For our loyal TransmissionHub subscribers, we’re offering a 15 percent registration discount for the upcoming TransForum West conference to be held at the Gaslamp Marriott in San Diego, Calif., on May 6-7.
The day-and-a-half event, keynoted by Lauren Azar, former senior advisor to former DOE Secretary Steven Chu, homes in on the most salient transmission industry issues in the Western Interconnection, from broad topics like implementing FERC Order 1000’s regional and interregional transmission planning requirements to local topics like the SONGS outage’s effect on resource adequacy and the transmission opportunities that may exist therein.
After Ms. Azar’s keynote, Keegan Moyer, WECC’s manager of transmission expansion planning, will help frame the day’s discussions with a presentation on the state of the Western Interconnection’s current and future needs. He will then join a full panel of transmission experts – Charlie Reinhold, WestConnect planning consultant, Gary DeShazo, the Cal-ISO’s director of regional coordination and infrastructure development, and Dave Angell, the Northern Tier Transmission Group’s planning committee chair – who will discuss how the region is, or isn’t, coalescing according to the mandates of Order 1000 and what other major influences are affecting transmission.
The Western Interconnection has access to some of the greatest renewable energy resources in the United States, and transporting that energy to markets in the West and East continues to be a main driver for new transmission lines. The panel “Integrating Renewable Energy,” with Bhaskar Ray, SunEdison’s senior director of engineering and design, Alex Landon, Clean Line Energy Partners’ associate, financing and strategy, and Judy Chang, principal The Brattle Group — will talk about present and future challenges.
Other panels include “Siting and Permitting in the West,” “Major Western Transmission Projects,” “Resource Adequacy in California and the Southwest” and “Executive Perspectives” as well as presentations on “Key Regulatory and Market Factors Affecting Transmission” and “Public Engagement and Advocacy.”
Other panelists include:
· Bob Smith, director of energy delivery asset management and planning, Arizona Public Service Co.
· Sean Naaykins, director of business development, Altalink
· Charles Adamson, project manager, transmission and distribution, Southern California Edison
· Laurie Dunham, vice president, Duke-American Transmission Company
· Lawrence Willick, senior vice president, LS Power Development
· Jan Strack, manager, grid planning, Regulatory and Economics Group, and acting manager, Generation Interconnection Group, Sempra Utilities
· And more!
The event also features numerous networking opportunities with fellow attendees who comprise a wide swath of industry professionals, from utility executives to EPC and consulting firms.
The venue and discussions provide the perfect networking opportunity to meet your colleagues and learn more about the issues that affect the transmission business every day. To take advantage of the TransmissionHub Subscriber discount, use promo code “THUB15″ when registering.