Register for this Event
August 7-8, 2019
Western Area Power Administration
Golden, CO


*Preliminary Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change

 7:30-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions
 8:15-9:15 a.m.  Flooding in Nebraska - 2019
Michael Ferm, Omaha Public Power District
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  Considerations and Planning Process for Partial Decommissioning of a Coal Plant
Ryan Sweetwood, Resource Management Consultant, Arizona Public Service
   10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
 10:15-11:00 a.m.  Boiler Design Aspects of Controlling Flue Gas Temperature Entering AQCS Equipment
 Jason Lee, Manager, Boiler Performance Engineering, Riley Power Inc. 
 11:00-11:45 a.m.

 Low Load Operations for Thermal Plants: Two Case Studies
 Peter S. Jackson, P.E., President, Tetra Engineering Group, Inc.

 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,  Networking Lunch
 1:00-2:15 p.m.  Panel: Flexible Operation of Thermal Plants
Panelist #1: Panelist #1: Leif Bothun, Sr. Operations Manager – Maintenance and Operations,
 Xcel Energy
 Panelist #2: Jerry Lutz, Xcel Energy
 Panelist #3: To be Announced, Omaha Public Power District
 2:15-3:00 p.m.  Plains End Plant Overview

 Tommy Arnett, NAES and Chris Gaines, NAES

 3:00–3:15 p.m., Networking Break
 3:15-3:30 p.m.  Attendee Announcements
 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Generation Vital Issues Roundtable
  7:00-8:00 a.m.,  Networking Breakfast
 8:00-9:15 a.m.  System Health/Predictive Maintenance Panel
Panelist #1: Melody Duran, Arizona Public Service
 Panelist #2: Jeff Karloff, Power Generation Services – O&M Manager, Black & Veatch
 9:15-10:00 a.m.  APS’ Drive To A Safety Focused Work Environment
 Phil Smithers, Director, Corporate Safety and Health Services, Arizona Public Service
 10:00–10:15 a.m., Networking Break
10:15-11:00 a.m.   Using Monitoring Diagnostics as a Foundation for Asset Management
 Jeff Karloff, Power Generation Services – O&M Manager, Black & Veatch
11:00-11:30 a.m.   Roundtable and Wrap Up Discussion
 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Plains End Plant Tour
Arvada, CO (approximately 25 minutes from conference location in Golden, CO)

 Please plan on wearing leather-soled shoes.  Protective eye wear will also be required. 
 You can bring your own or Plains End will loan you a pair to use during the tour.

Market changes from RTO’s, generation portfolios, distributed resources, and environmental regulations are forcing power generation facilities to meet significant challenges regarding reliability, flexibility, facility decommissioning and managing the workforce.  This conference will provide deep insight from specialists that are meeting these challenges, and  will provide opportunity for highly interactive roundtable discussions of specific issues you may be facing.  

Who Should Attend

Plant managers, operators, and engineers that are on the front lines of power plant management, operations, maintenance, design and construction.  Non-technical professionals in consulting, HR, asset management and finance will also benefit greatly in their 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.