By - Jon Brown

Reciprocating Engines and The Value of Flexibility
November 13-14, 2018 | Denver, CO

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The utility industry is undergoing a permanent change. Renewables have continued to become more and more competitive and are steering the power industry towards a cleaner more sustainable future. As a result, utilities are installing large amounts of solar and wind generation. Power systems that contain slow, inflexible, large generating assets are not prepared for such large amounts of renewable generation and are suffering the consequences. The need for flexible, sustainable, and reliable generation has never been more evident. Reciprocating engines are fast responding generating assets that are known for their low heat rates. Engines will enable the addition of renewables and allow dispatchers to utilize the savings of a high renewable portfolio. Governments and utilities are taking advantage of the low-cost renewables allowing for massive savings on fuel cost & power plant operation and maintenance.

Reciprocating Engines and the Value of Flexibility teaches utility resource planners and other generation professionals how to use reciprocating engines in a way that allows them to quickly respond to volatile conditions in order to ensure reliable service throughout the grid. They will become familiar with what goes into operating and maintaining this equipment and come away with tools to assess the case for using reciprocating engines.



Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss resource planning for reciprocating engines
  • Review increasing variability of intermittent resources
  • Identify flexibility and engines’ place in Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs)/Independent System Operators (ISOs)
  • Review reciprocating engine case studies
  • Examine the basics of reciprocating engines
  • Assess technical components of reciprocating engines (e.g. Efficiencies in different environment, fuel flexibility, environmental, configurations, delivery, etc.)
  • Clarify operation and maintenance of reciprocating engines
  • Observe a reciprocating engine in action at a tour of Plains End 231 MW Wartsila (8950 Highway 93, Arvada, CO 80007)



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 event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course, and complete the course assessment with a 70% or higher to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, Case studies and a facility tour will be used


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Introduction/Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. :: Increasing Variability of Intermittent Resources

  • Increase of intermittent resources
  • Renewable forecasting and volatility
  • Impacts of volatility on system

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: Flexibility in Regional Transmission Originations (RTOs)/Independent System Operators (ISOs)/CAISO EIM

  • System operator overview
  • Challenges of sustaining systems
  • Value and need of current flexible assets

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Introduction to Reciprocating Engines

  • Reciprocating engine overview
  • Engine types and applications

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Resource Planning for Reciprocating Engines

  • Resource planning overview
  • Proper techniques for modelling reciprocating engines & flexibility
  • Examples of how results can differ when incorrect techniques are used

3:00 – 3:30 a.m. :: Networking and Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Reciprocating Engine Case Studies

  • Examples of reciprocating engine applications
  • Renewable case studies in US

4:45 p.m. :: End of Day One

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Review of Previous Day

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Technical Review of Reciprocating Engines

  • Efficiencies in different environment
  • Fuel flexibility
  • Environmental
  • Configurations
  • Delivery

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Operations and Maintenance of Reciprocating Engines

  • Day to day operation
  • Maintenance overview

12:00 – 1:00  p.m. :: Depart for Plains End Plant Tour

Lunch will be provided for tour participants

1:00 – 3:00  p.m. :: Tour of Plains End 231 MW Wartsila

8950 Highway 93, Arvada, CO 80007

Traditionally, Xcel Energy in Colorado was a stalwart provider of coal and gas-fired electricity. With the increasing penetration of renewable energy, Xcel required more flexibility to manage this intermittent resource. Plains End 1 (20 x Wärtsilä 18V34SG) and shortly after Plains End 2 (14 x Wärtsilä 20V34SG) were built just outside of Denver, Colorado to help manage this challenge. With unlimited starts and zero start costs, the plant provides roughly 230MW of power to help Xcel optimize its portfolio whenever it is needed. In recent years, this plant has also become Xcel’s NERC compliant black start facility. Participants will see, hear, and feel how a reciprocating engine plant is laid

4:00 p.m. :: Return to Hotel, Course Adjournment


Gary Dorris, PhD, CEO and President, Ascend Analytics

Dr. Dorris has been a pioneer of innovative solutions for resource planning, portfolio management, and real-time asset optimization for over two decades. His software innovations serve as the analytic bridge between the physical and financial for enhanced portfolio management. His expertise are sought by industry leaders to deliver expert testimony in some of the most prominent risk management proceedings in the country, including serving as lead expert for Merrill Lynch in the prominent Enron proceedings.

