The utility industries most exciting opportunity for career (and idea) growth is here again! Call for abstracts - or call for professional growth and enhancing your career - is now open. Our new conference tracks are announced and ideas are already coming in.
The 15-track conference brings industry thought-leaders from all over the world opportunities to network, share knowledge and problem solve with worldwide utilities and product and service providers. The topics covered are relevant and timely, answering the current call of the market each year.
NEW TRACKS THIS YEAR:
Disruptive, Emerging and Innovative Technologies • Reliability, Resiliency and Response
520+ companies fill the exhibit hall with information, products and services related to electricity delivery automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, communications technologies, cyber security, water utility technology and more.
DistribuTECH continually focuses on bringing it all back to one-on-one engagement and relationship building. That is one of the defining characteristics for the event. From the Women in Utilities Breakfast / Breakfast Roundtables to start your day - to our fun and exciting Networking Party the last night, you will walk away with a slew of new business cards.
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems are one the most significant investments that electric, gas and water utilities will make. These systems now go well beyond advanced metering to be a foundation for grid intelligence, customer enablement, energy conservation and distributed renewable energy resources. Their applications will impact almost all utility functions and business processes.
This track explores the planning, technologies, engineering, deployment, and operation and maintenance of these foundational systems through the presentations of practical use cases, benefits realization, experiences and lessons-learned from industry and utility experts.
Energy providers and electricity deliverers are developing technology roadmaps and leveraging smart grid investments to not only enable enhanced customer engagement, but to improve infrastructure efficiency and defer capital expenditures. Customers expect their utilities to provide them with much more than just electrons and a monthly bill. Some customers are even mitigating their reliance on their electricity provider by becoming self-generators.
Electricity providers must get to know their customers and develop services to improve the customer experience while at the same time influence customer behavior through demand response and efficiency programs that will defer and limit capital investment. In addition, they must become more than just electricity providers by creating partnerships with their customers, as well as third parties to create new revenue streams.
This track will provide an in-depth analysis of end-use customer smart grid technologies, services and solutions.
The electric grid is becoming more complex and much of this complexity stems from the rapid rise of distributed energy resources (DERs). To maintain grid reliability and efficiency, grid operators must understand the operational concepts, capabilities and architectural principles related to managing and controlling DER.
The DER management system (DERMS) is emerging as one of the main the technological solution needed to manage the complex grid. In addition, some entities are using virtual power plant platforms to aggregate and control DER.
This track will focus on the latest trends and technologies related to DER management and control.
T&D substations are essential elements of power systems being the active nodes of electric networks. The need for safety, reliability and efficiency, along with technological trends like digitalization, are driving the industry toward digitized substations. This transition and its associated organizational, operational and technological challenges are the central theme of this track.
The track covers applications with intelligent electronic devices (IEDs), adoption of standards and broadband communications (WAN/LAN), achieving interoperability and implementing cybersecurity tactics. Discussions include innovations like process bus technologies and IoT/cloud technology-based analytics, all of which help substation owners and operators create the digitized substation. Migration strategies, lessons-learned and best practices from a user and utility prospective are the key takeaways of this track.
Emerging and innovative technologies create new opportunities for utilities, electricity deliverers and energy providers. At the same time, these technologies can create major disruptions and challenges. Either way, these transformational technologies are a fact of life for most companies involved with electricity delivery. To succeed, companies must embrace rather than resist disruptors and turn them into opportunities.
The track will cover nontraditional and emerging trends, technologies and solutions that utilities implement to address evolving grid and customer needs, reduce their reliance on traditional transmission and distribution infrastructure technologies, and enable new services and business opportunities. In addition, it will comprise the business models, financing options and valuation of these trends and technologies.
This track will include applications and integration of distributed generation (DG), electrification of transportation (EoT), transactive energy (blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies), as well as emerging electric utility business models and concepts.
Utilities have always looked for ways to increase the reliability, flexibility, security and efficiency of power delivery systems. The introduction of alternative energy sources and active energy markets has led to an increased focus on energy storage to address both traditional and emerging power system needs, such as to maintain/improve reliability, defer capital investments, integrate DER, enable microgrid implementation, enhance system efficiency and performance, and enable new electricity market products and concepts.
This track presents applications of centralized and distributed energy storage technologies to address existing and emerging power delivery issues, and enable grid modernization and the transition to the grid and utility of the future. It discusses technical, business and regulatory aspects of energy storage including applications, engineering design, operations, planning, benefit/costs analyses, implementation barriers and regulation/policy challenges. Presentations and discussions focus on real-life industry experiences and results from actual utility projects.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Grid of Things (GoT) are rapidly evolving into smart cities. Electric utilities/electricity providers are at the heart of this effort, providing, in many cases, the electric, communications and device infrastructures that form the core ecosystem upon which connected and interoperable devices are built. The emergence of smart cities is happening all over the world.
Communities are delivering customer value by: improving, better managing and optimizing electricity and natural gas delivery; managing precious water resources; transforming transportation infrastructures; and, leveraging sensor data to improve building efficiency. In the process, utilities and their customers are becoming more sustainable, lowering their carbon footprints and exploring and finding areas where they can work together to conserve resources.
The sessions in this track will look at some of the technologies and trends that will allow utilities to live in the interconnected world of smart cities that is being created through IoT and GoT.
Grid reliability and resiliency are not the same, but are strongly interlinked. Cyberattacks and hacks, aging infrastructure and disastrous weather events make it harder than ever for energy transmission and distribution (T&D) companies to keep power flowing and to restore power when outages do occur. Customers’, regulators’ and politicians’ scrutiny of grid performance and power restoration, especially during catastrophic events, also continues to increase.
This track focuses on solutions and lessons learned regarding identifying areas of highest reliability risk to the T&D network from vegetation, aging assets or terrorism in an effort to reduce the number, duration and impact of power outages. These solutions often include strategies focused on hardening the assets. Other solutions include, but are not limited to, outage management, workforce management and fleet management solutions.