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- Add to Calendar10/07/2021 4:00 PM10/06/2021 5:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkData Driven Vegetation Management for Utilities [an Energy Central PowerSession™] In this PowerSession, learn about how Entergy and Portland General Electric handle vegetation management and then learn about new data-driven tools that are available to effectively and efficiently improve vegetation management.
- Aug 23, 2021
In this PowerSession, learn about how Entergy and Portland General Electric handle vegetation management and then learn about new data-driven tools that are available to effectively and efficiently improve vegetation management.
Oct 7, 2021
4:00 PM EDT
Electric utilities across North America work hard each day to serve their customers with clean, safe, reliable, and affordable power. New and emerging technologies are enhancing and improving the way utilities perform in an increasingly complex regulatory environment with always changing customer expectations.
Vegetation management is something that regulators and customers are heavily engaged in. Regulators care about system reliability and resiliency, the ability to withstand high impact, low probability events, and customers care about their trees and streetscapes.
Learn about how Entergy and Portland General Electric handle vegetation management and then learn about new data-driven tools that are available to effectively and efficiently improve vegetation management by turning data, into information and, ultimately, action in the field where it matters most.
- Learn about the latest electric utility vegetation practices and the various types of data that can be used to improve efficiencies and, ultimately, system reliability.
- Discover how electric utilities can start to implement a more data-driven vegetation management program and who in the organization is best suited to be involved.
- Explore what kind of real world results in crew safety, customer service and system reliability can be expected when better use of vegetation management data informs decisions in the field.
- Answer why now. Why should electric utilities start now with better data driven decisions? What are other utilities doing and what do customers, regulators and other stakeholders expect in 2021?
Who Should Attend:
- Utilities and their contractors that seek to enhance vegetation management practices to cost effectively improve electric system safety and performance.
Mike Beehler has nearly 40 years of electric T&D experience at Tucson Electric Power, Hawaiian Electric Company and Burns & McDonnell. He is educated as a civil/structural engineer and is a registered professional engineer in eight states. He currently is the founding member and Chief Opportunity Officer of Mike Beehler & Associates, LLC and serves as the National Spokesman for the Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative https://www.pdi2.org/. Mike is a Fellow in ASCE and a Member of CIGRE and IEEE.
Larry Bekkedahl, VP, PGE
Larry Bekkedahl is responsible for advancing PGE’s strategy to build the grid of the future — one that is resilient, smart, and delivers a clean energy future.
He oversees PGE’s strategic system architecture and system upgrades which will serve as the foundation for the smart grid of the future. In addition, he is responsible for Customer Product development, Utility Operations, and Operations Support. These efforts drive system integration and operations, smart cities, transportation electrification, enabling distributed energy resources, energy storage, dispatchable standby generation, transmission system performance and market interfaces, as well as research and development.
Dale Oliver, P.E. CEO/Owner Gridwork Advisors, LLC (recently retired VP at Entergy)
Dale Oliver is CEO and owner of Gridworx Advisors LLC, a consulting firm providing executive advisory services for utility contractors, private equity, and utilities. His utility experience spans 40 years, with Georgia Power, Progress Energy, Power Grid Engineering, and Entergy. Dale has held executive positions in transmission and distribution, with a focus on field operations, construction, engineering, and project management.
Dale has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, and Georgia.
Jake is a data management, analytics, and mobile computing expert who has managed, marketed, and advised people regarding technology solutions for the energy industry (among others) for several decades.
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