Are you ready for the changing power landscape?Sep 23, 2014
Unlike ever before, the power industry is facing unprecedented change. Aging infrastructure, new regulations, distributed energy resources and the convergence of Information Technology and Operations Technology (IT/OT) are just a few examples of the dramatically changing power landscape.
Service practices and procedures are shifting, regulations are putting a new strain on already limited resources, new threats are facing our grid every day, and the current business model makes it difficult to keep up with the grid modernization required to meet the reliability demands for our nation’s most critical infrastructure – the power grid.
While these changes can seem daunting, new innovations in technology, smarter devices, and the integration of IT/OT can help.
November 6, 2014 ABB Automation & Power World is hosting a free online conference to help utility management, engineers, and operations professionals navigate these issues: Preparing for the power evolution. The one-day program includes 25 live online webinars, plus live interviews and chat sessions among attendees and presenters. In addition, there will be more than 100 white papers, presentations, videos and other educational resources available for free download. Registration is free.
Because dealing with dramatic change is such an overarching theme in the power industry, the conference kicks off at 11:00 am EST with a keynote presentation by noted author and leadership consultant, Dr. Gary Bradt: Ignite & adapt! How to manage unprecedented change impacting the power industry.
“There is no magic bullet to meet the challenge of change,” says Dr. Bradt, “but there are best practices we can all share and learn from.”
Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestselling book which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
25 Live Webinars in One Day – November 6, 2014
You can choose your own agenda from 25 live webinars addressing some of the hottest topics in the power industry.
Grid reliability: Sessions in this track focus on various aspects of grid reliability and resiliency, both at the distribution and transmission level. Discussions range from preparatory efforts like grid hardening to storm event management and rapid recovery (i.e., resiliency).
Renewables & distributed energy: Renewable energy and distributed energy resources are two of the hottest topics in the power industry today, and they often overlap (e.g., rooftop solar). This track includes discussions on what the growth in renewables and DERs means and how utilities can successfully integrate these new sources without sacrificing grid reliability or worker safety.
Grid modernization: Not just technology for technology’s sake, sessions in this track put the emphasis on implementing hardware and software solutions for real results in improved reliability and optimized operations. Some are cutting edge, others are well proven in the field—knowing which ones will have the most impact and how to integrate them is what we’ll discuss in these sessions.
Regulatory compliance: Compliance has many faces, and we’ll get to know several of them through the sessions in this track. Worker safety, system reliability and even the efficiency of certain pieces of equipment are subject to enforceable performance standards. We’ll also pay particular attention to physical and cyber security issues in light of recent news-making events.
Asset management: There is perhaps no aspect of the utility industry better positioned to take advantage of the revolution in analytics than asset management. The cost of maintaining large fleets of aging equipment using traditional maintenance methods is simply untenable for many utilities. Sessions in this track cut through the “big data” hype to spell out what’s at stake and what’s available as the industry shifts to a more holistic idea of what asset management means.
Power generation: The generation sector is undergoing rapid change. Even the very definition of what constitutes a generation resource is up for debate. The sessions in this track put this trend into context with discussions about what utilities can do today to mitigate the negative impacts of change while building up capabilities for the future.
How to Register -- Click here to register.
All that is required to attend this digital event is about thirty seconds to register online and a computer with speakers (or headphones) hooked up to a high-speed internet connection on the day of the event. In addition to the live event November 6th, registrants also have unlimited access to Preparing for the power evolution on-demand November 7th thru December 6th.
Preparing for the power evolution is a SmartStream digital conference, presented by ABB Automation & Power World.