G.P. 2nd Annual Northwest T.W.A.C.S. Users Conference

General Pacific, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates of it’s 2nd annual northwest T.W.A.C.S. users conference on January 13th & 14th in Hayden Lake, Idaho.  This years conference, hosted by Kootenai Electric Coop, is sure to provide an excellent opertunity to learn more about the Aclara T.W.A.C.S. system and network with other system users.  

Logistics

Conference Reservation: To attend the user’s conference at Kootenai Electric Coop (KEC) a reservation is required to ensure that we have the right space available at KEC for our group. Please email Mike Crumbaker at GenPac (mcrumbaker@genpac.com) the list of those planning to attend from your utility. There is a $50 registration fee.  Attendees: TWACS utility members interested in training on the Aclara Operations Center (OC), PROASys and Optimum software as well as integrating TWACS software to other utility software, creative data use and how the new Demand Response Unit (DRU) and Capacitor Switch Transponder (CST) work and are controlled.

Lunch: Lunch will be included as part of the registration fee.

Accommodations: A block of 30 rooms has been reserved at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. GenPac has secured a rate of $75 for a basic room, $109 for a deluxe room or $159 per night for a Premier room plus taxes. To reserve your room at the resort, call (800) 688-5253. Ask for reservations. The block of rooms is listed under “General Pacific”. The hotel can also arrange a reservation (for a fee) to have a shuttle pick you up at the Spokane International Airport. For those driving, the resort has covered parking that is a fee.

TWACS NW Users Group Agenda

Agenda Theme: Aclara Training and Members Integration of TWACS

Tuesday January 13th

  • Start time 8:30am (all presenters from Aclara)
  • Welcome
  • Customer portal
  • OC (Operations Center) software training
  • PROASys training
  • Optimum training
  • New DRU and CST TWACS product: share how they work and are controlled by TWACS software

Wednesday January 14th

  • Start time 8:30am (all presenters from NW TWACS member utilities)
  • Bryan Garrett, Lower Valley Energy and Joe Meeks with C3-Ilex: LVE’s SCADA interface with TNS via Optimum
  • Deanna Melton, Okanogan Electric Cooperative: Using SQL commands to mine information easily from TNS and integration we are doing.
  • Darin Smith, Columbia River PUD: On demand reads and pinging meters with our CIS. Transformer loading with TWACS hourly information.
  • Bryan Garrett, Lower Valley Energy: Other Systems we integrate with TWACS
  • Bryan Garrett, Lower Valley Energy: Tips and Tricks with TNS

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