2018 Speakers

Defining a New Relationship Between IT, Operations and Engineering

This session will consist of a discussion of the ever-evolving relationship between IT, Operations and Engineering, which leads to the question, “Where are we at and where do we need to be moving forward?”

Bryan Wrede

Moderator: Bryan Wrede

Director of IT, Carroll White REMC

Bryan started as a consultant, working with companies spanning multiple verticals on projects and implementations for over 10 years before moving into the medical field. For the last five years, Bryan has worked in the IT Department at Carroll White REMC, converting their server infrastructure to a virtual platform, overhauling the network infrastructure and creating their backup and disaster recovery plan.

Steve Kahle

Engineering Manager, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative

Steve joined Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative in Paulding, Ohio in 2008 as a Staking Engineer. In 2018, he was promoted to his current role as Engineering Manager where he supervises the Engineering, Staking, Metering, Mapping, and Dispatch Departments. He holds a B.S. from The Ohio State University.

Joe Priestley

Director of Technical Services, Corn Belt Energy Corporation

Joe has spent the past 15 years in healthcare as IT director and CIO positions before finding joy working in the cooperative world. He focused primarily in the networking, project management and executive management roles. Joe has held numerous industry certifications, including CCNP, CCDP, CISSP and MCSE, and has a background in programming.

Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

IT Manager, Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative

Todd has worked as the IT Manager at PPEC for the last 2 years. Previously, he worked in the banking industry for 17 years as a Network Manager as well as the IT Help Desk Manager. Todd is certified in networking and security. He enjoys being in the outdoors, fishing, hunting and playing golf. Todd is married and has 4 daughters and 7 grandchildren.

Pushing Your Corporate Cloud to the Field: Leveraging Cellular Networks

In this session, we will discuss how Kosciusko REMC utilized Verizon’s cellular network to provide their Engineering and Operations Department access to more information in the field using a mixture of Apple iPad’s and Laptops.

Curt Barkey

Curt Barkey

Manager of Information Technology, Kosciusko REMC

When Curt started working for KREMC in 2008, he was hired to begin the implementation of an aggressive five-year technology plan that included implementing a Geographic Information System, Outage Management, and Automated Metering Infrastructure as core technologies to Engineering and Operations.

He is actively involved in his community serving as the Vice President for Kosciusko County Velo (KCV Cycling) helping to expand their bicycle friendly status and a co-director for Fat and Skinny Tire Fest an all size tire bicycling event held annually in May.

Leveraging “Big Data” at a Co-op: How AMI Enhances the Enterprise as a Whole

From the first implementations, the story of AMI data has not matched the reality.  The promise of efficiency gains and operational intelligence have largely been lost because “no one has the time to look at all that data.”  The truth is, it is because collecting the data is only the beginning and what we are failing to do is take the next step into the realm of data science.  Here we will discuss some first steps that can be taken to both support the argument for greater resources as well as alter your mindset behind data analytics.  Changing mindsets and culture are the requirement in order for the story and reality to converge.

Eric Jung

President/CEO, Northeastern REMC

Eric became the President/CEO at Northeastern REMC in April 2017. Eric previously served as the Manager of Engineering and Purchasing at SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative (SEIEC), where his responsibilities included managing the engineering, dispatch, metering and warehouse departments, along with serving as the primary contact for SEIEC’s key accounts. Eric has also served in the U.S. Army as a Finance Officer where he was the Company commander of 86 people and Operations Center Director for Battalion command.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in power systems, as well as an MBA, both from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


Pros and Cons of Hyperconverged Systems

John Plahitko will give an overview of Tipmont REMC’s recent project, in which they migrated from a typical 3-2-1 stack to a Storage Spaces Direct hyperconverged solution. Jon Rich will discuss his recent experiences with hyperconverged systems at Jasper County REMC.  This discussion will provide insights that might help you decide if hyper-converged is right for your cooperative.

John Plahitko

Network Architect, Tipmont REMC

John has over 15 years of IT experience and is currently the network architect at Tipmont REMC.

Jon Rich

IT System Administrator, Jasper County REMC

Jon holds a B.S. in computer science with a minor in management. 

