A new year can be a time of rejuvenation and resolutions for some, but can be the opposite for others. January brings the end to a holiday season that for many included extended vacations, time with family, travel and celebration. For many people January not only marks the end of a fun-filled holiday season, but the beginning of weeks of cold, dreary weather with no holiday or vacation time in sight.
If you’re one of those people with the after-holiday blues (or not), I have great news for you. PennWell and POWERGRID International offer a fabulous opportunity for you to jump-start your new year, and it doesn’t include dieting or exercise. On Jan. 28, we will kick off the 22nd annual DistribuTECH Conference & Exposition in beautiful, warm San Diego. DistribuTECH will give you a reprieve from the dreary winter weather, and more important, the opportunity to learn about utility grid projects and the latest in smart grid technologies. If resolutions are your thing and you’ve included being a more valuable employee on your list, DistribuTECH is perfect for you.
DistribuTECH 2012 broke conference attendance and exhibitor records. We expect DistribuTECH 2013 to be even bigger-another record-breaking year. The event offers you two and a half days to network with colleagues, attend several of the 77 conference sessions, visit the booths of the 400-plus exhibiting companies, hear from and talk with industry experts and simply enjoy the company of industry peers. Those speaking and contributing in conference sessions include 187 engineers and executives from municipalities, cooperatives and investor-owned utilities, as well as many engineers and executives from companies and consultancies that work closely with utilities. In addition, the opening keynote-a do-not-miss session-will include speakers Michael Niggli, San Diego Gas & Electric’s president and chief operating officer; Patricia Hoffman, a Department of Energy assistant secretary; and Stephen Berberich, California Independent System Operator president and CEO. The keynote also will feature journalist and author Bob Woodward, who should have much to speak about, given the latest goings-on in Washington, D.C. The POWERGRID International Projects of the Year awards will be presented during the keynote, too.
If POWERGRID International’s content touches your interests and job function, then you should attend DistribuTECH. You may find details about the event beginning on Page 38 and on the event website, http://distributech.com. It isn’t too late to register and make your travel arrangements.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to jump-start your year. See you in San Diego.
Teresa Hansen, Editor in Chief