2021 Western Transmission Summit

2021 Western Transmission Summit

Renewables. Reliability. Grid Modernization

June 8-9, 2021 | Online :: Mountain Time

“The conference offered an in-depth look, through balanced panel discussions and case studies, into the current state of transmission planning and development in the U.S.” – Attorney, Montana PSC

The Western Transmission System continues to be a frontier for technological innovation, advanced energy policy, and pioneering new renewable interconnection. With the onset of a new administration, many new issues come to surface regarding policy, environment, and power delivery. As the West continues to lead the national energy transition, collaboration between utilities, operators, vendors, and regulators remain a vital need for innovative success.

The 13th Annual Western Transmission Summit returns with new utility case studies, regulatory updates, and debut technology demonstrations. The conference brings together networking, live presentations, and interactive panels into one seamless virtual experience. Join this exciting group, including featured keynote speaker FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, as we cover more content on DERs and battery storage, regionalization, grid modernization, project planning, case studies, and resilient and reliable transmission system.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review progress updates from SCE, APS, BPA, SDG&E and more…
  • Discuss new efforts towards system regionalization from CAISO and other Western utility operators
  • Share key project updates from utilities
  • Hear the Keynote Address from FERC Commissioner and former Chairman, Neil Chatterjee on new transmission policy, financing, and regulation
  • Discuss the impact of DERs and battery storage on transmission projects
  • Review an update on resource adequacy for transmission use
  • Evaluate strategy for increased renewable access and power delivery through off-shore wind and solar
  • Discuss major economic considerations for western transmission planning including market developments and an analysis of the recent heat storm
  • Discuss the influence of a Biden Administration on power delivery from FERC, System Operators, and Utilities
  • Identify utility challenges and capital O&M strategies throughout 2021
  • Review the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on transmission development and progress
  • Elaborate on NEPA and other environmental challenges, filings, and process implementation of new projects
  • Participate in collaborative breakout rooms with a mix of industry utilities, regulators, ESCOs, OEMs, and SMEs
  • Review the major renewable investments being made by utilities and Transmission Operators including offshore wind, commercial solar programs, and hydrogen development
  • Discuss the viability and utility process of underground transmission
  • Identify geotechnical challenges for transmission development including design, costs, and practical engineering
  • Identify key nuances on project initiation in both regulated and deregulated markets

Who Should Attend?

  • Transmission planners, engineers, and operators
  • Transmission project managers and engineers
  • Utility finance executives
  • Transmission developers and consultants
  • Renewable of energy developers
  • Lenders and financial institutions
  • Construction executives
  • Permitting and environmental planners and managers
  • State public utility commission advisors and staff
  • Managers of grid and resource integration

Agenda

Tuesday, June 8 , 2021 : Mountain Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks

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

1:10 –1:30 p.m. :: Welcome

Conference host

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: PANEL: Grid Modernization, Renewable Access, and Reliability

The Western transmission system is an accelerating system with increased sophistication and technological interface. Major decarbonization and green energy commitments, made more prevalent under a new Biden Administration, lead to many important considerations for regional Transmission operators and stakeholders. This featured panel will breakdown the major advancements and investments being done to increase offshore wind and solar access, optimize energy tariffs, increase transmission financing, and improve system reliability.

  • Regional Decarbonization Tariffs
  • Wildfire Resilience Planning
  • Reaction to Biden Administration for Western Utilities
  • Renewable development and transmission, including offshore wind and solar

Moderator:

Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director, PSC Consultants

Panelists:

Bruce Rew, Senior Vice President, Southwest Power Pool

Jacob Tetlow, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Arizona Public Service

Branden Sudduth, VP, Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis, WECC

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Evolving Transmission Development in Arizona

Arizona Public Service (APS) is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves nearly 1.3 million customers across the state. This presentation will share recent major capital projects by APS and sister company Pinnacle West, with updates on its commitment for a carbon-free power mix by 2050. APS recently requested energy resources of approx. 300-400 MW of clean energy per year in a goal to achieve 45% renewable generation by 2030. Topics include:

  • “Solar after Sunset” program
  • Battery Energy Storage with Solar Energy
  • Clean Wind Energy Advancement
  • 60 MW battery storage at Red Rock and Chino Valley Projects

Tony Tewelis, VP of Transmission & Distribution, Arizona Public Service

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Xcel Energy – Sagamore Wind Farm (New Mexico)

Sagamore Wind is Xcel Energy’s first company-owned wind farm in New Mexico and is one of the largest wind projects ever built in the state and within the Southwest Power Pool. Sagamore’s 240 wind turbines is a key component for Xcel Energy to reach their 80% carbon reduction goal by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. Sagamore Wind began commercial operations in December 2020.

