Analytics has the potential to deliver an economic impact of between $4 trillion and $11 trillion by 2025, according to McKinsey & Company. It presents a massive opportunity, but also massive confusion. Where to start? How to start? What models to apply where? What types of problems can analytics solve?

Advanced analytics can transition power producers from a reactive operations and maintenance approach to a predictive or prognostic strategy. This actionable intelligence—built directly into the automation platform—unleashes efficiencies that improve operational situational awareness across traditional, renewable and battery storage generation segments. Ultimately, it reduces overall costs while increasing plant safety, reliability and availability.

Foundational to this capability is a holistic automation platform that allows information to flow from generating assets through an intelligence framework to the enterprise.

Join us for a panel discussion with utility and industry experts about how to turn vast amounts of data into insights that drive proactive decisions to boost operational performance at all levels—from simple equipment and complex processes to units and across entire generating fleets.

The panel will discuss real-life examples of how AI—Actionable Intelligence—can alert and guide operators to take immediate, specific action or direct the control system to do the same, to avert future, potentially catastrophic equipment or process failures at renewable or fossil plants.

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -4:00)
  • Understand the types of problems that analytics can solve
  • Gain real-time visibility into equipment health and operational performance
  • Identify, predict and prevent more than 80% of common equipment and process failures by leveraging machine learning, predictive modeling, advanced pattern recognition and artificial intelligence
Mark Pavelka
Manager, Generation Engineering, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative
Mark is a power industry veteran with 44 years of experience ranging from energy generation to distribution. Currently, Mark manages generation engineering activities for multiple plants within the Brazos Electric Power Cooperative fleet. He is also responsible for evaluating and implementing new technologies that cost-effectively improve reliability and performance. Prior to joining Brazos Electric in 2007, he served as a consultant and manager at TXU Energy. Career highlights include establishing a central remote monitoring and control system for global systems, strategic planning for load forecasting for multi-city areas, performing Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) for a Fortune 100 company via virtual modems, and working with EPRI on the three-layer Utility Communications Architecture (UCA) protocol stack.
Rick Kephart
Vice President of Technology for the Power and Water Industries, Emerson
Rick Kephart has over 30 years of automation experience in the power and water/wastewater industries. Over his career he has become an expert in control systems and theory, embedded systems and real-time systems. Rick joined the organization (then known as Westinghouse Process Control) as a field engineer in 1990. He currently serves as the vice president of technology for Emerson’s power and water solutions business. In this position, Rick leads the global power and water technology organization and is responsible for shaping our technology architecture, strategy and direction for the Ovation™ platform and the entire power generation and system stacks. Previously, Rick was the vice president of software solutions and responsible for managing a global organization responsible for the development of all software related to the Ovation automation platform. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Aaron Hussey, P.E.
Principal, Integral Analytics
Aaron has extensive power industry experience related to automation, instrumentation and controls. Current responsibilities include advanced pattern recognition model development for several monitoring and diagnostic centers, and various analytics and sensor specification efforts for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Before founding Integral Analytics, Aaron implemented predictive analytic models for hydro, fossil and nuclear power plants operated by major U.S. utilities. Prior to that, he held various roles over 9+ years at EPRI, focusing on instrumentation and controls research including project management for the Fleet-Wide Monitoring Interest Group. He is past director for the power industry division and chair of the conference and events committee for the International Society of Automation and is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor, POWER magazine
Aaron Larson joined the POWER team in September 2013 as an associate editor and was named executive editor in 2017. Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology and a master’s degree, specializing in finance. He spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program, advancing to Chief Petty Officer. He has worked at commercial nuclear, biomass, and coal-fired power plants, functioning in operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management capacities. Aaron holds a Chief A Engineer boiler operator license in the state of Minnesota.