He recently managed Jasper County’s software conversion to NISC, which utilized many facets of his fourteen years of IT experience.

He is excited to share how combining the hypervisor, storage and computing in a single solution could work for your cooperative.

When & How to Upgrade an AMR System

AMI metering – Technology, Communication architecture and Software back office: What you need to know about the various solutions.

Gary Moody

Gary F. Moody

Regional Sales Director, Aclara

Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University. He has over 25 years’ experience in the utility sector as an executive, leading his direct sales team and various channels to market to win in the competitive world of SmartGrid. This has been accomplished by tenaciously building new business, securing customer loyalty and forging strong mutually beneficial relationships with business partners.

Gary is currently a Regional Sales Director for the Central region for ACLARA Technologies. He is responsible for all Aclara solutions including AMI, Grid Monitoring, Software Integrations and Data Analytics.

Gary is a regular speaker at conferences around North America on topics such as: advanced metering, wireless communications technology, data monitoring, AMR/AMI and software back-office solutions.  He served as Chair of the Great Lakes Electrical Meter School (GLEMS) Track 4 – The Advanced Session for a decade earning him the prestigious Hall of Fame award in 2013.

TeraWatt Sponsor Breakout - NRTC

ENGIE and NRTC will present on energy storage in the cooperative context. Major topics include:

  • Intro to grid-scale energy storage systems: definitions, applications, etc.
  • Energy storage market update: Where is pricing now? How is it projected to move in the future? What are the major suppliers?
  • Creating value with energy storage in three contexts: paired with renewables, utility/distribution-scale, and member partnerships
  • Controls, software, functionality, and integration with co-op networks
  • Q&A, general discussion

Bill Francis

Business Development Manager, ENGIE North America

Bill develops energy storage and PV+ES projects ENGIE. He is responsible for financial modeling, pricing, and revenue optimization for energy storage services. Bill’s experience at ENGIE includes a year in Finance, during which time the business unit closed a 70+ MW portfolio financing. Prior to ENGIE, Bill was a Senior Analyst at AEP Energy, the competitive retail supply arm of American Electric Power. During his tenure there, he worked in risk management, pricing, operations, and technical sales. Bill holds a BS in Sustainability from Arizona State University.

TeraWatt Sponsor Breakout - G&W

G&W Automated Script and Model base Solutions with overview of Open Loop, Closed Loop, Automatic Source Transfer, and Distributed Energy Resources (DER).

Michael LaBianco

Michael LaBianco

Regional VP Midwest, G&W Electric

Mike is a Mechanical Engineer that has been working in the Electrical Power industry for the past 25 years. His  career started with ComEd at Powerton Station in Pekin, IL. Over the past 15 years, Mike has led the Viper technical development team, managed G&W global products as a Director, and currently is the Regional Vice President for the Midwest region.

TeraWatt Sponsor Breakout - Utility Design Services

Drone Services for the Utility Industry

This will be a discussion on how drones can serve the Utility Industry and review of several actual uses. We will discuss the basics of the DJI M210 Drone as well as the requirements needed for flights.  We will look at some of the common payloads and how they can provide critical services such as: pole top inspections, substation thermal inspections, solar panel inspections, site mapping and real time storm assessment.

Ben Dori

Ben Dori

Engineering Supervisor/Quality Control Manager, UDS

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from University of Illinois. He spent 5 years in the Aerospace Industry working on Avionics systems for the Delta and Atlas launch vehicles. He has 2+ years in the utility industry working on natural gas systems, quality control applications, and inspection services. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and FAA Part 107 Certified UAS Pilot.


Brandon McEwen

Brandon McEwen

Vice President and Engineering Manager, UDS

Brandon has a B.S. in electrical engineering from SIU-Edwardsville. He has more than 12 years working as a consulting engineer in various sectors of the utility industry, including cooperatives, municipals and investor owned utilities, with a strong focus on substation design. Brandon has led a group of engineers at UDS since 2014. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and an FAA Part 107 Certified UAS Pilot.

