Reciprocating Engines & Opportunities for Efficient Operations

October 14-15, 2020


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 : Central Time

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. :: Log In

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing      

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Reciprocating Engines, Flexible and Reliable Capacity for Future Power Systems

    1. Overview of medium speed reciprocating engine technologies
    2. Understanding flexibility and applications in utility systems
    3. The importance of distributed or local generation for reliability
    4. Selected reference plants in the US and worldwide

Permitting, Design, and Construction Process

    1. Reciprocating engine project Implementation
    2. Project development
    3. Lessons from engine plant development

Case Study ERCOT

    1. Renewables as a baseload energy supply
    2. Experience with reciprocating engine technology
    3. Market operation and dispatch when dealing with volatility and intermittency

Operations and Maintenance

    1. Engine operations and maintenance
    2. Learn about maintenance planning & schedules
    3. Programs available for managing spare parts

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Thursday, October 15, 2020 : Central Time

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. :: Log In

10:00 am  – 12:30 p.m. :: Conference Timing

The Importance of Flexibility in Energy Markets

    1. Renewables driving change
    2. The transition towards 100%
    3. Role of flexible capacity, from batteries to reciprocating engines

Resource Planning with Reciprocating Engines

    1. Renewable interconnection and reliability
    2. Resource planning for reciprocating engines
    3. How to properly model reciprocating engines in your resource plan
    4. Learn about trends reciprocating engines play in resource portfolio
    5. Discuss cases and models for electric utilities that have shown value



Dan Shelledy, Senior Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä

Dan Shelledy, Senior Business Development Manager is responsible for Wärtsilä Energy Business sales in Texas and the Gulf Coast US. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry spanning both US and international markets in power generation, pipelines, and mining. He has worked the past eight years for Wärtsilä in Houston, TX. Mr. Shelledy received his B.S. in Mining Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and is a registered professional engineer.

Joseph Ferrari, General Manager Utility Market Development, Wartsila

Joseph Ferrari is an engineer and scientist with master’s 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.

David Millar, Director of Resource Planning Consulting, Ascend Analytics

David Millar is Director of Resource Planning Consulting at Ascend Analytics. He leads Ascend’s consulting practice, providing utility clients with expertise in risk-based long-term resource planning and valuation. Previously, David worked at Pacific Gas and Electric, where he served as a Principal of Energy Modeling and Analysis. David led data analytics projects to guide company strategy on generation portfolio planning, energy storage valuation, and load and price forecasting. David previously worked in energy consulting with DNV GL and regulatory policy research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He holds a master's degree in Energy Economics and Policy from Duke University, and bachelor's degrees in Earth Sciences and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Terry Naulty, Assistant General Manager, Denton Municipal Electric

Terrance Naulty is currently the Assistant General Manager at Denton Municipal Electric (DME) in Denton, TX.  Mr. Naulty assumed the role in April 2019 where he is responsible for all wholesale power supply aspects of the municipal utility and is leading the efforts to achieve 100% renewable energy supply by the end of 2020.  Prior to DME he was General Manager & CEO of Owensboro Municipal Utilities, the largest municipally owned combined electric, water and telecommunications utility in Kentucky. During his time at OMU, Mr. Naulty led the formation of the Kentucky Municipal Electric Agency (KyMEA) a joint action agency for 11 municipals in Kentucky. Before serving in municipal utility leadership Mr. Naulty spent 18 years in leadership positions at utility affiliated trading and marketing companies including, Cinergy, DTE Energy and Reliant energy where he managed origination and structuring functions.

His career stated with Louisville Gas and Electric Company as an environmental engineer and he spent seven years as an environmental engineering consultant with Radian Corporation.  He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and earned his MBA from the University of Louisville.  He is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky and Indiana.

Brian Elwell, Business Unit Manager - Recip Power, Burns & McDonnell

As a Business Unit Manager for Recip Power and EPC Project Director at Burns & McDonnell, Brian focuses his efforts on the development and execution of energy-related design-build solutions. His duties include preliminary feasibility studies, comprehensive program analyses including financial analyses, conceptual and detailed design and complete design-build program management from conception through implementation. Brian has spent the last several years of his 28-year career at Burns & McDonnell specializing in the development, design and construction of reciprocating engine power plants ranging from 25 MW – 220 MW installations.

Dave Maggio, Director, Market Design & Analytics, ERCOT

Dave Maggio has been an employee with the ERCOT ISO since 2007 and is currently supervisor of the Real-Time Market Integration team.  His group is primarily responsible for supporting reliability unit commitment and congestion analysis.  His principal focuses at ERCOT have included the determination of Ancillary Service requirements for the ERCOT region, the integration of intermittent renewable resources, and systems and rules development for the implementation of the ERCOT Nodal Market.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

Sam Straka, General Manager Services, North Region, Wärtsilä


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