Session topics will include the 2017 Plant of the Year recipient Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer, the largest PRB Coal power plant in north America, in addition to presentations on Coal Handling, Boiler & Combustion and Safety, Fire, and Risk Management.
Registration fees are:
This fee includes access to 4 ½ hours of education, networking reception and breakfast.
Schedule at a Glance
Monday, October 23
12:00 – 4:00 PM Registration Open, Networking
2:45 – 4:15 PM New Life for Coal in the Western Power Mix?
4:30 – 6:30 PM Reception featuring the Inaugural Cornhole Tournament & Craft Beer Tasting Tour (Spouses Welcome)
Tuesday, October 24
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration Open, Networking & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 AM The Road to Plant of the Year
9:45 – 10:15 AM MATS and HCI Controls Requires More Power to the ESP
10:30 – 11:15 AM Xcel Energy Confined Space Rescue/Fire Department's viewpoint (Invited)
11:15 – 12:00 PM “A Changing Moment” (Invited)
Wednesday, October 25
7:30 – 11:30 AM NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility Tour (additional fee required)
(call Kim Arellano if you are interested in going on the Tour
Monday, October 23
3:15 PM New Life for Coal in the Western Power Mix?
This session will examine the first six months of the Trump Administration to suggest whether policy initiatives and regulatory shifts are opening new opportunities for coal-fired electric power generation. To what extent will coal-producing states such as Wyoming benefit from these policies? What are the implications for renewable portfolio standards and emission reduction goals across the region?
4:30–6:30 PM Opening Night Reception featuring the Inaugural Cornhole Tournament & Craft Beer Tasting Tour (Spouses Welcome)
After a long conference day, it is time to turn off your brain and turn on the fun! Get a taste of the local brews, including Nighthawk Brewery, Big Choice Brewing, and 4 Noses Brewing Company. Then with beer in hand, go head to head at the Cornhole Board for the Inaugural Cornhole Tournament. Will you take home the trophy?
Tuesday, October 24
9:00 AM The Road to Plant of the Year
Andy Waldrop, Georgia Power, Plant Scherer, Fuels Manager
Learn what it takes to be the best, hear from the PRB Coal Users’ Group “Plant of the Year” recipient Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer. Plant Scherer, one of the largest PRB coal fired power plants in the US, working hard to create an atmosphere of safety and efficiency throughout the plant. This presentation will show the steps taken to improve maintenance strategy, lighting and create a positive culture that launched them into the award-winning plant it is today.
9:45 AM More Power! - MATS and HCI Controls Requires More Power to the ESP
John A. Knapik, B&W ESP Controls Solution Consultant
The Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule requires coal-fired generating units to comply with emissions limits on filterable particulate matter (PM), acid gases (HCl), and mercury (Hg). The burning of low sulfur fuels, addition of lime-based sorbents for HCl control, and the reduction in SO3 for Hg control, can all tax the performance of the aging fleet of electrostatic precipitators (ESP). This paper discusses three projects in which low ripple three-phase power supplies (TPPS) were used as part of the solution in reducing the ESP PM emissions. TPPS have been used on coal- fired boiler ESPs in Europe for many years, and in the past three years, Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has more than 800 installations in China on cement kiln ESPs. This paper will identify the prime considerations when upgrading ESPs to achieve lower PM, HCl, and Hg emissions.
10:30 AM Xcel Energy Confined Space Rescue from a Fire Department's Viewpoint
Steve Aseltine, Division Chief of Training, West Metro Fire Department
Hopefully it's an uncommon occurrence when you need external help. You make the call; first responders arrive and take action. Then in the aftermath of an already bad situation involving fatalities, others are ready to judge both the first responders and the plant's actions and handling of a situation. Hear firsthand from a first responder the event that was featured in an U.S. Chemical Safety Board's investigation and what can a plant learn from this experience to better prepare for the future.
11:15 AM Coal Handling Presentation - “A Changing Moment”
Jim Wiseman, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, PRB Coal Users’ Group/President, Wiseman Consulting
The phone call that you never want but got! This presentation is a case study of a 1995 conveyor fire that shut down a major utility. Considering recent and continuing incidents involving conveyor fires, revisiting this significant event for an update on the discoveries, the causes, and the lessons learned so to prevent and to prepare for such an event.
Hear directly from the recipient of "the phone call," the lessons learned, and how one can apply the lessons so your phone doesn’t ring!
Interaction with your peers and the Board of Directors – we hope you will join your peers and the Board of Directors to hear “the best of the best” presentations and current topics along with time to network.
Omni Interlocken Resort
500 Interlocken Blvd
Broomfield, Colorado 80021
You can book your hotel online or call the Omni Interlocken Resort and mention Western Power Summit 2017.
The deadline to secure the discounted hotel rate is Friday, September 29, 2017 or until the hotel sells out.