October 2-3, 2001
Coast Terrace Inn
Electricity is a necessary expense for all companies. Whether you operate a foundry, steel mill, petrochemical company, hospital or grocery store, you can't run your business without electricity. But what do you do when electricity costs go up? Are your customers willing to pay ten to fifteen percent more for your product? Clearly not. The solution is to manage your electricity costs.
Failure to properly meter, monitor and manage electricity can significantly impact the bottom line of any organization. Electrical engineering and maintenance personnel have long been interested in metering and monitoring electrical systems to help them take advantage of better management techniques.
Three Important Reasons To Attend This Forum:
The need to understand and implement electricity management techniques has received a great deal of attention in recent years because of three major factors:
Among the benefits electricity monitoring can offer organizations are reduced maintenance costs, anticipation of potential failures and improved overall productivity. A robust electricity metering and monitoring system can also be helpful for tracking historical use trends and curbing electricity demand based on predetermined load-shedding criteria.
As well, getting the best price for electricity means knowing not only how much energy a facility consumes, but precisely when that energy is used and what equipment is using it - allowing for the development of load shifting and peak-load shaving strategies. Having this information will also help personnel negotiate favourable terms with utilities or electricity retailers.
This comprehensive program will update delegates about the latest technologies and techniques available in this area. This forum also offers an excellent opportunity for delegates to ask specific questions and exchange ideas relating to their own applications. This is designed to be an interactive, problem-solving, learning environment for delegates of all disciplines.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Chairperson, Canadian Electricity Forum
Metering Rules and Regulation for the Changing Energy Market
Luc Van Overberghe, Measurement Canada
The presentation will provide an update on essential rules and regulations surrounding metering in new energy market. Issues pertaining to the Federal Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and Regulations, and how they may affect metering within your own organization will be discussed, including:
These factors are driving enterprises on both the supply and demand side of energy to seek better strategies to manage the cost and quality of the energy product and the energy assets that produce, deliver, control and consume it. However, to achieve this, all enterprises face three very large and fundamental challenges:
11:00 am -- Coffee Break
System Management Tools and Lessons Learned
Chris Vilcsak, Response Power Inc.
The marketplace now realizes that tools providing real-time monitoring of costs and energy usage as well as system control are essential. This presentation will discuss how tools can be used by several groups (end-use customers, retailers, generators, and distribution companies) and practical strategies that have been pursued by several specific customers.
12:00 Noon -- Luncheon
Electricity Price Monitoring and Load Shedding at AltaSteel
Ed Leszcynski, AltaSteel Ltd.
System marginal pricing (SMP) offers large power consumers like AltaSteel the opportunity to reduce electricity costs by purchasing power at lower cost during weekends and other traditional non-peak periods. In order to shift operations to take advantage of these cost savings, a real-time, continuous unattended system was required to monitor SMP and relay this information to existing process control and monitoring systems throughout the plant. This presentation will discuss this project and the benefits AltaSteel received from its implementation.
Integrating Energy and Maintenance Management (E&M Services)
Paul Willis, Willis Energy
It is important to combine energy and maintenance management. Operating costs consist of maintenance and energy components and usually measures to improve efficiency affect maintenance costs or vice versa. Therefore for most plants a combined energy/maintenance management program is required and energy service companies of the future are going to offer E & M services. This presentation will describe how an E & M service can function with respect to the following equipment components or systems:
2:30 pm -- Refreshments
Energy Management : Power Factor Fundamentals
Alan Wing, Siemens Canada
Typical electrical power monitors measure parameters such as voltage, current, watt-hours and power factor. This session will discuss what power factor is, sources of correction, benefits of correction, mitigation selection, mitigation design, and mitigation optimization. Real world problems will be presented and discussed.
Improved Power Quality: The Hidden Benefit of Electrical System Monitoring
Alan Wing, Siemens Canada
When an energy monitoring system has been installed, we can perform a number of analyses, such as load profiles and peak demand levels. Recent developments in monitoring technology enable the cost effective addition of waveform capture and power quality data logging capabilities. This session reviews these capabilities and how they can be used to improve power quality.
Day 2: October 3
Developing Power Monitoring Systems for Real World Applications: Part 2
Tutorial Leader: Les Crossley, E2MS Inc.
Energy use has historically been largely invisible - many energy users relied on their monthly energy bill to learn what they had used. Not an efficient, proactive way to handle such a major business expense, and certainly not the level of sophistication that is applied to so many other important business expenses.
