Continuous learning a core value of power industry expert gathering in February
January 16, 2019
By Randy Grass
Early in each new year, POWER presents an exclusive gathering of experts who provide participants a chance to gain additional technical knowledge and industry insights. We developed the Power Delivery Design Conference (PDDC) to help each of us solve our daily challenges in the power deliver business.
The 2019 PDDC will be held Feb. 27-28 in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. Each conference features a keynote address by an outstanding industry leader and this year is no exception. Jim Greer, executive vice president and COO of Oncor Electric Delivery, will present on “Oncor’s Future Plans and Perspective on the Texas Energy Market.” For Oncor, Greer oversees all distribution and transmission planning, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and operations, as well as performance management and continuous improvement activities.
The PDDC has grown from fewer than two dozen participants at the first gathering in 1991 to nearly 300 in 2018 in part because of its focus on the practical. POWER’s folks have proudly participated in many industry and professional conferences and we’ve gained a clear understanding of what attendees are looking for in such gatherings.
Continuous learning has been a core value of PDDC from the beginning, and we want participants to walk away with specific actions that they can take to improve their businesses when they return to work. Those attending the conference:
- Find new ways to cut costs, streamline operations and drive change to help the bottom line.
- Earn professional development hours to maintain professional licensure. POWER is an authorized provider for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. Professional development hours can be earned during the event.
- Network with peers and highly respected industry leaders to benchmark and learn what they’re doing to solve similar problems and launch innovative solutions.
Every PDDC is unique, but each one always features technical and general sessions on overhead and underground transmission lines, substations and electrical systems studies. The conference mix also includes a discussion of timely issues in the industry. Among the many session topics this year:
- The Impacts of DER on the Utility Business Model and the Grid
- Challenging Modeling Scenarios that Require Non-Traditional Analysis Methods
- Mobile STATCOM: The World’s First Fully Mobile STATCOM as a New Construction, Operations and Restoration tool for Dominion Energy
- Substation Information Modelling in the Digital Age
- Reconductoring High-Pressure, Fluid-Filled Cables
- Dielectric Material Properties and Design Parameters for Extruded XLPE High and Extra High Voltage Cables
You still have time to sign up for this year’s conference. Utility managers and engineers who would like to attend PDDC, may call their POWER contact, or click here to request more information. You also can find more info on the PDDC website.
We continually develop new ideas to make the conference more valuable to participants. If there’s a topic you’d like to see included in next year’s conference, email our conference coordinator Sara McClarin with your ideas.
About the Author:
Randy Grass is a professional engineer, Senior Vice-President and Division Manager of POWER’s Power Delivery Project Management Team. In his 21 years at POWER, he also has been Division Manager of Power Delivery’s Engineering Team. He works out of POWER’s St. Louis office. Get in touch with him at