Brian Hudson, Project Manager – Energy Supply Projects, Xcel Energy

Bryant Coon, Senior Siting & Land Rights Agent, Xcel Energy

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Card Sharing & Virtual Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 : Mountain Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

9:00  – 9:45 a.m. :: Sunzia Project Update and Interregional Renewable Connection

Overview and update on the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a 550-mile independent transmission project between New Mexico and Arizona that will deliver renewable energy to markets in the Southwestern US.

David Getts, General Manager, Southwestern Power Group

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: System Planning and Project Developments in Southern California

This talk will cover major developments on SCE’s transmission portfolio, including planned construction and reliability upgrades. In the presentation, Chuck will also provide insights into key challenges and lessons learned, as well as describing utility project initiation with the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior, CAISO, and more.

Charles Adamson, Principal Manager, T&D Major Projects, SCE 

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

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Case Study: Ten West Link Infrastructure and Development

The Ten West Link transmission line is a proposed new 500 kV transmission connection between electrical substations in Tonopah, Arizona and Blythe, California.  The project will create beneficial new transmission infrastructure that will improve transmission system efficiency and reliability, while facilitating development of new renewable energy and energy storage resources in Arizona and California. This will help both states achieve their renewable energy standards and carbon reduction goals. Ten West Link will also bring significant economic, reliability and public policy benefits to the electric power grid serving the Desert Southwest – one of America’s fastest growing regions. The Project is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood Energy Group

Lowell Rogers, Principal/Owner, Oak Strategic, Inc.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Transmission Development and Strategic Goals in the Pacific Northwest

The Bonneville Power Administration has released a progress update on its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, documenting achievements and areas of focus for the plan’s remaining years. For this midpoint review, this presentation will cover strategic transmission goals, objectives, and primary lessons learned so far.

Ravi Aggarwal, Manager & Senior Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. :: Clean Energy Transformation in Washington State

Washington state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, along with its recently revised State Energy Strategy, call for deep decarbonization of the state’s energy supply through electrification of transportation, home heating, and industry. Success will require both expanding the supply of electricity and ensuring that that electricity is increasingly generated from renewable sources. As Chair of Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), Kathleen Drew has a front row seat (and a chair at the table) for one state’s transformation to a clean energy economy. Kathleen and her team will present the steps Washington is taking – including EFSEC’s role – as a case study in how states are both adapting to and proactively driving change in energy markets.

Kathleen Drew, EFSEC Chair, State of Washington

Sonia Bumpus, EFSEC Manager, State of Washington

Stew Henderson, Senior Policy Advisor, EFSEC, State of Washington

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Energy Storage Transmission Planning Framework and a PSEGLI Case Study

This exciting talk will discuss an Energy Storage transmission planning framework and a related case study on applying the framework to perform analysis so that findings could be used in an energy storage request for proposal.

Arindam Maitra, Technical Executive, EPRI

Nayana Niglye, Manager Power Projects, PSEG Long Island

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: CPUC Transmission Planning and Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Process

The state of California has a detailed IRP process with aggressive goals for its long-term procurement plan. This is an “umbrella” planning proceeding to consider all of the Commission’s electric procurement policies and programs and ensure California has a safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity supply. This talk will cover recent developments, system needs, and current projects with constituent utilities.

Nathan Barcic, Supervisor, Integrated Resource Planning, California Public Utilities Commission

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Increasing Capacity and Upgrading Resiliency on Transmission Systems

Maintaining a resilient transmission system is part of the critical work Western operators understand far too well. Inclement weather, wildfires, and increased load all jeopardize the reliability of an already overdue infrastructure. As utilities and operators evaluate upgrades or reconductoring jobs, this talk will share some case studies, lessons learned, and other factors for consideration every project manager should be aware of.

John Marczewski, Vice President – Electric Consulting, EN Engineering

4:45 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

  • Charles Adamson, Principal Manager, T&D Major Projects, SCE

  • Ravi Aggarwal, Manager & Senior Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration

  • Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood Energy Group

  • Nathan Barcic, Supervisor, Integrated Resource Planning, California Public Utilities Commission

  • Sonia Bumpus, EFSEC Manager, State of Washington

  • Bryant Coon, Senior Siting & Land Rights Agent, Xcel Energy

  • Kathleen Drew, EFSEC Chair, State of Washington

  • David Getts, General Manager, Southwestern Power Group

  • Stew Henderson, Senior Policy Advisor, EFSEC, State of Washington

  • Brian Hudson, Project Manager – Energy Supply Projects, Xcel Energy

  • John Marczewski, Vice President – Electric Consulting, EN Engineering

  • Arindam Maitra, Technical Executive, EPRI

  • Nayana Niglye, Manager Power Projects, PSEG Long Island

  • Bruce Rew, Senior Vice President, Southwest Power Pool

  • Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director, PSC Consultants

  • Lowell Rogers, Principal/Owner, Oak Strategic, Inc

  • Branden Sudduth, VP, Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis, WECC

  • Jacob Tetlow, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Arizona Public Service

  • Tony Tewelis, VP of Transmission & Distribution, Arizona Public Service

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used

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