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Transmission Expansion in the Midwest 2019 Conference
December 9-10, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN

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Overview

As Midwestern utilities are continuing to adapt towards increased energy demand, transmission infrastructure is facing some difficult challenges. Aging power lines and old poles are often well over their intended service life, causing high risks for utility outages and inefficiencies in the transmission system. On top of this, new FERC order regulations, storm resiliency, cyber-attacks, line assessments, and the rise of renewable resources and DERs are all contributing towards a more sophisticated demand on transmission operations.

By attending this conference, you’ll learn from leading IOUs and Coops about their transmission projects along with new technologies and practices for accurate system assessments and cost projections. Hear from RTOs and ISOs on both regional and interregional project planning as well as from numerous experts on high cap-low sag system designs, working with utilities on construction and engineering, procuring new ROWs, land easements, and community investment. 

 Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss RTOs perspective on future transmission expansion in the Midwest: MISO, PJM, and Southwest Power Pool
  • Assess impact of emerging technologies on the grid such as DERs, load sensors, and non-wire alternatives
  • Describe new storage applications such as battery on the grid and how it effects power transmission
  • Evaluate the risks in load congestion and better high capacity-low sag designs to improve system efficiencies
  • Discuss different models for transmission engineering and construction and contracting and costs involved
  • Discuss the costs and challenges of interregional planning and seams issues
  • Address state regulators regarding current Midwest grid modernization efforts
  • Explain FERC Order 1000 and its current implications
  • Describe renewable integration projects throughout the region and viability of a greener grid

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 event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used

Agenda

Monday, December 9, 2019

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


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: KEYNOTE: Overview of the Midwestern Transmission System and Grid Expansion

Simon Whitelocke, President, ITC Michigan, will discuss how utilities, states and regional planners in the Midwest can collaborate on behalf of electricity customers to meet the challenges of the emerging energy landscape.

Simon Whitelocke, President, ITC Michigan


9:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: PANEL: Survey of Transmission Emerging Technologies, NWAs, Storage Assets, and Smart Grid Integration

This panel will take an overview of new transmission technology, Non-Wire Alternatives (NWAs), storage, and the impact of DERs on the grid. This is an exciting time for utilities as more sophisticated technologies continue to improve load capacity, reliability, and resiliency. This panel will assess the viability of these technologies, utility ROI, and a projection of where transmission technology is headed.

Moderator:

Joseph Meier, Associate Director, Navigant

Panelists:

Robert McKee, Director-Strategic Projects, American Transmission Company

Judy Chang, Principle, The Brattle Group

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


11:00 –11:45 a.m. ::Difficulties with ROW Access and Alternative Solutions                                

ROW access has been fraught with many obstacles such as landowner perceptions, agricultural access, wetlands and permitting.   Solutions utilizing alternatives, such as composite matting and turnkey access, has proven to mitigate many of the obstacles. Case Studies to be discussed.

Joe Goodhew, Director T&D, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Ameren’s Multi-Value Transmission Projects

This presentation will be a case study of one of Ameren’s Multi-Value Projects.  The presentation will provide an overview of the regulatory process for getting the project approved, the steps taken to coordinate with other connecting utilities, the ongoing communication with landowners and key stakeholders, how challenges faced during the project planning were overcome, the strategy for contractor selection, a review of some of the difficult real time decisions during construction, and ultimately how all of the challenges were overcome to deliver a successful project that brings value to energy customers throughout the region.

John Waterhouse, Senior Manager, Project Management, Ameren


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Power for the Plains: 10 years, $3 billion, 1500 miles, 57 substations, countless lessons learned

Through the more than $3 billion Power for the Plains transmission expansion Xcel Energy has invested in over 800 miles of new transmission lines in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma since 2011. More than 700 additional miles of transmission lines are either under construction or planned to be complete by the end of 2021. This includes over 30 new substations with another 27 to be built or upgraded through 2021 and has resulted in some new approaches and plenty of lessons learned.

