Spring Engineering & Operations Conference

Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2016


ECNE's Spring Engineering & Operations Conference

March 16 - 18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI

Join us in Warwick for two days of presentations, roundtable discussions and exhibits. 

Conference Tracks Include:

  • Meter & Revenue Protection
  • Substation Equipment & Maintenance
  • Transmission & Distribution


Online Registration

Attendee Registration (Utility Attendees)

Exhibitor Registration


Conference Agenda

Click here to download the On-Site Agenda.

Wednesday, March 16th

Pre-Conference Seminars:

11:00 am - 4:30 pm Standards & Specifications Working Group Meeting (Utility Attendees Only)

ECNE’s Standards & Specifications Working Group will hold their 1st quarter meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, March 16th.  Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday, February 19th if you plan to attend.

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Wireless & Non-Wireless Connectivity for Smart Grid Deployment (Utility Attendees Only)
by John Arnott, DigitaLogic, Inc.

The dominant perception is that Smart Grid and microgrid deployments will be successful by the introduction of a good DMS/SCADA system, a comprehensive wired/wireless network, standard protocols and modern field devices.  The real issues are far more complex and far-reaching.

This tutorial will give the engineer:

  • A high-level understanding of different communication technologies, including physics behind RF propagation, FCC rulings, available equipment and practical information on how propagation studies are performed.
  • Comparisons of different communication technologies and their most practical purpose.
  • Fundamental requirements for SCADA deployment and building a wireless network.
  • Introduction to new tool for SCADA/Automation deployment.

Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday, February 19th if you plan to attend.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Meet & Greet Reception 
Utility Attendees & Exhibitors Welcome - Please RSVP by March 2nd if you plan to attend.

Thursday, March 17th

7:30 am Attendee Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am General Session:
Design with Community in Mind
by Samantha Marone, The United Illuminating Company

Keeping pace with a changing world, UI has implemented a change in strategy which views projects through the eyes of a design engineer, as well as citizens living in nearby communities. The general session will review this change in strategy, how engineers design features to mitigate impact to the surrounding environment and community.

9:00 am Exhibitor Registration & Set-up

10:30 am Breakout Sessions

Meter & Revenue Protection Track
Support of DG Penetration on Distribution Systems by Deploying Grid Edge Volt Var Control 
by Troy Cherry, Varentec

Substation Equipment & Maintenance Track
Modern Motor Operator Design, Features & Functionality
by Fred Avila, AvCom, Inc.

Transmission & Distribution Track
Transformation of the Distribution Planning with DER Integration, Emerging Process 
by Hugo Bashualdo, Siemens PTI

12:00 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall 

2:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Meter & Revenue Protection Track
2:00 - 3:15 pm Advanced Gateway/RTU Functionality and
Communications Capabilities of Intelligent Revenue Meters
by Art Nekrasov, Schneider Electric
3:30 - 4:30 pm Rebuilding a Revenue Protection Program
by Doug Bergholm, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

Substation Equipment & Maintenance Track
2:00 - 3:15 pm Extending Circuit Breaker Lubricant Life by Jason Wills, First Power Group, LLC 3:30 - 4:30 pm Electrical Connector Theory & Application by Jefferson Hall, BURNDY, LLC

Transmission & Distribution Track
2:00 - 3:15 pm The True Value of Automated Faulted Circuit Indicators (FCIs)
by Derek Booth & Bob Duncan, Power Delivery Products
3:30 - 4:30 pm Implementing VAR Control While Overcoming Cost & Real Estate Constraints at Substation
(Utility Attendees Only)
by John Arnott, DigitaLogic, Inc. & Marc Wunderli, Eversource Energy

4:30 pm Reception in Exhibit Hall

5:30 pm Presentation of Donations to Westbay Marketplace

& Door Prize Drawing

6:00 pm Reception Adjourns

Friday, March 18th

8:00 am Breakout Sessions

Meter & Revenue Protection Track
8:00 - 9:00 am DG and Rate Impacts
by Guy Cattaruzza, The United Illuminating Company
9:15 - 10:15 am Functional Testing - How to Cope with Ever-Changing Needs & Requirements
by Tom Lawton, TESCO - The Eastern Speciality Company
10:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion - Closed Session (Utility Attendees Only)

