Mike Wirsch, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Grid Assets senior director, and Robby O’Dell, TDMMA officer (Santee Cooper), address the TDMMA conference attendees.
More than 120 attendees, representing 32 utilities from the United States and Canada, participated in the four-day conference, which included technical tours as well as presentations and participant forums on industry-related issues.
Training Center Tour
Technical tours included the Sacramento Power Academy grid apprentice training center. The facility resembles a full range of an electric utility’s infrastructure in a small space, with scores of power poles, transformers, live electricity fields and underground working spaces.
The training center gives SMUD an opportunity to connect with potential employees locally, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. SMUD coordinates learning opportunities through local colleges.
NBA Arena Tour
Attendees also toured the new Platinum LEED-Certified NBA arena, the Golden 1 Center, which has partnered with SMUD in energy-efficiency design and implementation.
First in LEED Platinum
The Golden 1 Center is the new downtown home of the Sacramento Kings. It is the first indoor venue in the world to receive the LEED Platinum certification. TDMMA members toured the arena just prior to its official opening.
The arena’s urban-smart energy system — with a specially designed 1.2-MW solar array on the arena roof and an 11-MW solar farm 40 miles away through a SMUD partnership — provides a creative solution for generating the power for the venue’s more than 200 events all year long.
The TDMMA’s mission is to provide an information exchange forum for electric utilities whose core business is the transmission and/or the distribution of electric energy. The conference fosters discussion and the sharing of best practices within the industry on topics including new technologies, safety, major events and emergency preparedness, and workforce development.
The members and spouses enjoyed a dinner and traditional TDMMA closing ceremony at the historic Citizen Hotel.