TeraWatt Sponsor Breakout - Pondurance

Threats to the Grid: Next-gen Cyber Hunting

All modern technology is susceptible to cyber threats and utilities are certainly no exception. Jason will go into detail to describe how organizations use Threat Hunting & Response to manage their cyber security posture and mitigate potential risks with a combination of next-gen technologies and human intelligence.

Jason Ortiz

Senior Integration Engineer, Pondurance

Jason is Sr. Integration Engineer and has worked in related roles for 9 years since graduating from Purdue University with a BS in computer science in 2009. Prior to joining Pondurance, Jason worked as a defense contractor in the Washington D.C. area and was a NASA intern while attending Purdue. Jason loves the challenges brought forward by a career in cyber security and working to secure national infrastructure. Outside of cyber security, Jason considers himself a maker with a particular passion for educational technology, an amateur cartographer, an urban enthusiast and is fascinated by aerospace engineering and everything related space exploration. Jason also enjoys playing soccer and basketball as well as rooting for the Colts, Pacers, Caps and Blues! Jason is excited to be back in Indy and to be part of the rising Indy tech community!

TeraWatt Sponsor Breakout - InfoSight

Breaking Wi-Fi Security Protocol: A Live Hacking Demonstration

All Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to hacking which potentially exposes wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks. As a result, security analysis and penetration testing are an integral part of creating any kind of secure network. There are a number of tools available that enable an unscrupulous individual to break the security of a Wi-Fi network. In this session, we’ll conduct a live demonstration of a Wi-Fi penetration attack.

You’ll learn:

– How an attacker can de-authenticate a device on Wi-Fi and capture the hash
– How to customize a wordlist from public password dumps and other sources
– How to crack a password hash

Reda Asaad

Reda Asaad

Security Analyst, InfoSight

As a Security Analyst, Reda ensures the security of the systems and information assets of InfoSight® customers by locating and exploiting vulnerabilities, performing penetration testing, protecting against unauthorized access (social engineering attacks), modification, or destruction. He also provides security awareness training/seminars for customers.

Reda works with end users to determine the customer’s needs and is instrumental in developing IT security policies and/or procedures to ensure the customer’s overall IT health through 24/7 monitoring of internal devices and endpoints, and detecting and responding to cyber threats.

CEO’s Perspective on Broadband Deployment

This panel discussion will consist of a few CEO’s perspectives on broadband deployment and whether or not broadband fits at their cooperative.

Moderator: Corey M. Willis

Vice President of Information Services, Indiana Electric Cooperatives

Corey leads the association’s internal information technology services, which includes implementing a learning management system designed to deliver and track member cooperative employee training. As a member of the association’s leadership team, he works with each department to develop strategic solutions to support the 38 member cooperatives.

A 18-year electric utility industry veteran, he was previously manager of business operations for Tipmont REMC. Before joining the electric distribution cooperative, he was a member of the Wabash Valley Power (WVP) IT team. WVP is the power generation partner for most electric cooperatives in the northern half of Indiana.

Corey is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a minor in computer technology and systems analysis and design. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in IT project management from Purdue University.

Alisha Anker

Alisha Anker

General Manager, Menard Electric Cooperative

Alisha was named the General Manger of Menard Electric Cooperative in April 2017. She began her career in the electric utility industry in 1990 at City, Water, Light & Power – the electric division of the City of Springfield’s municipal utility. Her roles at the City’s T&D Department included transmission, distribution and balancing authority operations, with a focus on electric reliability compliance. As Regional Markets began to emerge in the Midwest, her attention shifted to market-based operations and her responsibilities were reassigned to formalizing the City’s load-serving and generation activities in the organized marketplace – from bid to bill.

With a disposition for the regulatory spectrum of the industry, Alisha left the City after 19 years to pursue a new role overseeing and assuring the compliance activities for the generation and transmission cooperative, Prairie Power, Inc. (PPI). As the VP of Regulatory & Market Affairs for the G&T, she managed the energy and capacity portfolio, oversaw a new generation capacity construction project, and guided the Cooperative through many cases at FERC, generally in defense of increased transmission service costs. While at PPI, Alisha sat on the Management Committee of the Prairie State Generating Company, the SERC Board, and the ACES Board.