Substation Equipment & Maintenance Track
8:00 - 9:00 am The Value of Comprehensive Partial Discharge Commission Testing
by Ryan Tarring, OMICRON Energy
9:15 - 10:15 am Using Infrared as a Tool for Substation Maintenance
by Mario Barone, Liberty Utilities
10:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion - Closed Session (Utility Attendees Only)

Transmission & Distribution Track
8:00 - 9:00 am High Impedance Fault Wire Down Sensing & Isolation
   by Tim O'Regan, Electrical Materials Co.

9:15 - 10:15 am Spacer Cable Concepts, Applications & New Product Development

by Edward Laughlin & Robin Jowders, Hendrix/Marmon Utility LLC
10:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion - Closed Session (Utility Attendees Only)

Click here to download the On-Site Agenda.


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Attendee Registration Fees

Full Conference (Thursday, March 17th - Friday, March 18th)

ECNE Members $450

Non-Members $600

Thursday, March 17th ONLY

ECNE Members $390

Non-Members $545

Exhibitor Registration Fees 

NOTE: All individuals in the exhibit hall must have an Exhibit Hall Pass.  Each Exhibit Table includes 1 Hall Pass each, and individual Hall Passes may be purchased separately.

Exhibit Hall Pass ONLY

ECNE Members $185

Non-Members $265

Click here to download the Exhibitor FAQ.

Online Registration

Attendee Registration (Utility Attendees)

Exhibitor Registration


Download the Registration Form

Attendee Registration (Utility Attendees)

Exhibitor Registration

Exhibit Hall Pass Registration

Please return registration forms to registrar@ecne.org or fax to (603) 626-4605 by Friday, February 19th.



Lodging is not included in your registration fee and must be arranged directly with the hotel.  The Crowne Plaza Hotel is currently SOLD OUT (as of 2/24/2016).

Contact their nearby sister hotel, the Holiday Inn Express and mention the Energy Council of the Northeast to get the negotiated rate.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - $139/night + tax
901 Jefferson Boulevard
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 736-5000

The Holiday Inn Express is approximately 2 miles from the Crowne Plaza and shuttle service to and from the Crowne Plaza will be provided.

You may also book online at www.hiexpress.com using the Group Code: ECN.


Doing Good in the Community 

Westbay Community Action’s emergency food program, the Westbay Marketplace serves well over 1,000 clients each month.  Some clients are native to Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Israel, Russia and other places who may follow a specific dietary law. The Marketplace makes a special effort to accommodate clients with religious dietary restrictions by saving donated kosher meat and other items for these individuals upon request. 

To help support the mission of Westbay's Marketplace, ECNE will be accepting food donations at the Spring Engineering & Operations Conference.  On Thursday, March 17th Tanisha Simpson, Sr. Manager of Volunteer & Sr.  Nutrition Services will join us to receive your generous donations!

Please bring any of the following items to the Registration Table:

  • Canned Fruit of any kind 14oz
  • Chicken or Chicken Noodle Soups 14 oz
  • Hardy Soups 14.0 oz to 20 oz boxes
  • Protein Rich Canned foods such as Beef Stew
  • Oat Meal (Variety Packs)
  • Peanut Butter 14.0 oz to 20 oz jars
  • Grape Jelly     14.0 oz 
  • Vegetables-canned  14.0 oz
  • Spinach-canned  14.0 oz
  • Gluten Free Foods - canned or storable-marked ‘Gluten Free’, such as:
    • Soups, peanut butter, macaroni (corn etc)
    • quinoa (grain), canned green vegetables.
  • Diabetic Friendly Foods - canned or storable, such as:
    • Whole wheat flour
    • Wheat germ
    • Corn meal
    • Beans 
    • Canned vegetables NOT contained corn syrup

Click here to download the list of requested items.








Crowne Plaza Hotel
801 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886


Sarah Klingler
(603) 626-4602 (104)