Distribution Modernization in an ever-changing landscape of Supply and Resource Constraints

Explore the evolving landscape of utility grid modernization in this T&D World-hosted webinar. Join us on December 12th to discover how utilities are addressing reliability concerns and implementing innovative delivery methods to meet future energy demands.


This webinar was originally held on December 12th, 2023, and is now available for on demand viewing. 

Duration: 1 hour
Sponsored by: Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. 

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Emerging from a Global pandemic that led to supply chain constraints that our industry has never seen prior has led utilities to look at new project delivery methods that come with their own challenges. To keep up with the energy demands and reliability concerns many utilities are investing millions to billions on infrastructure reliability and modernization to bring their distribution and transmission grids in line with the expected growth and needs of the grid of the future.  Learn how one Utility is using multiple delivery methods to execute and provide a more reliable and intelligent system for their rate payers.


James Duehning
Director of Program Management
Burns & McDonnell

James is the program management director for the Burns & McDonnell Transmission & Distribution (T&D) group. Based in the firm’s Kansas City office, he leads programs across North America and assists utility clients in developing and executing their capital programs throughout the T&D market. James’ experience includes over 15 years of leading cross-functional teams to provide project and program management execution on several multibillion-dollar programs and portfolios. He has a track record of building relationships with his clients by partnering with them to achieve their program execution goals. James is a professional engineer in Missouri and holds a Master of Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Cleveland L. Fann
Vice President Strategy & Support
Georgia Power Company 

Cleve Fann serves as the vice president of Strategy and Support. In this role, he oversees the strategic development and execution of Power Delivery’s capital projects, implements best practices and identifies innovative processes for grid improvements, project management, portfolio administration and budget oversight. Additionally, he is responsible for shaping our workforce and data analytics strategy and overseeing our industry-leading storm center team.

Fann began his career with Georgia Power in 2000 as a co-op student and has held numerous positions, including distribution engineer and engineering supervisor in north Atlanta, assistant to the general manager of Distribution Operations and Services, engineering and TMC supervisor in Columbus, operations manager for Gulf Power’s central district and distribution manager in Augusta. He also served as the assistant to the Executive Vice President of Customer Service and Operations (CSO) and area transmission maintenance manager. In his most recent role, he served as labor relations general manager, providing strategic direction and overseeing labor activities in coordination with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 84.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia.

Fann is member of the board of directors for the Georgia Labor Management Conference. In the community, he has served on the board of directors of the Wilson Family YMCA and the Columbia County Chamber Foundation. He was appointed by the governor of Florida to the board of the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Augusta Magazine named Cleve one of the area’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch in 2016, and he is a graduate of Leadership Columbus and Leadership Augusta.

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