Conference Schedule: Monday


7:00 AM-5:00 PM | Registration Desk Open

Registration Desk: Located in Regency Foyer

Please stop by the Check-In Desk to print your name badge and confirm your registration. From there, you will be directed to the Materials Pick-Up Desk, where you will receive a conference bag and any other custom items.

7:00 AM- 8:00 AM | Breakfast

Speaker Breakfast: located in Comiskey
Attendee Breakfast: located in Regency Foyer/International Suites

Join us for breakfast Monday morning to kick-off your full week of high- powered learning.

8:00 AM-9:15 AM | Welcome Address & Keynote Speaker

Welcome Address and Keynote Speaker: located in Crystal Ballroom

Speaker: David Sarkus, MS, CSP


It's difficult for workers and leaders, at any level, to trust and understand the kinds of principles that must be used to help individuals and teams work safer on a regular basis. In fact, some people don't quite know where to begin.

David reveals a set of global principles that anyone can use to help improve ongoing safety-related attitudes, actions, and awareness. David will share seven principles that have helped hundreds of organizations create sustainable safety improvement at an entirely new level.  And these principles will help you and your organization move together in the same direction through a common vision for world-class safety performance!

9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Technical Presentations

9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Electrical Safety Track
Impact of Changes to IEEE 1584 Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Calculations
Speakers: Steve Park, Vertiv's Electrical Reliability Services and High Voltage Maintenance 
Located in Crystal Ballroom

9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Equipment Track
Best Practices for Electrical Inspection Using Ultrasound & Infrared
Speakers: Adrian Messer, UE Systems
Located in Regency A

9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Relay Track
Why Are You Still Testing Relays Like Your Grandfather Did?
Speakers: Will Knapek, OMICRON electronics Corp. USA
Located in Regency C

9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Transformers Track
Transformer Winding Resistance Measurement: Field Challenges
Speakers: Daniel Carreno Perez and Dinesh Chhajer, Megger
Located in Regency D

9:30 AM-10:15 AM | Reliability Track
In Service Partial Discharge Surveys: For Reliability and Safety
Speakers: Anthony McGrail and Falk-Rudiger Werner, Doble Engineering Company
Located in Regency B

10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Technical Presentations

10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Electrical Safety Track
Personal Protective Grounding – Are We Protecting Ourselves?
Speakers: Alan Andrew Holt, Premier Power Maintenance Corporation
Located in Crystal Ballroom

10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Equipment Track
Counterfeiting: A Problem You Probably Don’t Know You Have
Speakers: Jim White, Shermco Industries
Located in Regency A

10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Relay Track
Traveling Wave Relay Application, Commissioning, and Initial Experience
Speakers: J Scott Cooper, OMICRON electronics Corp. USA
Located in Regency C

10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Transformers Track
Understanding the Revisions to PC57.104 – the Guide for Gas Generation in Mineral-Oil Immersed Transformers
Speakers: Scott Reed, MVA Diagnostics, Inc.
Located in Regency D

10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Reliability Track
Power Quality and Reliability: Impact on Automated Industrial Systems
Speakers: Alan Ross, SD Myers
Located in Regency B

11:30 AM-12:15 PM | Technical Presentations

11:30 AM-12:15 PM | Electrical Safety Track
Complacency or Comfortability? What is your Company Doing to Prevent Complacency?
Speakers: Kenneth George Peterson, Hampton Tedder Technical Services
Located in Crystal Ballroom

11:30 AM-12:15 PM | Equipment Track
State of the Electrical Testing Sector in 2020
Speaker: Paul Seppanen, A-Rent Test Equipment
Located in Regency A

11:30 AM-12:15 PM | Relay Track
Analysis of Selected Motor Event and Starting Reports
Speakers: Ryan McDaniel, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Located in Regency C

11:30 AM-12:15 PM | Transformers Track
Testing and Commissioning of Current Transformer Circuit in Substation: Different Practices Among US Utilities
Speakers: Morteza Talebi, TRC Solutions
Located in Regency D

11:30 AM-12:15 PM | Reliability Track
How to Perform a Power Survey
Speakers: Ross Ignall, Dranetz Technologies
Located in Regency B

12:15 PM-2:00 PM | Member/Alliance Luncheon*

Located in: Grand AB- East Tower

NETA Accredited Companies and Alliance Partners are invited to attend the annual Member and Alliance Luncheon. After a seated lunch, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to network with NETA Corporate Alliance Partners and discover the latest equipment and technologies available in the industry. By participating in the event, luncheon guests can also enter to win a $500 Amazon gift card, courtesy of NETA.