Dr. Dorris has founded and organically grown Ascend Analytics over the last decade to be a leading provider of quantitative software solutions for generation operations, portfolio management, and resource planning. His analytic vision to integrate weather with physical and financial market dynamics has led to the development of over a dozen software applications used by over fifty energy companies, including 3 of the top 5 utilities in America. His company’s innovations have established industry standards for resource planning with uncertainty, hedging of energy supply portfolios, and predictive analytics for asset optimization.

Dr. Dorris holds a Ph.D. in applied economics and finance from Cornell University a BS in mechanical engineering and a BA in economics with Magna Cum Laude distinction, also from Cornell University.

Tony Delacluyse, Vice President, Power Costs, Inc.

Anthony “Tony” Delacluyse has spent over 34 years in the power industry. His experience includes power plant operations, origination, modeling, retail electric supply, starting an RTO, consulting and providing comprehensive electric industry software. 

For the past 13 years Mr. Delacluyse has worked at Power Cost, Inc. (PC) working across North America with utilities and marketers in energy markets. In this role he has been exposed to many complex issues where he was responsible for providing operational and software solutions.

Prior to joining Power Costs, Inc. (PCI), Mr. Delacluyse worked at the Midwest ISO where he was responsible for the development, setup and testing of the initial MISO Market Settlement software, processes and procedures in compliance with the FERC-approved tariff.  In this role, he managed all settlement software deliveries, testing and installations, and was responsible for all settlement interdependencies and business processes.  Mr. Delacluyse was responsible for developing the business processes to ensure timely and accurate market settlements for 225 companies.

Before that, Mr. Delacluyse worked at several utilities either in origination, analysis or generation. In these roles he was responsible for minimizing outages and maximizing trading margins.

Mr. Delacluyse attended St. Ambrose University where he graduated with degrees in Business Administration and Economics along with a Master of Business Administration.

Phil Rutkowski, Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä

Mr. Rutkowski, Business Development Manager, is responsible for developing, managing, and closing Wärtsilä Energy Solutions opportunities throughout the Rocky Mountains in the USA.  Since joining Wärtsilä in late 2015, he has successfully developed relationships with all the utilities in his assigned territory with the first contract signature happening in 2017.

Before joining Wärtsilä, Mr. Rutkowski worked in various sales and business development roles for both a steam turbine and wind turbine OEM.  Mr. Rutkowski holds a MBA from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Joseph Ferrari, General Manager, Utility Market Development, Wärtsilä

Joseph Ferrari is an engineer and scientist with masters degrees in aerospace engineering and natural resource science.  He has authored numerous articles on topics ranging from design of combined cycles, emission control systems, integrated resource planning, the impact of coal retirement and enabling renewables using flexible generation.  Mr. Ferrari worked at the University of Maryland for 5 years as a research scientist; 5 years at Wärtsilä North America, Inc. as a sales engineer for installation of over 1 BUSD in power plant projects in North and Central America; 5 years as the Market Development Analyst for Wärtsilä in the Americas, 2 years as Business Development Manager, and most recently has assumed the role of General Manager, Utility Market Development.  His responsibilities include strategic market development, asset evaluations and portfolio planning for applications in the US and Latin America. Central to his work in the energy industry is a search for ways to optimize energy systems in light of ever expanding renewable penetration.

Chris Whitney, Manager, Sales Support, Wärtsilä

Chris is a Mechanical Engineer who has worked for Wärtsilä for 30 years, first as a Project Manager for Power Plants, and is currently the Manager of Sales Support for Wärtsilä, located in Annapolis, Maryland.   He worked initially for Schlumberger Offshore Services as a Field Engineer in the Gulf of Mexico and following that as the Chief Engineer of a small Independent Oil Company based in Lafayette, Louisiana.  His current responsibilities include preparation of the technical specifications, performance data, and cost estimates for new offers produced by Wärtsilä for gas fired, and diesel and heavy fuel fired reciprocating engine plants.  In addition, during his tenure at Wärtsilä he sold the first Wärtsilä power plant operating on crude oil, and the first Wärtsilä power plant operating on LPG fuel.


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