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February 20-21, 2019
NEW LOCATION! Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
 8:15-8:45 a.m.

Arizona Public Service (APS) Operational Challenges
Phil McLaughlin, General Manager, Resource Management, Arizona Public Service

 8:45-9:45 a.m. PANEL - Operational Change Management
Panelist #1: Phil McLaughlin, Arizona Public Service
Panelist #2: Kenneth Luebbert, Operations Support Engineering Manager, Evergy / KCP&L 
Panelist #3: Ryan Gerdts, Omaha Public Power District
Panelist #4: Brad Phillips, Superintendent, Operations, Lawrence Energy Center, KCP&L and Westar, Evergy Companies
   9:45–10:00 a.m., Networking Break
 10:00-10:30 a.m. Using Data Analytics to Mitigate the Effects of Load Cycling and Low Load Operation
Elijah Caselman, Asset Management Engineer, Black & Veatch
 10:30-11:00 a.m. Cholla Units 1 & 3 Lower Operating Limits Optimization
David Dufek, Jr., Senior Controls Engineer, Arizona Public Service
 11:00 -
11:30 a.m.
Plant Flexibility - Minimum Load and Flame Stability
Dennis Barlow, Senior Global Product Manager, GE Power
 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:30-2:00 p.m. Improving Turn Down and Cycling Operations with a Combination of Domain Technical Expertise and an Advanced Control Application
Frank Fowler, VP Business Development, SmartBurn, LLC
Brad Radl, Managing Partner and Chief Technology Officer, Taber International, LLC

 2:00-2:30 p.m. The Impact of Increased Unit Cycling on Steam Turbine Failure Modes
Stephen R. Reid PE, President, TG Advisers, Inc.
Tom Reid, Manager of Engineering, TG Advisers, Inc.
 2:30-3:00 p.m. Damage Mechanisms of Cycling 
Matt Freeman, Director of Strategic Business Development, Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.
Ben Ruchte, Consultant, Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.

 3:00–3:15 p.m., Networking Break
 3:15-3:45 p.m. The Importance of Proper Steam Generator Layup
Brad Buecker,  Senior Technical Publicist, Chemtreat 
 3:45-5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m. - Noon Steam Turbine Cycling – Utility Considerations, Case Studies, and Best Practices
Stephen R. Reid PE, President, TG Advisers, Inc.
Thomas R. Reid PE, Manager of Engineering, TG Advisers, Inc.

The RMEL Steam 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.