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  • Day One: 21 July
  • Day Two: 22 July
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Day One: 21 July (Central Time)

09:00-10:00 (60 mins)

Reflecting on 2020 so far and the road ahead for North American wind operations (with live Q&A)

  • Unpacking the challenges and disruption with managing and operating wind assets in 2020
  • Reflecting on evolving market conditions
  • Staying competitive - strategies to cut operational costs

John Gibson, VP Operations, Goldwind Americas
Ian MacRobbie, VP Operations, Liberty Power
Gerrud Wallaert, Senior VP Engineering, RWE Renewables

Moderator: Aaron Barr, Principal Consultant, Wood Mackenzie

10:00-10:15 (time mins)

Fresh insight on OPEX trends and market outlook

  • Explore how increased North American wind capacity will impact O&M strategies in the next 5 years
  • Uncover the implications for fixed and variable cost burdens following increases in economic curtailment
  • Benchmark your operations with the latest industry figures and analysis

Philip Totaro, CEO, IntelStor

10:15-11:00 (45 mins)

Data driven operations and performance management (with live Q&A)

  • Review the latest innovations and methodology for reducing OPEX with data management and analytics from collected data
  • Discuss how to identify and manage digital system quality
  • Understand how advanced analytics technologies are shaping the industry and what can be learned of recent successes or setbacks experienced by operators

Michael Nar, Analytics Lead, Data & Innovation, TransAlta
Ron Schoff, Senior Program Manager, EPRI
Kendra Williamson, Performance Management, EDP Renewables

Moderator: Stephen Dictor, Principal, Renewable Asset Partners

11:00-11:30 (30 mins)

It’s time for boardrooms to get a grip on digitalization (with live Q&A)

  • Explore the importance of an investment in asset management and monitoring software
  • Demonstrate how a versatile and future-proof platform can provide open, smart and autonomous management

Jonas Corné, CEO, Greenbyte

11:30-11:45 (15 mins)

When to start blade repair? Using “Drone Driven Data” to monitor defect growth

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Jay Choi, Co-founder and CEO, Nearthlab

11:45-12:30 (45 mins)

Raising standards in wind facility asset management - what does best practice look like? (with live Q&A)

  • Discuss strategies to optimize financial performance of operating wind assets in North America
  • Understand the value of diversified operating portfolio and how this can raise standards across the asset management function
  • Maintain consistent and high-quality asset management to maximize asset value manage the potential disruption of projects changing ownership 

Mary Moravec, Senior Associate Asset Management, Invenergy
Jeremy Law, VP Commercial Asset Management, Longroad Energy
Meghan Semiao, Senior Manager Wind Operations, sPower

Moderator: Bruce Hamilton, Director, Navigant

12:30-13:00 (30 mins)

Achieving Performance Gains Without Breaking Your Organization (with live Q&A)

  • Simple use cases and demonstrations how to monitor and fix performance issues at your wind farm
  • Value of report automation and delivery
  • How to setup your organization for success when dealing with digitalization

Brad Johnson, Lead Solutions Architect, Bazefield

13:00-14:00 (60 mins)

Winning Strategies For Managing NERC Regulatory Requirements (with live Q&A)

  • Leverage Technology to be Your Greatest Compliance Resource
  • The Value of Due Diligence to Reduce Your Regulatory Risk
  • Ready, Set, Audit! Get Successful Results Every Time

Evans Heacock, Office of NERC Compliance Director, Certrec
Michelle Thomas, Executive Director of Operations, Certrec
Chip Perkins, Executive Director Business Planning, Certrec

Day Two: 22 July (Central Time)

09:00-10:00 (60 mins)

Overcoming challenges in wind training and workforce management

  • Discuss how technology changed the way you and your company is training
  • Review how successful has the centralized vs. remote trainings movement been
  • Question does your company employ a "skills matrix" and how does training relate?

Samuel Akey, Operations Training Manager, Avangrid Renewables
Auston VanSlyke, Wind Training Manager, GE Renewable Energy
Chris DeLisle, Senior Training Manager, Goldwind Americas

Moderator: Shawn John Lamb, CEO US Operations, Danish Wind Power Academy Americas

10:00-10:45 (45 mins)

Strategy for Aging Assets (with live Q&A)

  • Explore how to extend asset lifetime beyond the original design life and operate sustainably through the next decade through a well thought out wind project repowering campaign
  • Ensure decisions on repowering, upgrading, or life-time extension consider all of the technical risks associated with repowering aging assets
  • Manage increasing risks that may arise with a repower and lifetime extension
  • Understanding the wind turbine repower options available in the market

Eric DeCristofaro, Project Manager, Sargent & Lundy
Rakesh Khan, Director, Technology Solutions, FDH Infrastructure Services
John Bosche, President, ArcVera Renewables

Moderator: Fernando Sosa, Director, Cushman & Wakefield

10:45-11:00 (15 mins)

Digitizing safety reporting on wind sites

  • Capture cloud based systems for safety and understand why we should be digitizing safety
  • Discuss the benefits to leadership with digitized safety reporting and COVID-19 considerations 

Matthew Macdonald, EHS Manager, Liberty Power

11:00-11:30 (30 mins)

Control centre operations - Path for cost reduction (with live Q&A)

  • Ensure compliance with reliability standards and operate at maximum efficiency
  • Steps for protecting staff and equipment with remote operations 
  • What's new in additional monitoring and services with control centres?

Brad Purtell, Director (Services BD), Invenergy
Gareth Brown, CEO, Clir Renewables
Julien Glover, Control Center Manager - O&M, Cypress Creek Renewables

11:30-12:00 (30 mins)

Assessing and mitigating cyber security risks on planned and operating assets

  • Data access, accountability, management and security challenges - who are the stakeholders and which existing cases have been successful?
  • Insurance - claims & warranties, how are existing failed claims affecting the insurance landscape for owners, and how can common mistakes be overcome?

John Franzino, CEO, GridSME

12:00-12:30 (30 mins)

Investigating wind project performance change with age

  • Understand key results, context and implications from advanced research in wind project performance change for 917 plants
  • Assess the methods and uncertainties used to draw key results - what does this mean for future performance change analysis?

Dev Millstein, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

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Bronze Sponsors

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