Winter Storm Elliott and similar extreme weather events have brought concerns about the reliability of power plants and their equipment. These events have left millions of customers without power for significant periods of time.

In our first PGI Preview, Jackson Wooten, a mechanical engineer at Burns & McDonnell, spoke on the challenges faced by plant owner-operators during freezing conditions, the evolving threat to reliability and the importance of NERC reliability standards.

Wooten is speaking the POWERGEN International session, “Winterization through changing demography and the demand for reliable power,” on January 23rd at 2 p.m. The session is part of the show’s mainstay Optimizing Plant Performance track. POWERGEN is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Register Today.

At POWERGEN, Wooten will outline best practices to meet the NERC requirements for utilities executing upgrades on their winterization systems. The presentation will discuss implementing winterization strategies for fleets and how facilities can recover capital investment while ensuring reliability for customers in the future.

Wooten will also emphasize critical measures such as protecting transmitters, sensing lines and instrumentation, as well as mitigating turbine inlet filter freezing.

Watch our interview with Jackson Wooten of Burns & McDonnell above

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