Oct

23-25

Overhead Underground Electric Distribution (Oct 23-25)

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for mainly distribution operations. Agendas feature extensive roundtable discussion so that each delegate has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Presentations focus on new technologies, applications, and specifications available for designing, building and maintaining overhead and underground lines. Case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned, and attendees leave with the practical knowledge to improve efficiency, safety and reduce costs. Participants also have the opportunity to preview vendor products and services. Vendors are encouraged to display.

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General Details

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    • Program Location
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    • 2017-10-25
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD
    Regular: $1,298 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after October 2, 2017. Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $175 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
    • Standards engineers 
    • Design engineers
    • Line technicians and engineers
    • Reliability and quality testers
    • T&D supervisors and suppliers 
    • Operations and maintenance managers 
    • Suppliers of distribution and substation products and services
  • Participation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.

Agenda

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Walking Tour of Avista's Downtown Spokane Network

Join us for a walking tour of Avista's downtown Spokane network including: hydropower plant, substation, and network vault,ending in the midst of local brewpubs and wine tasting rooms.

See Networking tab for more details.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Innovation in the Face of Industry Change
Facilitator(s): Jeff Budke, Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer, Avista Corp.
Speaker(s): Latisha Hill, Senior Vice President, Avista Development, Avista Utilities

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Management of Vault Room Design and Construction
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Robert Carlsen, Manager, Potelco Inc.

A retrospective look at transformer/equipment vault room construction between 2007-2017 in PSE’s electric territory. Successes and lessons learned highlighted while taking a virtual tour of customer provided interior vault rooms housing PSE primary voltage assets.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Vendor Platform

Each vendor will have 2-3 minutes to introduce their company and share any new products or services they would like to highlight.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break with Vendors

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Leveraging Smart Meter Data for Operational Efficiencies
Speaker(s): Michael Leyland, Manager, Revenue Protection, FortisBC, David Walden, Distribution Lines Engineer, FortisBC

A presentation on FortisBC’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) implementation, including a review of the various initiatives currently underway to leverage the AMI data for operational efficiencies. FortisBC will provide background on the use of AMI data for power quality analyses, distribution design, and theft identification.

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Vendors

12:45 Pm - 1:45 PM

Opportunities and Challenges of Wireless Collocation
Facilitator(s): Jeff Budke, Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer, Avista Corp.
Speaker(s): Stephen Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities

In the constantly changing landscape of telecommunications infrastructure utility pole owners may hold the key in helping to deploy the next generation of wireless technology to meet an ever growing consumer demand. Changes at the Federal, State and Local level are also playing a role, in some cases, requiring Utility structure owners to provide access to the untapped resource contained in the middle and top of utility poles. Is your Utility prepared to meet the challenge and see opportunity where others see roadblocks? Avista Utilities Joint Use Administrator Stephen Schulte will be discussing these and other topics relative to the new wireless world.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Small Cell Joint Use Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Jeff Budke, Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer, Avista Corp.

This roundtable discussion will provide time for attendees to discuss in depth how their utilities are managing the joint use small cell issues occurring within their jurisdictions. Utilities with small cell standards (mid-pole and top-pole) are encouraged to come to the meeting ready to share their standards electronically. Contact Kris Taylor at taylor@westernenergy.org for more information. 

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break with Vendors

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions, include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Electric Systems, Loads, and Design Analysis for Cannabis Production Facilities
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Tyson Schmitt, Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy, Todd Cornell, Customer Project Coordinator, Avista Corp.

What are the upcoming demands on the utility? How do you design for it? How does the utility speak to the customer?

