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March 2021 Series: Digitalization and Data Analytics
January 2021 Series: Grid Modernization and Energy Storage
December 2020 Series: Cybersecurity and Digital Grids
November 2020 Series: Grid Resiliency – Planning and Response
October 2020 Series: Renewables, Energy Storage and How Utilities are Preparing for a Sustainable Future
September 2020 Series: Utility of the Future

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March 2021 Series: Digitalization and Data Analytics

Extending Data for Utilities

Extending Data for Utilities

Key Takeaways:

  • Discuss ways utilities can better leverage the data they are already collecting to optimize their operations and processes
  • Learn how data from IEDs is being consolidated in a single platform to improve operational efficiency

Advancements in Spatial Data and Communication Systems for Utilities

 

Advancements in Spatial Data and Communication Systems for Utilities

Key Takeaways:

Discuss what new solutions utilities and stakeholders have implemented to:

  • Save time
  • Increase productivity
  • Help deliver better customer service

 

Opportunity vs Security: Strategies for Harnessing Your Data While Protecting Your OT Network

Opportunity vs Security: Strategies for Harnessing Your Data While Protecting Your OT Network

Key Takeaways:

  • Discuss the critical importance of hardware-enforced cybersecurity
  • Learn from common use cases, recent implementations, and emerging technologies in the field

Obtaining Real Business Benefits from Data and AI in Utility Operations

Obtaining Real Business Benefits from Data and AI in Utility Operations

Key Takeaways:

  • Discuss how utilities are using data analytics and AI in operations
  • Where utilities are prioritizing the application of data to operational processes and data sources for this work

How Utilities Are Using Artificial Intelligence for Greater Insight and Improved Decision-making

How Utilities Are Using Artificial Intelligence for Greater Insight and Improved Decision-making

Key Takeaways:

  • The different ways these utilites have implemented AI
  • The information these utilites have gleaned from their data
  • The lessons these utilieies have learned in the process

    Integration of Digital Platforms at a Major Utility: Unlocking New Opportunities

    Integration of Digital Platforms at a Major Utility: Unlocking New Opportunities

    Key Takeaways:

    • Discuss the key priorities for implementing Asset Performance Management solutions to reduce the risk of unforeseen asset failures

    Modernizing Utility IT with SAP and Intel

    Modernizing Utility IT with SAP and Intel

    Key Takeaways:

    • How SAP and Intel’s latest technology enables utilities to capture rich and accurate data
    • How this technology uses AI to analyze data
    • How SAP and Intel are expanding capabilities and streamlining processes

      Data Governance for Utilities Today

      Data Governance for Utilities Today

      Key Takeaways:

      • How utilities are keeping their systems fresh, accurate and up-to-date
      • Learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to data strategies for today’s enterprise solutions

      Mitigating Threats and Strengthening the Grid with AI-based Inspection Programs

      Mitigating Threats and Strengthening the Grid with AI-based Inspection Programs

      Key Takeaways:

      • Alternatives to traditional approaches for Asset Management that are not necessarily efficient or optimal all the time, leading to costly O&M investments
      • How utilities that adopt new solutions will see improvements in reliability, safety, costs and service

       

      Becoming a Digital Utility

      Becoming a Digital Utility

      Key Takeaways:

      • How utilities are working toward digitalization of their operations
      • Benefits of digitalization within the utility sector

      Advantages of Visual Based AI-Powered Asset Management for Utilities

       

      Advantages of Visual Based AI-Powered Asset Management for Utilities

      Key Takeaways:

      • How AI and data analytics has evolved in a way that is easy-to-use by gas, water, and electric utilities
      • How through further development, AI has the potential for more inspection applications in the future.

       

      Data to Insights – How SAP and Intel Technology are Transforming the Future of Utility Enterprises

      Key Takeaways:

      • Current trends influencing the Utilities Industry
      • How to deliver a portfolio of integrated solutions that enable a utility to better manage asset data, automate workflows, and utilize AI and cloud technologies to help extract intelligence from data sources

      January 2021 Series: Grid Modernization and Energy Storage

      Energy Storage Utility Case Studies

      Energy Storage Utility Case Studies

      Key Takeaways:

      • How utilities are using energy storage to stabilize their grids
      • How to design a utility-sponsored behind-the-meter energy storage program
      • How large-scale energy storage can be used for grid balancing

      Solve Operational Technology (OT) System Integration Challenges

       

      Solve Operational Technology (OT) System Integration Challenges

      Key Takeaways:

      How to design your OT architecture to:

      • Simplify integration
      • Futureproof your system
      • Mix and match best-in-class applications

       

      Keynote: Doing Innovation Right

      Keynote: Doing Innovation Right

      Key Takeaways:

      • How our definition of ‘innovation’ is shifting
      • Just how far ahead we need to think to keep from falling behind

      Evaluation of ADMS Applications for Utilities Using NREL’s Testbed

      Evaluation of ADMS Applications for Utilities Using NREL’s Testbed

      Key Takeaways:

      • What is NREL’s ADMS test bed and how utilities are benefitting from it
      • ADMS test bed use cases and lessons learned
      • New learnings from Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS)

      SCE’s Grid Modernization Journey

      SCE’s Grid Modernization Journey

      Key Takeaways:

      • How utilities globally have seen significant ROI from their ADMS deployments
      • How to partner with GE to accomplish DER orchestration

        AMI with Wi-SUN: A Mexico Case Study

        AMI with Wi-SUN: A Mexico Case Study

        Key Takeaways:

        • Modernizing utility infrastructure with smart meters
        • How to develop a stable, robust and secure AMI network

        Strategies and Communication Systems for Grid-edge Modernization

        Strategies and Communication Systems for Grid-edge Modernization

        Key Takeaways:

        • Strategies for smart inverters along a distribution grid
        • The role of grid architecture in grid modernization initiatives
        • How sensors can enable distributed control of a distribution system

          Collective Adoption of Private LTE Networks

          Collective Adoption of Private LTE Networks

          Key Takeaways:

          • How embracing this private broadband platform will enjoy a secure, digital and intelligent grid
          • How forward-thinking utilities that have invested in private LTE can create a Grid Communications Network Effect

          Using Digital Transformation as a Platform for Grid Innovation

          Using Digital Transformation as a Platform for Grid Innovation

          Key Takeaways:

          • The nebulous “digital transformation” broken down Into practical ideas
          • How tech infrastructure and software can be used for more disruptive business growth

          December 2020 Series: Cybersecurity and Digital Grids

          Establishing a Protocol for Supply Chain Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry

           Establishing a Protocol for Supply Chain Cybersecurity in the Energy Industry

          Key Takeaways:

          • How the industry should go about identifying at risk equipment and subsequently replacing it
          • How to establish a protocol for supply chain cybersecurity in the US.

          Protecting Your Utility’s ESP and PSP with a Zero Trust Identity Management System

           

          Protecting Your Utility’s ESP and PSP with a Zero Trust Identity Management System

          Key Takeaways:

          • How the utility sector can benefit from high assurance Identity and Access Management technology
          • How today’s utilities can benefit from the best practices in cyber-physical security

          What If Utilities Could Identify, Mitigate, and Recover from a Cyberattack in Minutes instead of Months?

          What If Utilities Could Identify, Mitigate, and Recover from a Cyberattack in Minutes instead of Months?

          Key Takeaways:

          • How to identify cyber intruders much quicker
          • How to disrupt an attacker’s cyber kill chain before damage is done
          • How to deliver an initial automated cybersecurity capability for cyber defenders and control system operators

          Enterprise-wide Solutions for Cybersecurity and IED Management

          Enterprise-wide Solutions for Cybersecurity and IED Management

          Key Takeaways:

          • ED management challenges
          • Synopsys of IEEE 1686 and NERC CIP
          • Best practices for centralized access, asset, updates and log management
          • Eaton’s role in product cybersecurity and supply chain

          Cybersecure Substation Networks – How to Protect Modern Substations Against Cyber-Attacks

          Cybersecure Substation Networks – How to Protect Modern Substations Against Cyber-Attacks

          Key Takeaways:

          • Different attack vectors of a substation
          • How to apply the NIST cybersecurity framework in substations
          • The challenges and solutions for applying intrusion detection at the substation level

            The Maturity of Grid Security in the Age of Digital Transformation

            The Maturity of Grid Security in the Age of Digital Transformation

            Key Takeaways:

            • How technology innovation is affecting Utilities security postures
            • Learn about the collaboration between government, infrastructure owners and operators and technology vendors
            • Learn the importance of research work to move the industry forward

            Best Practices for Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Utility Transmission Grid Assets

            Best Practices for Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Utility Transmission Grid Assets

            Key Takeaways:

            • Learn about the increased risk of cyberattacks due to insecure distribution automation equipment and assets
            • Learn the overall cybersecurity best practices for distribution utilities and offer methods for identifying and securing the weakest link in the system

              Beyond Perimeter Security: Learn How Malware, Zero Day, and Credential Vulnerabilities are Expanding the Utility Threat Matrix

              Beyond Perimeter Security: Learn How Malware, Zero Day, and Credential Vulnerabilities are Expanding the Utility Threat Matrix

              Key Takeaways:

              • How hackers think and launch attacks using Malware, Zero Day, and Credential Vulnerabilities
              • How you can further secure critical distribution assets

