By - Jon Brown

2021 Western Transmission Summit
Renewables. Reliability. Grid Modernization
June 8-9, 2021 | Online :: Mountain Time

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“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



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 0.9 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

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


Tuesday, June 8 , 2021 : Mountain Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Log In

1:00– 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

1:00 – 1:10 p.m. :: Opening Remarks

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


Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director, PSC Consultants


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 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

Breakout Room Available 

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Keynote: Assessing FERC Policy and Tariffs for Regional Transmission Growth

Having served as FERC Chairman and now as commissioner, Neil Chatterjee will deliver an address on recent rulemakings, and growth to the transmission development of the Western grid. This address will take note of renewable incentives and an outlook for the future of US energy policy in a shifting political landscape.

Neil Chatterjee, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

3:45 – 4:30 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

Jacob Tetlow, Sr. VP of Operations (non-nuclear), Arizona Public Service

4:30 – 5:15 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

5:15 – 5:30 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

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

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Energy Storage, DERs, and Emerging Technologies for Transmission

This exciting talk will cover the value proposition of deployable assets such as battery storage, microgrids, and fuel cells to meet strategic energy goals. Not only will cost-effective methodologies be shared, but also case studies on storage integration and engineering process.

Giovanni Damato, Principal Project Manager, Energy Storage and DERs, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: A Proactive Strategic Approach to Support Major Project Approval and Construction

In this session, you will learn how San Diego Gas & Electric proactively engages stakeholders to gain support of major project development of electric and natural gas projects throughout SDG&E service territory, at all stages of development.  SDG&E’s belief is that there is no such thing as a “one-size fits all” approach to public participation.  Instead, the regional public affairs team and major projects specific teams coordinate to tailor the right approach for each project, including: 

  • Internal support and external outreach
  • Project-specific public affairs plans
  • CAISO bidding process, pre-filing, CEQA process, construction
  • Lead on construction notifications
  • Active role in agency approval processes
  • Close coordination with RPA, media, community relations, and the broader project team

Todd Voorhees, Regional Public Affairs Manager, Major Projects External Relations Group, San Diego Gas & Electric

3:15 – 4:00 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

4:00 – 4:30 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.

Cedric Moore, Regional Vice President – Utilities, EN Engineering

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


Grid Readiness – The Path to Grid Modernization, Considerations for Laying the Foundation for the Modern Grid

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 : Mountain Time

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Login

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing


The practice of Grid Modernization is a continuing process to address the changing utility environment. Demands for clean, renewable, sustainable power, an aggressively managed carbon footprint, customer choice and preferences, innovative solutions and advances in energy technology & control systems. Demands for clean energy are not just to power up individual homes and businesses, but to power electric vehicles, self-sufficient and connected communities, campuses, industrial sites and smart integrated microgrids as well. In the West, the EIM (Energy Imbalance Market) is working to grow its membership to help effect these challenges and more.

Participation in the EIM has grown considerably since it began operation in 2014. Today, the market has 11 participants spanning the western U.S. and Canada, with 10 more scheduled to enter in 2021 and 2022. The CAISO estimates that by 2022, the EIM will serve 82 percent of the Western Energy Coordinating Council’s (WECC) total load.

The EIM essentially just extends the California ISOs existing real-time market services to be available to more entities outside of its transmission system, allowing other Balancing Authorities in the West to enjoy the benefits of a real-time market. The EIM improves BA’s access to electricity at the time it is generated or needed across the region, reducing congestion, cost, and the need for curtailment of excess generation.

This workshop discusses the infrastructures and operational challenges associated with EIM participation and other solutions. 

This workshop will:

  1. focus on grid readiness as a prerequisite to grid modernization;
  2. examine what it means to be grid ready;
  3. identify and discuss preparedness considerations; and,
  4. identify and discuss planning for future considerations.


Workshop agenda:

Roadmap for EIM Participation and other evolving solutions in the West

  1. Drivers of change
  2. System planning considerations
  3. Infrastructure challenges
  4. Operational challenges
  5. Developing an approach
  6. Long term considerations


Workshop Instructors

Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director

With more than 30 years of experience in power plant operations, transmission system planning, and operations planning, Tracy Rolstad is an authority in the electricity industry. Clients turn to Tracy for strategic guidance in power system planning and modeling and compliance with NERC Reliability standards.

As a trusted advisor to the industry, Tracy has held numerous leadership positions in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), where he currently serves as Chair of the Data Subcommittee. Having spent years as a power system consultant with Avista Utilities, Tracy is a subject matter expert in transmission planning and compliance with NERC Reliability standards.

Tracy’s deep experience in conducting transmission reliability studies using power system analysis software makes him a sought-after resource in the field of system planning.

Brad Railing, Principal HVDC Consultant

Bradley Railing is an experienced Principal HVDC Consultant based with PSC on the east coast of the USA, responsible for all HVDC activities for PSC North America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Master of Engineering degree in Electric Power Engineering and has over 35 years of electricity utility experience which includes direct involvement with regulated and merchant transmission projects around the world. His extensive experience encompasses technical feasibility studies, conceptual design, technical specifications, field commissioning, fault tracing, expert witness testimony for HVDC and AC systems, HVDC submarine cable system repair support, root cause analysis, project management, operations and maintenance with a specialization in HVDC transmission systems.

John S. Camilleri, Principal Architect

John Camilleri has a proven track record of product management and domain expertise in Utility Automation Systems. He is an experienced technical manager and product manager with more than a decade of product management responsibilities. John is skilled in driving customer requirements and ensuring achievable deliverables. Structured and nurtured industry partnerships. Contributed to standards bodies and supported the recent growth of distributed peer-to-peer processing in the energy field. A 31-year member of the IEEE and a Senior Member engaged in the industry providing numerous presentations and publications. John has a broad integration knowledge base on Windows and Linux platforms, deployment systems, including dozens of GE e-terra product integrations with utility partners.


  • 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

  • Neil Chatterjee, Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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

  • Giovanni Damato, Principal Project Manager, Energy Storage and DERs, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • David Getts, General Manager, Southwestern Power Group

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

  • Cedric Moore, Regional Vice President – Utilities, EN Engineering

  • Bruce Rew, Senior Vice President, Southwest Power Pool

  • Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director, PSC Consultants

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

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

  • Todd Voorhees, Regional Public Affairs Manager, Major Projects External Relations Group, San Diego Gas & Electric

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.
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  • 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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