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Reinventing the grid through cloud: The role of cloud in energy infrastructure

Date: Tuesday, February 27 | 10:30 - 11: 30 AM

As utilities and electric grid operators modernize operations and infrastructure to support the energy transition, many leaders are exploring new capabilities to enhance grid reliability and resiliency. This panel, featuring utility leaders, a system operator, and a policymaker, shares perspectives on unlocking innovation and driving digital transformation toward a cleaner, more resilient energy future. Hear about the bold steps required to reinvent the electric grid through cloud-based applications such as advanced analytics, outage management, distributed energy resource management, virtual power plants, grid simulation and planning, and market operations, and explore the role of the consumer and transformative technologies like generative AI. Most importantly, the panelists discuss opportunities to apply cybersecurity strategies, regulatory considerations, and approaches for integrating legacy IT/OT systems with cloud architectures.

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Where Will the Power Come From: A Discussion for Utilities Who Need More, Now

Date: Tuesday, February 27 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

For many utilities, meeting the increasing demand for power may feel insurmountable. The problem is complex, multi-faceted, and sometimes beyond our nexus of control. The demand for power continues to increase as everything from vehicles to large industrials electrify; the digital revolution continues to accelerate; pressure to decarbonize leads to less reliable, variable power sources. 

How will you meet these significant challenges in a timely fashion to support your customers’ needs?

Join us for meaningful dialogue about what we’ve done and what is coming to create reliable, resilient, sustainable, and affordable solutions for your customers. Learn how to future-proof your solutions to deliver committed outcomes for 20 years or more in an era of continual industry change.

Sponsored by Caterpillar Electric Power, our special guests come from industries who have successfully met these challenges and continue to innovate for the future. They will discuss successes, challenges, what they predict on the energy transition horizon, and how we make more meaningful progress when we work together. Learn about upcoming innovations that they predict will be critical enablers to support the energy transition so you can prepare and ensure your business and customers’ success.


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Holistic T&D Planning of the Future Grid Using Intelligent, Data-Driven Solutions from the Grid-Edge all the way to the Bulk-Power System

Date: Wednesday, February 28 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This panel discussion, moderated by Hala Ballouz, president & CEO of Electric Power Engineers, discusses the intricacies of digital transformation, with a particular emphasis on the pivotal role played by sophisticated, data-centric modeling in influencing the trajectory of Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERM), electrification, and the seamless integration of Transmission & Distribution Planning.

The panel will engage utility industry veterans, who will apply their unique expertise to the discussion. Attendees will gain a holistic understanding of the critical nature of digital transformation as a key driver in the energy sector, with a focus on practical implementations such as Electric Vehicle (EV) dispatch management, the seamless integration of demand response systems, and integrated T&D planning. The experience shared by utilities in handling aggregated EVs and other innovative technologies will offer practical insights for those seeking guidance in their digital transformation efforts.

This session will emphasize holistic solutions, specifically focusing on the integration of DERMS, EVs, and demand response initiatives within the framework of digital transformation. We will explore how these comprehensive strategies can effectively address the challenges of regulatory compliance. This panel is an opportunity to understand how utilities can implement their digitalization efforts holistically with other initiatives to pave the way for a more efficient, sustainable, and connected energy future.


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Electric Power Engineers

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