D-TECH Warms up San Diego

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.

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

Attendees can make the most of DistribuTECH 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. Utility University has full-day and half-day courses Jan. 30 and 31.

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

After the keynote, the conference opens 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.

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. DistribuTECH will throw a Setting Sail Networking Event at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. Attendees and guests are invited to join in the festivities, which will feature food, drinks and live music.

The Setting Sail Networking Event is not the only networking opportunity at DistribuTECH. An opening reception will occur from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 on the floor. There attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshing drinks and networking with industry colleagues while viewing exhibits of more than 360 companies.

Besides the conference sessions and networking opportunities at DistribuTECH, attendees also have the chance to visit the show’s large exhibit floor. With such a wide range of conference sessions, exposition and networking opportunities and even the chance to win a Challenger, DistribuTECH 2011 promises to be the highlight of the industry in 2011.

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

Click here to see D-TECH Conference Guide.

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