Engineering & Operation, Accounting, Customer Billing & Finance
Annual Conference & Trade Show
and Board of Directors Meeting
2015 Conference Agenda
Substation Section
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Presiding: Chairman William Ulloa, Manager, T&D Substations – Texas New Mexico Power
7:30 a.m. Group Continental Breakfast sponsored by
8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Safety Moment
William Ulloa - TNMP
8:15 a.m. Algorithym Based Maintenance for OCB’s and LTC’s
In 2007, Entergy Chartered a Continuous Improvement Team to reduce or eliminate low or no value maintenance work. Among the team’s recommendations were converting HV/LV OCB s and power transformer LTCs to condition based as opposed to time based maintenance triggers based on algorithms run within Entergy’s Substation Work Management System (SWMS). This presentation will discuss the decision to change to algorithm driven maintenance triggers, the original algorithms and changes found to be required over time, and the success and challenges encountered with this approach.
Tom Lanigan, Manager Substation Design – Entergy
9:00 a.m. Air Switch Loadability Factors
Air disconnect switches are unique in that they are the only substation or transmission device that has built in loadability factors prescribed by IEEE standards. This presentation will discuss the application of loadability factors for continuous duty as well as those for temporary emergency duties. Application of loadability factors for older equipment as well as the impact of ambient temperature will also be discussed.
Ken Harless, Vice President & Chief Engineer – Pascor Atlantic
9:30 a.m. Beverage Break - sponsored by
9:45 a.m. NERC CIP-014 – Interpretation of the Standard
On March 7, 2014, FERC issued an Order directing NERC to file Reliability Standard(s) to address physical security risks to the Bulk Power System (BPS) by June 5, 2014. The Reliability Standard(s) were to require transmission owners and operators to address risks of physical attack on BPS reliability in three steps: (1) Identify critical facilities, (2) Evaluate potential threats and vulnerabilities to critical facilities, and (3) Develop and implement a security plan to protect against identified threats. This presentation will discuss the development of standard, the standard requirements and the interpretation of those requirements.
Rick Porter, Manager II System Operations – Duke Energy
10:30 a.m. Breaker Maintenance Intervals and Testing > 69kV

PPL's Aproach
PPL utilizes a time based maintenance program for completing prescribed maintenance activities during prescribed intervals. Our current maintenance program utilizes CASCADE asset management software to trigger maintenance activities at four year or eight year intervals to align with our Functional Equipment Group outages. PPL has also developed and continues to utilize manufacturer and circuit breaker specific work plans. The work plans provide step by step instructions for field personnel to effectively complete the required maintenance in a consistent and efficient manner. At PPL we are currently working on gathering meaningful operational metrics that can be utilized as we look to move into a more predictive maintenance type of program. We are also actively making changes to the way we utilize CASCADE in order to allow for a single point of record and data retention for the equipment.
John Sinclair, Senior Engineer, T&S Maintenance – PPL Electric Utilities

TNMP's Approach
In 2012, TNMP’s maintenance program followed a run-to-failure strategy. Equipment testing was performed primarily by contractors which became cost-prohibitive and offered little benefit since very few internal employees were able to interpret results. To address NERC regulations and to develop a more proactive approach to maintenance, TNMP developed an in-house testing crew by performing research, attending training, working alongside experienced testing contractors, and publishing guides to develop standard, routine test procedures with illustrations.
Vincent Roberts, Supervisor, Gulf Coast Substations – Texas New Mexico Power

PECO's Approach
PECO, an Exelon Utility, has developed Preventative Maintenance (PM) Templates for Circuit Breakers based on operating experience and manufacturer’s recommendations. The templates are being aligned among the Exelon Utilities, and identify required maintenance tasks, task frequency, and the basis (failure mode) for the maintenance. At PECO, the maintenance program is managed with the help of Cascade. Cascade is an Equipment Health System used for scheduling tasks, analyzing/tracking the health of the Circuit Breakers, and tracking the effectiveness of the Maintenance Program.
Bernie Dwyer, Senior Engineer – PECO Energy

