2024 Plant Retirement Conference

2024 Plant Retirement Conference

Lessons Learned on Comprehensive Project Execution

April 16-17, 2024 | Richmond, VA ::

The conference is well attended by owners who have performed the work and they are willing to honestly share good & bad experiences.” Business Development, Brandenburg

“Rather than a typical conference with consultants & contractors vying for client contacts/opportunities, this conference provided great insight into major utility’s successes and best practices for plant decommission.” Principal Engineer, Anchor QEA

“The quality of the presentations was outstanding! The topics covered were very relevant and the information shared will be very helpful to me.” Manager-Decommissioning, DTE Energy

“Hearing other companies talk about the decommissioning process and their “lessons learned” is a valuable resource to the newcomers in this type of work. Knowing what not to do helps guide us to knowing what to do.” Senior Engineer, Santee Cooper

“Very informative sessions and enjoyed the discussion.” Plant Manager, Newfoundland Hydro/Nalcor Energy

“I really enjoyed the conference and have a much better understanding of all of the constituents needed to decommission/mothball a power plant.” Sr. Business Analyst, Southern Company

“Presentations provided valuable information on a timely subject affecting the power industry.” General Manager, Wisconsin Public Service

“This was a great introduction to and overview of utility experience in decommissioning and repurposing closed coal sites. I learned a lot for a new job role.” Sr. Program Manager, Wastewater Treatment, TVA

“An excellent conference to gain knowledge and share experiences with other stakeholders in the power industry.” General Manager, Business Support & Administration, Jamaica Public Service

Closing fossil fuel generation sites are complicated projects for all involved. For the asset teams and individuals that might be new to the process, as well as more experienced individuals, this program will provide relevant and immediately applicable knowledge and lessons that can be applied to your own projects including next steps in the plant closure process. The conference will also include a question-and-answer session of what owners should know during the closure process as well as a tour of a power plant closure in progress. Register for this program today and gain invaluable information on power plant closure and cleanup.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review EPRI’s method of evaluating a site for reuse with repowering options
  • Hear the challenges and successes of Dominion Energy on multiple projects at the same time
  • Discuss what Duke Energy has learned from many generation facility closures
  • Review a demolition contractor’s perspective on successful projects
  • List key considerations on partial facility closures and partial demolition  
  • Identify what was learned from an unsuccessful pull of heavy structures
  • Review how important engaging stakeholders and the community is in a successful project
  • Engage in a subject matter expert panel discussion on the unknowns and reducing risk


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Group Luncheon

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Announcements and Welcome from Dominion Energy

Kelly Scott, VP Technical Services, Dominion Energy

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Screening Coal-Fired Power Plants for New Generation Technologies

As economic, regulatory, and carbon reduction goals evolve, the viability and desirability of operating coal-fueled generating assets continue to decline. Utilities are evaluating former coal-fired plant sites for opportunities to add low or no-carbon generation, and operating or recently retired coal-fired power plants have many assets with the potential to reduce the time and cost of developing new generation. Evaluating the conversion of an existing coal-fired fleet can be performed by systematically creating an inventory of the existing site infrastructure, characteristics, permits, and other attributes, and correlating it with the needs of the evolving energy system with attention to maximizing useful service for the utility and the local community. EPRI evaluated the assets typically available at coal-fired power plants and developed a screening tool that correlates those assets with the needs of low- and no-carbon generation. The screening tool allows users to input information about individual sites and quickly identify generation technologies that may be feasible for an individual site or for an entire fleet. Employing a standardized method for the initial evaluations provides a starting point for discussion of repowering options with internal and external stakeholders, while the flexibility to customize the method for company needs and priorities allows utilities to adapt the baseline model for internal evaluations.

Lea Millet, P.G., Senior Technical Leader, EPRI

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. :: Leveraging Lessons Learned & Challenges from Multiple Decommissioning/Demolition Projects

The presentation will focus on leveraging lessons learned and challenges from Dominion Energy while having multiple decommissioning & demolition projects in the execution phase at the same time.

Rick Boyd, Director of Generation Projects, Dominion Energy

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies for Surgical Demolition of Assets within Active Facilities

  • Evaluating and implementing best practices for safety risk mitigation
  • Understanding environmental inventory, conditions, and requirements
  • Identifying and designing utility isolation and structural separation components

Don Mayer, VP – D&D Practice Leader, WSP

Andy Lewis, VP – D&D Practice Leader, WSP

Josh Ring, D&D Environmental Program Leader, WSP

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Reviewing Multiple Closure Projects at Duke Energy

This presentation will review multiple closure projects that Duke Energy has completed and overall best practices learned.  We will also review the

Mike Wertz, GM CCP Midwest O&M & Plant Retirement, Duke Energy

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  Contractor’s Perspective on Plant Closure Lessons

After hearing owners’ perspectives on projects and the lessons learned on their end, this presentation will discuss and review project challenges and successes from a contractor’s perspective and how understanding both perspectives can only benefit a project.

