February 15th-February 16th, 2017 | Dallas, TX

Welcome to POWER's

Connected Plant Conference

February 15th-February 16th, 2017 | Dallas, TX

Digital Technologies Are Taking Over Power Plants—Ready or Not!

Next-generation digital technologies are already reshaping the power industry, far beyond the capabilities of now-standard distributed control systems. Do you understand the options and what’s at stake?


Terms like Industrial Internet, Industrie 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Digital Plant, and others are proliferating, but power plants are unlike all other plants. Aside from enabling other industrial plants to operate, power generation facilities are classified as critical infrastructure. That makes understanding the new digital technologies and capabilities especially important. Whatever buzzword you use, now is the time to begin developing your strategic digitization plan—or risk getting caught in a digital buzzsaw.


While other events are organized around new data-driven analytics products and services, the Connected Plant Conference is the only event focused exclusively on the power generation sector. POWER is planning an event that gives you everything you need to get a firm grasp on this new digital operating environment—and only what you need.


Whether you operate power generation assets in regulated or deregulated markets, you know that operating as efficiently as possible is imperative. Regardless of ownership structure, fleet size, or fuel, new digital cloud-computing operational and management tools are now available to help you squeeze more from your investments. Greater connectivity, paired with appropriate data management and analysis, can enable power generation facilities of any size and any technology to address challenges both large and small.

Essential Issues the Connected Plant Conference Will Address:

  • What is a connected plant, why would you want one, and how do you create one?
  • Using connected digital technologies to enhance reliability and profitability.
  • Using connected plant technologies to enhance worker safety & efficiency.
  • Using digital solutions for compliance.
  • Why IT/OT convergence is necessary and how to manage it.
  • Security concerns.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn about the latest plant, fleet, and business management capabilities enabled by new, digital technologies.
  • Meet generators who have adopted some of the latest connected plant tools.
  • Tell vendor representatives what challenges you face and what capabilities are on your wish list.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Visit an industry-leading power plant monitoring and diagnostics center, where you will see first-hand how data and analytics translate into operational excellence.

Who Should Attend

  • COOs, CIOs, CTOs, and CFOs
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Generation, IT, Operations, Engineering, and Procurement
  • Plant Managers, O&M Supervisors, and Outage Managers
  • Consultants, EPCs, and Owner’s Engineers
  • Technology, Product, and Service Solution Providers

What is a Connected Plant?

A message from Gail Reitenbach, Editor, POWER magazine


Agenda is subject to change

Wednesday, Feb 15

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  1. 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

  2. 8:30 am - 8:50 am

    Welcome Remarks

  3. 8:50 am - 9:40 am

    Opening Keynote: The Impact of the Industrial IoT on the Power Industry

    The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will dwarf even the Internet in scale and impact. For the first time, the IIoT brings the power of fast, intelligent computing to industrial-class field systems. The primary disruption---and opportunity---for the power industry lies in successfully navigating this revolution. This talk will explore the IIoT's impact on the power industry from huge hydropower plants to microgrids.

    - Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO, Real-Time Innovations

  4. 9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Networking Break

  5. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    What Is a Connected Power Plant?

    Deriving multiple benefits from a connected power plant requires more than a digital distributed control system. Speakers will discuss how power plants can move from “automation” to “connection," the advantages of a more-connected plant, and how to go about creating one.

    - Susan Maley, Principal Technology Leader, Cross Sector Technologies, EPRI

    Enhancing an Equipment Reliability Program with Smart, Connected Power Plant Assets.
    This presentation will discuss how the Industrial Internet of Things can greatly improve an electric utility company’s reliability program with advanced online condition monitoring to create a proactive approach that combines preventive, predictive, and reactive elements. It will discuss value that has been obtained thus far and also additional opportunities.
    - Michael Reid, General Manager of Technical Programs, Fossil Hydro Group, Duke Energy

    Power Generation: Age of Challenge and Innovation
    Many power generation utilities are facing significant cost and reliability challenges due to today’s energy market, gas prices, increasing renewables, and customer demands. To successfully meet these challenges, utilities will need to invest in and apply innovative new IIoT technologies that are drastically improving sensors, communications, interconnectivity, analytics, and data visualization.  
    - Bernie Cook, Executive VP Equipment Reliability Process and Technology, Woyshner Service Co.

