MinMax has been invited by APPA to speak to its members at its annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference on April 7, 2014 in Oklahoma City. Dr. Nand Singh and Mr. Steve Mauser from MinMax will be discussing the state of substation asset management and their maintenance in a small size utility environment.
Substation Maintenance and Modernization
Substations are one of the most critical utility assets and many utilities struggle with the costs to maintain and modernize these complex assets.
At the conference, attendees will hear about a cloud-based asset management program implemented at one utility to reduce maintenance costs and extend equipment life, while remaining compliant with regulations. Attendees will also hear about one utility’s challenges and lessons learned from a substation modernization project that was required when an older substation could no longer be cost-effectively maintained.
The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the national service organization representing not-for-profit, community-owned electric systems. More than 2,000 public power systems serve about 15 percent of the national electric consumers, or about 45 million people in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. Most of the systems are owned by municipalities, with others owned by states, counties, or public utility districts. Most public power systems are in communities with populations of 10,000 or less. However, public power systems also serve some of the nation’s largest cities, such as Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Austin, San Antonio, Nashville, Memphis, Cleveland, Omaha, and Orlando.
About the Engineering & Operations Technical Conference
The Engineering & Operations Technical Conference attracts more than 250 attendees and is one of six major meetings APPA conducts annually. The conference is targeted to the employees of municipal utilities working in the areas of communications and control, environment, generation and fuels, safety, system planning, and transmission and distribution, and supply management. Attendees are typically engineering, operations, managerial, and other electric utility personnel. They come from public power systems across the country and have the common goal of returning to their communities with new ideas and enthusiasm for serving their customers.