              Optimizing Data Privacy and Personalization in the Next Normal

              Optimizing Data Privacy and Personalization in the Next Normal

              Key Takeaways:

              • How to safeguard customer information in the context of cybersecurity
              • How utilities are balancing data, privacy, and security in the next normal
              • Strategies utilities are leveraging to keep their consumer data safe

              Examining Supply Chain Security of Substation Transformers : A focused discussion on the Executive Order

              Examining Supply Chain Security of Substation Transformers : A focused discussion on the Executive Order

              Key Takeaways:

              • The potential implications for power utility companies
              • How the executive order will change supply chain procurement and BPS monitoring of substation transformers

              Corporate Venture – Accelerating Cleantech Innovation

              Corporate Venture – Accelerating Cleantech Innovation

              Key Takeaways:

              • What solutions are most appealing to corporate venture
              • How can cleantech entrepreneurs seek investment while maintaining IP

              Utility of the Future: How the Power Sector is Embracing Open Innovation

              Utility of the Future: How the Power Sector is Embracing Open Innovation

              Key Takeaways:

              • What innovation strategies leading power companies and implementing
              • How to effectively work with startup companies

                Start-up Pitches Part 1

                Start-up Pitches Part 1

                Key Takeaways:

                • Resilient Power Systems
                • Elektrik App
                • Ping Things
                • Noteworthy AI

                Start-up Pitches Part 2

                Start-up Pitches Part 2

                Key Takeaways:

                • Teratonix
                • Copper Labs
                • Community Energy Labs
                • Verify Energy

                November 2020 Series: Grid Resiliency – Planning and Response

                Compensating Resiliency: Developing Appropriate Tariffs for Integrating Microgrid Services

                Compensating Resiliency: Developing Appropriate Tariffs for Integrating Microgrid Services

                Key Takeaways:

                • Insight into multi-customer microgrid interconnection and coordination with utilities
                • How market, program and/or tariff mechanisms should be considered as a means for qualified microgrids to provide energy and grid services, including resilience, in return for compensation

                How New Technology Can Improve Utility Vegetation Management

                How New Technology Can Improve Utility Vegetation Management

                Key Takeaways:

                • How new technology can improve accuracy and lower costs for utilities everywhere
                • Discover key takeaways from a utility on the forefront of award-winning integrated vegetation management.

                Wildland Fire Risk: A Quantitative Risk-based Framework for Asset Health Assessment of Overhead Lines

                Wildland Fire Risk: A Quantitative Risk-based Framework for Asset Health Assessment of Overhead Lines

                Key Takeaways:

                • Discussion on an innovative, quantitative risk-based framework recently incorporated by PG&E
                • How to better assess the performance of individual overhead power transmission assets during high wind events

                Rolling with the Punches: Workforce Resiliency in the Face of Disasters and Pandemics

                Rolling with the Punches: Workforce Resiliency in the Face of Disasters and Pandemics

                Key Takeaways:

                • How to quickly respond to weather, climate, and other disasters
                • How to provide a healthy and safe environment for your workers

                Modernizing for Reliability: One Utility’s Story

                Modernizing for Reliability: One Utility’s Story

                Key Takeaways:

                • What motivates a utility to overhaul an existing distribution automation scheme that has proven successful over the course of 20+ years
                • What roadblocks must be overcome in order to implement an enhanced fiber-based distribution automation scheme
                • Secondary benefits to the grid provided by enhancing a utility’s distribution automation scheme with fiber optic communication

                Enabling Utilities’ Next Generation of Small, Low-Power Cellular Devices

                Enabling Utilities’ Next Generation of Small, Low-Power Cellular Devices

                Key Takeaways:

                • Telit’s IoT-as-a-service concept leverages new miniature, low-power modules
                • How AT&T’s FirstNet would work for utilities in emergencies
                • What the next generation of devices is bringing to the utility sector

                Quantifying and Evaluating Storm Resilience and Disaster Preparedness

                Quantifying and Evaluating Storm Resilience and Disaster Preparedness

                Key Takeaways:

                • Different approaches that utilities are taking toward resiliency
                • How data and sophisticated algorithms can be employed to develop resilience hardening projects 
                • Best practices that can be used to increase all-hazard response capabilities.

