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Transmission Upgrades and Expansion 2020 Conference
December 9-10, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

Even with the overwhelming spread of COVID-19, many transmission projects have continued to be approved and initiated – showing an increased resolve by utilities to improve system reliability and security. The 12th Annual Transmission Upgrades and Expansion 2020 conference will convene managers, engineers, and operators into one virtual conference you will not want to miss.

For the first time, the Annual Transmission Upgrades and Expansion 2020 Conference will include a talk from a national audience with interregional issues from California, the Midwest, and the East Coast – all available through an online venue. A fresh new list of case studies will share on emerging technologies, updated regulations, and case studies on wildfire mitigation, underground transmission, renewable interconnection, and storm restoration. Join us for the flagship event and make sure to register early to get the most out of the many networking opportunities available!

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss major transmission upgrading and expansion projects across North America
  • Evaluate existing and new transmission upgrade technologies, and their proof of viability on a utility scale
  • Best practices in managing transmission upgrade design and construction challenges
  • Analyze financial investment and cost-effective upgrades to prolong transmission infrastructure life vs reconductoring
  • Network and hear from utilities, regulators, system operators, and ESCOs
  • Share on emerging technologies such as DERs, NWAs, dynamic line rating, PMUs, PDCS, and advanced wide com networks
  • Discuss system operator perspective on future transmission expansion in the numerous service territories in the North America
  • Discuss new regulations and FERC ordered new-build compliance standards
  • Upgrade the grid to integrate load from renewable assets more effectively
  • Share on FERC Order 1000 and the effects new regulations will have on grid transmission

Who Should Attend

  • Transmission planners and developers
  • Transmission planners, engineers, managers, and operators
  • Utility transmission and substation project managers and engineers
  • Renewable energy project developers
  • EPC contractors and construction managers involved in transmission upgrades
  • Government representatives and regulators seeking an understanding of how upgrades fit into ROW regulations
  • Attorneys and accountants serving utilities and developers navigating the upgrade process
  • Financial professionals seeking to get involved in transmission development
  • Share on transmission planning phase of development for several case studies
  • Utility finance executives
  • Transmission developers and consultants
  • Lenders and financial institutions
  • Construction executives
  • Permitting and environmental planners and managers
  • State public utility commission advisors and staff
  • Managers of Grid and Resource Integration

Agenda

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 : Central Time

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. :: Day 1 – Conference Timing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Sound Check


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Doing More with Less: Planning in a Hostile Future

There are many exciting development on the transmission system to consider, NWAs, conductors, and other transmission investments. This presentation will overview all of the major transmission topics being discussed at this conference to get the most out of these two days.

  • NWAs or developing infrastructure without procuring new ROWs
  • Planning for performance under P0 or >P1 to P7
  • Planning for more capacity and when to do so
  • ACSR, ACSS, Trap wire, Composite core, build for a voltage class one above where you are operating (xfmr replacement programs, maybe substations bus configurations up one level in spacing and insulation)
  • Kelvins Law & Flow Design
  • Future proof your designs
  • Transmission Investmtent Risk Management & PUC

Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director, PSC Consulting


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Case Study: Project Oversight and Construction of the 500kV Transmission Line for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

The presentation will cover the construction efforts undertaken for a new 500kV interconnection from Manitoba Hydro with Minnesota Power which can used to export up to 900MW or import 700MW of power. The project will be used to deliver a firm commitment to Minnesota Power for the next 20 years and is one portion of a larger capital project Manitoba Hydro embarked on to expand its generation capabilities and reliability of its system. The timeframe for the construction of the transmission line was significantly reduced which required changes to procurement strategies, additional resources and construction oversight.

Josh Pawluk, Lead Construction Engineer, Manitoba Hydro

10:15 – 10:25 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:25 – 11:10 a.m. :: Case Study: Ten West Link Infrastructure and Development

The Ten West Link transmission line is a proposed new 500 kV transmission connection between electrical substations in Tonopah, Arizona and Blythe, California.  The Project will create beneficial new transmission infrastructure that will improve transmission system efficiency and reliability, while facilitating development of new renewable energy and energy storage resources in Arizona and California. This will help both states achieve their renewable energy standards and carbon reduction goals. Ten West Link will also bring significant economic, reliability and public policy benefits to the electric power grid serving the Desert Southwest – one of America’s fastest growing regions. The Project is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.

Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood Energy Group


11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: HydroWIRES Project

This presentation will discuss ongoing work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to study the potential of energy storage assets from providing services as both a regulated transmission asset and a competitive generation asset (dual-use storage). This project has four objectives: identify the regulatory barriers that limit energy storage from being a dual-use asset, develop a capacity equivalence model that can determine the size of an energy storage system that would be needed to meet an identified transmission system need, develop a participation model for dual-use energy storage, and quantify the full range of technoeconomic benefits of energy storage when deployed as a dual-use asset. We are halfway through this two-year project, and this presentation will discuss our efforts in identifying the barriers to dual-use storage and the best practices for overcoming them, as well as the development and operation of the capacity equivalence model. This project is funded by the Waterpower Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy.

Jeremy Twitchell, Energy Research Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Zhi Zhou, Principal Computational Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

Jongkwan Kwon, Energy Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Break for Lunch


12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: The Benefits of Optimizing Conductors in Transmission Line Design

Bill will discuss the significant benefits to utilities and their customers of using high performance conductors in transmission line design, including: structural savings, accelerating construction schedules, avoiding permitting delays, meeting more stringent requirements for sag clearance, extreme ice, & extreme wind, and reducing line losses.

