DistribuTECH 2002 set to open in Miami Beach

By Sylvie Dale, Online Editor

Feb. 27, 2002 — Set in warm Miami Beach, Fla., with its picturesque beaches and glitzy art nouveau architecture, the 12th annual DistribuTECH 2002 conference and exhibition will present a roster of vital topics like infrastructure security, reliability, metering and distribution automation.

The three-day conference will include more than 45 educational sessions and more than 260 booths displaying the latest products for the information technology and utility automation industry.

The technical conference’s ten session tracks include substation integration and automation, distribution operations management, demand response, DA communications technology, distribution automation, distributed generation, enterprise application integration, business strategies, metering, AMR and data management, and mobile computing.

The keynote session today promises a sneak preview of the policies, technologies and viewpoints that will prove critical to operating a 21st century utility business.

Restructuring efforts in the Texas electric market, the formation and management of regional transmission organizations, IT integration challenges at merged power companies, and the creation of a national energy policy are all contentious issues facing utility and regulatory decision makers.

The keynote includes a trio of well-known industry experts, Joseph A. Lasky of ComEd Energy Delivery, Peter Flynn of New England Power Co., and William Bojorquez, director of settlements and customer service for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Joseph A. Lasky, Vice President of Information Technology at ComEd Energy Delivery, is responsible for all IT services for the ComEd Energy Delivery Organization (an Exelon company).

During his more than 23 years with ComEd, Lasky has held numerous field positions within IT in support of major computer application and control system deliverables for the fossil, nuclear, and T&D operating units. As an account manager and business architect, he has led IT architecture strategy and planning.

Lasky holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical technology with a minor in computer science from Purdue University Calumet.

Peter Flynn, a Vice President of National Grid USA and President of its subsidiary New England Power Co., is responsible for transmission strategy and transmission customer services. Flynn was elected president of New England Power in 1999.

He served as Vice President and Director of rates for NEES in 1996-98, held various legal positions from 1992-96, and served as Director of commercial and industrial services and demand-side management in 1990-91. Flynn was director of demand planning in 1989-90, and was a manager for Massachusetts Electric in 1987-89. He joined NEES as an attorney in 1981.

William O. Bojorquez, director of settlements and customer service for ERCOT, joined ERCOT in February 2000. He is responsible for the implementation of the systems and infrastructure required for the commercial operations of the ISO under Texas Senate Bill 7. Commercial operations include retail customer and marker participant registration; ERCOT region load profiling; metering and meter data acquisition; and settlements and billing.

Prior to joining the ERCOT staff, Bojorquez worked at the California ISO as Director of Settlements and Metering where he had responsibility for over $2.4 billion in annual Market and Reliability Must Run contract settlements and energy billing in California. This included the development and implementation of settlements and metering systems and infrastructure required to facilitate retail competition approved by the California Legislature in 1996.

Before joining the California ISO, Bojorquez worked for Southern California Edison in various positions in the System Operations and Transmission Planning departments. Bojorquez earned his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a certified Professional Engineer.

The panel session, “Protecting the Grid from Cyber Attack,” scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, offers in-depth discussion on protecting a utility’s valuable infrastructure and insulating its computer data. The panel will include Dr. Paul Oman, senior research engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., Dr. Paula Scalingi, founder and former director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), and Dr. Massoud Amin, who leads research and development in infrastructure security at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

The official DistribuTECH web site will offer daily updates from the conference on Wednesday through Friday. Visit http://ua.pennwellnet.com/Events/ua/dtech2002/home.cfm to read the latest issue of DistribuTECH Daily.

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