EBA Primer Series: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers
NEW Primer: Electric Industry Technology for Lawyers
Never offered before, this primer will provide an introduction to the basic technology that comprises the electric grid. The course begins with an introductory review of key terms and concepts – the building blocks for the remainder of the program. Next, our faculty will provide an in-depth view of the delivery segments of the industry: transmission and distribution, including the type of equipment used in each and how they function. On the second day of the program, participants will hear from experts on the basics of generation technology, followed by an in-depth view of the various types of generation, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, and applicable environmental controls. Finally, the program will conclude with a review of distributed energy resource technologies, such as distributed generation, storage, demand response and energy efficiency, and cutting-edge topics like the Internet of Things and electric vehicles.
See information below about the optional post-primer tour.
Thursday, February 15
Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm: Introduction to Primer
I. Introductory Concepts: In this segment of the Primer, participants will learn the basic terminology and concepts for understanding the technology behind the electric grid, such as the basic tools for measuring electricity, the difference between capacity and energy, the difference between real and reactive power, and the difference between direct and alternating current. Students will gain an understanding of how today’s electrical grid is configured – and why.
A. Watts, Volts, Amps, Hz
B. kW, kWh, MW, MWh
C. DC, AC
D. Reactive Power
E. Diagram of the Electric Grid
2:15 pm - 4:00pm:
II. Distribution: This segment of the program will focus on the equipment that is used in the delivery of electricity to retail consumers. Students will gain an understanding of the difference between network and radial systems, where and why electric meters are located, operational issues faced by utility operators, how key distribution equipment such as protection systems and transformers work, and what happens in a control room – the place where operation of the electric grid all comes together.
B. Network, Radial
D. Operational Issues
a. Short-circuit current
3. Power quality
a. Voltage control (e.g., capacitors)
E. Protection Systems
G. Down-line Automation
H. Distribution SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), Control Room Operations
I. Bi-directional Distribution Systems
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm:
III. Transmission: This part of the program will focus on the equipment that is used to deliver electricity from generators to distribution systems and between distribution systems. Students will gain an understanding of the key components of the transmission system such as towers, insulators and conductors, how transmission systems are designed (including concepts such as stability and thermal limits), and operational issues confronted by transmission operators (including loop flows and vegetation management).
5:30 pm - Networking Reception (included in Primer registration fee)
7:30 pm - Dinner on your own
Friday, February 16 - 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am:
IV. Generation: This segment of the program will address the basic technological concepts underlying electric generation, followed by an in-depth review of the various types of generating technologies. Students will gain an understanding the basics of generation, including the difference between baseload, intermediate, peak and intermittent generation; heat rate; blackstart generators; and station power. Our instructors will then discuss different types of generation – coal, natural gas, and nuclear – and the environmental controls that are used in power plants using those fuels. The session will wrap up with a discussion of renewable generation (hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass).
1. Baseload, intermediate, peaking, intermittent
2. Heat rate
3. Automatic Generation Control (AGC)
4. Reactive controls
7. Station power
1. Different boiler designs and efficiency options up to ultra- supercritical
2. Differences in coal
3. Coal gasification
4. Cycling issues
1. Reciprocating internal combustion engine (RICE), aeroderivative turbines
2. Simple, combined cycle
1. Basic designs
2. Fuel supply
3. Spent fuel storage
4. Containment technology
E. Environmental Controls
1. Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Non-Selective Catalytic Reduction (NSCR)
2. Bag house
3. Mercury controls
4. Solid waste management
5. Liquid waste management
6. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
a. Licensed, federal
b. Impoundments, run-of-river, pumped storage
3. Solar (photovoltaic, concentrated)
a. Landfill gas
b. Municipal waste
c. Wood waste
d. Dedicated fuel (e.g., switchgrass)
e. Animal digesters
f. Poultry waste
V. Distributed Energy Resources (DER): This segment of the seminar will address new technologies that perform a power supply function. The session will cover the basics of distributed generation (DG) technologies, including combined heat and power and small renewable generators and how they are integrated with the electric grid. The session will also address energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand response, including how they are dispatched by grid operators. Our instructors also will cover emerging issues such as the impact of the Internet of Things and electric vehicles.
A. Distributed Generation (DG) Technologies
1. RICE units
2. Combined heat and power (CHP) (a/k/a cogeneration)
3. Solar, distributed wind, small hydro
1. Thermal, mechanical, battery (different chemistries)
C. Energy Efficiency (EE)
D. Demand Response (DR) (devices and control systems)
E. Internet of Things (IOT)
F. Electric Vehicles (EVs)
G. Integration Issues
2. Inverter technology
3. Potential impact on distribution grid
4. Potential impact on transmission
H. Dispatch of DER
2. DER and natural / man-made disasters
12:30 pm Wrap up and Adjourn
Currently, we are working on an optional post-primer tour of the Xcel dispatch center the afternoon of Friday Feb 16; it will be RSVP-only. Currently under development.
