For many of you, January is a time to regroup, reorganize and re-energize after the holiday rush. For those of us at POWERGRID International, the opposite is true. As soon as the holidays are over, we shift into even higher gear as we put the finishing touches on DistribuTECH and this issue of the magazine. January can be exhausting, but it’s also exciting to work on an event that has such momentum.
DistribuTECH has enjoyed growth from year to year for most of its 24-year existence. For the past five years, it has grown significantly. This year is no different. Once again, based on pre-registration numbers, the show is set to break attendance records. It’s already broken the record for number of exhibiting companies. More than 450 companies will showcase their products and services Jan. 28-30 during DistribuTECH 2014 in San Antonio.
I’m even more excited about the conference content we’ve put together. With the help of a fabulous conference advisory committee, we have created 79 conference sessions that will feature more than 350 industry experts, 180 of them from utilities. The conference sessions are grouped into 15 tracks (topics) that range from substation automation to advanced metering to customer service to demand response and energy efficiency. You may see the 15 track and 79 conference titles on Pages 56 and 57. In addition to the hour and a half conference sessions, DistribuTECH will open with a two-hour keynote session featuring CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Benneby, NV Energy President and CEO and Edison Electric Institute Chairman Michael Yackira, as well as Randi Zuckerberg, the founder and creative director of Zuckerberg Media, former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. She will discuss the benefits and dangers of social media and how utilities can and should incorporate it into their business strategies.
You may learn more about DistribuTECH and some of the exhibiting companies by reading the show in print article beginning on Page 54. And you can find all the details at www.distributech.com. If you haven’t made your travel plans yet, you still have time.
We expect the strong conference program and expansive exhibit hall to attract more than 10,000 people to DistribuTECH. I hope you are one of them. You won’t be disappointed.
|Editor in chief
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