Always a student of the industry, in December 2014 she earned a bachelor’s degree in energy management, followed by her MBA in May 2017. She maintains her residence in Springfield, however is building in the Menard Electric service territory near Cantrall, IL. She has one son, Jordan, who lives and works as a Software Engineering in Austin, TX. Not too far.

Kim Leftwich

President and CEO, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative

Rural Electric Affiliations
President and CEO of two Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative subsidiaries: CMEC Connect, a broadband service provider, and CMEC Services, which provides technological and operational services to municipalities; member, Prairie Power, Inc. (G&T) Board of Directors; member, Illinois Electric Cooperative Managers Association; founder, The Center for American Rural Energy (CARE), an energy innovation research and development consortium of three universities, an economic development entity and Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative; one of six CEOs developing the NRECA Serve Our Co-ops/Serve Our Country veterans employment initiative.

Former Occupations
Lt. Colonel (retired), U.S. Air Force (eight years active duty, 17 years Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves); vice president of the Shared Services Business Group, Illinois Power Company/Ameren Illinois; president & CEO (and owner), ICI Midwest, LLC, a hazardous materials transportation company.

Business and Community Affiliations
University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Board of Advisors; Eastern Illinois
University Professional Science Master’s Degree Advisory Board; Lake Land College Geographic Information Science Advisory Board; Lake Land College Perkins Grant Program Development Board; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Services Foundation Board of Directors.

B.S., biology and business, Millikin University.

Matt Deaton

General Manager/CEO, Orange County REMC

Matt joined the cooperative world in January 2015. Matt was born and raised in the Orange County REMC service territory. Matthew is married and has (3) children.

Matt graduated from the University of Evansville with degrees in mechanical engineering and civil engineering.

Matt has worked in commercial building construction, powder metal manufacturing, and most recently for the United States Army at Crane each serving roles in both a technical and managerial capacity. During his time with the Army Matt was the Command’s officer in charge of construction, energy manager and master planner which required execution of very tactical/short term plans simultaneous to long range planning. Matt is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

In his spare time, he enjoys being a Dad, running marathons and spending time with family and traveling.

Shannon Thom

Shannon Thom

Chief Executive Officer, Henry County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative, New Castle, IN

Shannon Thom has 22+ years of cooperative experience with jobs in information technology and management. He served 16+ years in IT at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative in North Baltimore, OH.  Five years as VP of IT.  He has served as CEO with Henry County REMC since 2013. The REMC serves 9,600 members over 1,100 line miles with 28 employees. Henry County REMC recently installed the Sensus AMI system, built five communications towers, implemented a new GIS and built a new corporate headquarters. He holds undergraduate degrees in electronics technology and information technology as well as a Masters in Business Administration.

Safely Managing Workers, Contractors and Mutual Aid Crews During Hurricane IRMA

Adding new technology so close to a major event like Hurricane Irma could have been overwhelming to office and field staff. But Excelsior Electric proactively chose to deploy a GPS location app directly to their own and borrowed workers’ personal smartphone or tablet to speed restorations and ensure they were kept safe. Excelsior successfully on-boarded the incoming crews provided through mutual aid programs to instantly access GPS locations on their outage management maps, providing a real-time view of all workers involved in the restoration. This presentation will show how the utility effectively managed over 150 workers from 6 states to restore power to the 18,000 affected meters – completing the restoration in a remarkable 72 hours. The session will also review how this technology can be used to effectively manage contractors without compromising security to a utility’s enterprise systems.

Brad Johnson

Business Manager, Clevest

Brad brings over 10 years’ experience in utility solutions as a business developer and solution architect for mobile and work management platforms. He holds a degree in computer information systems and multiple industry certifications. Prior to joining Clevest, Brad held positions with GeoDigital International, KorTerra, and Best Buy’s business-to-business unit. Brad is a board member for the Twin Cities Cloud 7 Flying Club, and has held volunteer positions at the Minnesota Damage Prevention Council, Airspace Minnesota, Women in Aviation International, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Defending Electric Cooperatives Against Advanced Threat Actors

This discussion will take a look at the very real cyber threats that cooperatives are currently facing.

