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Call for abstracts extended to July 13!

DISTRIBUTECH International seeks to bring all of the utility industry’s players together, from asset managers to distribution engineers to AMI evangelists and smart city pioneers. DISTRIBUTECH International summit attendees are looking to be inspired by big thinkers, innovators, technical experts, and those with different perspectives.

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Asset Management

asset managementUtilities needs to maintain their new and aging physical assets in order to keep electrons flowing safely to their customers. Sessions in this track will help attendees develop an understanding of how utilities are performing asset management activities from reactive to proactive using condition monitoring and trend evaluation.

Attendees will learn how asset managers are creating decision support methodologies that assist in repair, replacement and other maintenance decisions by obtaining additional insights into asset performance management, asset strategy and asset investment planning.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
·      Digitalizing the Grid

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C&I and Residential Customers

C&I and Residential CustomersUtility customers today — be they large energy users or residential — expect their utilities to provide them with much more than just electricity and a monthly bill. They want quick responses and proactive communications. 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 consider how to create partnerships with their customers and third parties to create new revenue streams.

This track will provide an in-depth analysis of end-use commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential customer smart grid technologies, services and solutions.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Grid Edge Technologies
Smart Cities, Communities and Homes

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Cyber-securing the Grid

cyber-securing the gridLike every other sector of our society, utilities are exposed to a litany of threats to both their physical and cyber assets, as well as their financial well-being. The nature of the electric utility business makes generating plants, powerlines, substations and customer connections vulnerable and easily accessible to both physical and cyberattacks.

This track focuses on solutions and lessons learned regarding identifying areas of highest cyber risk to the T&D network in an effort to ward off attacks that could prove disastrous.

The ever-increasing regulatory requirements challenge utilities to meet their regulatory obligations. Security specialists will find this track has information that is current and important to how they reduce threats to the systems they are charged with protecting.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Digitalizing the Grid

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Data-driven Digital Utilities

Data-driven Digital UtilitiesUtilities are increasingly trying to make sense of the enormous amount of data that they are collecting from their assets and their customers. This track includes utility best practices and new concepts that create value by analyzing the data across a utility’s many lines of business from equipment, to energy management, to customer management. In addition, utilities are also understanding that protecting sensitive customer data is also key for the new digital utility and so data privacy issues may also be discussed.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Digitalizing the Grid
Utility of the Future
Grid Edge Technologies

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DERMS

DERMSThe electric grid is becoming more complex and much of this complexity stems from the rapid rise of distributed energy resources (DER) such as behind-the-meter assets like solar PV, batteries, and smart thermostats that smart control water heaters and air conditioners. In addition, utilities are implementing front-of-the-meter DER such as storage at substations and along feeder lines to maintain grid stability. Because of this rise of DER, grid operators must understand the operational concepts, capabilities and architectural principles related to managing and controlling them.

The DER management system (DERMS) is emerging as one of the main technological solutions needed to manage the complex grid. In addition, some entities are using virtual power plant (VPP) platforms to aggregate and control DER.

This track will focus on the latest trends and technologies related to DER management and control.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Grid Edge Technologies
• Renewables and Energy Storage
Utility of the Future

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Distribution Automation

distribution automaitonSuccessful distribution automation requires the integration and enhancement of various technologies, including smart switching and protective devices, smart sensors, intelligent controls, telecommunication protocols, devices and infrastructure, along with analytical and simulation software, to facilitate real-time decisions and meet growing customer expectations. Due to smart distribution technology implementations, software tools are being developed to integrate information from dissimilar devices and systems and summarize the information to facilitate and enhance decisions addressing reliability, distributed energy resources, conservation and power quality.

This track focuses on technologies, road maps and equipment used for distribution feeder automation development, including distribution automation, protection and control, fault location and service restoration; Volt/VAR optimization; smart sensors applied in DA or FLISR applications; and challenges and successes in implementing and integrating automation.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Digitalizing the Grid
Grid Edge Technologies
• Utility of the Future

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Energy Storage

energy storageUtilities have always looked for ways to increase the reliability, flexibility, security and efficiency of power delivery systems. The introduction of renewables 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. It discusses technical, business and regulatory aspects specifically related to energy storage including case studies, 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.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Grid Edge Technologies
Smart Cities, Communities and Homes
Utility of the Future

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Electric Vehicles and Beyond

Electric vehicles and beyondIn a decarbonized world everything will be electric, from industrial appliances, to transportation to heating and cooling and more. As we move toward electrification, the emphasis today is on electric mobility, following which will be electric heat pumps for heating and cooling, electric buildings and much more. Utilities are grappling several aspects of this emerging trend: should they encourage time of use charging for EVs, should they help their customers install chargers via subsidies, how will the increased charging load affect power flow? Issues surrounding how utilities should approach the looming electrification of transportation will be discussed in this track.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Grid Edge Technologies
Utility of the Future

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Grid Modernization Technologies

Grid modernizationExperts predict that the grid of the future will be stronger, greener, and more resilient, but what will it take to get there? This track explores modernization and automation technologies that utilities can use to advance the grid. It will examine IEC 61850-based digital substations, grid-edge intelligence, system top-down configurations, substation equipment condition monitoring, renewable-grid interconnections, smart sensing, and non-conventional instrument transformers.

Additional topics will include advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), advanced metering infrastructure, microgrids and more. The emphasis of the track centers on improving grid operations through automation, monitoring, control and optimization.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Digitalizing the Grid
Grid Edge Technologies
• Renewables and Energy Storage
Smart Cities, Communities and Homes
Utility of the Future

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The Next-Gen Utility Business

The Next-Gen Utility BusinessSo much of the changes that are taking place in the utility ecosystem will require business model and operational changes to how utilities fundamentally do business. Formerly separate working groups are discovering that they will make more progress working as a team than in a siloed environment. Utilities understand they must make adjustments to their organization, but many are unclear about where to begin and how to implement sweeping operational changes.

This track explores how the utility of the future could look, understanding that different regions will have different models of success.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Utility of the Future
• Renewables and Energy Storage
Smart Cities, Communities and Homes

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Resiliency Planning and Preparation

Resilience Planning

Overgrown vegetation, wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes and tornados, all coupled aging infrastructure, are just a few of the reasons that it’s harder than ever for utilities to keep the power on. Further, world events like the COVID-19 pandemic have forced all companies to put even more emphasis on keeping workers safe when disasters occur. Vegetation management, outage management, fleet management, GIS and mobile workforce management are all components of successful resiliency planning and can help utilities get back up and running quickly.

This track focuses on solutions and lessons learned identifying areas of high risk for failure and planning for how to mitigate and solve problems when they inevitably occur.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Digitalizing the Grid
Utility of the Future

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Smart Cities/IoT

smart citiesSmart cities are hot! Electric utilities are at the heart of the effort to bring smart technologies to street lights, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots, pedestrian safety and the list goes on. Utilities are, in many cases, providing 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 and expanding into smart communities and smart homes.


Communities are delivering customer value by improving and optimizing electricity and natural gas delivery; managing water resources; transforming transportation infrastructures; and, leveraging sensor data to improve building efficiency. In the process, cities and communities are becoming safer, more sustainable, greener and more efficient.

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.

Related Knowledge Hubs:
Grid Edge Technologies
Smart Cities, Communities and Homes

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