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    2016 Agenda

    Wednesday, June 8

    8:00–10:30 a.m.
    Welcoming Keynote: Dependable by Design

    Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)

    Thomas Edison and Samuel Insull realized that electric power apparatus and systems needed to be dependable for the electric power industry to succeed. People needed to trust the public service companies. Dependability is part of our culture and our legacy. Going forward, how do we build on our legacy as we operate, maintain, and design dependable electric power systems of the future? Experts from electric power, aviation, and other industries share their approaches and encourage an open discussion.

    Executive Panel

    Moderator: Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, SEL

    Chris Inglis

    National Security Agency (2006–2014)
    Scott Ernest

    Textron Aviation
    Scott Morris

    Avista Corporation
    Dr. Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer

    CCC Auto Injury Solutions

    10:30–11:00 a.m.
    11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Keynote: Integrating Technology With Human Power—Meeting the Challenges of a Historic Event

    Scott Morris

    Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
    Avista Corporation

    12:00–1:00 p.m.
    Lunch and Networking
    1:00–2:45 p.m.
    Developing Customer Loyalty

    Moderator: David Costello, P.E.


    Given most electric power is delivered by regulated monopolies and government entities, it might seem odd at first to consider customer loyalty. But, once we consider our public service roots and our obligations to society, and realize that there is always competition, it becomes clear we must all compete to serve and endeavor to delight our customers. We focus this session on practical ways companies move beyond customer satisfaction and earn their customers’ loyalty.

    Shane Kearney

    Alabama Power Company
    Val Jensen

    Commonwealth Edison
    Tina Cotton

    Luis D’Acosta

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

    How Can Intermittent Sources Truly Succeed?

    Moderator: Tyson Salewske


    Solar and wind generation have zero fuel costs, and they are environmentally desirable. However, their intermittency challenges dependability of supply and requires other sources be available when it’s dark or calm. This panel reviews the characteristics and economics of intermittent sources and energy storage. We also explore how intermittent sources can serve us, without energy storage, by associating them with loads that do not need continuous sources. This may be the key to the true economic success of renewable solar and wind energy.

    John H. Holmes

    University of California, San Diego
    Jonathan Woldemariam, P.E.

    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Benjamin Stell, P.E.

    Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
    Dave Gabbard

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company

    2:45–3:15 p.m.
    3:15–5:00 p.m.
    Active Power System Asset Management

    Moderator: Karl Zimmerman, P.E.


    Careful operation, monitoring, and maintenance of expensive power system assets is vital to safe, reliable, and economical electric power. Approaches include periodic, predictive, preventive, corrective, and other methods. How can we best use these strategies to maximize the life of equipment and the dependability of our systems, while also potentially saving millions of dollars in repairs and unnecessary work? Experts from across our industry share their experiences, data, and recommendations, helping us all discover even better ways of managing our assets.

    Mark Davis

    American Transmission Company
    Jonathan Sykes, P.E.

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company
    David Ogden

    Southwest Research Institute

    Decentralizing Control, Islanding, and Microgrids

    Moderator: Matt Leoni, P.E.


    Early in our history, regional utilities built interconnections to both improve reliability and save capital. Consolidation, remote generation, longer lines, restructuring, and regulations drove the need for control centers and systems covering vast areas and large populations. Today, we see automatic islanding and microgrids as important solutions to rapidly maintain the balance between sources and loads. This session explores modern approaches for utilities, industry, and the military.

    Dr. Shay Bahramirad

    Commonwealth Edison
    Heather Rosentrater, P.E.

    Avista Corporation
    Scott Manson, P.E.

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
    Dr. Ghazal Razeghi

    University of California, Irvine

    Thursday, June 9

    8:00–10:00 a.m.
    Research Focused on Dependability

    Moderator: Dr. Normann Fischer


    Electric power systems operate continuously, and we cannot take the systems down for maintenance or risk blackouts or accidents with new technology. So, how do we develop and prove new technologies for generating, transmitting, distributing, storing, and controlling electric energy…with dependability built-in from the beginning? This panel includes experts from the electric power and aerospace industries who share their approaches to research for applications that depend on high levels of dependability.

