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By - Jon Brown

2018 Improving Right Of Way Processes for Electric Transmission Projects
September 19-20, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN

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Overview

Managing new and upgraded transmission projects in the public right of way (ROW) is an increasingly complex and challenging process.  Electric utilities and transmission developers must balance the competing interests of all stakeholders.  Special attention is required at every stage of the process to ensure that reliability and capacity objectives are met while also serving the best interests of landowners, government officials, and customers.  The stakes are high – the success of the project and the reputation of your organization are on the line.

At the 8th Annual Improving Right of Way for Electric Transmission Projects conference, you will hear leading ROW experts discuss proven strategies and best practices to efficiently and effectively navigate the right of way process.  You will receive updates on evolving right of way trends impacting the planning, design, acquisition, valuation, and management of electricity transmission projects. Some of the specific topics that will be discussed are: easement dispute settlements, digital data integration, asset management in your ROW, case study lessons, and unique challenges in ROW’s like homeless encampments. Attendees will gain knowledge that will assist them in their day-to-day work and have real-world applications.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Review the context in which easement disputes often arise and how to settle or resolve easement disputes
  • Discuss Basin Electric’s evolution from paper maps for project engineering and development with landowners to digital mapping and quality control
  • Engage in a panel discussion on the myriad of challenges facing electric transmission owners right of ways
  • Expand on the benefit of leveraging data to make informed decisions regarding the asset management of what lies within ROW’s
  • Review how to deal with homeless encampments and illegal activities along transmission right of way corridors
  • Expand on the best practices AEP has developed for ROW acquisition practices
  • Discuss the ROW acquisition process for the Elkhorn River Valley Transmission Project that Omaha Public Power District has learned from
  • Identify how Tampa Electric has handled the siting approval process, their approach to ROW as well as advanced planning and stakeholder engagement for projects
  • Illustrate how the role of the appraiser, beyond the typical appraisal, can be expanded to provide added value in the areas route selection, negotiation, and potential litigation
  • Discuss how to develop fair and balanced easement agreements that will serve both anticipated and unanticipated reconfigurations of the proposed facilities

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 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Chairperson Introductions


8:40 – 9:25 a.m. :: Settling Disputes Over Property Easements

Disputes over property easements arise in several contexts and can result in years of costly litigation. This overview will help lawyers, right of way agents, land acquisition personnel and other persons responsible for the preparation, negotiation, execution and use of easements better understand the context in which easement disputes often arise and how to settle or resolve easement disputes. The speaker will discuss common methods used to settle easement disputes and ways to anticipate and avoid easement disputes in the future. 

Alaina King Benford, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLC


9:25 – 10:15 a.m. :: Case Study: Transmission Project Electronic Mapping and Digital Data Use from Start to Finish

Learn how our Basin Electric ROW Project Team evolved from the use of paper maps and documents for project engineering and development with landowners to digital mapping and quality control both in the field and “getting the story correct” back at the office. The convergence of the Right of Way and Engineering functions with the GIS Team using ArcGIS Explorer © and Collector © apps in the field complemented with their desktop product has led to streamlined success in routing, acquiring, constructing and reclaiming approximately 280 miles of high voltage transmission line in rural Western North Dakota. 

Topics covered from the user perspective will include:

  • Digital mapping during landowner discussions
    • Strategies to bridge the electronic and spatial capacity of landowners
    • Conveying information to Engineering effectively
    • Keeping data on the maps relevant and up to date
  • Using Apps during construction with environmental considerations
  • Using Apps for reclamation
  • Final transition from “project” status to owner for maintenance of the system

Shauna Laber, Sr. Property & Right of Way Agent, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: The Right Way to Treat the Right-of-Way: Temporary Site Access for Good Corporate Stewardship

John Capodice, Executive Vice President, Sterling

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


12:45 – 1:45 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Challenges Facing Electrical Transmission Right of Way’s

Join in this engaging panel discussion on the myriad of challenges facing electric transmission owners right of ways with lessons learned and methods that have worked in improving their efforts with landowners and the community.

John Capodice, Executive Vice President, Sterling

Shauna Laber, Sr. Property & Right of Way Agent of Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Maureen Barnes, Real Estate Services Manager, Snohomish County Public Utility District

Thomas Schaffer, Right-of-Way Manager, AEP Transmission


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Asset Management: Data to Decisions – The Road That Takes You There

 “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there: from data to decisions”

Utilities face extremely difficult decisions related to aging infrastructure, aging workforce, and changing grid requirements. They need to carefully weigh investments while balancing reliability, performance, risk, and expenditures. Data is stored in multiple applications, leading to fragmented knowledge of existing physical assets, land and property rights, and associated liabilities. Utilities look to asset management as part of the solution. Asset management programs help utilities leverage their data to enhance their knowledge, make informed decisions, and transform their businesses.

