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Monday, April 8 

10:00 am – 11:00 am 

Mastering Power System Equipment Specifications & Design: A Guide to Avoiding Common Pitfalls 

Moderator: Carlos Jimenez, BR+A Consulting Engineers  

Panelists: Jim Briceno, ASCO Power Technologies; Joseph Dickinson, Ring Power Corporation; Joe Kendall, Schneider Electric; Jennifer Nekuda, Kohler Power; Mariano Rojas, Cummins Power Systems

This panel comprises leading industry professionals who, despite representing different companies, share a consensus on crucial topics within power system design. The collaborative spirit of the panelists fosters an environment where diverse perspectives converge to provide attendees with valuable insights, best practices, and a comprehensive guide to navigating the intricate landscape of power system equipment specifications and design, thereby promoting excellence in the consulting engineering field. Key Discussion Points for the Panel Include: Selective Coordination, Subtransient Reactance, National Electric Code Updates, and HVO Usage in Stationary Engines. 

1 CEU/PDH Available


Monday, April 8 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Considerations for Generator Set Selection 

Presenter: Bob Kelly, Cummins Power Systems  

Sizing and selecting the right-sized generator set for a customer’s loads can be a challenging endeavor; we’re here to help! While most sizing exercises are best done with sizing programs or with the help of a manufacturer’s representative, it is still important to understand the fundamental factors that affect the sizing of generator sets so you can be confident you have the right equipment for your application.  

After completing this course, participants will be able to: Recognize the importance of key early decisions and where to get more information even before sizing for customer loads; Identify the impact of site conditions and overall loads on generator set performance; Describe how transient performance impacts generator set sizing: including load application techniques to optimize generator set performance while minimizing generator set size requirements for motor type applications; Recognize the fundamentals at work behind generator set sizing software. 

1 CEU/PDH Available

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Application and Code Considerations for Specifying Generator Set Fuel Sources 

Presenter: Bob Kelly, Cummins Power Systems 

The installation of gaseous generator sets in a wide variety of applications continues to rise in North America while facility performance requirements, codes and standards are often most closely linked to their traditional diesel counterpart. As natural gas and propane fueled generator sets reach the market with “diesel-like” performance, it’s critical to understand how best to apply these products in order to maximize the value they provide. This course will provide an overview of gaseous generator set capabilities in various applications and will empower participants to recognize how to best apply gaseous generator sets to meet common performance and code requirements. After completing this course, participants will be able to Recognize performance requirements applicable to both diesel and gaseous generator sets; Describe key features and capabilities of gaseous generator sets; and List key application considerations unique to gaseous generator set installations. 

1 CEU/PDH Available

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

NEC start signal integrity (2017 vs. TIA vs. accepted verbiage vs. actual implementation) 

Presenter: Jim Briceno, ASCO Power Technologies 

The 2017 revision of NFPA 70 (NEC) brought significant changes affecting emergency power supply systems, particularly the introduction of "start signal integrity" requirements outlined in section 700.10 (D) (3). However, upon their initial release, these updates were widely perceived as unclearly defined, prompting the implementation of a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to temporarily supplement the base 2017 revision. This introduction followed by the TIA has led to confusion within the industry, as many engineers and inspectors are uncertain about which guidelines to adhere to, compounded by the slower adoption rate of NEC revisions by various states. 

Adding to the complexity, manufacturers have approached this requirement in diverse ways, offering solutions that integrate control and proprietary communications-based solutions. This variety of approaches may pose compatibility challenges across equipment typically supplied by different manufacturers within a single power system, further complicating the situation. Participants in this session will walk away with a better understanding of the requirements of NFPA 70 related to "start signal integrity" and potential solutions to be considered for power system specifications. 

1 CEU/PDH Available

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Achieving Optimal Selective Coordination in Emergency Power Distribution Systems 

Presenter: Joe Kendall, Schneider Electric 

This seminar delves into the critical aspects of selective coordination concerning emergency power distribution systems. Focused discussions will highlight the significance of time-based ratings for transfer switches, overcurrent protective devices, and generators. Participants will gain comprehensive insights into the intricate requirements and strategies for ensuring seamless and effective selective coordination in emergency power systems. The seminar aims to empower engineering professionals with the knowledge and methodologies essential for achieving robust and reliable emergency power distribution systems in compliance with industry standards. 

1 CEU/PDH Available

Tuesday, April 9 

9:15 am – 10:15 am 

Big Changes in NFPA 110: What You Need to Know 

Presenter(s): Bill Kaewert and Eric Solanyk, SENS (Stored Energy Systems, LLC) 

The NFPA 110, the standard for emergency and standby power system, is revised every 3 years.  This session summarizes the coming NFPA 110 changes, and what those changes mean for the emergency and standby power generation industry. 

1 CEU/PDH Available

10:15 am – 11:15 am 

Emissions and Air Permitting Requirements for Standby Generator Sets 

Presenter: Michael Sanford, Cummins Power Systems  

Air permitting for standby generator sets can vary wildly from site to site and when misunderstood can have a major impact on project success. Although EPA regulations have stabilized and are thought to be well understood, ever-increasing local requirements are changing the criticality of air permitting for engine-driven generator sets.  

This course will provide a brief overview of regulated emissions constituents and their formation in order to provide a foundational understanding of engine emissions. Next, the EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) will be reviewed as it relates to both compression ignited (diesel) and spark ignited (natural gas or propane) engine equipped generator sets.  Participants will gain an awareness of common pitfalls related to emissions permitting and will be introduced to various strategies employed to meet local emissions regulations. 

After completing this course, participants will be able to: Recognize commonly regulated exhaust emissions constituents; Describe EPA emissions requirements for diesel and gaseous standby generator sets; Identify common requirements for permitting engine-driven generator sets.

1 CEU/PDH Available 


EGSA wishes to thank the following companies for their support of the Spring Conference. Revenues from the event help support ESGA’s operational programs.














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