    Margarett Jolly, P.E.

    Con Edison
    Dr. Eben Mulder

    Carrie Lambert

    Dr. Bogdan Kasztenny, P.E.

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
    Dr. Brian Johnson, P.E.

    University of Idaho

    10:00–10:30 a.m.
    10:30–11:30 a.m.
    Keynote: Succeeding in a Converged World

    Chris Inglis

    Deputy Director
    National Security Agency (2006–2014)

    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Lunch and Networking
    12:30–2:30 p.m.
    Managing Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies

    Moderator: Richard D. Kirby, P.E.


    As we move away from coal and use more natural gas to produce electricity, we drive a new interdependency between heating and power via the common fuel of gas. Gas, oil, transportation, telecommunications, and electric power are increasingly interdependent. So, if part of our infrastructure fails, how do we prevent failures in other parts? This session identifies several interdependencies and several strategies for mitigating them.

    Randall Helmick

    Entergy Corporation (retired)
    Dr. Sybil Derrible

    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Dr. Timothy McCoy, P.E.

    National Grid

    Creative Cybersecurity

    Moderator: Paul Robertson


    Why is so much “cyber” insecure? Why are we comfortable taking things once kept under lock and key, and trusting them to our servers and others’ clouds? What are the flaws in today’s cyber technologies that leave us feeling vulnerable, and what can we do about it? Are there new emerging technologies that reset, recast, and reclaim security? How can we “see” security? What should government’s role be? This session reviews how we got here and explores fresh, creative, new approaches to safe storage, computation, and communications.

    Dr. Erfan Ibrahim

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    David Whitehead, P.E.

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
    Roger Hill

    Veracity Security Intelligence
    Dr. David Nicol

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mark Engels

    Dominion Resources Services

    2:30–3:00 p.m.
    3:00–5:00 p.m.
    Resilient Supply Chains

    Moderator: Sharla Artz, Esq.


    We depend on primary and secondary apparatus, software, spare parts, expertise, fuel, and many other supplies and services, and these come together from all over the world today. How should we monitor, evaluate, and control the integrity of our supply chains? This session discusses a wide range of risks, tools, and approaches used in our industry, other industries, and government to ensure dependability of supply.

    Nadya Bartol

    Utilities Telecom Council
    Maria Jenks

    Kansas City Power & Light
    Phil Seward

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
    Ed Perkins

    Linear Technology Corporation

    Learning Better, Cheaper, and Faster

    Moderator:Mike Collum, P.E.


    How do mentoring, on-the-job training, formal and online education, and internships compare and fit together? What are our industry responsibilities, and what are reasonable expectations of high school and college graduates? And, how might we systematically plan for smooth transitions, career development, and emerging technologies? Our panelists share their approaches and experiences in developing individuals of diverse backgrounds into productive and successful contributors to the electric power industry, and doing so better, cheaper, and faster.

    Peter Tyschenko

    Commonwealth Edison
    Dr. Tom Cohenno

    Applied Learning Science
    Dr. James Merlo

    North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
    Dr. Héctor J. Altuve

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

    Friday, June 10

    8:00–9:00 a.m.
    Keynote: The Electric Industry—Key Issues Shaping the Transformation

    David K. Owens

    Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs
    Edison Electric Institute

    9:00–9:30 a.m.
    9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Power System Controls of the Future

    Moderator: Dr. Ellery Blood


    Modern power systems require some of the most sophisticated design and control techniques. The result is exceptional efficiency, safety, and dependability. Increasing renewables, constant-power loads, and expectations for still higher reliability and efficiency are driving us for even better and more robust control systems. This closing discussion explores emerging technologies and design considerations our panelists believe are fundamentally key to building and adapting our power systems for the future.

    Dr. Timothy McCoy, P.E.

    McCoy Consulting, LLC
    Helge Urdal

    Urdal Power Solutions
    Dr. Andrew Kusiak

    The University of Iowa
    David R. Ball, P.E.

    American Electric Power