Scott Anschell, Asset Management Lead, HDR

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Case Study: The Challenges of Managing Homeless Encampments on Utility ROW’s

As homeless populations continue to increase one of the main challenges facing right of way professionals are dealing with encampments and illegal activities (drug use and prostitution) along transmission right of way corridors.  Many ROW’s host trails which make the maintenance and safety of these corridors both tedious and expensive. Additionally, homeless laws are ever changing regarding rights and storage of personal items. This presentation will illustrate what is proving to be effective within the transmission line corridor’s containing the Interurban Trail from Seattle (King County) through to Everett (Snohomish County) in the State of Washington.

Maureen Barnes, Real Estate Services Manager, Snohomish County Public Utility District


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Acquisition Best Practices

AEP attempts to balance landowner concerns and preferences with the need for electric infrastructure when locating rights-of-way. This presentation will discuss some of the best practices AEP has learned from this process.  Beyond working with landowners on negotiations, some of the items a company should discuss with property owners are project specifics, including: the length and width of the right of way, number and placement of structures, height and design of the structures, voltage of the power line, clearing and construction practices, right-of-way access, project schedule, post-construction maintenance and vegetation maintenance practices. The presentation will wrap up pointing out some of the steps a utility should take after construction such as paying for crop damage and/or physical damage to property resulting from the construction and/or maintenance of the transmission line.

Thomas Schaffer, Right-of-Way Manager, AEP Transmission

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Thursday, September 20, 2018

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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Case Study: Willow Oak – Wheeler – Davis 230kV Transmission Line

This case study will give an overview of the siting approval process in Florida. It will discuss Tampa Electric’s approach to ROW as well as outline the advanced planning and stakeholder engagement by Tampa Electric on the Willow Oak – Wheeler – Davis 230kV Transmission Line project. 

Arlee Jones, PgMP, EVMP Project Manager II, Tampa Electric


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Case Study: The Lifecycle of a Transmission Project: Bergen – Linden Corridor

This presentation will review the study of a transmission upgrade project in a congested urban area highlighting the challenges that were faced and overcome by the project team.

Roger J. Trudeau, Manager – Corporate Real Estate, PSE&G

Joy Schulein, Sr. Corporate Real Estate Consultant, PSE&G

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


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Appraisal Best Practices for Linear Right of Way Projects

Appraisal plays an integral part of virtually every right of way project. In the past, appraisers were usually consulted only when an eminent domain action was initiated. However, with increased emphasis on limiting the impact of linear projects, the need to reduce the time required to complete a project, and increased landowner resistance to right of way projects, appraisers are often engaged at the onset of a project. This presentation will illustrate how the role of the appraiser, beyond the typical appraisal, can be expanded to provide added value in the areas route selection, negotiation, and potential litigation.

Carlo S. Forni, MAI, Partner, Allen, Williford & Seal

12:00 p.m. :: Adjournment

Workshop

Practical Knowledge for Siting Your Next Transmission Line – Right of Way Services Critical Role

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Registration 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Workshop 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Overview

This workshop will be a combination of practical examples, routing and sighting best practices and interactive classroom activities designed to provide the student with the background to effectively participate in or lead transmission line siting activities. It will also offer current trends and innovations in routing transmission line projects for the more experienced right of way professional. The focus throughout will be on the advantages of having Right of Way services engaged at the start of the routing and sighting process and the benefits ROW brings to the team.

Join this interactive workshop to learn the process of effectively siting your next transmission line project and the importance of having right of way services on the routing and siting project team

Learning Outcomes

  • List the advantages of having right of way services engaged at the start of the routing and sighting process
  • Review general siting techniques and case study routing presentations
  • Discuss recent trends and innovations currently in use to successfully site transmission line projects
  • Engage in a team work session on the steps to take in a transmission line siting exercise
  • Review the importance of GIS and mapping tools as an aid in the siting process

Agenda

Part One

A series of general informational and case study routing presentations to provide context to those new to the process and recent trends and innovations currently in use to successfully site transmission line projects.