  6. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Networking Lunch

  7. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Using Connected Digital Technologies to Enhance Reliability and Profitability

    Online monitoring and real-time data analysis can enable predictive maintenance to save on unnecessary scheduled outages and also avoid unplanned outages caused by deferred maintenance or unpredictable anomalies. Speakers will also address routine operational changes enabled by online monitoring, diagnostics, and analytics-based decision-support. This session will address benefits at the plant level plus the benefits of looking across a fleet, even if you operate in both regulated and deregulated markets.

    - Kasen Huwa, Sr. Manager, IT Service Delivery, Xcel Energy
    - Randy Bickford, CEO, Expert Microsystems
    - Stefan Bungart, Head of Digitalization, Power Generation Services, Siemens Energy

  8. 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Using Connected Plant Technologies to Enhance Worker Safety and Efficiency

    Using tablets for work orders, virtual reality applications for training, and apps for monitoring worker health and safety are just some of the ways new digital technologies are being used to ensure both safety and efficiency at power plants of all types. These and other connected plant technologies, including analytics that assist with decision-making, help generators support younger, leaner staffs.

    - Dr. John Simmins, Technical Executive, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Program, Power Delivery and Utilization Sector, EPRI

  9. 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Break & Load Bus

  10. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Site Tour: Luminant's Power Optimization Center

    Luminant, the largest generator in Texas, has developed a 24 x 7 remote monitoring, modeling, and diagnostics center that supports its entire fleet as well as other customers. Services range from detecting emerging issues to process cycle efficiency to cybersecurity. Whether you are considering your own remote MM&D operation or partnering with a third party, you'll want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to see first-hand how connected plant technologies come together to leverage data and expertise.

  11. 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Welcome Reception

    Sponsored by: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Thursday, Feb 16

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  1. 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Continental Breakfast

  2. 8:30 am - 9:20 am

    Using Digital Solutions for Compliance

    With the proliferating federal, state, and local environmental compliance requirements affecting virtually every plant in some way, every generator is looking for ways to handle monitoring, data collection, analysis, and reporting more efficiently. Speakers will detail specific solutions and talk about how to make the financial case.

    - Philip Black, Product Marketing Director, Wood Group Mustang

  3. 9:20 am - 9:40 am

    Networking Break

  4. 9:40 am - 11:00 am

    Managing IT/OT Convergence/Collaboration

    With a more-connected plant, information technology and operational technology staff and systems can no longer afford to be completely siloed. Whether you call it systems convergence or collaboration, breaking down the silos is essential to support superior operating and business results. Speakers will discuss how these two groups can help each other achieve greater success and security.

    Hey, you got your IT in my OT!
    Sound operational security approaches for when the lines between OT and IT start to blur.
    - Patrick Miller, Managing Partner, Archer Security Group

  5. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    Cybersecurity Concerns

    Talk about a connected plant and the Industrial Internet of Things necessarily raises the issue of cybersecurity. Digital capabilities are proliferating, so it's important to know  the right questions to ask before deploying a new  tool. Understand what needs to be, and what should be, local vs. in the cloud. Experts will address your best options for protecting against both known and emerging threats while enjoying the benefits of a more-connected plant.

    - Robert M. Lee, CEO and Founder, Dragos Security
    - Dr. Marina Krotofill, Lead Security Researcher, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security
    - Robert Putman, Wurldtech (a GE company)

  6. 12:15 pm

    Lunch Pickup & Adjourn


Welcome Reception Sponsor: Electric Power Research Institute

Media Partners



  • Randall (Randy) Bickford

    President and CTO
    Expert Microsystems
  • Philip Black

    Product Marketing Director
    Wood Group Mustang
  • Stefan Bungart

    Head of Digitalization, Power Generation Services
  • Bernie Cook

    Executive VP Equipment Reliability Process and Technology
    Woyshner Service Co.
  • Kasen Huwa

    Sr. Manager, IT Service Delivery
    Xcel Energy
  • Marina Krotofill

    Lead Security Researcher
    Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security
  • Robert M. Lee

    CEO and Founder
  • Susan Maley

    Principal Project Manager, Instrumentation, Controls, and Automation Program
    Electric Power Research Institute
  • Patrick C. Miller

    Managing Partner
    Archer Security Group
  • Robert Putman

    Wurldtech (a GE company)
  • Dr. Michael Reid

    General Manager of Technical Programs, Fossil Hydro Group, Duke Energy
    Duke Energy
  • Dr. Stan Schneider

    Real-Time Innovations
  • Dr. John J. Simmins

    Technical Executive
    Electric Power Research Institute


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5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206

This upscale boutique hotel is ideally situated between the Park Cities and Lakewood neighborhoods, with a complimentary shuttle within a four-mile radius, The Highland is ideally positioned for your Dallas adventure.

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