February 21st-February 21st, 2018 | Dallas, TX

Join us in Charlotte, NC on February 27-28, 2018 at the Marriott City Center. A conference program will be released soon. In the meantime, submit your contact information to receive updates on the 2018 event, plus exclusive registration discounts.

In 2018, Chemical Engineering will be co-locating with this event, covering technology changes affecting the Chemical Processing Industry (CPI).

Didn’t attend in 2017? Download 2017 Post Show Report (PDF) and check out the Conference Highlights below:


Terms like Industrial Internet, Industrie 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Digital Plant, and others are proliferating, but power plants are unlike all other plants. Aside from enabling other industrial plants to operate, power generation facilities are classified as critical infrastructure. That makes understanding the new digital technologies and capabilities especially important. Whatever buzzword you use, now is the time to begin developing your strategic digitization plan—or risk getting caught in a digital buzzsaw.


While other events are organized around new data-driven analytics products and services, the Connected Plant Conference is the only event focused exclusively on the power generation sector. POWER is planning an event that gives you everything you need to get a firm grasp on this new digital operating environment—and only what you need.


Whether you operate power generation assets in regulated or deregulated markets, you know that operating as efficiently as possible is imperative. Regardless of ownership structure, fleet size, or fuel, new digital cloud-computing operational and management tools are now available to help you squeeze more from your investments. Greater connectivity, paired with appropriate data management and analysis, can enable power generation facilities of any size and any technology to address challenges both large and small.


Essential Issues the Connected Plant Conference Will Address:

  • What is a connected plant, why would you want one, and how do you create one?
  • Using connected digital technologies to enhance reliability and profitability.
  • Using connected plant technologies to enhance worker safety & efficiency.
  • Using digital solutions for compliance.
  • Why IT/OT convergence is necessary and how to manage it.
  • Security concerns.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn about the latest plant, fleet, and business management capabilities enabled by new, digital technologies.
  • Meet generators who have adopted some of the latest connected plant tools.
  • Tell vendor representatives what challenges you face and what capabilities are on your wish list.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Visit an industry-leading power plant monitoring and diagnostics center, where you will see first-hand how data and analytics translate into operational excellence.

Who Should Attend

  • COOs, CIOs, CTOs, and CFOs
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Generation, IT, Operations, Engineering, and Procurement
  • Plant Managers, O&M Supervisors, and Outage Managers
  • Consultants, EPCs, and Owner’s Engineers
  • Technology, Product, and Service Solution Providers

What you will see at the Connected Plant Conference

EPRI’s hands-on demonstrations of digital worker technologies

Tour Luminant's Performance Optimization Center

What is a Connected Plant?


Agenda is subject to change

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  1. 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

  2. 8:30 am - 8:50 am

    Welcome Remarks

  3. 8:50 am - 9:40 am

    Opening Keynote: The Impact of the Industrial IoT on the Power Industry

    The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will dwarf even the Internet in scale and impact. For the first time, the IIoT brings the power of fast, intelligent computing to industrial-class field systems. The primary disruption---and opportunity---for the power industry lies in successfully navigating this revolution. This talk will explore the IIoT's impact on the power industry from huge hydropower plants to microgrids.
    - Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO, Real-Time Innovations

  4. 9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Networking Break

  5. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    What Is a Connected Power Plant?

    Deriving multiple benefits from a connected power plant requires more than a digital distributed control system. Speakers will discuss how power plants can move from “automation” to “connection," the advantages of a more-connected plant, and how to go about creating one.

    Rethinking Machines, Reimagining Industries
    Electricity is foundation for growth; however, over one billion people have insufficient power today.  By 2025, we’ll see a 50 percent increase in the demand for power. To meet these challenges, there is a dynamic transformation underway across the entire energy value network to maximize opportunities across the business and operations. Inexpensive sensors, and big data, coupled with advancements in analytics and integrated software intelligence into hardware assets and control systems enable new and existing power generation, grid and power consumption assets to operate at much higher levels of performance and operational effectiveness in order to drive smarter economic outcomes.  Learn more about the future of energy and discover game changing innovations in IIoT.

    - Sham Chotai, Chief Technology Officer, GE Power 

    Power Generation: Age of Challenge and Innovation
    Many power generation utilities are facing significant cost and reliability challenges due to today’s energy market, gas prices, increasing renewables, and customer demands. To successfully meet these challenges, utilities will need to invest in and apply innovative new IIoT technologies that are drastically improving sensors, communications, interconnectivity, analytics, and data visualization.  
    - Bernie Cook, Executive VP Equipment Reliability Process and Technology, Woyshner Service Co.

