Transmission & Distribution and Vegetation Management Joint Conference

Online

This conference will explore the best available information about the impact of innovative technologies on the operation and maintenance of utility transmission and distribution assets. The emergence of interconnected  information and control systems demands new technologies for integrated system monitoring and testing. The focus will be on the application of these technologies, particularly to overhead line maintenance and operations. The discussion will range from state of the art research to firsthand accounts of the benefits of using these new technologies in the utility setting.

Themes: 

  1. Condition Assessment 
  2. New Inspection & Maintenance Techniques 
  3. Information Management 
  4. Maintenance Prioritization

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT EVENT OVERVIEW:

Power utilities and their customers are consistently asking far more of transmission and distribution vegetation management programs than in the past. In an effort to promote improved customer service through safety and reliability, liabilities associated with extreme weather and fire risks are now at the front and center of most vegetation management strategic discussions. In taking more aggressive steps to ensure system performance, effective communication to stakeholders remains essential to support the evolution of program strategies. Vegetation managers are directing budgets to removing more trees by eliminating edge-trees and, in some cases, initiating new standards for wider easements to accommodate future practices. Coupled with these efforts is the need to recognize the ecological significance of the ROW on the environment and the impact project work may have, beneficial or otherwise. There remains a need to find balance between potentially aggressive project tactics to prevent loss of power with those for conserving the ecological integrity and use of the land.

Reciprocal reactive goals remain a valid opportunity to manage customer expectations within the realm of vegetation management programs. Targets for addressing customer concerns are, in some cases, determined to be an additional aspect to a preventative program; however, they are a critical aspect of managing a vast array of customer concerns. A great deal of work order software has been developed in accordance with internal, utility-specific processes; however, ensuring the efficient use of funds for managing each individual concern remains complex.

A common vision with long-term objectives remains an important first step in ensuring an alliance between corporate management, vegetation management program teams and their contractors, and the public at large. Agreement on shared outcomes is critical for budgeting, contractor suitability, stability, and customer service. The perspective that all ROWs should be leveraged for environmental integrity in addition to safety and reliability is becoming an integral aspect of planning. This ideology has led to positive outcomes and opportunities for preventative condition-based management, optimized spending, and environmental sustainability, which to a certain extent were not envisioned under historical cyclical regimes.

A great deal of data is critical to support a utility’s vision. Investigation will continue into current technologies for data gathering, ascertaining how data can be leveraged, and perhaps most importantly, how it can be transferred between the owner and third parties for work management. Data gathering is the critical first step, and undertaking it efficiently is essential. The second natural step is collecting pertinent information and sharing it digitally, and many paperless applications are being developed to ensure its effective use, often resulting in real-time reporting.

Themes: 

  1. Catastrophic Risk Mitigation
  2. Program Management 
  3. Environmental Opportunities – ROW as an Ecological Asset 
  4. Support Technologies
Event Sponsors

Supporting Industry Partners

Welcome/Plenary

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As the Transmission & Distribution and Vegetation Management Conference tracks will be co-located, all attendees will have full access to attend all sessions from both tracks.

This conference is an industry open event, with registration available to:

  • Transmission and Distribution Managers and Supervisors
  • Transmission and Distribution Engineers and Engineering Supervisors
  • Electric Utilities
  • Consultants, Service Providers, and Contractors
  • Consultants and Contractors from Other Industries with Examples of and Experience with the Application of These Themes
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Vendors
  • Research Facilities and Laboratory Personnel
  • Academics

CEATI Program Participants

AltaLink

Ameren Corporation

American Electric Power

American Transmission Company

Arizona Public Service Company

ATCO Electric

Avangrid Networks

Avista Corporation

BC Hydro

Bonneville Power Administration

California ISO

Central Hudson Gas and Electric

ComEd/Exelon

Con Edison Inc.

Duke Energy

ELES

ENMAX Power Corporation

Entergy Services

EnWin Utilities Ltd.

EPCOR

ESB (Electricity Supply Board)

Eugene Water and Electric Board

Exelon

FirstEnergy Corporation

Florida Power and Light

FortisBC Inc.

Great Lakes Energy

Hetch Hetchy Water and Power

Hydro One Networks Inc.

Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro-Quebec

Israel Electric Corporation

London Hydro

Manitoba Hydro

Merced Irrigation District

Nalcor Energy

National Grid

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

New Brunswick Power

New York Power Authority

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Newfoundland Power Inc.

Nova Scotia Power Inc.

Oncor Electric Delivery

Orange and Rockland Utilities

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Powerlink Queensland

PPL Electric Utilities

Public Service Electric and Gas Company

Salt River Project

San Diego Gas and Electric Company

Saskatoon Light & Power

SaskPower

Seattle City Light

Southern California Edison

Southern Company

Tacoma Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

TEPCO

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

TransGrid

Transpower New Zealand Ltd

Tucson Electric Power Company


Presenter Timeline

Abstracts due: 1 June 2021

Presenter award/regret notifications: 14 June 2021

Presenter acceptance of opportunity due: 18 June 2021

Deadline for draft presentations: 1 October 2021

Deadline for registration: 15 October 2021

Deadline for final presentations: 4 November 2021


Presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth by CEATI International:

  • Presentations should follow a utility case study format: consultants, service providers, contractors and vendors are encouraged to present by partnering with a utility to provide real-life examples and experiences pertaining to the conference topics.
  • The level of maturity of asset management programs varies widely across the AMIG and SAMP membership. During the abstract review process, the CEATI Steering Committee may follow up with requests for presentation content to be framed to certain levels of maturity.
  • Presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint (PPT) format using a 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF) format
  • Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each slide
  • Each presenter will be allocated 40 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

Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.

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By participating in the CEATI event, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or for any other purpose(s) that CEATI deems fit to use. You release CEATI, its officers, directors, employees and consultants, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, distribution, or publication of photographs, computer images, video and/or audio recordings.

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Professional Development

Professional Development Hours for CEATI Conferences

Did you know that you could be eligible to use your CEATI conference attendance towards professional development hours? A Certificate of Attendance is available to all conference attendees – simply check with your local accreditation body for more details on how to apply it to their requirements.

Young Professionals

The CEATI Young Professionals Group (YPG) is a networking, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support group of inspiring professionals who are new to the electric utility industry. All are welcome, but the target audience is those with less than 10 years of experience in the industry. The YPG virtual networking event on October 18 will provide a focused, industry-open forum for young professionals to network with their peers across the energy sector, discuss common challenges, and share experiences and strategies for positive career growth.

Sign up for this event by emailing yp@ceati.com.

Online Platform

The conference will be hosted online and mirror our in-person event with seamless transitions between activities, including:

  • Multiple sessions with technical presentations
  • Breakout rooms for interactive discussions
  • Event-wide and room-based live chat with presenters and other attendees
  • Impromptu one-on-one video calls with other attendees
  • Side discussions with up to four other attendees
  • Exhibition booths

The conference will be held virtually this year using Hopin, we will be holding an Orientation Session on November 1st, 2021 for all attendees and presenters. The Orientation will provide attendees with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Hopin platform. There will also be dedicated presenter practice sessions based on which session you are presenting in (details to come!).

Attendees will be invited and required to set up a free Hopin account to complete their registration for this event. Hopin system requirements:

  • Minimum Internet speeds of 5mbps for download and 2mbps for upload are recommended
  • Use of Chrome or Firefox is recommended – make sure your browser is up-to-date
  • Webcam and microphone (to participate in breakout sessions and one-on-one video calls)
  • Disabling use of any VPN, as VPNs can cause internet instability and negatively impact user experience

Location and accommodations