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June 14, 2018
Magnolia Hotel Omaha
Omaha, NE
Room Block Deadline is May 26, 2018


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018
 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions
 8:15-8:45 a.m.  Power Plant Cycling Causality
 Jim Schetter, Renewable Impacts LLC
 8:45-9:15 a.m.  Coal Dispatch in an Evolving Market
Mark Trumble, Omaha Public Power District
 9:15-9:45 a.m. Plant Flexibility
Pat Bartley, Manager, Engineering Studies and Application Engineer, GE Power
   9:45–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
 10:00-10:30 a.m.   Flexible Operations and the Deployment of Advanced Automation Strategies
  Jim Nyenhuis, Emerson
 10:30-11:00 a.m.   Operational Change Management 
  Gina Langel, Omaha Public Power District
  Cindy Sketch, Omaha Public Power District
 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Morning Roundtable Session
 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:15-1:45 p.m.  Burner Modifications and Operational Changes for Achieving the Lowest Load Unsupported Coal Firing
 John Grusha, RV Industries
 1:45-2:15 p.m.  Economics of Power Plant Cycling
 Nikhil Kumar, Intertek
 2:15-2:45 p.m.  Strategies for Managing the Implications of Cycle-Driven Operating Patterns on Turbines and Generators
 Rachel Sweigart, TG Advisors
 Steve Reid, TG Advisors
 2:45–3:00 p.m., Networking Break
 3:00-3:30 p.m.  Damage Mechanisms of Cycling
Pamela Hamblin, Thielsch Engineering
 3:30-4:00 p.m.  Water Chemistry Impacts
Alec Frank, Black & Veatch
 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Afternoon Roundtable

The RMEL Coal Generation Cycling Symposium will provide an interactive forum for presentations and discussion surrounding the operational environment and the resulting impacts of increased cyclic operation of coal generation facilities.  The increased penetration of intermittent and low fuel cost generation in today’s integrated energy marketplace has influenced the demand for flexible generation from coal generators with increased cycling conditions including low load operation, starts/stops, and ramping.  This one-day symposium will cover information pertaining to energy market conditions, and the associated impacts on plant condition and maintenance, operation, and solutions to these challenges.  

Who Should Attend

Power supply system planners, corporate and plant engineers, project managers and vendors who have key stake shaping the generation portfolios and providing reliable power to electric customers.  Non-technical professionals in consulting, HR, asset management and finance will also benefit greatly in gaining an understanding of the issues facing the power generation industry.  

Continuing Education Certificate
All attendees will receive a continuing education certificate worth 6.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by RMEL, upon completion of the course. There will be 1.0 professional hour (PDH) given for attending the Member Roundtable. RMEL serves a large territory in which attendees participate in a number of accrediting organizations, each with their own requirements. Depending on the certifying body you are affiliated with, RMEL PDHs may be applied towards your recertification credit. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if the credits are applicable to their certifying body and how they may be applied. Use the event brochure, and agenda to determine how the content applies to your certification. The attendee is also responsible for verifying how the quantity of RMEL PDHs convert to your certifying body credits. Typically 1.0 PDH is equal to .1 CEU, but you should always verify the conversion scale.