11:30 a.m. Luncheon sponsored by T&D Solutions (inside Tradeshow)
1:00 p.m. Industry Excellence Award Presentation ~ Substation Category & Chairman's Award
Mayflower 500kV Substation Restoration
On April 27, 2014, five tornadoes in central Arkansas decimated Entergy’s Mayflower 500kv substation. Summer load increases were fast approaching, and the company’s nearby Arkansas Nuclear One power plant was returning to full output after a planned outage. Quickly and safely, 500 workers used limited equipment and overlapping processes to build a temporary solution, design a resilient permanent solution, and make proactive upgrades to the substation, all in record time. Lines were restored in 37 days, and the temporary solution was energized in early June. The permanent solution will be complete in April, about one year after one of the most unique challenges to hit Entergy’s transmission system.
Michael Milton, Project Manager – Entergy Services, Inc.
Tom Lanigan, Manager Substation Design – Entergy Services, Inc.
David Daigle, Relay Design Supervisor – Entergy Services, Inc.
1:45 p.m. Digitally Controlled MOD’s
Condition Based Maintenance systems are gaining traction and will soon be in wide use. New and innovative devices will follow to meet the needs and abilities to remotely monitor equipment. This presentation is a review of the test results of one such device. A digitally controlled motor operator which claims to be able to determine if a gang operated air break switch operated correctly and if maintenance is needed.
Jim Houston, Substation Maintenance Support Supervisor – Southern Company Transmission
2:15 p.m. Substation Radar Intrusion Detection
As a result of the attack on the Metcalf substation in 2013 a great deal of effort has been spent across the industry to test new technologies to protect equipment and alarm for potential threats. This presentation will cover the use of radar intrusion detection to alarm and automatically track intruders within user defined zones inside and outside a substation and within right of ways. Video demonstrations will be presented which demonstrate the performance, features, and advantages of this technology compared to traditional technologies.
Neil Marbut, Manager, Substation Services – Alabama Power
Mike Stokes, Deputy Division Manager – Dynetics
2:45 p.m. Refreshment break sponsored by
3:00 p.m. Transmission / Distribution Substation Arrangement / Layout
Electric utilities have different approaches and standards related to the physical arrangement of components in the substation. This presentation will share two approaches to substation equipment layout by Duke Energy Progress and Entergy for Transmission/Distribution (Retail) substations.
David Koepnick, Manager, Substation Engineering – Duke Energy
Gary Martin, Substation Design Engineer – Entergy Services, Inc.
3:45 p.m. Mobile Transformer Installation Kit
The Mobile Substation Temporary Structure Trailer will provide dedicated, reusable material needed to build a temporary structure to be used in conjunction with a mobile substation. The structural members will be adjustable and pre-assembled as much as practical to aid in the erection and the demolition of the structure. The pre-assembled members will be easily stored and transported on a dedicated flatbed trailer.
Jerry Perry, Special Assignment, Substation Design Standards – Duke Energy
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
Friday, June 26, 2015
8:00 a.m. Call to Order and Safety Moment
William Ulloa, Engineering Supervisor – TNMP
8:10 a.m. Interconnection of IPP Solar Facilities
Beginning in 2012, following North Carolina’s state regulations providing tax incentives for renewable energy generation, over 1,700 MW of IPP Solar Facilities was submitted to the generation interconnection queue at Duke Energy Progress. This presentation will describe the proactive approach and decisions within Transmission Engineering to establish standard interconnection facilities for 115 kV and 230 kV solar generators.
David Koepnick, Manager, Substation Engineering – Duke Energy
8:45 a.m. Strategies for Long Lead Time Equipment
Robert Orfield – Dominion
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Trouble Session - (closed session - utility personnel only)
11:00 a.m. Adjourn

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