Bryant Coon, Senior Siting and Land Rights Agent, Xcel Energy

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Case Study- Overview of Project Lifecycle Management and Applied Transmission Solutions

This presentation will introduce the FirstEnergy Project Lifecycle Management (PLM) process and walk through how this is being applied to an actual FirstEnergy Project from inception through project closeout. Also, show some of the tools being used to manage the FirstEnergy Projects.

Mike Demas, Manager, Transmission Project Management, First Energy


3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: PANEL: Transmission Contracting and Project Management

This panel will cover some of the various types of bidding, contracting, and the nuances of utility/EPC partnership. Panelists will discuss the different considerations to make when selecting a company to partner with when beginning a new transmission project including the engineering and construction phases.

Panelists:

Joe Goodhew, Director T&D, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services

Mike Demas, Manager, Transmission Project Management, First Energy

John Waterhouse, Senior Manager, Project Management, Ameren

5:00 p.m. :: End of First Day


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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

8:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


8:15  – 9:30 a.m. :: PANEL: Interregional Planning and Renewable Integration

This panel will outline the nuances of working between RTOs, coordination between Transmission Operators and utilities, a brief look at costs. This panel will also explore load sharing between renewable assets from wind integration on the grid.

Moderator:

Angela Webber, Executive Director, MISO

Panelists:

Alex Worcester, Engineer-interregional planning, PJM

David Ober, Indiana Commissioner, IURC

Carolyn Wetterlin, Sr. Manager, Midwest ISO/RTO, Xcel Energy

John Snyder, Senior Congestion Rights Analyst, The Energy Authority


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Summary of Cost Recovery and Transmission Rates

  • Formula Rate Recovery
    • Rate of Return
      • Interest
      • Return on Equity
      • ROE Adders
    • Transmission Related Expenses
      • O&M
      • A&G
      • Depreciation
      • Taxes
    • Regional Project Cost Recovery
      • Project Revenue Requirement
      • Regional Rate Development (multiple projects)

Carolyn Wetterlin, Sr. Manager, Midwest ISO/RTO, Xcel Energy

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:45 –11:30 a.m. :: Transmission: Increasing Rates Demand Increasing Scrutiny

Public power has escalating concerns over rising transmission rates and lack of transparency and adequate stakeholder input in transmission planning and construction. Join the discussion on unfavorable transmission trends and costs. See how public power is advocating for greater transparency and reasonable rates. Learn how you can support the advocacy for improved analysis of transmission needs, more open and transparent planning processes, and greater scrutiny of new construction and its associated costs. Take control of your ability to keep the lights on and electricity bills affordable for your customers.

John Snyder, Senior Congestion Rights Analyst, The Energy Authority


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Coverage of FERC Order 1000 and Transmission Cost Allocation

Transmission cost allocation, while always a difficult topic for RTO’s and RTO stakeholders, has taken on greater significance with the advent of Order 1000.  At the forefront is how to consider not only regional transmission costs but also interregional costs and what are the impacts regarding Order 1000.  MISO and its stakeholders are and have been tackling this issue head-on.  What are the issues, what are the possibilities, and how do we move the ball forward?

Jarred Miland, Sr. Manager of System Planning and Coordination, MISO

Speakers

Judy Chang, Principle, The Brattle Group

Bryant Coon, Senior Siting and Land Rights Agent, Xcel Energy

Mike Demas, Manager, Transmission Project Management, First Energy

Joe Goodhew, Director T&D, Newpark Mats and Integrated Services

Joseph Meier, Associate Director, Navigant

Robert McKee, Director-Strategic Projects, American Transmission Company

Jarred Miland, Sr. Manager of System Planning and Coordination, MISO

David Ober, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

John Snyder, Senior Congestion Rights Analyst, The Energy Authority

John Waterhouse, Senior Manager, Project Management, Ameren

Angela Webber, Executive Director, MISO

Carolyn Wetterlin, Sr. Manager, Midwest ISO/RTO, Xcel Energy

Simon Whitelocke, President, ITC Michigan

 

Location

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

1 S Capitol Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Reserve your room:

please call 1-317-632-1234

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of December 8 – 9, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$149.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to November 9, 2019.

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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, November 22, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Transmission Expansion in the Midwest 2019 ConferenceUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before November 08, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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