Building on the success of past industry-open events the 2017 CEATI Event will bring electrical professionals from the areas of hydropower and transmission under the same roof at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Indian Wells, CA.
Comprised of three co-located industry tracks, hydro, protection & control, and stations, this event will provide an open forum for information exchange with a focus on technical presentations and experiences.
Maintaining Safe and Reliable Operations of Hydropower Projects while Meeting New Standards and Expectations
Hydropower has been used to provide flexibility and balancing to the power grid for many years. With the evolution of energy markets in response to the demands of non-dispatchable generation sources, the role and importance of hydropower has continued to grow, placing complex demands on the electrical and mechanical equipment and diversion structures. CEATI’s 2017 hydropower conference will bring together experts to discuss key challenges associated with maintaining the safe and reliable operation of projects while meeting new expectations and standards.
Key challenges related to dam safety, power plant operations, planning, and equipment reliability will be discussed, while taking into account today’s reality of new operating requirements. Aging infrastructure, erosion of expertise in the industry, training and knowledge transfer will be covered, as well as the need to make good planning and investment decisions to maximize the use of funds.
- Improving operational reliability, maintenance requirements, regulatory compliance and dam safety
- The evaluation of aging dams, equipment and infrastructure with respect to new fitness-for-service expectations
- Successful use/implementation of new predictive technologies
- Flexible modes of operations and impacts on stress and fatigue associated with the reliability of turbines and flow control equipment
- Identifying consequences and costs of integrating renewables
Topics for Discussion:
- New hydro generation strategies – Impacts of flexible operations; market dispatching; integration of renewables – what should hydropower engineering, asset and dam safety managers be thinking about?
- New technologies – equipment, maintenance techniques, instrumentation, monitoring and controls.
- Failure modes – are there new factors to consider which were not seen or thought of in prior analysis including systems effects? How can changes in operation affect the safety of project structures?
- Risk management – what are the biggest risks? How to identify and rank/prioritize day-to-day risks? Examples of owners applying risk informed decision making to their projects.
- Planning – how to get the most out of your projects – how long can you defer investing in assets, and what are the consequences of waiting to invest?
- Rehabilitation and upgrades – best practices, new strategies, new methods and materials.
- Real world examples – events, experiences and solutions.
Innovations in Developing Stations of the Future
Continuing to build on the success of the 2016 conference, CEATI’s Station Equipment Asset Management Interest Group (SEAM) participants want to further explore areas of innovation in topics related to development for future stations and ongoing maintenance.
Technological developments in information technology, automation and design improvements raise exciting possibilities and opportunities for a reconfigured electrical grid, enabling more effective monitoring and maintenance techniques, while ensuring reliability of supply, sustainability of operations and affordability of electric service for customers. New station designs must now consider interoperability and monitoring capability to fully utilize these new technologies and associated telecommunications, information technology, security systems and infrastructure to enable smarter, more efficient and cost effective operation of station facilities.
As the planning horizon for utilities tends to be very long, there is a need to recognize those future trends and needs while planning for replacement and upgrades of existing assets, as well as new substations. At the same time, regulatory authorities and stakeholders are also exercising increasing scrutiny, holding utilities accountable for managing costs, maintaining high standards of reliability, ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place and continuing to operate in a socially-responsible manner. Customers are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own energy, customizing how they use it and increasingly serving as suppliers of energy.
The Stations interest group promotes and facilitates communication and collaboration on topics associated with optimizing life cycle costs related to electrical utility station equipment and apparatus. Participants are interested in technological advancements and trends in station design, apparatus, construction and maintenance techniques, as well as the changing requirements of stakeholders, regulators, and customers associated with electric utilities. This conference will provide an open forum for information exchange and deliberation, with a focus on technical presentations, case studies, and the sharing of ideas and experiences for the benefit of the industry.
Innovation Supporting Development of Stations of the Future
- Regulatory & Standards
- Station Materials, Design and Techniques
- Environmental Conditions
- Evolution of Station Equipment
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Protection & Control Track
The 4th Annual Protection and Control Conference will focus on several areas of concern for power utilities including: system performance, design and maintenance, digital relays and settings, information databases, integration of DGs and microgrids, new technologies and generation related topics.
Protective relays and their associated systems are devices deployed throughout the power system for the purpose of sensing abnormal electrical or system components operating conditions and isolating, usually in conjunction with circuit breakers, any abnormal conditions resulting from natural events, physical accidents, equipment failure or operation due to human error. A reliable, selective and high-speed isolation is necessary to mitigate damage to vital and expensive system equipment, reduce the risk of serious danger to humans and to maintain power system stability and acceptable power quality. These stringent requirements, with high potential consequences, make it imperative that protection systems be designed and maintained to perform their functions with a very high degree of dependability and security.
