2021 Agenda

Wednesday, October 13

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Training

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Redbird E

Casey W. O’Brien, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Training

Solar DG Interconnection and Installation Deep Dive Redbird G

Moderator: Sean Middleton, Finley Engineering Company

Shannon Fulton & Josh Hill, StraightUp Solar

Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering

Thursday, October 14

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast Prefunction Area
8:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome & Keynote Redbird D

Turning the Tables in the Battle Against Ransomware

Adam Flatley, [redacted], Inc.

10:00 am – 10:40 am Exhibitor Show Opens Redbird ABC
10:40 am – 11:30 am Breakout Sessions

What’s Your Vulnerability Level? Redbird E

Chris Franzen, MJM Electric Cooperative

Michael Coumerilh, National Information Solutions Cooperative

EV Charging and Utility Programs for Cooperatives Redbird G

Justin Breden & Paul Price, United Utility Supply

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Exhibitor Show Redbird ABC
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Redbird D
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Effective Incident Response Planning for Small & Medium Businesses Redbird E

Alex Janas, [redacted], Inc.

Battery Storage: An Adventure in Peak Demand Management Redbird G

Jim Eitsert, Northeastern REMC

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Sponsor Breakout Sessions

All Electric 2.0 Redbird E

Connor Co. & Climate Master Geothermal Systems

How EMCs Are Staying Resilient Redbird G

New Cyber Source & Scale Computing

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Sponsor Breakout Sessions

Tales from the Trenches: The Importance of Planning for When, Not If Redbird E

Meridian Cooperative

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Break

3:10 pm – 4:00 pm General Session

Legal & Government Relations Update Redbird D

Nick Reitz & Craig Sondgeroth, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Reception Redbird ABC


Friday, October 15

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakout Sessions

Demystifying MDR Redbird E

Ron Pelletier, Pondurance

System Reliability Through Wildlife Mitigation & How Robotic Installations are Changing the Game Redbird G

Jason Jones, Power Line Sentry

9:00 am – 9:50 am Breakout Sessions

Vulnerabilities on Industrial Control Networks & OT Access from Remote Sites Redbird E

Tisha Hayes, 4RF

Electric Vehicles: Market Forecast and Real World Charging Behavior Redbird G

Kevin Cox, CDG Engineers

9:50 am – 10:00 am Break/Checkout

10:00 am – 10:50 am Breakout Sessions

Broadband RFPs: Tales from the Trenches Redbird E

Carmen O’Neill, Vantage Point Solutions

AMI Changeout Redbird G

Chris Kelmel, Anixter

10:50 am – 11:40 am Breakout Sessions

Well, That Happened Redbird E

Moderator: Dan Gerard, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

Mike Wilson, Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative

Adam McKnight, Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc.

Standing on the Sidelines of a Smart Grid Enabled World Redbird G

Sean Middleton, Finley Engineering Company

11:40 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Keynote Redbird D

Timeline of the Smart Grid: From AMR to the Active Grid

Edward Kobeszka, Power Engineers