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Mutual aid, disaster planning are among topics at E&O Technical Conference

From the February 28, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 28, 2013

Hurricane Sandy and other disasters will be among the topics discussed at APPA's Engineering and Operations Technical Conference, March 24-27 in Kissimmee, Fla. During a session entitled "Mutual Aid and Disaster Planning Go Hand-in-Hand,"  Greg Labbé of the Lafayette Utilities System in Louisiana, Michael J. Hyland of APPA  and Barry Moline of the Florida Municipal Electric Association will talk about the importance of proper planning before and after a disaster.

Other transmission, distribution and system planning-related sessions at this year’s conference include:

•  Best Practices in Maintenance Programs
A panel discussion about best practices in distribution maintenance programs.  

•  Justification, Selection, and Implementation of Distribution Automation Equipment
This session will discuss lessons learned from a utility that has gone through the process. 

•  GIS and System Modeling
A look at how integrating an enterprise GIS can raise efficiencies and lower costs while enhancing communication and decision-making processes.

•  Benefits of an Integrated DMS and OMS System
This session will explore how to tie a data management system with an outage management system.  Case studies will be presented to help utilities gain a better perspective on deploying these systems.

•  Sizing Distribution Transformers
A discussion of best practices and procedures in sizing distribution transformers to ensure that your system is "right-sized" and thus more efficient. 

•  Automated Self-Healing Systems for Distribution Restoration
This session will feature a case study from a municipal utility on automated switch methodology, protection configurations and more.

The reduced conference registration rate ends on Monday, March 4.  To review the full conference program, visit For questions about the E&O, call or email Miriam Ellis, APPA, at 202/467-2994


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