Electric Utility Industry Gathers at EUCG's Spring Workshop to Discuss
Benchmarking, Risk Management, Safety, Security and Trends
RESTON, Va., June 3, 2013
RESTON, Va., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Risk management, safety, security
and benchmarking were just a few of the issues examined by electric utility
industry leaders during the EUCG Spring Conference & Workshop in Nashville,
EUCG, a global association of energy and electric utility professionals, meets
semiannually to discuss current and emerging industry issues, share best
practices and exchange data for benchmarking purposes. The association is
celebrating its 40^th anniversary of service to the power generation industry.
"Risk management, safety and security are three major focuses of the electric
utility industry today," stated EUCG President George W. Sharp from AEP (NYSE:
AEP). "The educational sessions provided insightful, data-driven information
for our members to succeed today and confidently face the challenges of
The workshop's opening remarks were provided by Rob Manning, executive vice
president and chief energy delivery officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority
(TVA), who is responsible for all aspects of TVA's power transmissions
systems, customer relations and economic development. Manning described the
role of TVA as the nation's largest public power provider and its vision of
being one of the nation's leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by
2020. Additionally, Manning discussed TVA's drive to build a balanced
portfolio that allows for greater flexibility to use the most economical
source and said that the best performing utilities in the future would utilize
energy from many different sources.
Other featured guest speakers included Gerry Gorman, chief information officer
of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (NYSE: CAT), Francis Byrne,
manager of continuous improvement, Bridgestone Americas, and Jeff Cogen, chief
executive officer of the Nashville Predators. Their discussions focused on
driving business performance and improvement today while also looking toward
EUCG committees held Forums to discuss current events and what the future will
bring to the utility technologies. During all of the Forums, members were
encouraged to continue to pursue EUCG's mission to support discussion and
dialogue among everyone and to continue to raise the overall performance of
electric utilities. Highlights are as follows:
oNuclear Committee: The Nuclear Committee, chaired by David Ward of Duke
Energy (NYSE: DUK), explored areas including equipment reliability, outage
cost tracking methodologies, knowledge transfer, and the outlook for
nuclear energy in 2013.
oFossil Committee: Best performers were recognized including TVA and Lower
Colorado River Authority. "Human Performance Programs" and "Behavior-Based
Safety Programs" were discussed in a panel setting and highlighted the
oInformation Technology (IT) Committee: The IT Forum, chaired by Kathleen
Heffelfinger of PPL Corp (NYSE: PPL), focused on best practices and
benchmarking with an increased emphasis on security.
oHydroelectric Committee: Hydroelectric Committee Chairman Chris Utracki of
Ontario Power Generation presented the opening remarks and introductions
for the Forum. A featured presentation was "Powerhouse Maintenance Cost
Performance Measures Adjusted for Scale of Operations." Utracki and John
Schuknecht led this discussion on adjusting operational benchmarks for
factors outside of management control and benchmark discontinuities that
create ambiguities. Additionally, there were lively panel discussions on
"Project Justification" and "Strategic Planning" facilitated by Stephanie
Maggard of Pacific Gas & Electric (NYSE: PCG)
oTransmission and Distribution (T&D) Committee: Chaired by Jesse Medlock,
Oncor Electric, the T&D Committee had a successful meeting focusing on
sharing best practices and data. The committee has placed a new emphasis
on transmission in response to a need for a better and more comprehensive
product from the committee. "This is a very exciting time at EUCG for the
T&D committee. We, as a member owned and driven trade association, are
building something that will serve our industry well for the next decade"
The conference was held April 14-17 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown and
attracted more than 100 electric utility professionals from various utility
technologies from all over the world. "We were all very pleased with the
educational and networking opportunities of this workshop and conference. Our
workshop theme was 'Working in Harmony to Achieve Excellence.' Our attendees
are certainly poised to achieve excellence with the information and knowledge
gained at the meeting," Sharp said.
The next EUCG Conference will be held Sept. 22-25, 2013, at the Adolphus Hotel
in Dallas. For more information, please visit the EUCG website, www.eucg.org.
About EUCG: EUCG is a global non-profit association of energy and electric
utility professionals who discuss current and emerging industry issues, share
best practices and exchange data for benchmarking purposes. The 40 year old
association is organized into committees that represent specific utility
functions: Fossil, Nuclear, Hydroelectric, Transmission & Distribution, and
Information Technology. Members attend semiannual workshops that focus on
strategic planning, maintenance practices, operations management, outage
management and various other aspects of the electric utility business.
Membership is open to all utility companies and professionals worldwide.
Interested parties should contact Don Kaiser, EUCG Executive Director, at
703/234-4116 or Kaiser@eucg.org.
Contact: George W. Sharp, EUCG President, 614/552-2205, email@example.com
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