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Non-Linear Analysis for Distribution Overhead Structures
Facilitator(s): David Walden, Distribution Lines Engineer, FortisBC
Speaker(s): Kevin van Popta, Principal Engineer, Distribution Standards & Operations, FortisAlberta

Overhead distribution structure analysis has been kept relatively simple for many decades when it comes to determine pole classes and guying requirements. Some jurisdictions, including those that follow the CSA C22.3 No.1, are moving towards the requirement for ‘geometric non-linear analysis’ of these distribution structures. This presentation will help you understand what that means and why it’s a good idea for robust line design.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions, include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Drone Policy and Standards
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Services, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Layla Alsayyed, Sales, AAIR, Grant Leaverton, VP Business Development, AAIR

Drone wood pole inspection programs, current BVLOS regulations, where the regulations are going, and if time what road blocks are before advancing regulations.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Richard Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions, include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

3:45 Pm - 4:00 PM

Planning Future Topics

Group discussion on future topics

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meeting Adjourned

Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

PDT Wrap Up meeting

For PDT members and those interested in planning the spring meeting.

Hotel + Travel

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  • Driving Directions
  • You do not need to reserve a spot on the Airport Shuttle in advance.  Once you land at the Spokane International Airport call the hotel transportation department and let them know you are waiting.  Their direct line is 509-744-2341 and the driver can let you know how far out they are.  If you have mobility concerns let them know so they send the correct van.  Then follow the signs toward baggage claim.  Right outside the doors is where the shuttle will pick you up.  The vans are white with a big cookie on the side.  They run from 4am-12am each day about every 30 minutes.  When you board, the driver will give a voucher you can take to the front desk and choose to pay the $10 either cash or charge to your room.  Once at the hotel schedule your return trip to the airport with the bellstand.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,248
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $2,847
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $699
Regular Vendor Display Table Only: $1,649

Registration prices increase $100 after October 2, 2017. Vendor Display Table Only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor display table, Wednesday display events (2 breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening Reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should select the Attendee + Vendor Display Table option.

Vendor Display assistant tickets are available for $299 and include booth privileges, Wednesday display events (2 breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Booth Assistants that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should register as a delegate for this industry forum.

Vendor Display Schedule

Tuesday, October 24

Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tear Down: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Vendor Platform: 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Break with Vendors: 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Lunch with Vendors: 11:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Break With Vendors: 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Reception and Dinner with Vendors: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Meet The Speakers

Stephen Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator

Latisha Hill

Avista Utilities

Senior Vice President, Avista Development

Jeff Budke

Avista Corp.

Distribution Standards Electrical Engineer

Robert Carlsen

Potelco Inc.

Manager

Kyle Roethle

Puget Sound Energy

Supervisor, Construction Services

Michael Leyland

FortisBC

Manager, Revenue Protection

David Walden

FortisBC

Distribution Lines Engineer

Richard Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Justin So

Portland General Electric

Standards Engineer

Kevin van Popta

FortisAlberta

Principal Engineer, Distribution Standards & Operations
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Kevin van Popta is the Principal Engineer of Distribution Standards and Operations at FortisAlberta. He has worked at Fortis in various Engineering roles for 11 years, including Projects, Standards and Planning. He lives with his wife and 2 year old daughter (with another baby on the way!) near Edmonton, Alberta.

Tyson Schmitt

Puget Sound Energy

Energy Management Engineer
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Tyson Schmitt is an Energy Management Engineer with Puget Sound Energy. He has been with PSE since 2014 and has taken on a role specified towards working with cannabis producers. Prior to PSE, he was a pitcher at the University of Washington, and he actively seeks out opportunities to play and coach baseball.

Todd Cornell

Avista Corp.

Customer Project Coordinator
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Todd Cornell has been with Avista Utilities for 18 years. His first twelve years as a Journeyman Lineman, and has spent the last 6 years as a Customer Project Coordinator. He has been married to his wife Jamie for 20 years and they have two boys, Ty who is 18 and getting ready to graduate high school and Tate who is 16 and a sophomore. He loves spending time with his family, traveling, snow skiing, and playing golf.

Layla Alsayyed

AAIR

Sales

Grant Leaverton

AAIR

VP Business Development