BY STAFF REPORTS
Running Jan. 29-31 at the San Diego Convention Center, DistribuTECH continues to lead in information exchange and utility education. From instructional Utility University courses to experts’ delivering the latest industry details, DistribuTECH is bringing knowledge and experience to the Golden State this month.
DistribuTECH’s sister conferences will be in San Diego, as well. The Electric Light & Power Executive Conference will run two days prior to DistribuTECH on Jan. 27 and 28 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. And the Utility Products Conference & Exposition (UPCE) will be on-site during DistribuTECH.
Attendees can make the most of DistribuTECH by attending Utility University courses taught by experts in classroom environments. These courses are relevant, topical, issue-concentrated classes that occur before the full conference begins. Courses are taught by recognized experts in a classroom environment to maximize learning. Utility University offers new courses this year, in addition to popular courses from 2012. Full- and half-day courses will be offered Sunday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 28.
After the Utility University courses, DistribuTECH 2013 will begin with an opening keynote session Tuesday, Jan. 29 featuring journalist and author Bob Woodward; San Diego Gas & Electric President and CEO Michael R. Niggli; California Independent System Operator Corp. President and CEO Stephen Berberich; and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman.
After the keynote, the conference will open with a bevy of learning opportunities. Sessions are broken down into related tracks, including advanced metering, greening the grid, international projects, SCADA and network infrastructure, substation automation and water technology. (A full list of tracks and sessions is available on Pages 42 and 44.)
Sister conference UPCE will offer sessions on community colleges and industry partnerships, online innovative training methods, line and truck grounding, and its own keynote about surviving 12,500 volts.
Despite a plethora of educational options, DistribuTECH is never all learning and no play. Plenty of social opportunities exist to visit with colleagues, acquaintances and new friends. DistribuTECH has become renowned for its networking events. DistribuTECH will throw a beach party from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Attendees and guests are invited to join the festivities, which will feature food, drinks and live music.
In addition to conference sessions and networking opportunities, DistribuTECH attendees may visit the show’s large exhibit floor.
With such a range of conference sessions, exposition and networking opportunities, DistribuTECH promises to be the highlight of the industry in 2013.