                Power Up Vegetation Management and Outage Prediction to Increase the Resilience of Your Grid

                Power Up Vegetation Management and Outage Prediction to Increase the Resilience of Your Grid

                Key Takeaways:

                • How new and maturing information technologies can help Utilities revamp their vegetation practices and mitigate weather-related risks
                • How to reduce widespread and potentially longer-lasting power interruptions, as well as improve the odds of successful outcomes

                Keynote: Mitigation after the California Fires

                Keynote: Mitigation after the California Fires

                Key Takeaways:

                • Discuss utility and vendor efforts associated with the aftermath of recent historic fires in the west
                • How can utilities be better prepared in the event of a wildfire in their service territory

                Keynote: Electrifying Energy: What “Sustainably Fueling the Future” Means for Grid Resilience

                Keynote: Electrifying Energy: What “Sustainably Fueling the Future” Means for Grid Resilience

                Key Takeaways:

                • How grid resilience underpins the IBM vision for “Electrifying Energy”
                • Learn about a global movement that supports decarbonization of large portions of the economy through clean electrification

                October 2020 Series: Renewables, Energy Storage and How Utilities are Preparing for a Sustainable Future

                How Smart Utilities are Using IoT to Enable Smart Cities and Plan for a Sustainable Future

                How Smart Utilities are Using IoT to Enable Smart Cities and Plan for a Sustainable Future

                Key Takeaways:

                • Drivers of smart city initiatives and the essential role played by infrastructure and tech
                • Action plans that converge the utility’s evolutionary path with that of their cities
                • Roadmap to drive the change needed to meet the smart cities challenge

                Keynote: The Road Ahead for Energy Storage

                Keynote: The Road Ahead for Energy Storage

                Key Takeaways:

                • Learn how the path ahead is paved with opportunities for stakeholders

                Modular Energy Management Solutions Increase EV Charging Capacity While Mitigating Grid Impact

                Modular energy management solutions increase EV charging capacity while mitigating grid impact

                Key Takeaways:

                • How to solve the challenge of increased EV charging demand
                • How to start the transition to electric
                • Key considerations in deploying an energy storage system

                An Overview and Analysis of DER Management Software Technologies including DERMS, VPP Management Systems and DER Analytics

                An Overview and Analysis of DER Management Software Technologies including DERMS, VPP Management Systems and DER Analytics

                Key Takeaways:

                • Analysis of the market for DER management software technologies
                • Enable current and prospective electric utility solutions and service providers to understand the drivers for projected demand

                Best Practices for Distributed Solar and Storage Programs and Interconnections

                Best Practices for Distributed Solar and Storage Programs and Interconnections

                Key Takeaways:

                • Best practices to more efficiently interconnect systems
                • Utility approaches to community solar
                • How utilities can partner with vendors to facilitate new revenue streams

                Keynote: American Renewable Energy in the Time of COVID

                Keynote: American Renewable Energy in the Time of COVID

                Key Takeaways:

                • Assess the state of renewable energy and energy storage markets amid COVID-19
                • The impact of the pandemic and regulatory developments

                September 2020 Series: Utility of the Future

                Smart City Initiatives and their Partner Utilities

                Smart City Initiatives and their Partner Utilities

                Key Takeaways:

                • How city and utility planners are working together to make their regions safer, smarter, cleaner and easier to navigate.
                • How these partnerships between the planners have evolve
                • How these partnerships could benefit a community near you

                Carbon Reduction in an Uncertain World

                Carbon Reduction in an Uncertain World

                Key Takeaways:

                • Hear how utility executives are approaching carbon reduction in an uncertain world

                Keynote: Sparking Change: The E-Mobility Revolution

                Keynote: Sparking Change: The E-Mobility Revolution

                Key Takeaways:

                • The various ways in which e-mobility is set to take off
                • How utilities can best prepare for the charging needs of EVs

                Innovative Solutions for Engaging Customers

                Innovative Solutions for Engaging Customers

                Key Takeaways:

                • How one utility is approaching customer engagement today
                • How utilities can use data that they already have to increase engagement and better serve their customers.

                COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Consumers – and How Utilities Can Support Them

                COVID-19’s Impact on U.S. Consumers – and How Utilities Can Support Them

                Key Takeaways:

                • Insights into consumers’ capacity to pay bills – especially Utility bills – and their priority among all financial obligations
                • Consumers’ experiences seeking – and receiving – accommodations such as payment holidays, deferments, and forbearances, across all financial obligations
                • Techniques Utilities can use to mitigate risk, despite the drastic shifts in consumer credit data triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic
                • Considerations for Utility service providers regarding account management, including how to help customers get back on track with monthly payment

                A Big-Picture Look at the Needs and Wants of Today’s Energy Consumers in the US and Canada

                A Big-Picture Look at the Needs and Wants of Today’s Energy Consumers in the US and Canada

                Key Takeaways:

                • How to better understand today’s energy consumers
                • How to develop programs and services to effectively meet consumer needs

                Keynote: Driving Innovation for the Interconnected Utility

                Keynote: Driving Innovation for the Interconnected Utility

                Key Takeaways:

                • How to pursue the 3 “D”s – digitalization, decentralization, and decarbonization
                • How to include the two “I”s – innovation and interconnection
                • How to unlock the benefits of affordable, reliable energy for all

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