Sponsored by Shermco Industries

*Please note that preregistration is required for this luncheon.

12:15 PM-2:00 PM | PowerDB Users Group*

Located in: Acapulco

Annual User’s Group Meeting open to licensed users of PowerDB Pro Software.  Agenda will include presentations by the PowerDB Pro development team as well as utility, industrial and contractor groups discussing how this product is an integral part of their business operations. Pre-registration is required by contacting PowerDB at (979) 690-7925 ext. 702 or by registering at .

*Please note that preregistration is required for this event. Please register by clicking here

2:15 PM-3:00 PM | Technical Presentations

2:15 PM-3:00 PM | Electrical Safety Track
Implementing & Auditing Your Electrical Safety Program – Is It Compliant?
Speakers: Terry Becker, TW Becker Electrical Safety Consulting
Located in Crystal Ballroom

2:15 PM-3:00 PM | Equipment Track
First Trip Testing – Assessing Circuit Breaker Mechanism Health
Speakers: Michael Wolf, Doble Engineering Company
Located in Regency A

2:15 PM-3:00 PM | Relay Track
The Nuances of Testing Electromechanical Relays with Digital Relay Test Equipment
Glenn Louis Goldfarb, ABB
Located in Regency C

2:15 PM-3:00 PM | Transformers Track
Challenges Associated with Diagnostic Testing of PT/VT Instrument Transformers
Speakers: Charles Sweetser, OMICRON electronics Corp. USA
Located in Regency D

2:15 PM-5:00 PM | Emerging Technologies Symposium

Located in: Regency B

Emerging Technology Symposium – A Look at Diagnostics

The world of medium-voltage equipment diagnostics is evolving each day. This symposium will look at several new technologies designed to help in the field assessment of electrical power equipment.

Damped Alternating Current (DAC) for medium-voltage cable assessment; Dielectric Frequency Response as applied power and instrument transformers; vacuum bottle testing technology and protective relay advancements, and other testing techniques will be discussed. Make sure you attend to learn of the latest trends and techniques!

3:15 PM-4:00 PM | Technical Presentations

3:15 PM-4:00 PM | Electrical Safety Track
Human Performance Errors In Power Utility Industry: Approaches and Recommendations
Speakers: Morteza Talebi, TRC Solutions
Located in Crystal Ballroom

3:15 PM-4:00 PM | Equipment Track
LV Circuit Breaker Ground Fault Protection: Testing Challenges Using Primary Injection
Speaker: Daniel Carreno Perez, Megger
Located in Regency A

3:15 PM-4:00 PM | Relay Track
Beyond Relay Testing: Things to Check to Ensure Proper Relay Application
Speakers: Vignesh Palanichamy, Sentinel Field Services, LLC
Located in Regency C

3:15 PM-4:00 PM | Transformers Track
The Testing Side of IEEE Std. C37.113TM – 2015
Speakers: Ruben Dario Corrales, POWER Testing and Energization, Inc.
Located in Regency D

4:15 PM-5:00 PM | Technical Presentations

4:15 PM-5:00 PM | Electrical Safety Track
Safe Protective Grounding
Speakers: Keith Wallace and Chris Shaw, Safearth
Located in Crystal Ballroom

4:15 PM-5:00 PM | Equipment Track
IEEE C37.23-2015 Standard for Metal-Enclosed Bus – What You Need to Know and Why
Speakers: Steve Powell, Electrical Builders, Inc.
Located in Regency A

4:15 PM-5:00 PM | Relay Track
PV Generation Interconnection & Protection
Speakers: David Morrissey, American Electrical Testing Co., LLC
Located in Regency C

4:15 PM-5:00 PM | Transformers Track
Diagnostic of Mechanical Integrity of High Voltage Power Transformer Using Sweep Frequency Response Analysis
Jay Gosalia and Jiten Jesing, Power Diagnostic Instrument Company/Utility Power Test
Located in Regency D

5:00 PM-6:00 PM | New Product Forum

Located in: Crystal Ballroom
In sixty minutes, preview the newest products and services shaping the power systems industry from the PowerTest 2020 exhibitors. All conference registrants are invited to attend, and you just might be a door-prize winner.

6:00 PM-10:00 PM | Hospitality Suites

Located in: Wrigley, Soldier Field, Columbian, Picasso, Haymarket, Water Tower, Comiskey and Gold Coast

Mingle with colleagues and a host of leaders at Monday night’s hospitality suites. Hosts will offer their own brand of hospitality with uniquely themed suites and the best of food, drinks, and entertainment..