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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