Transmission Expansion in the Midwest
October 25-26, 2016 | Chicago, IL
At this unique forum, you will hear top executives from the area’s RTOs, utilities, transmission developers, and state regulatory agencies discuss and debate the most critical issues surrounding transmission expansion in the Midwest region. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with these thought leaders on how to address complex planning, siting, and market structure issues while balancing reliability, policy directives and economic interests. You will also hear key project managers reveal the inside details of the most important transmission projects in the region in several case study sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and network with the key players in the Midwest energy market.
- Assess the main barriers to planning a more robust transmission grid
- Review how the competitive bidding process is shaking out
- Discuss key issues with interregional coordination
- Examine how new state regulation is impacting transmission
- Evaluate the current and future state of renewable integration and the effect on transmission development and reliability
- Define how to maintain grid security and reliability while integrating increased penetrations of renewable energy
- Discuss the importance of interregional transmission projects to advance renewable development
- Identify landowner and community concerns in order to develop successful route planning, outreach and negotiations
- Analyze one company’s approach to developing multi-state, direct current, transmission lines to deliver renewable energy to market
- Discuss how to contain costs through proper project controls and management
- Examine a long-haul direct transmission line project designed to deliver low-cost wind energy to communities
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 1.0 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 course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in this event.
Who Should Attend
- Transmission planners, engineers, and operators
- Transmission project managers and engineers
- Utility finance executives
- Transmission developers and consultants
- Renewable energy developers
- Lenders and financial institutions
- Construction executives
- Permitting and environmental planners and managers
- State public utility commission advisors and staff
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception Sponsored by HDR
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break
12:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns
Stakeholder Outreach: Myths, Facts & Best Practices
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This workshop will explore the specifics of how to develop and maintain positive landowner relationships while negotiating in good faith for pipeline, electric transmission, wind and solar, rail and public sector projects. This would include whether pursuing site leasing, site purchase, easements, right of ways and/or workspace, and whether coming from the perspective of project management, design engineering, environmental, appraising, permitting, survey, right of way, inspections, construction, operations, and others, this presentation is a must in helping ensure a successful project, on time and on budget with happy landowners.
Join this interactive workshop to learn about good faith negotiations and landowner relationships. Due to the increase in activity in the energy industry, it has become progressively more important for all professionals to be highly sensitive to landowners and any and all stakeholders’ needs, concerns and issues. Whether they are legal, environmental, aesthetic, social or cultural issues, the relationships we establish will set the tone of the project and can make the experience pleasant for the landowners, developers, engineers and all other consultants. These common sense approaches and processes are based on the psychology of healthy human relationships, and will have major impact as to whether or not your project will be a success.
Learning Outcomes / Agenda
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing
- Recognize and understand landowner’s perspectives and the importance of dealing with unique differences in various landowners, their personalities and their needs/concerns
- Develop strategies for establishing a positive message and the various ways it must be communicated
- Identify best practices for stakeholder outreach
- Dispel myths often mistakenly believed and then utilized to support unsuccessful practices
- Define successful protocols for outreach strategies
- Explore FERC’s concern and INGAA’s commitment regarding landowner/stakeholder relationships, now a standard for the entire right of way industry, whether electric, alternative or pipeline
Beth Minear, Esq., Vice President and Project Management Strategist, Contract Land Staff
Serving as Contract Land Staff’s (CLS) Project Management Strategist and FERC resident expert, Beth works out of the CLS Northeast Regional Office in Ripley, West Virginia. Her responsibilities include assisting clients in pre-planning of stakeholder outreach and messaging, ROW title and acquisition cost estimates and route feasibility. Prior to joining CLS, Beth served as Senior Counsel for NiSource Inc., a diverse Fortune 500 energy company, in the Commercial/ Real Estate Department. Throughout her tenure at NiSource, she represented its electric, natural gas and microwave tower > subsidiaries in real estate and commercial strategies, negotiations and acquisitions. The bulk of her practice was focused on multistate
capital growth projects, as well as modernization and operations/maintenance projects. Including the years prior to NiSource, Beth’s practice throughout her career has included capital infrastructure improvement projects including public financing for local and state projects (i.e. water and sewer), coal rights, timbering agreements and private development of large commercial complexes and resorts. In addition, she has experience in real property representation and litigation in state and federal courts including both prosecution and defense of Eminent Domain matters.
Beth earned her J.D. at Capital University Law School and was accepted into the Summer Law program at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, in 1997. Beth is a member of both the Pennsylvania Bar and the West Virginia Bar, serving on the ADR Committee for the WV State Bar. She has also been elected to the Board of Trustees as Trustee at Large, for the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, where she remains active on the Membership Committee. Beth founded the Legal Roundtable for Southern Gas Association, where she served as Chair for its inaugural two years, and has served on the Roundtable Committee for the past two years. Beth is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences within the energy industry as well as having written articles about various issues confronting the industry. Finally, Beth is a member of IRWA Chapter 21, supporting education and advancement efforts thereof.
Phil Pack, Chief Projects Officer, Contract Land Staff
Phil has over 30 years of experience in transmission generation in all phases of projects including public involvement, routing, permitting, land acquisition, engineering, procurement and construction. He oversees all electric transmission and distribution projects, and focuses on enhancing communication, education and management of client expectations.
Prior to joining CLS, Phil was with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) for over 30 years. Phil’s experience includes assignments in all aspects of Transmission Projects including the Major Projects, Outage Management, Technical, Engineering and Operations Departments. He joined NIPSCO as an engineer in 1981. Pack earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University. He also completed the Executive Development Program at Indiana University Kelly School of Business and the Leadership NiSource program. He also is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana.
Thompson Adu, Sr. Manager, Expansion Planning, MISO
Jared Alholinna, Regional Transmission Planning Strategist, Great River Energy
Adam Bell, Interregional Relations, Southwest Power Pool (SPP)
Doug Collins, President, MISO Classic Region, Gridliance
Gerald Deaver, Manager, Regional Transmission Policy, Xcel
Amy Kurt, Director of Development, Clean Line Energy Partners
Chuck Liebold, Manager of Interregional Planning, PJM Interconnection
Bob McKee, Director of Regulatory Relations & Policy, American Transmission Co. (ATC)
Beth Minear, Esq, Vice President and Project Management Strategist, Contract Land Staff
Dale Osborn, Transmission Planning Technical Director, MISO
Phil Pack, Chief Projects Officer, Contract Land Staff
Monica Peterson, Environmental Scientis, HDR Engineering
Angela Rapp Weber, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Scott Rupp, Commissioner, Missouri Public Service Commission
Amanda Sloan, Director, Electric Transmission, Contract Land Staff
Adam Solomon, Transmission Engineer, MISO
Christopher J. Townsend, Member, Clark Hill PLC (Illinois)
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
To reserve your room, please call 1-312-751-8100 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.
The room rate is $199.00
ROOM BLOCK DATES:
A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 24-26, 2016.
RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL:
Make your reservations prior to September 24, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.
|Proceedings package||US $ 395.00|