Engineering & Operation, Accounting, Customer Billing & Finance
Annual Conference & Trade Show
and Board of Directors Meeting
2014 Conference Agenda
Substation Section
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Presiding: Section Chairman – Lee Hancock, Area Manager, Transmission C&M – Duke Energy
7:30 a.m. Group Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Safety Moment
Lee Hancock, Chairman
8:15 a.m. Award Winner – 2014 Industry Excellence Awards Substation Category
Railway Emergency / Unplanned Power Transformer Replacements
In 2012, a large power transformer in the FPL system failed in downtown Miami at Railway Substation after several electrical thru faults. This two-transformer substation feeds critical infrastructure and high-profile customers. The initial transformer replacement project was filled with engineering and logistic challenges, which was further complicated by the sudden onset of our online diagnostic system alerting us to an imminent failure on the remaining unit. Learn how a second transformer was delivered to the site and successfully installed in four days, using lessons learned from the first transformer installation, with no injuries or loss of load to our customers.
Jow Ortiz, Manager Technical Services
Allen Khalili, Area Manager
Jose Seijo, Substation Engineer
Jose Alvarez Garcell, Substation Engineer
Florida Power & Light
9:00 a.m. Ground Grid Testing
In 2012, a large power transformer in the FPL system failed in downtown Miami at Railway Substation after several electrical thru faults. This two-transformer substation feeds critical infrastructure and high-profile customers. The initial transformer replacement project was filled with engineering and logistic challenges, which was further complicated by the sudden onset of our online diagnostic system alerting us to an imminent failure on the remaining unit. Learn how a second transformer was delivered to the site and successfully installed in four days, using lessons learned from the first transformer installation, with no injuries or loss of load to our customers.
J.K. Smalls, Substation Design Engineer - Duke Energy
9:45 a.m. Beverage Break - sponsored by
10:00 a.m. SVC Lessons Learned & Maintenance Strategies
Doug Mader, Entergy
Chris Meeks, Manager, Transmission Maintenance Area – Duke Energy
10:45 a.m. Avoiding Conflict by Collaboration
BGE began a property search in 2005 for an anticipated new 500-230 kV substation. After PJM officially identified in 2010 the need for the substation, BGE settled on a property that met the needs of the new substation. Community groups quickly raised opposition to siting the substation in a designated rural preservation area. BGE actively collaborated with these community groups and elected officials to choose another substation site.
Eric T. Jacobson, P.E., PMP / Principal Project Manager / BGE
11:30 a.m. Luncheon sponsored by T&D Solutions (inside Tradeshow)
1:00 p.m. Safety Moment
Butch Cunningham, Technical Consultant, Substation Operations Support – Dominion
1:05 p.m. New Member Introduction – ComEd
Meet Southeastern Electric Exchange’s newest member company!
Lee Hancock coordinating
1:15 p.m. Mobile Capacitor
A team of PPL employees was formed to provide solutions to a low voltage situation on the transmission system during a major transmission lines outage at PPL. The team evaluated options and came up with a solution to install two Mobile Capacitors at two locations on the system. This presentation will describe the how the project started, the challenges faced by the project team, and all the successes alone the way.
Salim Salet, Substation Engineering – PPL Electric Utilities

Mobile Substation
Overview of 230-34/13.2KV, 60MVA mobile transformer capabilities, equipment, installation and deployment plans.
Drew Davis, Director, Transmission & Substation – PECO Energy Company

Mobile Control Houses
After Hurricane Isaac in late 2012, Carlisle Substation in South Louisiana was left flooded and inoperable. Although many components of the substation were lost, the long lead times of the control house and control panels were the critical path to returning to service. Entergy devised a mobile control house to help reduce restoration time of the industrial and residential loads by moving these essential pieces of equipment out of harm’s way. In the event of another hurricane/flood, this will eliminate the long lead times of a new control house and associated equipment.
Evan Yost, Senior Engineer, Substation Design – Entergy Services, Inc.

3:00 p.m. Refreshment break sponsored by
3:15 p.m. Designs to Present Copper Theft
In 2011 Over $1.5 million was spent on copper theft repairs at Southern Company. In 2012 a Copper Theft Committee was established to review existing standards and develop designs to prevent copper theft in substations. The charge of the committee was to review existing standards and develop potential designs to mitigate copper theft either by concealment or through use of non-copper materials.
Jeffrey Cowgill, Physical Standards Coordinator – Southern Company
***Joint Session with Real Estate & Right of Way*** (held in Substation Session)
4:00 p.m. Dominion’s System Resiliency and Substation Physical Security Plan
Dominion Virginia Power serves our nation’s Capital region and several major commercial and military installations. The criticality of the mid-Atlantic service territory brings with it national security implications and responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with the obligation to provide reliable power. In September 2013, the company announced plans to make significant annual investments over the next 5-7 years and harden the regional electrical system to better protect critical equipment, enhance the spare equipment process, and create multiple levels of security. Now several months into the first year of their initiative, panelists will describe how the company embarked on this plan and established substation perimeter security criteria. Also, the Dominion team will use representative “case study” examples to illustrate all the work that goes into transitioning to new security standards, overcoming engineering challenges, and creating solutions for meeting permitting and land uses approvals.

Speakers: Keith L. Graham, Engineer – Substation Engineering Standards
Anita M. Wilson, Real Estate Specialist – Electric Transmission Project Support

5:00 p.m. Closting Safety Moment and Adjourn
Friday, June 27, 2014
7:30 a.m. Group Continental Breakfast sponsored by
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Safety Moment
William Ulloa, Engineering Supervisor – TNMP
8:10 a.m. SF6 Event Response & Awareness – Hazards, Work Practices, Etc.
Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) is as common to handle in a substation environment as mineral oil or nitrogen cylinders. However, SF6 decomposition products pose specific health hazards and require specific handling and PPE precautions. The medical community is unfamiliar with the treatment protocol following exposure events and therefore we must take an active role in order for employees to receive the proper care. This presentation will focus on the hazards of SF6 decomposition products, the proper PPE, and the treatment protocol following an exposure event.
Neil Marbut, Substation Support Supervisor – Alabama Power Company
8:45 a.m. Safety (Panel Discussion)

• General Substation - OPEN
Vincent Roberts, Substation Engineer – TNMP

• Common Cause Analysis
Drew Davis, Director, Transmission & Substation – PECO Energy Company

• Protection Control - HU Tool Kit
Mike Carden, Technical Consultant, Dominion Virginia Power

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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