Presentations:

  • Siting Transmission Lines – Challenges, Roadblocks and Resolution Across North America
  • Transmission Line Challenges in Urban Settings
  • Opportunities and Challenges Siting Transmission Projects in Rural Communities

Part Two

A classroom participation session where the students will work together in teams to develop appropriate siting criteria, assembling the correct team members, identifying key stakeholders and preparing a schedule to effectively complete a mock transmission line siting exercise. The importance of using current GIS and mapping tools as an aid in the siting process will also be discussed.

This session will take the participants from general project location through corridor and preliminary line locations to preparing a brief presentation selecting their preferred transmission line location. 

In-class exercises will include:

  • Developing scope/procedures to site the sample transmission project
  • Identifying important stakeholders, regulatory approvals and key staff needed to site the project
  • Developing siting criteria for a sample transmission line and substation
  • Drafting a basic public outreach program
  • Using basic cost estimating procedures for the alternative routes
  • Ranking the alternative routes
  • Preparing and presenting by team a preferred route

Instructors

Jim Prossick, SR/WA, HDR Vice President ROW Services, HDR
Jim has over 38 years in the ROW field, with the last fourteen spent as a Section and Area Manager for HDR working on a wide variety of projects throughout the United States. He is a senior project manager and licensed appraiser who has collaborated with engineering, environmental, and permitting disciplines to site numerous linear projects by providing detailed ROW analysis, landowner and title research, ROW cost estimates, and customized ROW work plans and schedules. In addition to planning services, Jim also assembles successful ROW teams delivering title research, valuation, acquisition, and closing services for linear projects in WA and throughout the US.


Kimberly Gross, R/W-NAC, LS Power Development

Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in the real estate and electrical utility industry.  She has spent the past seven years at LS Power working on high voltage transmission projects throughout North America. She currently is managing acquisition and title activities on several projects that are being developed and proposed. During her time at LS Power she has lead acquisition and right-of-way management activities needed for the development of transmission projects as well as assisting in the preparation of proposals and budgets for new proposed projects.   Some notable project she has participated in include One Nevada Transmission Line Project (ON Line, 500 kV), Limestone to Gibbons Creek 345 kV Transmission Line Project and most recently the Duff to Coleman EHV 345 kV Transmission Line Project.


Robert Woodard, Illinois-Indiana Area Business Class Lead, Real Estate Services, HDR

Robert has over 20 years of experience in the electrical utility and construction industries and has participated in several large-scale projects throughout his career. He has held positions ranging from Project Management to Senior Management at NV Energy, Southern California Edison and Tishman Construction. During his time in the electrical utility industry, he supported the acquisition of land rights and permits needed for the construction of major transmission lines in southern Nevada and southern California. He also participated in the initial Master Agreement between NV Energy and the Bureau of Land Management which now serves as a way for other utilities to expedite federal land permits. Some more notable projects he has participated in include the CityCenter and Echelon casino projects in Las Vegas and more recently the 500kv underground project in Chino Hills, CA


Shauna Laber, Sr. Property & Right of Way Agent, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Shauna has 10 years of experience in the electrical utility and construction of large scale generation and transmission projects as a Sr. Right of Way Agent for Basin Electric Power Cooperative.  She has 8 years of direct siting, acquisition, construction and reclamation of ~280 miles of transmission line and five substation projects in western North Dakota.  Shauna’s key project leadership roles include:

  • Working with landowners, agencies and engineers to site the infrastructure needed
  • Easement negotiation and acquisition of property
  • Establishing and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship between the construction crews, landowner needs and environmental considerations for permitting compliance
  • Applying for all non-environmental project permits
  • Hire and supervise reclamation and restoration crews post construction
  • Keeping all of the pieces of a project in line and within budget, reporting to all stakeholders, holding everyone accountable and fixing problems!

Speakers

Scott Anschell, Asset Management Lead, HDR

Maureen Barnes, Real Estate Services Manager, Snohomish County Public Utility District

John Capodice, Executive Vice President, Sterling

Carlo S. Forni, MAI, Partner, Allen, Williford & Seal

Kimberly Gross, R/W-NAC, LS Power Development

Arlee Jones PgMP®, EVMP® Project Manager II, Tampa Electric

Alaina King Benford, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLC

Shauna Laber, Sr. Property & Right of Way Agent of Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Thomas Schaffer, Right-of-Way Manager, AEP Transmission

Joy Schulein, Sr. Corporate Real Estate Consultant, PSE&G

Roger J. Trudeau, Manager – Corporate Real Estate, PSE&G

Location

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

1 S Capitol Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Reserve your room:

please call 1-317-632-1234
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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of September 19 – 20, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$199.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to August 28, 2018.

Venue Information

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/indiana/hyatt-regency-indianapolis/indri/area-attractions

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