Transmission Planning & Expansion Summit

Transmission Planning & Expansion Summit

December 13-14, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“The conference offered an in-depth look, through balanced panel discussions and case studies, into the current state of transmission planning and development in the U.S.” – Attorney, Montana PSC

“Conference delivered expert knowledge to attendees in a clear concise format relevant to expectations for a reasonable cost.” Project Manager/Engineer, Mott MacDonald

“An amazing conference to learn about the different struggles and lessons learned from coast to coast of different utilities around the country.” Director-Business Development, K&A Engineering

“I learn more every year about transmission project design, execution and decisions-making at this conference than any other event.” Director, Business Development NE US, CTC Global

“It was great to network with members of other utilities and from other areas from within the industry that I normally would not have had the chance to meet at a regional conference.” Sr. Project Manager, Entergy

“The conference provided a good mix of topics presented by personable subject matter experts.” Group Leader – Transmission Planning, LG&E and KU

“I appreciate EUCI’s opportunity to bring decision makers together in an intimate setting to get to know each other on a 1st name basis.” Site Manager, Newpark

“This conference had topics that were relevant to me which added value to attending.” Manager, Tx Project Management, FirstEnergy

“EUCI tries to find the right people in the industry to speak on the most relevant topics.” Senior Analyst, The Energy Authority

Significant transmission development and grid infrastructure upgrades are critical to meet the needs of the clean energy transition. New federal and state policies and funding opportunities could bring about significant changes in transmission planning, new technologies for existing networks, and substantial business opportunities. The transmission market is positioned for massive growth – but stakeholders must understand changing policies and funding mechanisms to implement successful projects. At the utility level, planning and implementing a transmission project brings about a multitude of challenges.

Attend EUCI’s Transmission Planning & Expansion Summit to engage directly with regulators, RTOs & ISOs, utility leaders and leading experts for a national perspective on the latest policies, regulations, technologies, and funding; as well as best practices for implementing projects. Attendees will gain business opportunities and potential solutions to transmission and power grid infrastructure development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review Federal legislation, the Infrastructure Bill, and other sources of funding
  • Discuss regulatory reforms, FERC ANOPR, and cost allocation proposals
  • Identify regional/interregional transmission planning and best practices for local/state obstacles
  • Explore the business case for transmission buildout
  • Review climate change and strategies to improve grid reliability and resilience
  • Assess increasing capacity of existing infrastructure and grid-enhancing technologies for improved efficiency and energy management
  • Explore the challenges utilities face when implementing transmission projects
  • Discuss offshore wind developments
  • Review digital infrastructure, connectivity, and cybersecurity
  • Explore financing options for transmission upgrades

    Agenda

    Tuesday, December 13, 2022 : Central Time

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

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Welcome

    9:05 – 9:45 a.m. :: DOE Funding: Building a Better Grid Initiative

    The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) “Building a Better Grid” Initiative is meant to accelerate development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines, as enabled by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The initiative brings together community and industry stakeholders to identify national transmission needs and support the buildout of long-distance, high-voltage transmission facilities that are critical to reaching President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and a zero-emissions economy by 2050.

    Whitney Muse, Chief of Staff, Grid Deployment Office, U.S. Department of Energy

    9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Transmission Needs for the Energy Transition

    FERC’s new NOPR focuses on potentially huge changes in regional transmission planning. In this session, Commissioner Clements will discuss the steps FERC is taking to address the need for forward-looking transmission infrastructure development.

    Allison Clements, Commissioner, FERC

    10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

    10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Regional/Interregional Transmission Planning and Best Practices for Local/State Obstacles

    • State jurisdiction and regional planning
    • Strategies for siting and working with local stakeholders

    Casey Cathey, Director, System Planning, SPP

    Neil Millar, VP, Infrastructure & Operations Planning, California ISO

    Sumit Brar, Resource Utilization Engineer, MISO

    11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: The Business Case for Transmission Buildout

    • Connecting rural generation to major load centers
    • Addressing increased demand for energy from EVs
    • Increased demand from building electrification
    • Keeping up with disruptive technologies, digitization, and automation

    Frank D’Eufemia, Director of Business Development, NYPA

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

    1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Regulatory Reforms and Cost Allocation Proposals

    • Latest initiatives to spread costs and keep rates just and reasonable for consumers
    • Grid expansion, FERC and state clean energy goals

    Brian Drumm, Director of Regional Policy, ITC Holdings Corp

    Laura Hatfield, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy

    1:45 – 2:45 p.m. :: Meeting the Challenges of Transmission Expansion

    The need for expanding the nation’s electric transmission infrastructure is well-documented. But planning and implementing a transmission project brings about a multitude of challenges:

    • Supply Chain Challenges
    • Rising Costs of Implementation
    • Permitting & Contract Delays
    • Increased Workloads
    • Unique Challenges of Increasing Capacity of Existing Infrastructure

    John Waterhouse, Director, Project Management, Ameren

    Timothy Frost, VP, Transmission, ConEd

    2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Case Study: The Mark Twain Project

    The Mark Twain Transmission Project, a 96-mile, 345 kV transmission line and substation located in northeast Missouri, strengthens energy grid reliability and provides greater access to renewable energy sources. The project has helped enable wind projects under development in Missouri that will provide lower cost energy to the grid.

