Fall Engineering & Operations Conference

Starts:  Nov 4, 2015 8:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Nov 6, 2015 12:00 PM (ET)


ECNE's Fall Engineering & Operations Conference

November 4 - 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster, MA

Join us in Leominster for two days of presentations, roundtable discussions and vendor exhibits.  This conference will feature a Security Track and several other presentations will also address security as part of operations.

Conference Tracks Include:

  • Meter & Revenue Protection
  • Security
  • Transmission & Distribution

Click here to download the On-Site Agenda.  

Online Registration

Attendee Registration (Utility Attendees)

Exhibitor Registration ** The Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT.  

Exhibit Hall Passes are still available for purchase.

Registration forms found at the bottom of the page. 


Conference Agenda

Click here to download the On-Site Agenda 

Wednesday, November 4th

Pre-Conference Seminars

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) - Please register online at www.selinc.com/events 

SEL is offering a regional technical seminar to introduce new products, technology, applications and complete solutions.  Please join us for product demonstrations and meet with SEL engineers to discuss your applications.  Session will focus on power system protection, monitoring, control, communications and integration.

Active Shooter Seminar (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
by Tim Donnelly, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NOTE: Lunch will not be served.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing training, products and resources on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence.  These situations are by nature unpredictable and evolve quickly.  This seminar will help to better prepare you for an active shooter situation and raise awareness.

Meet & Greet Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Utility Attendees and Exhibitors Welcome 

Thursday, November 5th

7:30 am Attendee Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am General Session:
Using Web Intelligence to Identify Critical Infrastructure Risks
by Scott Donnelly, Recorded Future Senior Analyst

The general session will cover an overview of the common ways hackers attack companies and organizations supporting critical infrastructure.  leaked credentials, vulnerabilities targeting by phishing and shared exploits for ICS are all discussed!

9:00 am  Exhibitor Registration & Set-up

10:30 am Breakout Sessions

Meter & Revenue Protection Track
Meter Hacking Prevention (Utility Attendees Only)
10:30 - 11:00 am Tom Wilson, Elster Electricity
11:00 - 11:30 am  Scott Palmquist, Itron, Inc.
11:30 - 12:00 pm Michael Vecchi, Landis + Gyr, Inc.

Security Track
Actionable Cyber Threat Intelligence for Utilities: Bridging the Requirements Gap 
by Sean McBride, iSIGHT Partners

Transmission & Distribution Track
10:30 - 11:15 am Flexible Medium Voltage Cable
by Jay Hathaway TPC Wire & Cable
11:15 - 12:00 pm Online Leak Repair of Transformers
by Liisa Colby, THE COLT GROUP - Power Services Division 

12:00 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall 

2:00 pm Breakout Sessions Continue

Meter & Revenue Protection Track
2:00 - 3:15 pm  Smart Meter Hacking by Andy Dodd, FBI 3:30 - 4:30 pm OMS with Support from AMI as a Service - An Affordable & Reliable Solution by Peter Moravec, Siemens

Security Track
2:00 - 3:15 pm  Forensics and Data Analytics by Lindsay Bernard and Michael Godin, RSA, The Security Division of EMC 3:30 - 4:30 pm PCI Data Security Standards 3.0 & Verizon Wireless by Bill Shipley & Keith Robinson, Verizon Wireless

Transmission & Distribution Track
2:00 - 3:15 pm  AVR Structural Support System for Deteriorated Utility Vaults & Manholes
by Bob Reisdorff, Laminated Wood Systems, Inc.
3:30 - 4:30 pm What Can Infrared Do for You?
by Jason Howarth, FLIR

4:30 pm Reception in Exhibit Hall

5:30 pm Presentation of Donations to Kylee McCumber, Kylee's Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc.

& Door Prize Drawing

6:00 pm Reception Adjourns 

Friday, November 6th

8:00 am Breakout Sessions

Meter & Revenue Protection Track
8:00 - 9:00 am  Join Security Track: NIST Cyber Security Framework & DHS by Fred Howell, McGladrey LLP 9:15 - 10:15 am Demand Charges in Residential Tariffs - A Roundtable Discussion by Brian Anders, National Grid and Bill Green, Eversource Energy 10:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion - Closed Session (Utility Members Only)

Security Track
8:00 - 9:00 am  NIST Cyber Security Framework & DHS by Fred Howell, McGladrey, LLP 9:15 - 10:15 am Reducing the Risk of a Cyber Attack on Utilities
by Jim Girouard, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
10:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion - Closed Session (Utility Members Only)

Transmission & Distribution Track
8:00 - 9:00 am  Faulted Circuit Indicators: Your Guide to Getting the Lights Back On
by Chad Kennedy, SEL
9:15 - 10:15 am Insulation Piercing Connectors
by Frank Willier, Sicame Group
10:30 - 12:00 pm Roundtable Discussion - Closed Session (Utility Members Only)

12:00 pm Conference Adjourns

Attendee Registration Fees

Full Conference (Thursday, November 5th - Friday, November 6th)

Members $425.00

Non-Members $585.00

Thursday, November 5th ONLY

Members $385.00

Non-Members $525.00

Exhibitor Registration Fees

All individuals in the exhibit hall must have an exhibit hall pass.   ** The Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT.  
Exhibit Hall Passes are still available for purchase.

Exhibit Hall Pass ONLY

Members $185.00

Non-Members $260.00

Click here to download the Exhibitor FAQ.

Online Registration

Attendee Registration (Utility Attendees)

Exhibitor Registration   ** The Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT.  
Exhibit Hall Passes are still available for purchase.

Download the Registration Form

Attendee Registration Form (Utility Attendees)

Exhibit Hall Pass Registration Form

Please return registration forms to registrar@ecne.org or fax to (603) 626-4605.


Lodging is not included in registration fees and must be arranged directly with the hotel.  Mention the Energy Council of the Northeast to get the negotiated rate.  Rooms and rates were held until Sunday, October 25th.  Contact ECNE to see if we can get you in the room block.

DoubleTree Hotel - $119/night + tax
99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-9000

If you have any questions, contact ECNE at (603) 626-4602.


Click here to download the On-Site Agenda 


Thank you to our sponsors!



Doing Good in the Community

In September 2012, at 10 years old, Kylee McCumber started Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc. to help children without enough food at home on the weekends.  Every Friday, almost 250 children in the Leominster, MA public school system receive a Kare Kit that includes cereal, juice, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, macaroni and cheese, chicken noodle soup, granola bars, etc.  Click here to visit their website.

To help Kylee’s mission ECNE will be accepting donations at the Fall Engineering & Operations Conference. 

On Thursday, November 5th Kylee will join us at the Reception and receive your generous donations!

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

Food Donations

  • 100% Juice Boxes

  • Granola Bars

  • Macaroni & Cheese

  • Fruit Cups

  • Applesauce Cups

  • Pudding Cups

  • Spaghettio’s                                    

  • Oatmeal Packets                             

  • Cereal - Individual box servings size

  • Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli or Spaghetti & Meatballs

  • Individual packets of cookies, crackers, chips & pretzels

  • Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup

Clothing Donations  

Sizes 2T - Adult.  Children range from toddlers through high school.

  • Winter Coats

  • Sweatshirts

  • Sweatpants

  • Gloves & Mittens 

Click here to download the list of requested items.


DoubleTree Hotel
99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453


Sarah Klingler
(603) 626-4602 (104)