling for airport specific facilities and control as well as the power supply transmission lines and high voltage substation equipment.

Today Thomas Schulz is the ABB GIS Manager for North America. In this function he is responsible for the marketing and sales of the GIS from conceptual design to all technical and commercial aspects of the GIS.


Galina S. Antonova- Technical Sales Engineer, ABB, PGGA Group

Galina received her M. Sc. degree (1993) and a Ph.D. (1997) in Electrical Engineering and Data Communications from the State University of Telecommunications, St. Petersburg, Russia. She has over 20 years of experience in the area of electrical engineering, data communications and time synchronization, serving mainly electrical power industry. In her current role with ABB, Galina is applying her expertise to substation automation and protective relaying applications. She is also actively involved with IEEE PSRC and is a Canadian member of the IEC TC57 WG10.


SF6, The Alternatives, & What It Means For Your Company’s Future

Friday, February 28, 2020

Overview

This workshop will provide vital knowledge in SF6 handling, safety, environmental practices, and provide a general understanding of the alternative gas movement. We will begin by discussing SF6 and why it’s used in the electric utility industry more than anywhere else in the world, as well as discuss the current local and federal environmental standards that existing within the US. There will be handling overviews of some of the most common and useful gas service equipment along with related safety methods that should be considered. After that, we will dive into alternative gas technologies and what we currently know vs what we do not and how that applies to you on a field level. Lastly, we’ll discuss the road ahead for SF6 and what is taking place within the government.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Address characters of SF6, including history, properties, and contaminants
  • Explain current environmental standards at a local and federal level
  • Describe hands-on SF6 gas handling and safety methods
  • Review SF6 recovery, filling, and evacuation
  • Evaluate mass monitoring, gas analyzing, and leak detection
  • Describe SF6 alternatives
  • Discuss current phase-out options
  • Explain long-term sustainability practices

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

Agenda

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Course Timing: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • SF6 Characteristics
    • History
    • Properties
    • Contaminants
  • Current environmental standards
    • Local
    • Federal
  • Hands-On SF6 Gas Handling & Safety Methods
  • Recovery, Filling, & Evacuation
  • Mass monitoring
  • Gas analyzing
  • Leak detection
  • What are the alternatives?
    • OEM involvement
    • Environmental impacts
    • The known versus the unknown
  • Where does SF6 go from here?
    • Current phase-out discussions
    • Long-term sustainability practices

Instructor

Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. West Coast Regions, DILO

Chris is a Regional Manager at DILO Company, Inc. and oversees all operations throughout the west coast US region. During his tenure at DILO, he has been deeply involved with customer projects and industry leadership programs. His duties include, but are not limited to, addressing customer needs and issuing lasting solutions, being a member in IEEE PES Substation Committee subgroups for SF6 and emerging alternative gases, sharing knowledge and providing guidance to California Air Resources Board, offering standards-based training to SF6-users, and providing on-site support that is second-to-none.

Speakers

  • Patrick Abruzzese, GIS Product Line Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
  • Raymond Alvarez, Sr. Director of Electric Asset Management, PSEG
  • Scott Bayer, Director of Transmission and Substation Engineering & Construction, Austin Energy
  • Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. West Coast Region, DILO
  • Gilles Barthes, Director of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, Siemens
  • George Becker, Senior Substation Engineer, POWER Engineers
  • Larry Davis, Capital Projects Manager for Anaheim Public Utilities
  • Janson Ferrera, T&D Projects Manager, Burns & McDonnell
  • Janet Lonneker, Assistant General Manager- Electric Services, APU
  • Rajinder Rai, Principal Substation Engineer, Seattle City Light
  • Thomas Rak, Manager substation and T-Line Standards, PG&E
  • Galina Antonova, Technical Sales Engineer, ABB, PGGA Group
  • Thomas Schulz, Manager- North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB
  • Harry Sidhu, Mayor, City of Anaheim
  • Joseph Wei, Substation and Automation Manager, APU

Location

Anaheim Marriott Suites

12015 Harbor Blvd

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Reserve your room:

please call 1-800-228-9290. mention the group code euci

click here to book online

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 25 – 27, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$135.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 11, 2020.

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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

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, February 07, 2020
Standard RateAttendees
Gas Insulated SubstationsUS $ 1295.00 US $ 1495.00

This event has the following workshops:

Tour - Anaheim City Site VisitsUS $ 50.00
US $ 50.00
GIS 101: An IntroductionUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00
SF6, The Alternatives, & What It Means For Your Company’s FutureUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and all workshops and pay US $ 2,145.00 per attendee (save US $ 190.00 each)
  • Attend the Conference and both workshops and pay US $ 2,095.00 per attendee (save US $ 190.00 each)
  • Attend the Conference and any 1 workshop and save US $ 95.00 per attendee

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 24, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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