    EPRI’s Perspective on an Intelligent and Connected Plant: Overview of the I4Gen Concept
    - Susan Maley, Principal Technology Leader, Cross Sector Technologies, EPRI

    Enhancing an Equipment Reliability Program with Smart, Connected Power Plant Assets.
    This presentation will discuss how the Industrial Internet of Things can greatly improve an electric utility company’s reliability program with advanced online condition monitoring to create a proactive approach that combines preventive, predictive, and reactive elements. It will discuss value that has been obtained thus far and also additional opportunities.
    - Michael Reid, General Manager of Technical Programs, Fossil Hydro Group, Duke Energy

  6. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Networking Lunch

  7. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Using Connected Digital Technologies to Enhance Reliability and Profitability

    Online monitoring and real-time data analysis can enable predictive maintenance to save on unnecessary scheduled outages and also avoid unplanned outages caused by deferred maintenance or unpredictable anomalies. Speakers will also address routine operational changes enabled by online monitoring, diagnostics, and analytics-based decision-support. This session will address benefits at the plant level plus the benefits of looking across a fleet, even if you operate in both regulated and deregulated markets.

    The Next Generation of Predictive Asset Health Management: Diagnostics and Prognostics
    - Randy Bickford, President and CTO, Expert Microsystems

    Powerful insights, beyond what’s in sight: Making sense of data to drive profitability
    - Stefan Bungart, Global Head of Digitalization, Power Generation Services, Siemens Energy

    Advanced Monitoring & Diagnostics - Preserving Competiveness in Today’s Economic Reality
    - Clinton Carter, Director, Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostic Services, Luminant Energy

    Connecting Our Plants: Monitoring and Diagnostics at Salt River Project
    - Andrew Johnson, Supervisor, Performance Monitoring Center, Salt River Project

  8. 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Using Connected Plant Technologies to Enhance Worker Safety and Efficiency

    Using tablets for work orders, virtual reality applications for training, and apps for monitoring worker health and safety are just some of the ways new digital technologies are being used to ensure both safety and efficiency at power plants of all types. These and other connected plant technologies, including analytics that assist with decision-making, help generators support younger, leaner staffs.

    The Impact of the Connected Plant in the Design, Construction and Operation of Today’s Power Plant
    - Tom McDonnell, Manager, North American Industry Sales - Power Generation, Rockwell Automation

    How Technology Improves Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Overall Employee Safety
    - Matt Buck, Senior Technical Leader  Operations and Maintenance Generation, EPRI

  9. 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Break & Load Bus

  10. 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Site Tour: Luminant's Power Optimization Center

    Luminant, the largest generator in Texas, has developed a 24 x 7 remote monitoring, modeling, and diagnostics center that supports its entire fleet as well as other customers. Services range from detecting emerging issues to process cycle efficiency to cybersecurity. Whether you are considering your own remote MM&D operation or partnering with a third party, you'll want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to see first-hand how connected plant technologies come together to leverage data and expertise.

    Click here or the  image below for Luminant's sneak peek video:

  11. 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Welcome Reception

    Sponsored by: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

    Get a sneak peek of EPRI's hands-on demonstrations of digital worker technologies by viewing this video:  

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  1. 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Continental Breakfast

  2. 8:30 am - 9:20 am

    Using Digital Solutions for Compliance

    With the proliferating federal, state, and local environmental compliance requirements affecting virtually every plant in some way, every generator is looking for ways to handle monitoring, data collection, analysis, and reporting more efficiently. Speakers will detail specific solutions and talk about how to make the financial case.

    Case Study: Data and Applications in the Power Industry 
    - Steve Piche, Software Director, GE

    The End of Compliance Data
    - Philip Black, Product Marketing Director, Wood Group

  3. 9:20 am - 9:40 am

    Networking Break

  4. 9:40 am - 11:00 am

    Managing IT/OT Convergence/Collaboration

    With a more-connected plant, information technology and operational technology staff and systems can no longer afford to be completely siloed. Whether you call it systems convergence or collaboration, breaking down the silos is essential to support superior operating and business results. Speakers will discuss how these two groups can help each other achieve greater success and security.

