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Partner Meeting
U.S. Climate Change Policy and Implications for Emissions of SF6

photo collage and SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems logo

June 2-3, 2009
Chase Towers, 48th Floor, NE No. 4
33 South Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois


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Agenda (PDF) (3 pp., 112 KB)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

7:30am
Registration
8:30am
Introduction and Welcome
  • Review of Meeting Objectives and Sessions, Sally Rand, EPA
  • Welcome Remarks, Rita Stols, Vice President of Strategic and Support Services, ComEd
9:00am
10:30am
Coffee Break
10:45am
12:15pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Session 3: Table Discussion 1 - Improving SF6 Emission Estimates
Moderator: Debbie Ottinger, EPA

This will be an open discussion focused on improving the quality of SF6 emissions estimates. Each Partner will come prepared to speak to the questions posed from EPA (see below). Following an opening by a moderator, a mediated group discussion will be held in the aim of having all Partners speak to and share ideas on improving SF6 emissions estimates.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the procedures taken by your company to input SF6 activities into an inventory tracking system (data entry frequency, data tracked, substation or corporate tracking)?
  2. What software does your company use to maintain data on SF6? Who is in charge of inputting data into the system?
  3. What method did you use to estimate total nameplate capacity?
  4. How and where are cylinders stored? Are they measured after each use? If so, what methods and instruments are used to weigh cylinders? Does your company have a protocol for tracking cylinders?
  5. What quality assurance/quality control procedures are taken to ensure all data inputs to the emissions reporting form are accurate (e.g., recordkeeping management and review of records, training of staff on inventory management)?
  6. What have been the most difficult challenges in tracking SF6 activities by your company? What steps is your company taking to address these challenges?
  7. What types of additional tools or training materials would improve your system?

3:00pm
Coffee Break
3:15pm
4:15pm
4:30pm
Meeting Adjourns for Day 1
5:30pm
Reception

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

8:45am
Session 5: Table Discussion 2 - Best Management Practices and Mitigation Strategies for SF6 Emission Reductions
Moderators: Tyler Anthony, Vice President, Transmission & Substations, ComEd
Mark Slezak, Operations Coordinator, Transmission & Substations, ComEd (PDF) (19 pp., 1 MB)

This will be an open discussion focused on best management practices and mitigation strategies for SF6 emission reductions. Each Partner will come prepared to speak to the questions posed from EPA (see below). Following an opening by the moderators, a mediated group discussion will be held in the aim of having all Partners speak to and share ideas on best management practices and mitigation strategies for SF6 emission reductions.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does your company ensure proper SF6 gas handling among field staff?
  2. What are your company's decision criteria for repair versus replacement?
  3. What techniques and sealants does your company use to address leak repair?
  4. How does your company approach the challenge of receiving approval and funding for making expensive purchases for equipment repair and/or replacement?
  5. What does your company consider as its best management practices for reducing SF6 emissions?
  6. What emission reduction strategy has been the most challenging and/or least successful? Why?

10:00am
Coffee Break
10:15pm
Session 5: Table Discussion 2 concludes
11:00am
Session 6: Planning Session - The Future for the Partnership
Moderator: Sally Rand, EPA

This session will provide an opportunity for Partners to discuss scope of activities and resources they need from the EPA Partnership to help them make further emission reductions and improve emissions inventories.. Also an opportunity to provide feedback to EPA on future policies and measures discussed in Session 1.

12:30pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Bus departs to West Loop Substation - GIS Site Tour
3:00pm
West Loop Substation - GIS Site Tour concludes
3:30pm
Bus returns to Chase Towers

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