Optimizing Protection System Design, Maintenance and Replacement Strategies
Best practices in protection system design reflecting the brisk evolution in digital protection relay capabilities, the availability of rapid communication links and opportunities for networking and station automation. This includes applications of the IEC 61850 protocol, the optimization of protection system maintenance and relay replacement strategies, cyber-security, and the management of vast volumes of data.
Potential Use of Digital Relay Capabilities for “Smart Grid” Applications
The use of digital relay enhanced voltage and current waveform monitoring for detecting the irregular performance of power system elements and/or for identifying incipient system faults and their locations. In addition, appropriate actions to minimize power outages and/or facilitate the automation of network operations will be discussed.
Improved Effectiveness of DG and Microgrid Integration
Protection and control technologies that would enable increased penetration levels of renewable energy generation without adverse impacts on distribution and/or transmission system operations; such as voltage and frequency regulation, as well as enabling the autonomous operation of microgrids during system events and their seamless re-synchronization with the main grid.
New Protection, Control and Communication Systems Technologies
New and emerging technologies that could be used for enhancing power system resiliency, security, levels of automation, electric supply power quality and for reducing overall operating costs.
The latest in utility practices and design of protection and control systems for large electric power generators and their auxiliary systems.
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CEATI Program Participants
This event is organized in coordination with the following Utility Participants.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
44600 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Reserve by Phone: +1 760 776 1234
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Preferred Rate: $229 USD (plus applicable taxes).
To receive the preferred rate, please mention the special convention rate for the CEATI International Meeting. Preferred rate only available until January 12, 2017.
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Each Exhibitor Registration Includes:
- Two Full Conference Registrations
- Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks
- Evening Reception
- Skirted Table, Two Chairs
- Discounted Additional Registrations
- Conference Proceedings Package
Sponsor Benefits Can Include:
- Recognition at Opening of Event Acknowledging Your Support
- Your Materials at the Main Registration Table
- Inclusion of Your Logo and Click-Through Link on Conference Website(s)
- Post-Event Exposure
- Sponsorship of Event Meals or Breaks
- Place Your Organization’s Stand-Up Banner in the Conference Room
Exhibitor & Sponsor Promotional Tool Kit
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Presentations should adhere to the Guidelines set forth by CEATI International.
Presentation Guidelines Include:
- Presentations must be submitted in Power Point format (PPT).
- Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF).
- Presentations must be submitted with 2 multiple choice questions and related answers (identifying the correct answer).
- Page #s must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each Power Point slide.
- Each Presenter will be allocated 25-30 minutes of presentation time, including 5-10 minutes for Q&A.
- Presenters may be asked to participate, as Panelists, in an Open Discussion concerning the session topic as well as their specific presentation.
- Please note that all participants, including presenters, are required to register to attend.
Presentations will take place for on March 7 & 8, 2017.
The deadline for the submission of Power Point Presentations will vary by session track. Please submit your presentation the appropriate contact person listed below.
Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise Presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) hour in advance of their scheduled presentation time.
Hydro Presentations must be submitted electronically to the attention of Lizzie Smith at [email protected]
P&C Presentations must be submitted electronically to the attention of Paul Ryan at [email protected]
Stations Presentations must be submitted electronically to the attention of Leonor Nonnenmacher at [email protected]
Quality Providers Program: The Engineering Institute of Canada
The EIC recognizes Quality Providers of continuing education to the engineering community after assessing the provider’s learning development and delivery processes and authorizing them to award EIC continuing education units, the “EIC CEU” for eligible training activities.
The purpose of the EIC Continuing Education Recognition Program is to help engineering professionals identify quality providers of CEUs and to facilitate their record keeping when activities occur with various providers across Canada. This is increasingly important as most licensing bodies have adopted explicit professional development requirements as a licensing condition.
The EIC-CEU is defined as “ten hours of participation in a continuing education program organised in compliance with prescribed EIC Standards under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction”. These CEUs carry significant credibility among the engineering community and are accepted by most NA organisations as valid a demonstration of continuing education activities.
CEATI is recognized by the Engineering Institute of Canada as an accredited provider of Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). When registering for one of our events be sure to indicate whether you wish to acquire CEUs by attending Conference presentations.