Adam Flatley

Manager, Threat Intelligence and Interdiction – Intelligence Operations, Talos

Adam is the Manager of Intelligence Operations for the Threat Intelligence and Interdiction (TI&I) team at Talos. He began working at Talos in June 2017 and helped lead TI&I operations through the NotPetya event and critical investigations like Ccleaner, BadRabbit, and VPNFilter. Prior to coming to Talos, he spent 14 years as a civilian in the U.S. Department of Defense leading teams and organizations working global Counterterrorism, Counterproliferation, and Cybersecurity issues.

David Maynor

David Maynor

Manager, Threat Intelligence and Interdiction – Europe and Middle East, Talos

David Maynor leads the Cisco Talos EMEA Threat Intelligence and Interdiction (TI&I) team. Mr. Maynor builds relationships with key organization and intelligence partners, proactively hunting for and disrupting advanced adversaries. Mr. Maynor is an entrepreneur and technical expert with over 20 years experience in research, systems, offensive consulting, and a variety of other security related positions in the private sector.

Matt Ohmes

Matt Ohmes

IT Manager, SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative

Matt is a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor’s in information systems. He began his career in banking before moving on to public health. He has been in the cooperative utility sector since 2011.


Joe Priestley

Director of Technical Services, Corn Belt Energy Corporation

Joe Priestley is Director of Technical Services at Corn Belt Energy Corporation. He has spent the past 15 years in healthcare as IT director and CIO positions before finding joy working in the cooperative world. He focused primarily in the networking, project management and executive management roles. Joe has held numerous industry certifications, including CCNP, CCDP, CISSP and MCSE, and has a background in programming.

Member Solar - Installation and Hourly Production Data

Tim will discuss Adams Electric Cooperative’s experience with all things solar, including member installation methods and equipment as well as hourly production comparisons to system peaks.

Tim Brecht

Tim Brecht

Manager of Engineering, Adams Electric Cooperative

Tim has been the Manager of Engineering and Operations at Adams Electric Cooperative since 2004.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

This presentation will provide a look into the approach that two cooperatives took in disaster recovery planning, from both a technical and organizational approach. Some key takeaways include: what is business continuity, why undertake this much work, how to structure it, considerations of the project, and benefits of business continuity.

Jeff Harrelson

Director of Safety and Loss Control, Jo-Carroll Energy

Jeff is the Director of Safety and Loss Control for Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. (NFP).  In January 2009 he joined Jo-Carroll as Manager of Broadband Services and was tasked to build a communication infrastructure to support SCADA and AMI for the electric and natural gas systems of the 20,000+ member cooperative. This network was designed and built to also offer reliable and affordable broadband to existing members as well as within the region.  Jeff moved to his current role in 2015 and achieved his Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP) designation in 2018.  For the last 2 years, Jeff has also been leading the Jo-Carroll Energy Strategic Initiative to create a Business Continuity Plan. In 2017 Jeff achieved his Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) designation and is currently working on becoming a Certified Business Continuity Professional. He has a BS in Business Administration and an MBA and has extensive experience in management, training and organizational development. 

Bryan Wrede

Bryan Wrede

Director of IT, Carroll White REMC

Bryan started as a consultant, working with companies spanning multiple verticals on projects and implementations for over 10 years before moving into the medical field. For the last five years, Bryan has worked in the IT Department at Carroll White REMC, converting their server infrastructure to a virtual platform, overhauling the network infrastructure and creating their backup and disaster recovery plan.

Milsoft DisSPatch, New Improvements, Strategic Pinging

Overview of the latest additions to the OMS suite such as; Strategic Pinging, Temp Event Handling, Metering Events, Milsoft’s latest Mobile Product, and a short discussion on where Milsoft is headed.

Sam Jennings

Sam received a B.S. in mathematics from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX in 2009. He started with Milsoft at the beginning of 2009 as a Quality Assurance Intern and was later hired full-time after graduation. He has been working in the OMS Support Team since the beginning of 2011 and has held the Lead position since Nov 2015. He enjoys staying active with running, biking, hiking, yoga and other indoor and outdoor activities.

