Register today: Combined conference for the Steam Turbine, Generator, and Combined Cycle Users Groups only a month away

Power Users Power Users group.3.20.15is bringing together at one location, and at the same time, the annual meetings of three premier users groups supporting systems and equipment required in addition to the gas turbine for simple-cycle, cogeneration, and combined-cycle plants. The Steam Turbine (STUG), Generator (GUG), and Combined Cycle Users Groups (CCUG) meet concurrently at San Antonio’s La Cantera Hill Country Resort, August 22-25.

Previously, the meetings were held independently. The big benefit to users with this arrangement is access to more information critical to plant operations and maintenance for the price of one plane ticket, hotel stay, and registration fee. The Power Users committee, chaired by Jake English of Duke Energy, has carefully organized the programs so attendees can transition between meetings to access topics of greatest interest without missing part of a presentation or discussion. Achieving this goal required countless hours of coordination among members of the steering committees for the three users groups (sidebar).

STUG steering committee

Chairman: Bert Norfleet, Dominion

Vice Chair: Eddie Argo, Southern Company

Jess Bills, SRP

Gary Crisp, NV Energy

Jay Hoffman, Tenaska Inc

John McQuerry, Calpine Corp

Lonny Simon, OxyChem

John Walsh, Sundevil Power


GUG steering committee

Chairman: Kent N Smith, Duke Energy

Vice Chair: Ryan Harrison, ATCO Power (Canada)

Leopoldo Duque Balderas, Comego SA de CV (Mexico)

John A Demcko, PE, Arizona Public Service Co

Dave Fischli, PE, Duke Energy

Joe Riebau, Exelon Power Generation

Jagadeesh N Srirama, PE, NV Energy

CCUG steering committee

Chairman: Steve Royall, PG&E

Vice Chair: Phyllis Gassert, Talen Energy

Dr Robert Mayfield, Tenaska Inc

Andy Donaldson, WorleyParsons

John Baker, Riverside Public Utilities

Brian Fretwell, Calpine Corp

Jimmy Daghlian, NV Energy

Planning your trip is easy. First step: Access the home page for the combined conference. The toolbar on the left side of your screen allows you to access the conference registration page (deadline for early-bird rate is July 21) with one click and hotel registration (deadline for preferred room rate is July 29) with another. But perhaps most important is the “Agenda” button, which takes you to the detailed printable program. It provides an overview of the presentations and discussions for the three user-group programs side by side—invaluable for planning purposes. Print a copy and begin making notes.

Note that the conference technical program begins early Monday afternoon and concludes around 3 p.m. Thursday. Right planning; attendees can attend the full meeting with only three hotel nights and without giving up their Sunday.

The technical program kicks off with each user group hosting three solid half-hour presentations by owner/operators beginning at 2:45 p.m. The second halves of the afternoon sessions are deep dives on topics of importance to users by engineers from EthosEnergy Group. Important to note is that this is not a general session where everyone gets to listen to at least some material they don’t want to hear. EthosEnergy has worked with the individual steering committees to customize content for each of the three audiences and encouraged to address specific critical topics—such as rotor life extension in the CCUG track.

The first day concludes with a welcome reception and dinner—a prime networking opportunity.

Tuesday starts with two hours of technical presentations by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas and MD&A customized for each group, as EthosEnergy did Monday afternoon. Remainder of the day’s program is a mixture of user and vendor presentations—each designed for one or more 30-min time slots. Example: The water chemistry session in the afternoon is scheduled for an hour and a half because of its broad coverage—treatment of cooling water, boiler makeup, and condensate.

Tuesday highlights include presentations of CCUG’s 2016 Individual Achievement Awards and the Generator User Group’s Maughan Award at lunch. Plus, the all-important vendor fair, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday is GE Day, with presentations tailored to the needs of each user group. Day concludes with an offsite GE event.

Thursday is dedicated to user presentations and discussion.

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