Capital Planning for Grid Modernization
Building the Grid of Tomorrow
April 3, 2018
Denver, CO

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This 1-day seminar provides an in-depth discussion on a proven framework for capital planning to identify, justify and prioritize investments in the electric grid to build the grid of the future that will meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers, regulations and markets.

This seminar covers the following “hot” issues:

  • What does the grid of tomorrow look like?
  • The market and trends toward grid vs generation vs transmission investment
  • Establishing modern grid construction, operations and maintenance standards
  • Leveraging the latest tools and techniques for grid planning
  • Grid data-mapping required for successful modern planning
  • Field data gathering culture, tools and techniques
  • Quantifying grid performance improvements achieved through upgrades/investments
  • Incorporating total lifecycle costs into grid capital planning
  • Optimizing and sequencing grid investments for constrained budgets
  • Track performance of grid investments toward goals
  • Continuous improvement in capital planning
  • How to think about grid planning from a FERC accounting, capital investment point of view



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 0.7 CEUs for this event.


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

PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

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

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

We Should Shift Attention to Distribution Investment vs Transmission & Generation!

  1. Why spend on distribution now?
  2. What does the future grid look like with DER, electronification and customer options
  3. Load and grid defections
  4. Utility sustainability
  5. Reliability, resiliency, sustainability, and the other metrics the grid is being held to

Integrated and Holistic Planning

  1. Proactive investment necessary to achieve the grid of the future (reactive break fix won’t get us there, puts us at extreme risk)
  2. Integrated projects offer more efficient deployment of capital and achieve greater overall system benefits, as well as supporting future directions
  3. Align planning and asset management teams to work together

Evaluate the Existing Grid Performance and Adherence to Modern Design and Construction Standards

  1. Order of prioritization often determined by performance, age or both
  2. Utilization of a system scorecard that allows for performance comparisons and tracking

Develop Projects to Improve System Performance, Renew Aged Assets and Increase Compliance with Standards Through Integrated Holistic Planning

  1. Understanding planning tools and their uses (e.g. CYME, Windmill, PSSE and more)
  2. Modernization projects modeled in detail for efficient engineering and implementation
  3. Simulate performance (e.g. reliability, hosting capacity, etc.)) impacts from each upgrade or modernization

Capital Planning of Distribution Projects (Bundled Projects)

  1. Compile the estimated financial costs of the projects and expected benefits in our business case evaluation framework which includes both monetized and other quantified values (i.e. SAIDI/SAIFI improvement)
  2. Run numerous capital outlay and project sequencing scenarios considering multiple constraints ranging from the availability of capital to the technical readiness of various solutions proposed (and supporting infrastructure)
  3. Ongoing strategy after initial capital project to continue proactive approach
  4. What parts of the planning process can I capitalize?

Monitor and Track the Performance of Implemented Projects Against Various KPIs

  1. Spend
  2. Schedule
  3. Performance
  4. ROI/ROC
  5. Customer satisfaction?

Operationalizing the Approach and Process for Continued Grid Modernization and Customer Benefits!


Jason De Stigter, Capital Planning Lead

Doug Houseman, Grid Modernization Lead

Lucas McIntosh, System Planning Manager

Joey Nichols, System Planning Lead


EUCI Office Building Conference Center
4601 DTC Blvd
Denver CO, 80237

Suggested Hotel

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E. Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
0.9 miles away
Nightly Rate for EUCI Attendees: $149.00

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Other Nearby Hotels

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 E Tufts Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1234
0.3 miles away

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center
7675 E Union Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-770-4200
0.6 miles away

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1100
0.7 miles away


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, March 16, 2018
Standard RateAttendees
Capital Planning for Grid ModernizationUS $ 895.00US $ 995.00

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 March 02, 2018 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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