Bill White, Director of Business Development, Northeastern U.S., CTC Global


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Best Practices in Developing Transmission Line Rebuilds

One of the challenges associated with asset renewal is the decision making around rebuilding or replacing an existing asset. The as built environment around an existing transmission line often introduces significant challenges to the final line design up to and including the need for relocating the line centerline. We have found that a comprehensive process of considering multiple alternatives with respect to cost, schedule, construction procedures, outage constraints and stakeholder considerations leads to successful execution.

Jeff Momme, Director of Transmission Line Engineering, American Electric Power


1:45 – 2:30 pm :: Update on SunZia – 4500 MW and 500 kV

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project will transport energy from Arizona and New Mexico to customers and markets across the Desert Southwest. SunZia consists of two bi-directional extra-high voltage electric transmission lines and substations. Recent adjustments to the project have included a route change as well as increased wind energy via Pattern Energy’s acquisition of the Clines Corners wind complex. This presentation will update on this project, including permitting and capacity requirements

Tom Wray, Project Manager, Southwest Transmission Project


2:30 – 3:00 pm :: Pattern Energy’s Renewable 1GW New Mexico Wind Project

Pattern Energy has acquired the up to 1GW Clines Corners wind complex in Torrance and Guadalupe counties, New Mexico, from Orion Wind Power Resources – a joint venture between Orion Renewable Energy Group and Map Energy. This presentation will cover the strategic deployment of these assets and Pattern Energy’s progressive goals for its impact on the grid.

Johnny Casana, Pattern Energy

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:15 – 4:00 PM :: 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, Director, Project Management, Ameren


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Hot Topics Panel

This panel will cover a range of relevant issues on the U.S. transmission system. Ask questions and engage directly with the day’s speakers through this dedicated hour of conversation.

Moderator:

Bill White, Director of Business Development, Northeastern U.S.,CTC Global

Panelists:

Tom Wray, Project Manager, Southwest Transmission Project

Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood Energy Group

Jeff Momme, Director of Transmission Line Engineering, American Electric Power

Chuck Adamson, Principal Manager, T&D Major Projects, Southern California Edison


5:00 – 5:30 p.m. :: Card Sharing Reception

Open opportunity to exchange information and network with other attendees from the conference.    


Thursday, December 10, 2020 : Central Time

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Day 2 – Conference Timing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Sound Check


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: The California Transmission Grid – Blackouts, Renewables, and Wildfire Resilience 

Deeper dive into the process of project implementation in California. This talk will include everything from supply chain assessment to compliance concerns and system design.

  • Bringing in the final engineering and construction contractors before the environmental process starts to minimize impacts
  • Choosing the right project execution strategy
  • Pros and cons of the entire spectrum from self-perform to full EPC, including the pricing model and risk allocation approach — need a project specific approach
    • Is a fixed price realistic?
    • Is it better to transfer vs. share risk?
  • Developing a strong safety and project priority culture through proactive engagement with all project stakeholders

Chuck Adamson, Principal Manager, T&D Major Projects, Southern California Edison


9:45 – 10: 45 a.m. :: DER Utilization and Adoption in T&D Markets

Considerations for DER utilization in distribution and transmission systems and how energy markets could help drive adoption.  Distributed Energy Resources come in many shapes and sizes to address various challenges with the grid and/or service local energy needs. This discussion explores the use of non-utility DER and the market evolutions occurring.   It explores relevant technologies and services being piloted.  Finally, we explore how Utilities might look to enhance their planning for DER growth.

John Camilleri, Principal Architect/Manager, PSC Consulting North America

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: A Look into the Applications, Design, and Costs of Underground Transmission

With the worsening effect of storms and aging infrastructure on overhead transmission infrastructure, operators are beginning to look below for a new avenue of growth into their grid upgrades and rebuilding plans. ConEd focuses on one of the most congested service territories in the nation, New York City. This presentation will cover some of the work being done to develop underground, high capacity transmission infrastructure in a cost-effective strategy.

John Constable, Sr. Engineer, ConEd


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Transmission Upgrades Associated with Generation Interconnection

This presentation will cover the various generation assets integrated on the transmission system in the MISO territory, and lessons learned.

Andrew Witmeier, Director Resource Utilization, MISO

12:30 p.m. :: Conference Concludes

Speakers

  • Chuck Adamson, Principal Manager, T&D Major Projects, Southern California Edison
  • Ali Amirali, Sr. Vice President, Starwood Energy Group
  • John Camilleri, Principal Architect/Manager, PSC Consulting North America
  • Johnny Casana, Pattern Energy
  • John Constable, Sr. Engineer, ConEd
  • Jongkwan Kwon, Energy Systems Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  • Jeff Momme, Director of Transmission Line Engineering, American Electric Power
  • Josh Pawluk, Lead Construction Engineer, Manitoba Hydro
  • Tracy Rolstad, Technical Director, PSC Consulting
  • Jeremy Twitchell, Energy Research Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • John Waterhouse, Director, Project Management, Ameren
  • Bill White, Director of Business Development, Northeastern U.S., CTC Global
  • Andrew Witmeier, Director Resource Utilization, MISO
  • Tom Wray, Project Manager, Southwest Transmission Project
  • Zhi Zhou, Principal Computational Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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