San Antonio Hosts DISTRIBUTECH

Running Jan. 24-26, 2012, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, DistribuTECH continues to lead the way in information exchange and utility education. From instructional courses to experts delivering the latest industry details, DistribuTECH will show off a lot of power knowledge in the Lone Star State this month.

In addition, DistribuTECH has two sister conferences co-located in San Antonio 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 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Electric Light & Power Executive Conference will occur just before DistribuTECH, Jan. 22-23, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Attendees can make the most of a DistribuTECH experience by attending Utility University (pre-conference courses). These courses are relevant, topical, issue-concentrated classes 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. Utility University has both full-day and half-day courses on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 22-23, 2012.

After the Utility University courses conclude, DistribuTECH 2012 will officially kick off with an opening keynote session on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. The keynote will feature Ben Stein, actor, author, economist and pop culture icon; Jason Few, president of Reliant Energy and executive vice president of NRG Energy; and Doyle Beneby, president and CEO of CPS Energy.

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, greening the grid, international projects, SCADA and network infrastructure, substation automation and a water technology track. (A full list of tracks and sessions is available on Page 24.)

Sister conference UPCE will also offer informative conference sessions to attendees. UPCE features sessions on managing electrical operations, developing occupational programs at local community colleges, grounding, training for line workers and lessons learned from local smart grid work at CPS Energy.

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 2012, DistribuTECH will throw a Round “ËœEm Up Networking Party from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Attendees and guests are invited to join in the festivities which will feature food, drinks, live music and a mechanical bull.

Besides the fabulous conference sessions and networking opportunities at DistribuTECH 2012, 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, DistribuTECH promises to be the highlight of the industry for 2012.

Note: Conference details in this article were accurate at press time but are subject to change.

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