By - Jon Brown

Siting and Permitting for Transmission Projects [POSTPONED]
May 18-19, 2020 | Minneapolis, MN

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Overview

Out of an abundance of caution and per CDC guidelines, this event has been postponed. We will post exact dates as soon as they are confirmed. 

Siting new transmission lines is a daunting task with numerous regulatory hurdles in the process. These complications are compounded when projects have an impact on areas that have significant natural, rural, or urban resources. Successful project collaboration among agencies, community groups, and transmission developers is key to overcoming challenges, preserving sensitive areas, and getting projects built.

This conference will focus on siting and permitting lessons learned, data collection for siting, working as teams for successful projects and successful community engagement in environments with sensitive botanical, cultural, wildlife and community resources while also diving into the integration of these projects from rural into urban environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the partnership between Eversource’s siting and permitting functional groups to achieve successful projects
  • Discuss SDG&E’s completes high-level planning phase reviews to identify key issues
  • Listen to solutions utilizing alternatives for ROW access for construction of lines
  • Review Next Era Energy Resources’ methods and challenges in siting solar projects
  • Listen to lessons learned on a flexible strategy during siting and routing engagement
  • Engage in a panel discussion on the challenges facing transmission siting and methods for meeting those
  • Describe a successful strategy to collect, track, measure and report data that will inform a comprehensive strategy for siting communication
  • Listen to how aerial photography can be effective data collection for routing/siting of projects
  • Discuss Ameren’s lessons learned on their MVP Mark Twain Transmission Project

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 the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

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

Agenda

Monday, May 18, 2020

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

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Introductions


8:45 – 9:40 a.m. :: An In-Depth Review of a Successful Siting and Environmental Partnership

As the demand for energy continues to rise, maintaining a safe and reliable electric transmission system has never been more critical. Siting and permitting challenges are compounded when projects are located within a mix of adjacent land uses, including natural and highly developed areas. This presentation will focus on the partnership between Eversource’s siting and permitting functional groups in finding solutions to these unique challenges resulting in successful project construction while keeping environmental protection a priority. This presentation will focus on strategies and techniques to maximize avoidance, minimization, and mitigation of project impacts to help facilitate a positive siting and permitting process.

Matthew A. Waldrip, Senior Environmental Specialist, Eversource Energy

Maija Benjamins, Lead – Transmission Siting, Eversource Energy


9:40 – 10:30 a.m. :: Environmental Constraints Analysis During the Planning Phase

SDG&E completes high-level planning phase reviews to identify key issues for our internal clients including transmission and substation engineering and design groups.  Environmental Services conducts desktop analysis with GIS databases and aerial imagery of the proposed project and completes checklists to determine project complexity; this review informs the clients about the various constraints, permitting needs, ballpark costs, and anticipated approval schedule.

Rich Quasarano, Senior Environmental Specialist / Environmental Planner, SDG&E

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Challenges of Siting Solar Projects

Siting a solar project is challenging work. The right combination of solar conditions, power transmission lines and land all play important roles. This presentation will discuss how developers work with landowners to walk them through the process, meet with local officials on project progress, conduct environmental assessments, complete historical and archaeological reviews, arrange connection to the power grid, secure customers for the site’s generated electricity, attend public meetings to gain approval for construction, permitting and land use zoning; and procure the necessary equipment for construction.

Coke Coakley, Manager, – Environmental Services, Next Era Energy Resources (Invited)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Finding the Right Balance Between Best Practices and Tailored Engagement

Over the last 10 years, the power industry has evolved to a standard of integrated public engagement strategy in the siting and routing process. During this transformation, most utilities have developed best practices and structure around siting and routing engagement. A standard practice is important; however, the ability to flex and adapt to the unique project and community is an art. During this presentation we’ll review lessons learned and talk about how using a flexible strategy during siting and routing engagement can build relationships and support a smooth permitting process.

Emily Hyland, Central Region Strategic Communications Manager, HDR


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Collect, Track, Measure, Report, Adjust

A good communication strategy is a two-way street, providing landowners and customers engagement opportunities to provide input, feedback and ask questions. From project comment cards and landowners lists to customer email engagement and ad clicks, your project is flush with data filtering in from different sources in different metrics. A successful strategy to collect, track, measure and report will inform a comprehensive strategy that incorporates online and offline behaviors and actions, equipping you with data to tailor messaging, shift tactics or avoid potentially volatile situations. 

Abby Foster, Public Affairs Director, Bravo Group

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Evolutionary Access Solutions for T&D

Many aspects within the power transmission industry have evolved over the years. Materials have evolved to improve efficiency and resiliency; safety focus has evolved to better protect our loved ones; however, one aspect that has remained more static is access.  Landowner and regulatory oversight have demanded more efforts into how we manage project access, but in most cases, we are still using outdated methods. Through proper evaluation and selection of the appropriate best management practices (BMP), access can evolve to better suit the needs of our stakeholders now and in the future.

