Electric Distribution

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for distribution operations. Agendas include roundtable discussion so that each attendee has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Presentations focus on new technologies, applications, and specifications available for designing, building and maintaining overhead and underground lines. Attendees leave with the practical knowledge to improve efficiency, safety and reduce costs.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Everything Outage
“Raise your hand if you’ve never had your power go out!” This informative and interactive session is designed to share how utilities are using data and state of the art technology to improve the customer experience for both planned and unplanned outages.

We will explore the rising customer expectations around the why, what, when, where and who for outage events and what this means for utilities to exceed those expectations.

Find out about the tools, processes and systems being designed to keep customers informed during routine maintenance, storm restoration or network outages. Join us as we share results of our somewhat highly accurate and mostly scientific discussion of best practices and have fun participating in our real time online surveys to shape the discussion.

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Evolutions of Aging Infrastructure Programs in Response to New Challenges and Opportunities
Speakers: Andrew Trombatore, Engineering Manager, Charge
Vincent Zabukovec, Electrical Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Is your aging infrastructure program set-it-and-forget-it?  The new challenges facing utilities every day such as wildfires, snow, floods, wind and heat storms plus the additional requirements from renewables, grid hardening and grid modernization are forcing utilities to evolve their aging infrastructure programs. This session will talk about how utilities have evolved their programs by implementing new technologies, innovative engineering solutions, and updating of best practices/standards.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Distribution Engineering Innovations + Paradigms

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
How Does Your Utility Stack up to Other Utilities When it Comes to COVID Response and What Innovations Came from the New Normal?
Panelist: William Alkema, Sr. Director Power Generation, Salt River Project
The Covid-19 pandemic forced a change in how work was done for utilities, particularly for distribution work. This forced change resulted in process changes with how work was done in the office and in the field and will lead to a permanent change in how some work is done. This panel discussion with representatives from multiple utilities will discuss the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on distribution work with an emphasis on the process changes and innovations that have come from it.