Coal Plant Closure: A Detailed Look

Coal Plant Closure: A Detailed Look

August 13-14, 2019 | Denver, CO

The landscape of coal powered generation has changed forever. There have been regulatory pressures and economic influences for non-critical and aging plants making them no longer economically viable. Generation owners have closed many facilities around the country and continue to do so. For those who have not yet done so, what are the steps involved for an owner in the closure of a plant?

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This course will provide owners with those steps in the plant closure process by sharing vital information and lessons that have been acquired by the experts involved. The process is a complicated one consisting of multiple specialties across the generation field. The knowledgeable instructors each brings with them years of experience in their particular field giving the course attendees a comprehensive view and interactive setting for which to engage and take back with them as much applicable information as possible. Some of the topics covered will be: stakeholder management, redevelopment and repurposing, regulatory and environmental factors, environmental assessments, financial considerations, scoping and asset redeployment, and site remediation and grading. Multiple case studies will be highlighted including one from Duke Energy that will help to put all the pieces together for attendees. 

Learning Outcomes         

  • Examine an overview of the process for decommissioning a plant
  • Discuss the management of stakeholders in the decommissioning and demolition process
  • Review how the ultimate end use of the property is important to know from early on
  • Listen to a case study on the redevelopment of a demolished site
  • Assess how to evaluate environmental considerations without triggering regulatory tollgates
  • Review which environmental assessments should be performed
  • Discuss when to perform asbestos abatement to minimize the financial and schedule impacts on a project
  • List the financial impacts of potential decommissioning and demolition scenarios
  • Cover details on the contractor’s scope of work and portions that can be missed
  • Examine the best options for approaching site remediation
  • Engage in a case study by Xcel Energy



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

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


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. :: Registration

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Decommissioning and Demolition – From Start to Finish

Presentation will cover a process for decommissioning a plant.  Focus will be on questions to be asked in each phase and process for communication with stakeholders.  The presentation will cover the entire process – from decision to shut down a plant to project close out.  Included will also be an overview of specific areas in each phase of the process.

Stakeholder Management – The Role of Strategic Communications

Management of stakeholders in the decommissioning and demolition process is critical.  This presentation will focus on how a proactive approach to stakeholder management can improve the decommissioning process.  Included will be on how to involve the local community as well as manage public perception of the potential decommissioning and demolition project. 

Legal Considerations in Decommissioning

Get a legal perspective on the myriad of topics and issues that face these once productive generation sites during their closure process including managing environmental and real property liabilities when decommissioning a power plant.  

Begin with the End in Mind – Potential Redevelopment and Repurposing

During the early stages of the decommissioning process, understanding the ultimate end use of the property is important.  If the plan is to redevelop or repurpose the site, it is important to start to address this early in the decommissioning and demolition process and the potential impacts on decisions you make along the way.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Regulatory and Environmental Factors to Consider

Understanding the environmental conditions at your site is vitally important in the decommissioning process.  Focus of presentation will be on how to evaluate environmental considerations without triggering regulatory tollgates as well as planning for the future end use

Asbestos Abatement – Options and Lessons Learned

Asbestos abatement is a major consideration for decommissioning and demolition.  When to perform the abatement can impact the project both financially and from a schedule perspective. 

Financial Considerations

Understanding the financial impacts of potential decommissioning and demolition scenarios is an important part in management of the process.  Development of scenario options, costs associated with each option, both short and long term and the life cycle impact of each scenario will be covered.  Understanding how to evaluate non-quantifiable costs will also be discussed.  A case study of a “Care and Feeding Scenario” will be covered



Performing Proper Environmental Assessments

As part of understanding the site conditions, Regulated Material Surveys and Phase 1 Environmental assessments should be performed.  Why these documents are important to the process as well as what the scope of these assessments will be discussed. 

Scoping, Execution and Final Site Conditions – A Contractor’s Perspective

What constitutes a good scope?  What items should be included for a contractor to be able to provide a good bid response?  Presentation will cover areas that can impact the contractor’s scope of work that may not always be addressed by owners.  Presenter will also discuss a contractor’s viewpoint on the different types of contracting strategies.  Discussion of the best options for approaching site remediation and final grading.  Focus will be on soil remediation as well as pond closures. 

Utility Case Study/Lessons Learned


William Ahlert, Vice President, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Doug Bisson, Planning Section Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Vincent Carbone, Senior Geologist, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Katie Hatfield Elstrom, Public Involvement Coordinator, HDR

Christine Harris, Power Generation Regulatory Compliance Practice Leader, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Bina Joshi, Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLC

Rob Osborn, Managing Director – Corporate Economic Development, Xcel Energy


Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Drive

Lone Tree, CO 80124

Reserve your room:

please call 1-303-925-0004

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of August 11 – 13, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$184.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to July 21, 2019.




Coal Plant Closure: A Detailed Look

August 13-14, 2019 | Denver,CO
Individual attendee(s) - $ each

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