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Utilize Distribution Automation to Improve Reliability, Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs

Everywhere you turn now days there are new developments and investment opportunities being touted as "the next big thing" for the smart grid. No matter how many new avenues are being derived one area continues to unquestionably dominate: the automation of the distribution system.

Smart Grid Update’s 2nd Annual Distribution Automation Conference will present you with the key distribution issues taking place right now, real life lessons learned from the most forward thinking utilities, a glimpse at what is coming in the areas of regulatory policy, standards and security, and the most up-to-date technologies. You will walk away from this event with a clear blueprint on how to maximize your distribution investments, optimize efficiency and enhance reliability.

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Key Topics Covered This Year Include:

  • Control Systems and Control Software - Deciding which system(s) (centralized, distributed or microgrids) should be the “brains” of your distribution automation
  • Improving Distribution Reliability with FLISR - Hear one utility’s pilot project in which FLISR was able to perform in a real-world test outage situation - dropping the number of affected customers by 77 percent and the number of minutes they were out of power by two-thirds
  • Using Volt/VAR to Target Energy Efficiency - Take advantage of learning how to expect reductions of 1.2% - 2.4% with the newly developed “green circuits” method
  • Regulatory Policy - What regulatory policy must be in place or modified to spur utility investment at the distribution grid that encourages deployment of distributed energy resources (DER) and cyber security solutions/practices?
  • Navigating the Assorted Distribution Communications Networks - Public or Private? Fixed or Wireless? Hear how to determine what solution is right for your needs.
  • How Distribution Automation can Facilitate the Integrate Renewable Energy - Assessing how to control renewable energy and keeping it in sync with the distribution needs
Industry thought leaders present their views:
TVA Alstom Grid Alabama Power Arizona Public Service BNL
Missouri University of Science and Technology ComEd Dominion Duke Energy Electronic Distribution Design
EPRI Georgia Power GTM Research PG&E Power Analytics
S&C Electric
SCS Global Solutions
  • David Bradley, Manager of Applied Technology Services, PG&E
  • Karlton Fredebeil, Sr. Project Manager, Metering Infrastructure, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Robert Frye, Sr. Project Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Stephanie Hamilton, Smart Grid Research & Development Manager, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Brian Lindsay, Storm Team Director, Alabama Power
  • David Lyons, Distribution Support Manager, Georgia Power
  • Melanie Miller, Senior Project Manager, Duke Energy
  • Joe Paladino, Senior Advisor, US Department of Energy
  • Phillip Powell, Director of Grid Innovation, Dominion
  • Steve Russell, Manager of Distribution Grid Operations, Duke Energy
  • Tony Tewelis, Director of Technology Innovation, Arizona Public Service

5 Reasons the Distribution Automation Event is your MUST attend conference of 2013

  1. Meet the entire DA and Smart Grid ecosystem: Hear from and discuss with the leading utility decision makers who are in the trenches, technology partners, hardware vendors and consultants
  2. Formulate your DA strategy: Learn how to overcome the major technical challenges that will help improve reliability, especially when it comes to Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR)
  3. Ensure you are getting a return on your investment: monetize your investments and hear what is best practice when it comes to streamlining workforce operations
  4. Make partnerships with the leading hardware providers, technology companies, the most forward thinking utilities and top level consultants to ensure you have a comprehensive strategy in place
  5. Discover the possibilities of incorporating control systems and control software, creating the brains of your DA system

Strategies you need to lower operational costs and drive efficiency and reliability from the next generation of smart grid technologies.

The 2nd Annual Distribution Automation conference will bring together the biggest names to discuss openly and frankly their experiences, insights and opportunities within distribution automation. Attend and you'll come away with the blueprints and partnerships you need to sharpen your competitive edge.

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The facts you CANNOT afford to ignore...

  • Newer mandates and government regulations require increased grid efficiency and new investment is needed to improve the distribution of power to the end user
  • GTM Research forecasts the annual DA market in the U.S. to reach roughly $3 billion per year by 2015
  • The 3 California IOUs alone already plan to spend more than $700 million on enabling feeder automation and VVO over the next decade
  • The number of commercial buildings with DR programs will grow globally from less than 600,000 in 2012 to over 1.4 million location by 2018 (Cleantech Market Research)
  • As of Dec. 31, 2012, 24% ($1.1 billion) of SGIG funds have been spent on distribution systems alone (Renew Grid)

The figures are there- Distribution Automation means big business. Will you be left behind OR will you be there to shed some light onto the latest trends? Secure your place today by registering here OR email OR call 201.204.1674

Ashley Daugherty Ashley Daugherty
Vice President
Smart Grid Update

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