About the EBA Primer Series:
One of the goals of the Energy Bar Association’s Strategic Plan is to promote excellence in the practice of energy law by enhancing opportunities for educational programming. To further this goal, EBA has established a “primer program,” focused on teaching core regulatory and legal concepts and basic industry fundamentals that every energy law practitioner must understand. The overall goal of this course is to provide attorneys new to the oil and refined products pipeline industry a foundational understanding of the industry and how it is organized and regulated, so they are better equipped to assist clients in this industry.
About the Trainers
THOMAS RIAL FOX II, EPTC INSTRUCTOR
Thomas received his certification as a training professional from Texas A & M, and holds current certification as a NERC reliability coordinator. He brings more than 13 years' experience in the utility industry to EPTC, following a 20-year career as a machinist mate in the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
His experience includes providing technical and engineering support for construction and implementation of NERC-certified operations control centers, wind farm interconnections, generation, transmission and distribution operations, DC Ties, maintenance and safety procedures. Thomas has also developed compliance process procedures for analytical study completion, assessment and audit support.
As a trainer, Thomas has conducted classes in instructor training, E-learning, learning management systems and presentation creation and maintenance. He has also presented courses on compliance, hydro units, gas and oil fired boilers, DC tie maintenance, operation and upgrades, qualified scheduling entity, transmission and distribution control and dispatch.
Prior to joining the WAPA EPTC, Thomas served as the transmission operations specialist at Cross Texas Transmission and Sharyland Utilities, operations training supervisor and senior operator at the Garland Power & Light Operations Center and Spencer Generation Station.
KURT DANIEL - INSTRUCTOR
Kurt began his career in the U.S. Navy as an aviation fire control technician. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for three years as a marine electrician and began a degree program in electrical power and controls. He next worked for Boeing Aerospace as a computerized numerical control technician.
Puget Power in Washington state gave Kurt his first job in the utility industry. He worked as a meter technician for 12 years and as a system operator for five years. Kurt then joined the City of Tacoma municipal utility, where he worked as a system power dispatcher and senior system power dispatcher/generation and transmission for 12 years. During his first year of training at Tacoma, he worked as a switchman on 4Kv to 230Kv systems. Kurt has earned his IBEW journeyman meterman card and in 2002 his NERC certification at the reliability coordinator level.
Kurt’s experience and training took him to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council where he worked for several months as a reliability coordinator III. He joined WAPA in 2014 as a system power dispatcher instructor at the EPTC.
KYLE CONROY - EPTC MANAGER
Kyle has more than 35 years’ experience in the electrical utility industry, starting as a U.S. Air Force Electrical Power Lineman. He became a USAF Instructor in the Electrical Power Lineman Training program completing all phases of USAF instructor training and development curriculum and achieved recognition as a master instructor. Kyle simultaneously completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education as well as those for a Technical Training Teaching Practicum.
His post-military experience includes working with Southern Companies as a power linemen, distribution operator and engineering assistant at Gulf Power, and with Savannah Power & Light as a transmission system supervisor. Kyle moved to Colorado in 2002 and has worked as a senior system operator and power operations specialist at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. WAPA hired Kyle as a power dispatcher/trainer in its Rocky Mountain regional office in 2014 before bringing him into the EPTC three years later.
His technical, operational and training experience also include completion of Master of Education degree in Human Resource Studies with a focus on Adult Education and Training.
Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE)
MCLE accreditation approval to be submitted for VA, NY, CO. For questions email email@example.com
Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, 1667 Cole Boulevard, Building 19, Suite 152 Golden, CO 80401, here is a PDF of the map and directions.
Here is a short URL for the address https://goo.gl/maps/a2ZaC96F8Jm
Parking is free in this area.
Marriott Denver West which is the closest, and walkable: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denwe-denver-marriott-west/
But here is a website with all the nearby hotels. https://www.wapa.gov/EPTC/about/Pages/local-information.aspx
EBA has not reserved a room block. Please contact the hotels directly for rates and availability.
Parking is free for those driving or Uber are your best choices.
Registration includes the two-day Primer, attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.
|Private/Energy Professional (formerly Non-Attorney)||$375||$425|
*Those who graduated from law school within last three (3) years, that is, on or after January 1, 2015.
Three Ways to Register
Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation by February 5, 2018. You may send your cancellation request to Marlo Brown-Carpenter at Marlo@eba-net.org or by fax to 202.833.5596.
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