Joe Goodhew, Director T&D, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Challenges Facing the Siting/Permitting of Projects – Panel Discussion

This question and answer panel discussion will focus on the range of challenges that transmission owners are facing in siting lines and how they are meeting those challenges successfully.

Moderator:

Joe Goodhew, Director T&D, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services

Panelists:

Matthew A. Waldrip, Senior Environmental Specialist, Eversource Energy

Maija Benjamins, Lead – Transmission Siting, Eversource Energy

Leah Dettmers, Stakeholder Relations Specialist, Ameren Transmission


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Preparation Clears the Pathway for Success:  A Snapshot on Ameren’s MVP Mark Twain Transmission Project

This presentation will review the Mark Twain Transmission Project, a 96-mile, 345,000-volt transmission line and substation in northeast Missouri. The line travels west from Palmyra to Kirksville, Missouri then north to the Iowa border. The project is now providing local and regional benefits, including improved energy grid reliability, increased transmission capacity and greater access to lower cost energy, including renewable sources, such as wind. A discussion on the process taken will be reviewed during this presentation

Leah Dettmers, Stakeholder Relations Specialist, Ameren Transmission

Stephanie S. Muentnich, PE, Vice President – Illinois Real Estate Operations & Regional Marketing, Volkert, Inc.


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Evolution of Siting and Permitting

As the energy markets grow with shifting generation and aging infrastructure, the nature of siting and permitting the infrastructure need to serve these needs has changed.  This session will involve an interactive dialogue about the changes taking place in siting and permitting and discuss new paradigms, changing regulatory burdens, and shifting approaches to public involvement.

Dan Belin AICP, Principal, Energy Business Line, Ecology and Environment, Inc.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Project Planning with Aerial Imagery

Learn how aerial imagery from sources like satellites, planes, and drones is used in new build construction, project planning, and maintenance optimization. Capture a better understanding of what data types yield the results yours seeking.

Dusty Birge, Data in Utilities – Subject Matter Expert, UAV Recon

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Diving into the Details: Best Practices and Lessons Learned that Make for a Better Project

Tuesday May 19, 2020

12:30  – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

This interactive workshop will be facilitated by a fully integrated routing and siting team with transmission and renewable energy project experience across the country. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into best practices and lessons learned covering siting challenges and opportunities that come from siting typical to unique conditions including real estate aspects covered, environmental permitting, data collection and usage for community and agency outreach.

Each topic area will include a brief presentation, hands on exercise and small and large group discussions. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring current or upcoming project examples, if available, to work through with the workshop team through small group discussions. Based on input at the beginning of the workshop, the content and discussions will be tailored to the participant’s needs and interests.     

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover the challenges and solutions of siting in diverse situations
  • Engage in a discussion on the methods and practices for acquiring real estate for siting projects
  • List the steps to take for environmental permitting through construction
  • Detail the use of data for agency and public outreach for effective project communications

Agenda

  • Typical and unique siting challenges
  • Real Estate: methods and practices for acquiring real estate
  • Environmental – Permitting through construction
  • Agency and public outreach and data

 

Speakers

  • Michelle Bissonnette, Sr. Vice President, HDR

  • Brian Hunker, Environmental Project Manager, HDR

  • Aimie Mims, Right-of-way Lead, HDR

  • Emily Hyland, Central Region Strategic Communications Manager, HDR

Speakers

  • Dan Belin AICP, Principal, Energy Business Line, Ecology and Environment, Inc.
  • Maija Benjamins, Lead – Transmission Siting, Eversource Energy
  • Dusty Birge, Data in Utilities – Subject Matter Expert, UAV Recon
  • Coke Coakley, Manager – Environmental Services, Next Era Energy Resources (Invited)
  • Leah Dettmers, Stakeholder Relations Specialist, Ameren Transmission
  • Abby Foster, Public Affairs Director, Bravo Group
  • Joe Goodhew, Director T&D, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services
  • Emily Hyland, Central Region Strategic Communications Manager, HDR
  • Rich Quasarano, Senior Environmental Specialist / Environmental Planner, SDG&E
  • Stephanie S. Muentnich, PE, Vice President – Illinois Real Estate Operations & Regional Marketing, Volkert, Inc.
  • Matthew A. Waldrip, Senior Environmental Specialist, Eversource Energy

Location

 

Westin Minneapolis

88 South 6th St

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Reserve your room:

please call 1-612-333-4006

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of May 17 – 18, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$ single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to April 17, 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

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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 April 17, 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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