Legal and Government Relations Update

This discussion will provide an update on federal and state issues that could be affecting Illinois and Indiana cooperatives.

Scott Bowers

Vice President of Government Relations, Indiana Electric Cooperatives

In his role, Scott directs and manages the association’s lobbying efforts at the federal and state levels on behalf of the organization’s members. The government relations team monitors the creation, interpretation and enforcement of laws, regulations and government policies for the electric utility industry and provides a single, united voice for Indiana’s electric cooperatives.

A veteran of numerous political campaigns in Indiana, Scott managed congressional, state legislative and other statewide political campaigns. Prior to joining IEC, he served as deputy secretary of state and chief of staff for Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita. Scott served as the senior advisor on all political, legislative, policy, communication and administrative matters. He also served as director of governmental and community affairs for C.P. Morgan, a residential land development and home building company serving the metropolitan Indianapolis, greater Lafayette, and greater Charlotte markets.

Bobby Hamill

Bobby Hamill

Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, NRECA

In his current position, Bobby advises and lobbies on air and waste environmental issues as well as small business-related issues. Prior to joining NRECA, Bobby worked for Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (VA-09) as Legislative Director and managed, among other issues, the Congressman’s energy and environment legislative initiatives as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-07). He earned a degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Nick Reitz

Vice President of Government Relations, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

Nick joined the AIEC in 2012 as Manager of Government Relations. Formerly, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Legislative Liaison for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. He received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Is Fiber Right for Me?

There is no one way to build a fiber network – in this session, Vantage Point Solutions and Jo-Carroll Energy will show you why. Armed with real world experience, Vantage Point experts will explore the different options available for rural fiber-based broadband design. The conversation will cover the fiber architecture options available discussing differences and cost considerations. In addition, design limitations of commonly used network elements will be addressed. We will explore the potential of wireless last-mile and Broadband Wireless Access technologies as a consideration in your fiber buildout. In each of these topics, Jo-Carroll Energy will also discuss how they approached each of these steps –  giving you a two-punch perspective on broadband.

Dan Marcure

Dan Marcure

Manager of Network Services, Jo-Carroll Energy

Dan has 16 years of experience designing, implementing, and operating robust architectures for ISP and Enterprise networks.  He has experience in assisting ISP companies migrate from dial-up systems to fixed wireless and ultimately fiber infrastructure.  Dan is also responsible for all fiber NOC-associated architecture at Jo-Carroll Energy.  In addition to his broadband network experience, Dan has a vast knowledge of server operating systems which allows him to lead his team in managing the mixed Linux\Windows server environment.

Jessie Shekleton

Jesse Shekleton

Director of Engineering, Jo-Carroll Energy

Jesse has 25 years of utility experience including 12 years of field operations and 13 years of Operations and Engineering management.  Jesse is responsible for developing business strategies and related policies, long range work plan development, and oversight of projects in both the electric and broadband business units.  Jesse helped lead the successful integration of the fiber system into the existing electric system allowing Jo-Carroll Energy to minimize cost and improve efficiencies.

Nathan Weber

Nathan Weber

Vice President of Engineering, Vantage Point Solutions

Nathan has been working in the telecommunications industry since 2000, where his primary focus is on the technical and regulatory concerns of Independent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota State University, and is currently a registered Professional Engineer in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

Nathan has expertise in the design and implementation of voice, data, and video networks, including work as the lead engineer for several state and regional networks. In addition, he has performed the engineering for a variety of networks including mobile wireless, fixed wireless, optical transport networks (DWDM, SONET, Packet Optical, and MPLS), Fiber to the Premises (Active and GPON), IP Video implementations, and ISP network implementations.

Analysis of Impact of Mass Implementation of DER

The presentation includes an analysis of feeder hosting capacity, system impact studies, general protection schemes, and impact on rates. We will present the results from modeling numerous feeders from various cooperatives with varying levels of DG to determine some general guidelines. Results of system impacts studies and protection schemes from several cooperatives will be shared.