    The Virtual Plant of the Future: Integrating Control, Simulation and Data Analytics
    The explosive growth in computing technologies is enabling a new generation of control system features and architectures that will radically change control system capabilities and architectures. These features are designed to make the human operations, maintenance and engineering personnel more effective. The net result is increased reliability, availability and revenue opportunities.
    -Rick Kephart, Director of Research and Technology, Emerson Power & Water Solutions

    Hey, you got your IT in my OT!
    Sound operational security approaches for when the lines between OT and IT start to blur.
    - Patrick Miller, Managing Partner, Archer Security Group

    Digitizing the power plant of the future: powering efficiency through IT/OT convergence
    -Aravind Yarlagadda is Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Management, Software, Schneider Electric

  5. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    Cybersecurity Concerns

    Talk about a connected plant and the Industrial Internet of Things necessarily raises the issue of cybersecurity. Digital capabilities are proliferating, so it's important to know  the right questions to ask before deploying a new  tool. Understand what needs to be, and what should be, local vs. in the cloud. Experts will address your best options for protecting against both known and emerging threats while enjoying the benefits of a more-connected plant.

    Voice from the field: Operational concerns when implementing IIoT vision. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) vision promises major operational benefits and provides enough business incentives to implement connected plant strategy at the factory floor. However, at the cost of increased security risk. Industrial organizations now realize that by connecting previously stranded data from plant assets and equipment with cloud-based analytics not only changes automation architecture but also how process control and security experts support operations. The incongruence between security posture of existing brownfield and newer greenfield deployments adds additional complexity when trying to implement end-to-end security for IIoT support. In this talk we will detail practical challenges when securing IIoT services in existing process control networks.
    - Marina Krotofill, Lead Security Researcher, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security

    Moving the Security Needle: Protecting Industrial Endpoints Against a Connected World
    IIoT is a battering ram that has knocked down traditional security controls such as security by obscurity and air gapping within a process control network (PCN). A connected industrial process facility can no longer rely on these outmoded security measures as they do not offer sufficient protection. Instead, moving the needle on industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity means applying new security controls, such as inventory and configuration management, directly to the endpoints that matter most– namely proprietary ICS and smart field instruments. We will examine how companies can apply cybersecurity best practices to these Level 0 and Level 1 systems and significantly reduce IIoT introduced risk as well as improve safety and reliability. 
    - Mark Carrigan, COO, PAS, Inc.

  6. 12:15 pm

    Lunch Pickup & Adjourn


Welcome Reception Sponsor: Electric Power Research Institute
Table Top Sponsor: Integ Enterprise Consulting
Table Top Sponsor:  Real-Time Innovations
Table Top Sponsor: Wood Group
Table Top Sponsor: SparkCognition, Inc.

Media Partners



  • Randall (Randy) Bickford

    President and CTO
    Expert Microsystems
  • Philip Black

    Product Marketing Director, Intelligent Operations
    Wood Group
  • Matt Buck

    Senior Technical Leader, Operations and Maintenance Generation
    Electric Power Research Institute
  • Stefan Bungart

    Global Head of Digitalization, Power Generation Services
  • Mark Carrigan

    PAS, Inc.
  • Clinton Carter

    Director, Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostic Services
    Luminant Energy
  • Sham Chotai

    Chief Technology Officer
    GE Power
  • Bernie Cook

    Executive VP Equipment Reliability Process and Technology
    Woyshner Service Co.
  • Andrew Johnson

    Supervisor, Performance Monitoring Center
    Salt River Project
  • Rick Kephart

    Director of Research and Technology
    Emerson Power & Water Solutions
  • Marina Krotofill

    Lead Security Researcher
    Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security
  • Susan Maley

    Principal Project Manager, Instrumentation, Controls, and Automation Program
    Electric Power Research Institute
  • Tom McDonnell

    Manager, North American Industry Sales - Power Generation
    Rockwell Automation
  • Patrick C. Miller

    Managing Partner
    Archer Security Group
  • Steve Piche, Ph.D.

    Software Director
    GE Power Digital Solutions
  • Dr. Michael Reid

    General Manager of Technical Programs, Fossil Hydro Group, Duke Energy
    Duke Energy
  • Dr. Stan Schneider

    Real-Time Innovations
  • Aravind Yarlagadda

    Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Management, Software
    Schneider Electric


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