US Round Table by TCS and ADEX

“Assets improvements and High Performance of Thermal Power Plants in the New Generation context”

18th of October, 2022. Online

From 08:00 PST to 09:30 PST (11:00 EST to 12:30 EST)

Generation overcapacity in the Market allows System Operators to choose the best power source at any moment due to cost, sustainability, availability, and many other factors, creating fierce competition to be dispatched.

The EU is one step ahead of the US in requesting flexible operations for their thermal power plants which are impacted by high Carbon taxes, too. In India, the Government is ruling mandatory ramping rates and challenging current minimum technical loads to the coal-fired power plants to ensure priority room for renewables.

In this Round Table, a panel of industry executives will debate the challenges of enhancing the flexibility of thermal power plants to play their new role in the US electricity markets.

Welcome & Introduction

Jose A. Martinez
CEO at ADEX

M.S. in Industrial Engineering and MBA with a wide background in developing disruptive solutions at a global level. CEO of ADEX – an AI company for enabling Energy Transition, where he is particularly focused on the international expansion of the company and the partnership agreements.

Business Expert of the UE, and Business Angel at early-stage companies.

Previously, Jose was CEO of a strategic consultancy boutique and Sales VP at BT Global Services.

Keynote Speakers

Michael Bryson
SVP Operations at PJM

Mike is responsible for PJM’s Operations Division, overseeing 24/7 transmission operations for real-time systems. This includes scheduling, transmission dispatch, generation dispatch, reliability coordination, training, and all engineering analysis required to run the system and support the critical energy management systems.

Bryson also held the positions different executive and managerial positions since 1998. Prior to joining PJM, he held various senior-level positions with DIMAC DIRECT.

Bryson has nearly 10 years of military experience as a pilot. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Service in Desert Storm.

He earned a B.S. in general engineering at West Point and a MBA at the Saint Joseph’s University. He is graduated in Power Engineering by WPI too.

Stephen George
Director, Operational Performance, Training and Integration at ISO NE

Stephen is responsible for supporting the System Operations and Market Administration Department. He is responsible for corporate project integration, system operator training, analysis of operational events, and situational awareness of regional energy concerns. In this capacity, Stephen and his team have taken a lead role in ISO’s energy adequacy and winter readiness initiatives over the past several years.

He joined ISO New England in 2004, holding a variety of roles in the Operational Performance, Training and Integration group and the control room.

Stephen has more than 24 years of energy industry experience as well as a B.S. in Applied Science and Technology, Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State University and a MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

Round Table panelists

Michael Caravaggio
Director of Thermal Fleet at EPRI

Michael leads the R&D group that seeks to ensure the tools and knowledge required to manage thermal assets to reduce unplanned outages and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs and improve unit profitability, particularly in this energy transition context.

Previously Mike has held many roles at EPRI, has run Integrated Chemistry Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based Business Development and Technical Consultancy company, and held various positions with Ontario Power Generation.

Preston Patterson
Director of Reliability and Asset Management at Competitive Power Ventures

Preston joined CPV’s Asset Management Group in 2017 to help develop and manage the fleet reliability program, as well as provide technical direction on fleet performance. Preston leads a number of focused initiatives aimed at better positioning CPV’s assets to improve reliability.

Prior to joining CPV, Preston worked for other IPPs including InterGen and Calpine where he was focused primarily on plant thermal performance improvement and remote M&D.

Jack Monahon
GM Operations at Caithness Energy

Round Table Chair

Kamalakkannan Muthukrishnan
CTO at TCS IP2 (Intelligent Power Plant)

 

Kamal has architected the TCS IP2 solution leveraging technologies such as Cloud, IoT, AI/ML and Digital Twins to catalyze disruptive innovation and operational excellence in Utility industry. He holds a Masters degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). He is Certified in Machine Learning by Stanford University. He helped many Power Generation customers to realize the business value in Digitalization, Operation Optimization and Asset Performance Management by leveraging TCS IP2 solution.