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In just a few weeks, I, along with many others from PennWell, will travel to Tampa, Fla., for the 20th DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition. As the conference planning committee chairperson for the event, I can confidently say that the committee members have developed a conference program second to none. If you’re interested in anything related to the electricity grid, DistribuTECH is the event for you. In addition to attending the conference, attendees will also have access to our largest ever exhibit floor, which will showcase the products and services of more than 300 exhibiting companies. You can learn more about DistribuTECH 2010 in the preview article beginning on page 18. Make plans to join us in Tampa on March 23-25.
I’m also excited about my involvement in another event scheduled to take place in Tampa just prior to DistribuTECH on March 21-22. This new event is the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference and it’s designed to provide utility executives with information to help them meet upcoming challenges.
The conference will feature two keynote presenters: Susan Eisenhower and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoràƒ©. Ms. Eisenhower, who is scheduled to speak on the opening day, is the granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower and an advocate for public-private effort to upgrade the nation’s electric grid.
Gen. Honoràƒ©, who will close the conference, was instrumental in realigning the recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. As the commanding general of Joint Task Force Katrina, he undeniably changed the course of the disaster. Gen. Honoràƒ© will offer insights into protecting people and organizations and outline the principles necessary to lead through unexpected and uncontrollable crises.
The sessions at the ELP Executive Conference will feature speakers from utilities, financial institutions, research companies and consultancies. Topics to be addressed include smart grid development, financing, unconventional power source integration and business strategies for a sustainable energy future.
Along with keynote speakers and conference sessions, the conference will provide networking opportunities. Attendees can visit with Susan Eisenhower at a wine and cheese reception following her opening keynote and attend the Sunday evening luxury yacht dinner cruise.
If you plan to attend DistribuTECH, you can attend the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference for a small additional fee. To learn more about the event and upgrade your DistribuTECH registration, visit the conference Web site: http://elpconference.com. I hope to see you at both events.