Engineering & Operations Conference and Expo

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May 13 - 14, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Manchester
(700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101)


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Join your colleagues and industry partners for 1.5 days of educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities at NEPPA's Engineering & Operations Conference and Expo being held Monday, May 13, 2019 - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, Mancester, NH.



(agenda details are still being finilized and are subject to change) 


Click here to download the on-site agenda (updated 5/9/2019).


EO Conference Tracks

Operations Track    |    Management Track    |    Engineering Track



Monday, May 13, 2019
7:30 AM           Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Move-in


8:30 AM           General Session - Kidjacked

by Scott Lesnick, CSP, Successful Business Solutions


Imagine how much the guy who figured out a way to rescue his two small children when they were kidnapped to the Middle East can teach you about resilience, perseverance and seeing the big picture in your professional and personal life. You keep people safe and secure. And, you know how to perform when an emergency occurs. So do I!  


I amazingly devised a daring plan to reunite with my two small children who were kidnapped to the Middle East. No laws required them to be returned! This proved to be a significant test of both my resolve and the strength of my conviction. Join me in recounting this harrowing journey and come away inspired!


9:30 AM           Break

9:45 AM           Breakout Sessions



Balancing Act: Achieving Financial Stability & Climate Goals Through Strategic Electrification

by Chris Roy, General Manager, Belmont Municipal Light Department


This session provides an overview of how strategic electrification can accomplish utility climate objectives and grow financial stability.



OSHA Standards & Compliance Panel

Facilitated by Randall Surprenant, Groton Utilities


Michael (Mike) Flannagan, MA Dept of Labor and Standards
Adam Henson, Safety & Occupational Health Specialist, US Dept. of Labor – OSHA
Michael Pazzanese, CUSP, Peabody Municipal Light Plant
Ken Tucker, Director, Connecticut OSHA (CONN-OSHA)


This panel session will ask a series of questions about OSHA standards and compliance as it relates to the electric utility industry and will have an open Q&A session as well.



Outages Data Initiative

by John Simmins, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


10:45 AM            Break & Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 AM            Breakout Sessions



Successfully Blending the Five Generations

by Scott Lesnick, CSP, Successful Business Solutions

Successfully Blending the Five Generations currently in the workplace can be a tall order. Your leadership is essential in assisting all employees to better understand one another!


Our goal is to help support happier, more productive employees while also maintaining a company- wide focus. Around the globe, today’s business can have up to 5 different generations working side by side. And, productivity can decrease if your staff doesn’t understand the unique characteristics and talents each person/generation brings.


This interactive presentation covers strategic methods of improving employee morale, improving operational efficiency, increasing employee retention and improving employee productivity; how to find it, how to harness it and how to keep it. Important in all lines of work!  Millennials and generation Z get a special nod in this presentation- you’ll see why they deserve it in this fun, informative and fast paced session!



Green Power Safety

by Will White, Instructor & Curriculum Developer, Solar Energy International


This session will explore the hazards and safe working practices around solar and green power energy installations on residential and commercial systems.



Solar PV & Battery Storage Workshop

by Rodger Lemos, Senior Principal Stantec Consulting Services


This workshop is a technology agnostic methodology on how to develop and construct a solar PV plus battery storage project. It presents what a municipal electric company should do to determine the location, size, and configuration of a project to reduce electrical energy bought from the grid as well as storage to shift solar production to peak afternoon demand. This is a primer for how a muni electric should approach the project from scratch to fully design, develop, permit, and construct a solar PV + battery storage project.


12:00 PM           Lunch in the Exhibit Hall


 1:00 PM            Breakout Sessions/Demos



Hybrid Bucket Trucks Presentation & Demo

by Ben Sewell, Altec Industries, Inc.



Distribution Coordination: Impacts of DER

by Jeff Fenn, SGC Engineering


 2:00 PM            Breakout Sessions/Demos



Suspension Trauma

by Bud Caldwell, Bashlin Industries


This presentation and demo addresses Suspension Trauma in case of a “Fall Event”.  The topics covered include:

        • Definition of suspension trauma
        • Mitigating damage and potentially deadly effects
        • Relief from suspension trauma
        • What can the “conscious worker” do to help alleviate Suspension Trauma
        • Products that can help lessen effects of Suspension Trauma
        • Self Rescue methods for getting to the ground after a suspended fall event
        • Evacuation of a disabled aerial work platform*Methods and products available for getting to the ground



Utility Location – Cable Locating 101

by John Finucane, Schonstedt Instrument Company


The session and demo will focus on how magnetic locators work, how it applies to the utility industry.  The session will also explore functions of a multi-frequency pipe and cable locator with an inductive clamp.


3:30 PM            Adjourn & Exhibitor Breakdown/Load Out


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
7:30 AM           Breakfast 

8:30 AM           Breakout Sessions



Insulate and Isolate: Rubber Gloving & Sleeves

by Dennis Regele, Northeast Public Power Association; Ed Tillgren, Hydron, Inc.; Jody Stockwell, Irby Utilities


This session covers the importance of rubber gloving and sleeves.  In addition to a presentation and discussion, Hydron, Inc. and Irby Utilities will showcase some of their rubber goods.



Applications of Augmented Reality in the Electric and Gas Industries

by Dan Arczynski, Index AR Solutions


This session explores Application of Augmented Reality best practices in the Electric and Gas Utility Industries.  Index AR will show multiple applications from substation situational awareness to step by step troubleshooting on complex equipment.


 9:00 AM           NEPPA Board of Directors Meeting


 9:30 AM           Break 


 9:45 AM            Breakout Sessions



Proper Selection, Use Care and Maintenance of Flame Resistant Arc Rated Clothing

by Brandon Iverson , VF Workwear


There is still a lot of misleading, inaccurate and incorrect information regarding Selecting the proper FR Clothing - OSHA 1910.132 makes it clear that training on PPE is required. How do you train on FR clothing? What is your responsibility for care and maintenance of your FR clothing? We will cover what guidance is provided by the standards and review best practices in selecting, using and caring for your FR clothing to assist in your organization being compliant.


Per OSHA “Flame-Resistant (FR) Clothing is required under 29 CFR 1910.132 and is also mentioned in other sections of the OSHA standards. Flame Resistant clothing is used in the petroleum industry, electrical industry, O&G Exploration and other types of industries where there is a danger of a worker being injured by the various thermal hazards.



Engineering Roundtable


11:00 AM           Conference Adjourns


If you would like a Printable AgendaClick Here


 Thank you to our Conference Sponsors! 


Platinum Sponsors: 

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Silver Sponsor: 


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 Bronze Sponsor:


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Please click on the link to register online or download the appropriate forms below.


Attendee registration    Exhibitor registration  Sponsor registration


Click here to download the Attendee Registration Form.


Click here to download the Exhibitor Registration Form.


Click here to download the Sponsor Registration Form.




If you need overnight accommodations, please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.  Be sure to mention the Northeast Public Power Association or NEPPA to get the negotiated rate.  Rooms and rates are held until Monday, April 22, 2019.

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Manchester - $149/night + tax
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 625-1000


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Questions? Please call the office at (978) 540-2200.