By - Jon Brown

Asset Management Strategies for Power Transformers Conference
June 14, 2016 | Denver, CO

Overview

The United States electrical grid’s aging infrastructure is a concern for most every utility across the country.  The criticality of our large power transformers and substations will continue to rise as the demand for power continues to increase. In addition to the aging infrastructure, threats such as cyber-attacks and physical damages due to unforeseen issues such as hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as the push towards renewable energies, have put added pressure onto utilities to upgrade and update their power transformers and substations.  Add this to the fact that a failure of a single power transformer can cause temporary service interruptions which lead to collateral damages; particularly if the replacement of such a unit, and even the parts, will be difficult and expensive to quickly replace.

Since the late 1990’s the US has experienced an increased demand for large power transformers; however, despite this growing need, the United States has had a limited domestic capacity to produce power transformers and their related parts. As the procurement process typically relies on overseas manufacturers, utilities must manage and maintain their current power transformer assets meticulously.

The Asset Management Strategies for Power Transformers conference will provide electric utilities an opportunity to learn best practices for extending the life and reliability of transformer assets through case study sessions from other utilities as well as hearing from industry leaders and manufacturers.

Who Should Attend:

Utilities & Power Generation Companies

  • Transmission & Distribution
  • Substations
  • Power Transformers
  • Asset Management
  • Reliability Services
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Transformers
  • Maintenance
  • Supply Chain
  • Procurement

Manufacturers

  • Business Development
  • Power Engineering Delivery
  • Transformer Manufacturing
  • Maintenance Solutions

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop enhanced safety, reliability, life expectancy and performance of Large Power Transformers
  • Determine when to invest in new or upgraded equipment and technologies
  • Create power transformer and substation maintenance best practices
  • Review a risk-based maintenance strategy
  • Determine the risk of failure as it relates to asset health
  • Measure how location choices affect transmission building

Agenda

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: Looking in the Crystal Ball:  Examining the Future of the Global Power Transformer Market

The future transformer development market is being driven by an increase in electricity demand, the need to replace old electric power equipment, the need for more advanced and lighter transformers and “smart” technology, adoption of energy-efficiency standards, and a boost for high-voltage power transformers and capital expenditure in the power sector globally. In this session we will examine what the future of power transformers mean to you and your organization.  A few topics of discussion include:

  • Domestic production capabilities to manufacture LPTs
  • Challenges in global sourcing of large power transformers
  • NERC’s Spare Equipment Database Program
  • RecX (New Recovery Transformer concept to provide relief)

Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary – Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Asset Management – Where to Invest

Asset management is an ongoing process for all utilities. The theme of most programs is the same: what do we replace, what do we repair, and when do we do it?  This presentation will discuss asset management programs and the criteria for deciding when to invest in new or upgraded technologies, and when to utilize what’s already in place. It will also highlight the process for protecting future upgrades and ongoing equipment replacement efforts.

Matt Zafuto, SVP, Product Management, Enterprise Software Group, ABB

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Case Study: Risk Based Maintenance Strategy for Power Transformers – Westar Energy’s Continuing Journey

Westar Energy began moving to a risk based maintenance strategy for all of its assets June 2012.  This journey began with the formation of a new department, implementation of a new computerized maintenance management system, and a complete change around the philosophy of how maintenance was going to be performed on substation and transmission assets as Westar Energy moved into the future. This presentation will outline Westar Energy’s risk based maintenance program and how it is specifically applied to the 1200 substation transformers in the company’s system.  This presentation will focus on the following:

  • Defining Westar Energy’s risk based maintenance philosophy
  • Transformer health considerations (what we monitor, weighting, etc.)
  • Resource considerations
  • Cost considerations
  • Time to implement
  • Barriers
  • Successes

Kenny Rankin, Director, Transmission and Substation Reliability, Westar Energy

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: HECO’s Strategy for Managing Critical Transformers

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) has been implementing Asset Management strategies since 2009.  Substation transformers (80 MVA and 10 MVA) emerged early on as a critical asset in need of a comprehensive plan for managing performance and risks.  An analytical model was used to predict future failures and related performance implications.  These models were then used to develop capital investment plans for a variety of scenarios.  One aspect of significant concern was the risk of insufficient spares due to long lead-times associated with replacement transformers.  This risk was analyzed to determine the optimal number of spares for the most cost-effective performance.