But now informed users are realizing that they need to know, and can know exactly what they're using, where and when. Right now, right down to individual pieces of equipment if necessary. They have learned that with the RIGHT tools to manage their energy, they can improve their overall efficiency, and dramatically improve their profitability.
Better energy management is also a powerful strategic tool that can contribute to better decision making about facilities expansion or your energy procurement. Know before you purchase new equipment how it will impact your energy costs; make better informed, more cost-effective decisions about co-generating, and buying/selling energy.
This one-day Tutorial is structured into case studies to give delegates meaningful insight into real problems and solutions, in order to maximize their learning experience.
Session 1: Ford Motor Company Case Study
The Ford Motor Company Assembly plant in Norfolk Virginia has 37 sub-meters installed throughout the plant. A power monitoring system was required that would allow Ford to monitor and verify their overall energy costs and to automatically divide up the utility bill into the various cost centers.
The system had to use an existing Ethernet data highway and provide real-time displays of cost center demand and real time display of electrical data from individual 3710 meters. At the time of installation the plant was on a real-time pricing tariff and featured the automatic download of pricing information directly into the energy management software.
The session will cover system design, meter communications; plant communications; and detail the operation of the monitoring software.
10:30 am -- Coffee Break
Session 2: Wescast Industries Case Study
Wescast Industries uses a power management system at several of its facilities. At their North Huron and Brantford plants each of the installed systems control plant demand to an operator set target, and provides real-time and historical energy and demand data relating to the melting and plant auxiliary equipment.
The system at North Huron uses dual fiber optic cabling while the Brantford plant uses hardwired cabling. Both plants have GE Multilin meters and interface with the plant's melter programmable logic controllers. The North Huron plant has a time of use tariff while the Brantford plant is on RTPII. The session will discuss: system design; meter communications; plant communications; tariff considerations; and detail the operation of the monitoring and control software at each plant.
12:00 Noon -- Luncheon
Session 3: Linamar Plant Study
The Linamar Company uses a power management system to monitor power use at 14 of its plants in the Guelph, Ontario area. Using the Linamar wide area network, and some plant to plant fiber optic cables, the metering data is collected and the aggregated totals made available to authorized users on the WAN. In addition, one of the plants, Diversa Cast Technologies, has its own demand control system that provides independent control but which is also linked to the remainder of the facilities.
At their Diversa Cast plant they installed systems to control plant demand to an operator-set target, and provide real-time and historical energy and demand data for the melting and plant auxiliary equipment. The session will discuss system design; TCP/IP protocols; utility metering; WAN plant communications; and detail the operation of the monitoring and control software.
2:30 pm -- Refreshments
Session 4: Commercial and Smaller Industrial Facilities Application Study
This session will look at a software program that provides historical data relating to energy use in commercial and smaller industrial facilities on a next day basis using automatic meter reading and the internet. This tutorial will describe, using actual metering data, how the system operates with different types of utility metering equipment, how the user interfaces with the data from a desktop computer, and how the data is interpreted. Issues surrounding scalability will be covered including the development of a data center, choice of database, and collecting the meter data.
When and Where
The Electricity Metering, Monitoring and Management Forum will be held on October 2-3, 2001 in Edmonton, Alberta at the Coast Terrace Inn. The hotel is located at 4440 Calgary Trail North in Edmonton
A special bedroom rate (non-commissionable) has been arranged with the hotel. To receive this rate, inform the hotel that you are a forum delegate when making reservations. The hotel's telephone number is 780-437-6010.
The registration fee to attend the Forum is $549.00 + 38.43 GST. Register and prepay on or before September 17, 2001 and receive an early bird registration fee of $495.00 + 34.65 GST per delegate. Companies registering and paying for 4 delegates will receive a 5th registration FREE. Register and prepay before September 1 and SAVE $100! on your registration fee - Pay ONLY $395.00 + 27.65 GST
The fee includes forum participation, a forum materials package, refreshments and luncheons on both days. (GST #R105219976)
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Registration fees are refundable only upon receipt of written notification 10 days prior to the conference date, less a 10 per cent service charge. Substitution of participants is permissible.
The Canadian Electricity Forum reserves the right to cancel any conference it deems necessary and will, in such event, make a full refund of the registration fees.
About the Canadian Electricity Forum
The Canadian Electricity Forum has established its role in Canada as one of the nation's leading conference organizers on subjects of common interest to electric power generators and large power consuming organizations. With headquarters in Pickering, Ontario, The Canadian Electricity Forum is dedicated to providing cost-effective, highly specialized information in the format of forums, electrical training tutorials, and industry-wide events. Since 1986, more than 10,000 delegates from leading companies across Canada have attended our forums and tutorials.
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