Arkansas Electrical Convention
Conference & Trade Show 2020

Arkansas Electrical
Convention

13 February 2020 | Little Rock, Arkansas

13 February 2020 | Little Rock, Arkansas

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The Arkansas Electrical Convention will be a full day conference and tradeshow specifically tailored for the electrical industry. There will be accredited continuing education courses, featured speakers, a large tradeshow with plenty of opportunity for networking, a banquet style luncheon, and a cocktail function to conclude the day. The planning committee is comprised of representatives from both the IES Little Rock chapter as well as the Electrical League of Arkansas.  We have been working hard to plan a successful event that will benefit specifiers, facility managers, contractors, distributors, utility representatives, and manufacturing representatives.

Event Speakers

Mike Preston

Arkansas, Secretary of Commerce & Executive Director At AEDC

Ian Hadden

Director of Energy Management Services at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Robin Sipes

Assistant Director of Energy Management at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Haley Robson

Principal / Project Manager of Lighting Design at Bernhard TME
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Director, South Region Operations at MISO

Chad Kennedy

Director, External Affairs and Government Relations at Schneider Electric

CJ Billera

Account Supervisor at Lutron Electronics

Jonah Ukpai

Business Development at Schneider Electric

Randall Robinette

Field Engineer At Schneider Electric
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Sara Schmidt

Specifications Consultant at Legrand

Jude Hernandez

Senior Specification Engineer at ABB Industrial Connections & Solutions

John P. Bethel

Director of Public Affairs at Entergy Arkansas

Event Speakers

We are requesting qualified presenters to submit programs they are familiar with and feel they provide an expertise on the subject. We are looking to provide a variety of presentations to cover many different topics within the electrical industry.

Convention Schedule

February 13, 2020 :
7:00am - 9:00am

Vendor Setup

  • Grand Ballroom

Vendors should unload in the loading area off La Harpe Blvd. Carry in items up the freight elevator to the 2nd floor.

7:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast - Sponsored by Bernhard TME

  • Elevator Lobby

Breakfast buffet will be served on the second floor next to registration.

8:00am - 9:00am

Implementing OIS, a Campus Electrical Loop and a 10MW Generator Plant at UALR

  • Ian Hadden   Robin Sipes  
  • Riverside West

UALR will share the story of the electrical side of their recent energy conservation projects. In 2013 UA Little Rock began a $30M energy conservation project in support of long term campus commitments under Act 1494. This phase of the project included consolidating 3 primary meters into a single OIS account, construction of a 10 MW generating facility and connecting and consolidating the campus electrical loop to improve redundancy and reduce operating costs. Projects of this size frequently run into hurdles and this was no different, we'll share the challenges such at Tier 4i emissions and contract language as well as the successes.

8:00am - 9:00am

2020 National Electric Code Update

  • Chad Kennedy  
  • Riverside East

Update to NEC as a result of the 2020 Edition of the NFPA70

9:00am -

Trade Show Opens

  • Grand Ballroom

The trade show will be open continuously from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm for those who are only attending the trade show portion of the event.

9:00am - 9:30am

Break

  • Grand Ballroom

9:30am - 10:30am

Wireless Lighting Controls

  • CJ Billera  
  • Riverside West

Wireless Technologies for Lighting Control looks at the value of wireless and how to make smart decisions when choosing between technologies. The benefits of wireless lighting controls have led to a dramatic increase in the number of systems available over the last few years. Not all are created equally. To ensure the success of a wireless control system, it is critical to evaluate wireless control options on their flexibility, reconfigurability, interoperability, reliability, and security. Attendees will learn how to evaluate wireless control options based on these criteria.

9:30am - 10:30am

Applying Panelboards to Solar Arrays

  • Randall Robinette  
  • Riverside West

Understand the pitfalls in applying panels that many individuals are unaware of.

10:30am - 11:00am

Break - Door Prize Announcement

  • Grand Ballroom

1 golf team entry in the IES Golf Tournament sponsored by IES Little Rock

11:00am - 12:00pm

Light + Color

  • Haley Robson  
  • Riverside West

A look at color changing light and how it is sweeping the industry with new LED technologies. Identify how light is additive with color. Discuss and demonstrate the science behind colored shadows. Research on the effects of various color wave lengths have been published to prove how colored light can impact both our physical and psychological well-being. Discuss how colored lighting in architecture can serve as both decorative aesthetics and improved occupant health.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Introduction of Wiser Energy System

  • Jonah Ukpai  
  • Riverside East

Presentation to introduce the method of determining electrical loads on residential loads without the use of individual current transformers.

12:00pm -

Lunch

  • Robinson Center Ballroom

Lunch buffet served in the Robinson Center Ballroom.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Keynote Speaker

  • Mike Preston  
  • Robinson Center Ballroom

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Break - Door Prize Announcement

  • Grand Ballroom

Wiser Energy System sponsored by Square D

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Introduction to Mid-continent Independent System Operator (MISO)

  • Tag B. Short  
  • Riverside East

This presentation will explain what an ISO/RTO is and the benefits of being a member. Discuss how complex systems and trained / certified operations staff continually work (24x7) to maintain reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES) across 15 states of the MISO footprint.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Open Space Electrical & Digital Infrastructure

  • Sara Schmidt  
  • Riverside East

The commercial space design trend toward open plans has had a major impact on interior electrical and digital infrastructure. Offices, hotels, retail spaces, and transit areas all utilize open spaces, each with their own specific issues and requirements. This course provides designers with the information required to provide code-compliant, userfriendly, and convenient power, data/communication, and AV access for a wide variety of open spaces and end users, including facility managers, cleaning staff, and visitors.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break - Door Prize Announcement

  • Grand Ballroom

3:30pm - 4:30pm

New Developments in Arc Flash Mitigation of Low Voltage System Overcurrent Protective Devices

  • Jude Hernandez  
  • Riverside West

New technologies available in High Pressure Contact (HPC) fused switches greatly increase bus protection. Using the new generation HPC switch allows the user to set even large-amperage switches low enough to respond to respond to arcing faults at a trip speed associated with the instantaneous response of a low voltage circuit breaker trip unit, minimizing arc flash energy. This session will describe the new generation HPC switch design from ABB ELIS, and how it is applied to new low voltage systems and typical retrofit applications.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Changes in Solar as a Back Up Generation Option

  • John P. Bethel  
  • Riverside East

5:00pm -

Cocktail Event - Sponsored by CED

  • Brewski's Pub & Grub

Join us after the convention for drinks and appetizers at Brewski’s Pub & Grub 315 Main St STE. 100, Little Rock, AR 72201

- 5:30pm

Trade Show Closes

  • Grand Ballroom

Break down of vendor set up will begin at 5:30 pm.

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Little Rock, Arkansas

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
424 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

12 Speakers

presenting on different topics within the electrical industry.

50 Vendors

exhibiting their latest products and services.

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