  • Modeling to predict future failure rates
  • Predicting the impact of failures on system reliability and performance
  • Analyzing different investment scenarios for sustained performance
  • Quantifying the risks of insufficient spares
  • Establishing an optimal spares strategy

Tom Myers, Principal, UMS Group Inc.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Evaluating Subsurface vs. Padmounted Distribution Transformers – A Case Study of the Undergrounding Effort in the DC area

This session details the (1) benefits and limitations of deploying subsurface distribution transformers as part of the comprehensive undergrounding effort taking place in the DC area where regulations restrict much of the public space; (2) engineering tradeoffs, including reliability, ease of maintenance, security, permitting, and urban area applicability of subsurface and padmounted distribution transformers; (3) floodplain management. Depending on the application, properly protected subsurface distribution transformers may provide an operational advantage over padmounted equipment.

Jorge A. Camacho, P.E., Chief, Office of Infrastructure and System Planning, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Leveraging Asset Health and Criticality within the Aging Transformer Infrastructure

Managing the transformer aging infrastructure is a challenge all utilities face.  Determining how to leverage criticality and risk to better manage asset health is one way to tackle the daunting task.  In this session we will examine issues such as:

  • Assessing the criticality of transformer assets
  • Determining the risk of failure and how this is related to asset health
  • Mitigation techniques across the lifecycle of the asset

Carl S. Kapes, Manager – Asset Performance/Distribution Standards/Failure Analysis, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Managing the Aging Power Transformer Infrastructure:  Extending the Life and Reliability of Transformer Equipment

Developing methods to enhance safety, reliability, equipment life and performance are on the minds of Utilities on a daily basis due to the aging infrastructure. This session will examine tools, techniques and methodologies to help a utility improve equipment performance, inspection, assessment, maintenance, and risk-based asset management.  We will examine issues such as:

  • Developing risk-based fleet management programs
  • Extending equipment life with maintenance guidelines
  • Reducing maintenance costs through the use of condition-based maintenance
  • The future of asset management and inspection such as utilizing drones for an inspection tool

Craig L. Stiegemeier, Business Development and Technology Director, Transformer Remanufacturing and Engineering, ABB

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Surviving the Perfect Storm of an Aging Workforce and Declining Infrastructure

Over the next two decades, 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age on a daily basis, add that to the utility infrastructure approaching the end of its 30 to 40-year useful life at a similar rate, utilities have no time to waste in addressing these potentially catastrophic threats with definitive action.  In this interactive panel discussion, we will look at best practices including:

  • Knowledge transfer from your older workforce to the new generation
  • Succession-planning in today’s utility to best protect your assets for today and tomorrow
  • The growing role of automation and how it can be used to mitigate these two threats

Kenneth Buck, Substation Manger, ComEd, An Exelon Company

Christine Carpenter, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Speakers

Carl S. Kapes, Manager – Asset Performance/Distribution Standards/Failure Analysis, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Christine Carpenter, Director, Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE)

Craig L. Stiegemeier, Business Development and Technology Director, Transformer Remanufacturing and Engineering, ABB

Jorge A. Camacho, P.E., Chief, Office of Infrastructure and System Planning, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia

Kenneth Buck, Substation Manger, ComEd, An Exelon Company

Kenny Rankin, Director, Transmission and Substation Reliability, Westar Energy

Matt Zafuto, SVP, Product Management, Enterprise Software Group, ABB

Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary – Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Tom Myers, Principal, UMS Group Inc.

Location

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue
Denver, CO 80237

To reserve your room, please call please call 888-421-1442 or book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/EUCIHRDTC.

Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

The room rate is $195.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

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