Mark Ramun, Vice President – Industrial Services, Jackson Demolition Service, Inc.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Closing Part of a Facility – Planning, Coordination & Execution

Successfully closing part of a facility has many steps.  This presentation will present thoughts on key considerations during the planning and execution phases of partial facility closures including through partial demolition.   Multiple case studies will be used to provide examples and key learnings.

Scott McWilliams, Manager Asset Management, Entergy

Jeff Bauguss, Partner & DDD Lead, ERM

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: Two-Unit Boiler Pull Lessons Learned

During an attempted pull of two boiler units simultaneously, several pulling connections failed and the pull was unsuccessful. A root cause analysis was performed of the unsuccessful pull and the lessons learned for pulling heavy structures will be discussed. These lessons learned include appropriate engineering analyses and pulling equipment configuration.

Jason Curtsinger, PE, Decommissioning Engineering Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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

9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Conference Timing


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: Demolition Engineering: Managing Safety and Reducing Risk During Power Plant Decommissioning

Advanced engineering combined with forensic insight is helping to safely dismantle power plants and pave the way for greener energy. This presentation will focus on the collaboration between its Applied Science and Forensics practices. The applied science team develops high-fidelity engineering simulations of explosive felling, dust cloud dispersion and vibration. Forensic engineers bring a deep understanding of why structures fail, perform analysis, plan controlled deconstruction by explosive felling or mechanical deconstruction and work to prevent accidental collapse. The two skillsets combined provide a unique ability to decrease the risks involved in power plant demolitions. Developing RFP requirements that include robust safety and risk-management provisions will also be discussed.

Mahesh Bailakanavar, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Project Results Reducing Risk and Increasing Safety

This presentation will discuss lessons learned from complex closure and clean-up projects and what has improved in reducing risk while increasing safety as the most important factor in project success.

Frank Bodami, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Total Wrecking and Environmental

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

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. :: Panel Discussion: Project Contracts and Pre-demolition Surveys 

This moderated question-and-answer session will dive into the various unknowns and challenges that make these closure projects complicated operations with the focus being on reducing risk for all parties involved. Attendees should feel free to ask their questions of these expert panelists.

Ryan Brannan, Project Lead, Dominion Energy

Jason Curtsinger, PE, Decommissioning Engineering Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority

Mark Ramun, Vice President – Industrial Services, Jackson Demolition Service, Inc.

Frank Bodami, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Total Wrecking and Environmental

Jeff Bauguss, Partner & DDD Lead, ERM

Keith Kotimko, US Decommissioning and Demolition Leader, WSP

Mahesh Bailakanavar, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

11:45 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Conference Wrap-up and Conclusion


  • Mahesh Bailakanavar, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

  • Jeff Bauguss, Partner & DDD Lead, ERM

  • Frank Bodami, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Total Wrecking and Environmental

  • Rick Boyd, Director of Generation Projects, Dominion Energy

  • Ryan Brannan, Project Lead, Dominion Energy

  • Jason Curtsinger, PE, Decommissioning Engineering Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Keith Kotimko, US Decommissioning and Demolition Leader, WSP

  • Andy Lewis, VP – D&D Practice Leader, WSP

  • Don Mayer, VP – D&D Practice Leader, WSP

  • Scott McWilliams, Manager Asset Management, Entergy

  • Lea Millet, P.G., Senior Technical Leader, EPRI

  • Mark Ramun, Vice President – Industrial Services, Jackson Demolition Service, Inc.

  • Josh Ring, D&D Environmental Program Leader, WSP

  • Kelly Scott, VP Technical Services, Dominion Energy

  • Mike Wertz, GM CCP Midwest O&M & Plant Retirement, Duke Energy


Dominion Energy Virginia
600 E Canal St.
Richmond, VA 23219


Nearby Hotels

Delta Hotel by Marriott
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The Jefferson Hotel
101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Homewood Suites by Hilton
700 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Omni Richmond Hotel
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23219


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


2024 Plant Retirement Conference

April 16-17, 2024 | Richmond, VA
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1595.00 each

Buy 4 in-person seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth in-person attendee is free!

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 March 15, 2024 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



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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

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

Conference CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Live
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

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