What went wrong and what can we learn from TX, Calif., and other electricity industry stakeholders?

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If we have learned anything from the events of this past week, it’s that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to best practices for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Resiliency, asset management, outage management, renewable energy integration and the smart grid all come to mind as good places to start.

With the postponement of DISTRIBUTECH International until 2022, we remain committed to our customers’ needs and how we can deliver experiences to best meet those needs. Our customers have expressed the need to continue to learn, network and source new solutions to support their ongoing operations and we’re not going to wait until 2022 to give it to them.

Indeed, in September 2020, we launched the DISTRIBUTECH+ Series to offer quality, relevant educational sessions to our audience and partners through a new year-round online community featuring bi-monthly virtual events. Like the face-to-face DISTRIBUTECH International event, DISTRIBUTECH+ brings all the industry’s players together, from utilities and consultants to solution providers and researchers.

Are you an electric utility expert with insights to share with the energy market? If so, submit an abstract to speak at an upcoming DISTRIBUTECH+ Series virtual event (from the location of your choice)! Find the submission form on this page.

Our audience is electrified by case studies, insights and lessons learned from T&D companies. While our program places a premium on utility and end-use customer participation, commercial entities that can secure a client to present with will find their content more attractive to our selection committee.

Because DISTRIBUTECH+ is an ongoing virtual series, there is no deadline for speaker and content submissions, however, if your session is selected, you must submit your final presentation at least two weeks prior to the virtual event for which it was selected. 

Finally, if you have an idea for a session or a topic that you would like us to explore in a session but you are not interested in speaking yourself – send me an email with your idea and we’ll try to make it happen.

Questions? Please contact me at jennifer.runyon@clarionevents.com.


Also, the Call for Speakers for our live, in-person DISTRIBUTECH International (Dallas, Texas, January 26-28, 2022) is open! It’s perfectly fine for you to submit an idea for DTECH+ and submit the same idea to the live event.

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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference and expo for the transmission and distribution industry. In her role, she works in close cooperation with a large team of committed industry executives to shape the educational content for the event. She also helps assemble the renewable energy content for POWERGEN and helped launch the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, a co-located event at HYDROVISION International. She has traveled to Germany to see onshore and offshore wind installations; Iceland to see geothermal energy in action; and France to see cutting-edge smart grids. In the U.S. she has visited and reported about bioenergy power plants in Florida, both large-scale and small-scale hydropower; and multiple wind farms, solar PV, and CSP installations. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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