OUC Signs on as DistribuTECH’s Host Utility

Editor in Chief
TERESA HANSEN

More than 100 utility, consulting firm and vendor experts are prepping to select more than 300 speakers who will present during DistribuTECH 2016. The event will be Feb. 9-11, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

This will be only the second time in 26 years that DistribuTECH will have visited Orlando. The first was 2004.

I’m pleased to share that the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) will be the DistribuTECH 2016 host utility.

The state-chartered utility and its board of directors are working closely with its customers, Orlando’s mayor, city council and business partners to make Orlando the “Greenest City in the Southeast.”

OUC’s sustainability initiatives include installation of five of the country’s fastest electric vehicle (EV) chargers and the addition of three new battery-powered bucket trucks, plus numerous hybrid plug-in vans and cars to its fleet. It also is helping Nissan test a new all-electric van designed for utility fleets.

In addition, OUC is working with a Virginia-based startup company to research and develop Solar Socket, a “high-tech gadget” that can make the installation and setup of residential rooftop solar faster and cheaper and give the utility more control of the electricity produced.

Jerry Sullivan, OUC’s chief information officer and vice president of information technology, told me the utility will be completing 20 sustainability initiatives in September.

OUC’s many initiatives have made it the supplier of the highest-quality water and most reliable electricity in Florida and one of the top five most reliable electricity providers in the U.S., Sullivan said. Through the use of digital electric and water meters, a meter data management system, new intelligent and actionable data analytics system and more, OUC has reduced its outage minutes per year. It also has developed a customer dashboard that allows its customers to understand and manage their energy use better, which has reduced OUC customers’ average monthly electricity use.

I don’t have space in this column to list all of OUC’s initiatives, but these give you an idea of why we invited OUC to be DistribuTECH 2016’s host utility. We’re thrilled our invitation was accepted.

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