D-TECH Shines on Tampa

Running March 23-25, 2010 at the Tampa Convention Center, DistribuTECH covers the smart grid from end to end.

Celebrating 20 years, 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 Florida in March.

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. This year, Utility University offers popular courses from previous years as well as a few new courses and topics.

DistribuTECH 2010 will officially kick off with an opening keynote session on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. The keynote will feature Gordon Gillette, president of DistribuTECH host utility Tampa Electric Co., and Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.

After the keynote, the conference itself opens for business with a bevy of learning opportunities. Sessions are broken down into related tracks, including: advanced metering, customer service, demand response, distribution automation, enterprise information and asset management, mobile and geospatial solutions, renewables and the grid, SCADA, substation automation, engineering and the transmission track.

Despite all the great options for education, DistribuTECH is not all learning and no play. There are plenty of social opportunities to just sit and visit with colleagues, acquaintances and new friends. An opening reception will be held on the floor on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. A second exhibit floor reception follows on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. That reception, called “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere,” will run from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the sponsors’ booths right before DistribuTECH throws a bash to celebrate its 20th anniversary from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

If attendees would like to mix networking with a bit of learning, DistribuTECH offers a number of breakfast roundtables, as well as a breakfast keynote. These roundtable discussions provide an excellent opportunity 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.

Besides the fabulous conference sessions and networking opportunities at DistribuTECH, attendees also have the change to visit the show’s large exhibit floor, which featured over 300 exhibitors in 2009. Plus, one popular part of the show and exhibit floor attendance at DistribuTECH is the car giveaway, which will be continued in 2010. This year, someone will drive away in a new Chevrolet Camaro.

DistribuTECH has two sister conferences co-located in Tampa this year, including 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 Tampa Convention Center. The Electric Light & Power Executive Conference is scheduled to run right before DistribuTECH, March 21 and 22, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.

DistribuTECH 2009 in San Diego brought a record number of people to the bayside conference center in San Diego with nearly 5,800 attendees and more than 300 exhibiting companies. In 2010, DistribuTECH is expected to break that record with nearly 6,200 professionals expected to grace the halls of the Tampa Convention Center. With such a wide range of opportunities, DistribuTECH 2010 promises to brighten up Tampa for attendees this March.

Exhibitor and sponsor information in this article were accurate at press time but are subject to change.

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