Jeff Mueller

Jeff Mueller

Professional Engineer, Toth and Associates

Jeff works with numerous cooperatives and other utilities across the country.  Jeff graduated from the University of Missouri with his degree in electrical engineering. He has been responsible for all phases of electrical system work, including construction work plans, long range plans, sectionalizing studies, arc flash studies, distribution system design, and load flow analysis.  He has previously worked at cooperatives in Missouri and Indiana. Jeff and his wife Janelle have two children.

Adam Toth

Adam Toth

Vice President, Toth and Associates

Adam works with numerous cooperatives and other utilities across the country. Adam graduated from the University of Missouri Summa Cum Laude with his degree in electrical engineering and received his MBA from Missouri State University. He is responsible for all phases of electrical system work, including construction work plans, long range plans, cost of service studies, sectionalizing studies, rate design, contract negotiation, distribution system design, and load flow analysis. Adam has represented clients before multiple state public service commissions. Adam and his wife Erin have four children.

Lightning Strikes and Protective Measures

This discussion will highlight key considerations and products available to mitigate lightning impact at critical locations. The session will also provide some case-study type analysis to showcase lessons learned in the field.

Sean Middleton

Manager of Engineering, Illinois Electric Cooperative

Sean is currently responsible for all new technology applications at the cooperative including engineering, IT, and Internet services. Middleton received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bradley University and his MBA from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is a member of the IEEE including the Power, Communication, and Photonic Societies and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Middleton currently sits on the Cyber Security member advisory group for the Cooperative Research Network (CRN/ NRECA). Middleton additionally serves on the State Board of Professional Engineers for the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

MISO Storage Wars: Disruption and Decentralization Coming Due to Rapid Technological Advances

Energy storage is shaping decentralization and disrupting the wholesale market as a potential for transmission deferral, capacity, energy and ancillary services and a natural hedge to renewable generation. In this session, Raj will discuss impacts on market rules and use cases.

Raj Singamsetti

Executive Director of Portfolio Strategy, ACES

Raj is Executive Director of Portfolio Strategy at ACES in Carmel, Indiana. Raj has a long established and successful career in the deregulated power systems industry. His responsibilities at ACES include coordinating Clients’ long-term portfolios and recommendations. Raj joined ACES in 2004 as a senior engineer where he worked with the Members, Customers, and independent system operators/regional trading organizations to further define, develop, and implement day-ahead and real-time position management and optimization tools. He was also involved in successful market implementations for MISO, PJM, SPP, ERCOT, and CAISO. Raj was promoted to Director of Analytical Services in 2013. In this role, he and his team provided strategic support for the portfolio management team by developing, implementing, and managing next generation predictive analytic tools to manage short-term optimization, position management, and forecasting models.

In addition to his many years of hands-on power systems experience in project and personnel management, he holds a Master in Business Administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, a master’s degree in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics telecommunications engineering from Bapuji Institute of Technology in India. He is also Series 3 certified by the National Futures Association.

Cascading Affects and Interdependencies of a Long-Term Power Outage

This discussion takes a look at long-term power outages and the widespread ramifications that could come with such an event.

Deborah Fulk

Senior Operational Planner, FEMA

One of her first questions when meeting someone new is “what do you do when you flip the light switch, and no lights come on?”  This question is due to her ongoing work in the research and development of the regional Power Outage Incident Annex.

Deb joined FEMA Region V (Chicago) in May 2009 as an Emergency Management Program Specialist in the National Preparedness Division, Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, working with the State of Illinois and two nuclear power plants.

When Deb is not in the office environment, she deploys as part of a collateral duty Incident Management Assistance Team as a planning section chief. Her last deployment was Hurricane Irma, arriving pre-landfall and for the following three months coordinating with the State of Florida helping survivors.

Prior to joining FEMA, she was a District Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for north-central Indiana which includes the South Bend area.

Deb is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, having served on the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department in the patrol division as a sergeant/detective.

She graduated from Trine University with a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice and from Indiana Tech with a Master’s degree in Management. Deb also is a Certified Emergency Manager.

Deb will be sharing information on long-term power outages including the interdependencies and cascading affects.