CCUG Annual Conference 2020

10th Annual Conference

August 31 – September 03, 2020

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-3901

Thank you to our 2020 Conference Sponsors




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Important Dates

Important Dates and Deadlines for Users

April 15, 2020: Hotel reservation link opens on the hotel tab
April 15, 2020: User – conference registration link opens
July 30, 2020: Last day for User conference fee @ $400.00; Cancellations by this date will receive a full refund
July 31, 2020: User conference fee increases to $450.00; No refunds for cancellations on July 31 or later
August 7, 2020: 5:00 PM Hotel local time – Last day to reserve hotel room at the group rate of $169/night at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
August 31 – September 3, 2020: 2020 Combined Cycle Users Group Annual Conference (see Agenda tab)
August 31 – September 3, 2020: 2020 Steam Turbine Users Group Annual Conference (see Agenda tab)
August 31 – September 3, 2020: 2020 Generator Users Group Annual Conference (see Agenda tab)
August 31 – September 3, 2020: 2020 Power Plant Controls Users Group Annual Symposium (see Agenda tab)

User Attendee Conference Registration Fees

Definition of a User
A person who is employed by a company that owns and/or operates combustion turbine generators. This person cannot, as part of their normal duties, provide services (parts, repairs, consulting) to any company other than the one he/she is employed.
Example of a User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to the facilities his/her company owns and/or operates.
Example of a non-User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to facilities that his/her company does not own and/or operate (the exception: if the person’s company has an operation/maintenance agreement in place with a company that owns a combustion turbine generator; then the person is considered a User as long as their department of employment is not involved with the sale of services to the company outside the agreement).

User Attendee Conference Fee
$400.00 USD (Registrations received by July 30, 2020)
$450.00 USD (Registrations received July 31, 2020 or later)

Paid conference registration to the CCUG Annual Conference will allow User attendees complimentary access to simultaneous sessions at the STUG and GUG Annual Conferences as well as the PPCUG Symposium.

User Attendee conference registration link below will open on April 15, 2020
Register Now


If you need to process a name change or modify the RSVP’s within your registration, please return to the Conference Registration link and click the “Already Registered” link. Enter your email address and password. If you need any assistance regarding the online registration process or cancellation of your conference registration, please contact Mikayla Moreau at 678-357-9423, ext. 102 or


  • Attendee must fit the definition of a User
  • Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.
  • Registration to participate at the 2020 Power Users Annual Conferences constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to be registered as a User on the forum website post conference.


  • Cancellations received by July 30, 2020 – Full conference fee refund
  • Cancellations received July 31, 2020 or later – No refund

Check back in late April 2020
2020 CCUG Detailed Agenda

Last update: January 27, 2020
2020 Agenda Overview (CCUG, GUG, STUG and PPCUG)

Monday CCUG training topic with RTSI:
RTSI – Basics of Vibration Analysis Training Outline
This is a 3 hour training with PDH (Professional Development Hours) certificate awarded at the end of the training.

Key topics to include:

Maintenance Issues

  • BOP – CWT, CCW, Chemistry, Controls for reliability
  • Cooling Tower Component Failures
  • Cathodic protection, are your gas pipes protected?
  • Revised ST/HRSG maintenance activities for cycling verses base load operation
  • Catastrophic failures – does your backup system work, really?


  • Plant Extended Layup and Restart Guidelines
  • HRSG skin insulation testing and repair
  • HRSG Internal Cleaning
  • HRSG sonic wave cleaning


  • How do you manage your chemistry for cycling plants
  • Have you increased your turn down? Issues encountered?
  • Maximizing Market Participation Through Grid Support and Ancillary Services
  • Plants that installed new safety equipment?


  • Approaches to Combined Cycle Risk Management
  • Adding renewables to an existing site, example battery storage/solar – Risks/problems
  • Tracking valve leakage – comparison of money wasted due to leak verse cost to repair

Open Discussion

  • Cooling Tower Upgrades
  • Plant Trips / Lessons learned
  • Distributed Energy Resources
  • Extended Safety Discussion
  • Plant Lay-up


Individual Achievement Awards

Recognition is earned by industry professionals who have demonstrated excellence throughout their careers in the design, construction, management, operation, and/or maintenance of generating facilities powered by gas and/or steam turbines.

2020 CCUG Award Nomination Form

Deadline to submit a nomination form is Friday, May 22, 2020.


101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-3901
Hotel Phone: +1 (210) 223-1000

Group Rate: $169.00 + tax (single/double occupancy)

  • Reservations can be made using the special group link located below or in your conference registration  confirmation email, or by calling 800-648-4462 and asking for the Power Users’ group rate.
  • Last date to reserve rooms at group rate: 5:00 PM hotel local time, Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Hotel will honor rate 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference dates based on availability

Hotel reservation link will open April 15, 2020.
Reserve Room Now

See standard hotel and room amenities by visiting


  • Guest rooms: Standard Wi-Fi – complimentary for everyone in group block
  • Public areas: Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Meeting Space: Complimentary Wi-Fi in meeting space (with normal email usage)


  • Self Parking: $37.00 Daily
  • Valet Parking: $43.00 Daily

Notes about parking:

  • Parking fees are taxed
  • Onsite parking is limited
  • Offsite parking is required for over-sized vehicles; Garage clearance is 6 ft – 6 in
If you receive a call from anyone stating they are the booking company for the hotel rooms and offer you a discounted room rate, this is a SCAM! They are either asking for payment in full or the first night’s room deposit.
The Combined Conference has a discounted room rate negotiated directly with the hotel by SV Events. We do not use a rooms housing company, booking company, etc. Reservations can be made using the special group link located above or in your conference registration confirmation email, or by calling 800-648-4462 and asking for the Power Users Conference group rate. Please contact Mikayla Moreau at 678-357-9423, ext 102 or if you have any questions.


Airport Code: SAT – San Antonio International Airport
8 miles – approx. 12 minutes from hotel

Directions from San Antonio International Airport:

  • Take exit 281 South to Commerce St.
  • Make a right at the light (Commerce St.) and continue down 1 block.
  • Hotel is on the right hand side, at the corner of Bowie and Commerce St.

Airport Transportation:
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate Transportation:

  • Estimated taxi fare: $25.00 USD (one way)
  • Approved ride share services (Uber, Lyft, and Wingz): Meet customers on the outer commercial curbside, lower level of Terminal A

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