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EUCI - Transmission Expansion in the West - Scottsdale, Az.

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The need and importance of new electricity transmission is a hotly debated topic as it involves issues associated with climate change, economic security and development, and the integration of renewable resources. This is especially true in the western United States where demand is growing and opportunities abound to attach renewable energy sources to the grid. In addition, new transmission will increase efficiency, provide a more reliable energy delivery system, and will encourage a more diverse and efficient energy supply for the western U.S. and the nation as a whole.

This EUCI conference will highlight solutions to address the most current issues in western transmission expansion. Increased regulations in interstate transmission planning and increased costs have a huge impact. All the while, interest in integrating renewable resources into transmission planning has also increased. How will the ends meet? This conference will explore these issues in-depth with the organizations that must work together to ensure new transmission can be built to meet the challenge of providing enough green power for the West.

April 7-8, 2014

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85253

Learning Outcomes:

- Analyze how WestConnect implements FERC Order 1000 and the specifics of transmission development both regionally and inter-regionally

- Review renewable development issues, transmission study process and interconnection challenges in securing transmission capacity on the grid to connect renewable energy resources

- Discuss the Western Area Power Administration's transmission infrastructure program

- Apply challenges and lessons learned from the CREZ transmission project

- Identify key challenges and solutions with both interstate and multiple partner transmission projects

- Discuss HA-NG2 transmission project planning and development processes

- Compare best practices for transmission projects supporting the integration of renewable resources into current projects

- Review the design and costs involved with HVDC transmission projects in the west

- Discuss how diversity of wind mitigates the cost of integration relative to variable renewable resources


Ali Amirali, Senior Vice President, Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC

Bhaskar Ray, Senior Director - Transmission & Interconnection Planning, SunEdison

Bob Smith, Director, Energy Delivery Asset Management and Planning, Arizona Public Service

Brian Furumasu, Senior Project Manager, POWER Engineers

Cindy Smith, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Planning Group (EPG)

Dave Corbus, Laboratory Program Manager, Electricity Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jennifer Rouda, Senior Project Manager, CH2M Hill

John Sullivan, Director of Transmission Projects, Portland General Electric

Loyd Drain, Executive Director, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA)

Mike DeWitt, Manager- Substation Design & Transmission Construction Projects, Arizona Public Service

Robert Wood, Vice President and Program Manager, URS AEP, TBD

Stacey Harris, Western Area Power Administration

Tom Wray, Project Manager, SunZia Project

Additional Information & Reservation:

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


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The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

7200 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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