D-TECH Returns to San Diego

 

An evening view of the San Diego Convention Center, home of DistribuTECH 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Hursley & the San Diego Convention Center.

Kathleen Davis, Senior Editor

Running Feb. 1-3, 2011, at the San Diego Convention Center, DistribuTECH covers the smart grid from end-to-end, empowering each attendee to take hold of his (or her) energy future.

DistribuTECH knew the grid before it was smart, and it continues to lead the way in information exchange and utility education. From instructional Utility University courses to experts delivering the latest industry details, DistribuTECH is bringing a lot of experience to California this February.

A look inside a session from DistribuTECH 2010 in Tampa, Fla.

In addition, DistribuTECH has two sister conferences co-located in San Diego this year, the Utility Products Conference and Exposition (UPCE) and the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference. UPCE will be an on-site option during DistribuTECH at the San Diego Convention Center. The Electric Light & Power Executive Conference is scheduled to run right before DistribuTECH, Jan. 30-31, 2011, at the Omni San Diego Hotel.

DistribuTECH 2010 in Tampa, Fla., brought a large number of people to the Sunshine State. More than 6,600 attendees wandered through the convention center during the show’s four days of packed conference sessions and a high-trafficked exhibit floor held over 340 companies. In 2011, DistribuTECH is expected to surpass those numbers.

Utility University and Opening Keynote

Attendees can make the most of a DistribuTECH experience by attending pre-conference courses. Utility University courses are relevant, topical, issue-concentrated classed that occur before the full conference begins. Courses are taught by recognized experts in their respective fields and are held in a classroom environment to maximize the learning experience.

A look at San Diego harbor. Photo courtesy of Corporate Helicopters & the San Diego Convention Center.

This year, Utility University offers popular courses from previous years as well as a few new courses and topics. Utility University has both full-day and half-day courses on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 30 – 31, 2011.

Tickets are required for admission to each course. Only those registered with a ticket for a particular course will be admitted. Seating is limited. Attendees can register for Utility University courses using the overall conference registration form, which can be found online at the conference website: http://distributech.com.

Comedian Dave Barry spoke at the 2010 DistribuTECH keynote. 2011 features keynote speeches from strategic consultant Susan Eisenhower and author Daniel Burrus.

After the Utility University courses conclude, DistribuTECH 2011 will officially kick off with an opening keynote session on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 a.m. The keynote will feature Susan Eisenhower, strategic consultant and president of the Eisenhower Group; Daniel Burrus, author, futurist and technological change guru; Alan Fohrer, chairman and CEO of Southern California Edison; and Michael Niggli, president and chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric.

A Peek at the Conference, Networking Opportunities

 

After the keynote, the conference itself opens for business with a bevy of learning opportunities. Sessions are broken down into related tracks, including: customer engagement, substation automation, cybersecurity, DNP, smart grid, distribution planning, T&D, AMI, communications, IT and distribution automation.

Sister conference UPCE will also offer informative conference sessions to attendees. UPCE features two tracks on safety, training and certification. Speakers will discuss temporary grounding practices, safety updates, protective clothing, fleet safety and transformer certification.

Despite all the great options for education, DistribuTECH is not all learning and no play. Plenty of social opportunities exist to just sit and visit with colleagues, acquaintances and new friends. In fact, DistribuTECH has become renowned for its networking events. In 2011, DistribuTECH will throw a Setting Sail Networking Event from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Attendees and guests are invited to join in the festivities which will feature food, drinks and live music.

2010 DistribuTECH attendees rock out along the bay in Tampa, Fla. DistribuTECH 2011 will feature the Setting Sail Networking Event on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

The Setting Sail Networking Event is not the only networking opportunity at DistribuTECH. An opening reception will be held on the exhibit floor on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshing drinks and networking with industry colleagues while viewing more than 300 companies’ exhibits.

A second exhibit floor reception follows on Wednesday, Feb. 2, right before Setting Sail Networking Event. Called “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere,” this party will run from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the sponsors’ booths.

If attendees want to mix networking with learning, DistribuTECH offers a number of breakfast roundtables. These roundtable discussions provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with peers and meet industry experts while taking in a hearty meal. Roundtables with specific industry topics will be moderated by leading professionals in each field. An informal format makes the roundtables a great way to share information and learn about specific topics.

Breakfast roundtable topics range from demand response to distribution automation to water topics.

Besides the fabulous conference sessions and networking opportunities at DistribuTECH, attendees also have the chance to visit the show’s large exhibit floor, which featured more than 340 exhibitors in 2010. In addition, one of attendees’ favorite events takes place on the exhibit floor, the car giveaway, which will be continued in 2011. This year, someone will drive away in a new Dodge Challenger.

With such a wide range of conference sessions, exposition and networking opportunities and even the chance to win a Challenger, DistribuTECH promises to be the highlight of the industry for 2011.

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