Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

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, PE, Asset Management, Burns & McDonnell 

Jason has expertise in project management, business development, asset management, risk-based planning and solutions development. He has 11 years of extensive experience in performing business case evaluation on a variety of project types helping utility clients with difficult investment decisions. Jason has a deep financial and economic analysis background and specializes in business case evaluation and risk assessment and management for utility client.

Jason has extensive experience modeling risk for utility industry clients. His modeling experience includes developing complex and innovative risk analysis models using industry leading risk analysis software tools employing Monte Carlo simulation, decision trees, and Genetic algorithms. His experience includes performing risk and economic analysis engagements for several multi-billion dollar capital projects and large utility systems.

Doug Houseman, Grid Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell 

Doug has extensive experience in the energy and utility industry and has been involved in projects in more than 70 countries. Doug is a leader in grid modernization thinking, he was asked to author significant portions of the IEEE’s GridVision 2050, DOE’s QER and to revise CEATI’s Distribution Utility Technology Roadmap. Doug is a NIST fellow and member of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) where he had a hand in both the Smart Grid Interoperability Maturity Model and Transactive Energy. He has led the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee and Emerging Technology Committee for the last five years. He has developed more than 20 tutorials for grid modernization for IEEE and others.

Lucas McIntosh, PE, LEED® AP, MBA, Distribution Planning Lead, Burns & McDonnell, Burns & McDonnell 

Lucas leads Burns & McDonnell’s distribution planning services and specializes in technical and economic evaluation of utility modernization projects and programs. Lucas has over 18 years of engineering experience with most of his career focused on serving electric distribution utilities. He has worked with utility clients across the country and participated in industry groups such as SGIP, AESP, SEPA and others.

Joey Nichols, Distribution Planning & Protection, Burns & McDonnell 

Joey has vast utility operations and engineering experience including project development, project management, transmission and distribution system planning and studies, capital budgeting, data analytics, resource planning and electrical distribution engineering. His career has spanned working for large IOUs, COOPs and as a consultant. He has gained expertise in numerous planning tools and software and has applied them to grid modernization, grid hardening and renewables integration planning projects.


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