    Andy Bussey, Project Manager, Ameren

    3:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Grid-Enhancing Technologies for Improved Efficiency and Energy Management (sponsored presentations)

     

    4:30 – 5:00 p.m. :: Transmission Planning for Offshore Wind

     

    As offshore wind projects put steel in the water, coordinated transmission planning and development is crucial for integrating these projects into the grid in a cost-effective manner.  

    • Technology alternatives – AC vs. DC
    • Benefits and drawbacks of an offshore grid
    • Regional approaches to onshore upgrades

    Lawrence Willick, VP, Development, LS Power

    Wednesday, December 14, 2022 : Central Time

    8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In & Opening Remarks

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Planning for DERs and Storage

    FERC Order 2222 is expected to bring about an increase in DERs and virtual power plants. How should these projects be incorporated into transmission planning?

    • FERC Order 2222

    Jeremy Twitchell, Senior Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Digital Infrastructure, Connectivity, and Cybersecurity

    • Grid Cybersecurity Risks (Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Potential Impacts)
    • Federal Efforts to Support Grid Cybersecurity, and Areas for Improvement

    Ali Amirali, SVP, Starwood Energy Group Global

    10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

    10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Financing Transmission Upgrades

    • Transmission ratemaking processes
    • Incentive structures
    • Other sources of financing

    Ali Amirali, SVP, Starwood Energy Group Global

    Purvi Patel, Director, Regulatory Strategy, ITC Holdings, Inc

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Climate Change and Strategies to Improve Grid Reliability and Resilience

    • According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, changes in the earth’s climate are expected to increase, posing risks to the electricity grid that may affect the nation’s economic and national security. Annual costs of weather-related power outages total billions of dollars. The U.S. Government Accountability Office was asked to examine U.S. energy infrastructure resilience. Climate change risks to the electricity grid
    • Federal efforts to enhance grid resilience, including GAO findings and recommendations

    Janice Ceperich, Assistant Director, Natural Resources and Environment, United States Government Accountability Office

    Celia Mendive, Senior Analyst, Natural Resources and Environment, United States Government Accountability Office 

    12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

    Speakers

    • Ali Amirali, SVP, Starwood Energy Group Global

    • Sumit Brar, Resource Utilization Engineer, MISO

    • Andy Bussey, Project Manager, Ameren

    • Janice Ceperich, Senior Analyst, United States Government Accountability Office

    • Allison Clements, Commissioner, FERC

    • Casey Cathey, Director, System Planning, SPP

    • Frank D’Eufemia, Director of Business Development, NYPA

    • Brian Drumm, Director of Regional Policy, ITC Holdings Corp

    • Laura Hatfield, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy

    • Neil Millar, VP, Infrastructure & Operations Planning, California ISO

    • Timothy Frost, VP, Transmission, ConEd

    • Laura Hatfield, Transmission Policy & Contracts, Puget Sound Energy

    • Kaelin Kuhn, Assistant Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, United States Government Accountability Office

    • Celia Mendive, Senior Analyst, Natural Resources and Environment, United States Government Accountability Office

    • Whitney Muse, Chief of Staff, Grid Deployment Office, U.S. Department of Energy

    • Purvi Patel, Director, Regulatory Strategy, ITC Holdings

    • Jeremy Twitchell, Senior Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    • John Waterhouse, Director, Project Management, Ameren

    • Lawrence Willick, Senior Vice President, LS Power

    • Andrew Witmeier, Director, Resource Utilization, MISO

    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.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • 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.

    Register

    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

    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

    REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

    Transmission Planning & Expansion Summit

    December 13-14, 2022 | Online
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

    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 11, 2022 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

    CEUs

    Credits

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    EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event


    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Conference CPE Credits: 10.5
    There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preparation: None

    CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

     

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

    Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

    Instructional Methods:

    Panel discussions, PowerPoint presentations, and Q&A sessions will be used in the program.

    Who Should Attend

    • Utilities, transmission owners and operators
    • Transmission developers, project managers and engineers
    • Renewable energy developers
    • EPCs and solutions providers
    • Power grid solutions providers
    • Environmental planners
    • Financiers and investors

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