DistribuTECH keynote speakers announced

Nov. 5, 2002 — DistribuTECH conference organizers are proud to announce that Walter Higgins III, president and CEO of Sierra Pacific Resources, and Wanda Reder, vice president of engineering and planning for Commonwealth Edison Co. have accepted invitations to deliver keynote addresses to kick off DistribuTECH 2003 in Las Vegas on Feb. 4.

Higgins will draw on experience from a long and fruitful career in the utility industry as he addresses attendees at the power industry’s leading technology conference. Higgins was named Sierra Pacific Resources chairman of the board, president and CEO in August 2000.

Prior to that, he was chairman, president and CEO for AGL Resources Inc., the holding company of Atlanta Gas Light. Before AGL, Higgins was chairman, president and CEO of Sierra Pacific from 1993 through 1998. He has also served as president and COO of Louisville Gas and Electric, and worked for 14 years with Portland General Electric where his last position was senior vice president of generation and transmission.

Reder will also share her vast expertise in power distribution technology as a DistribuTECH keynote speaker. As vice president of engineering and planning, Reder has oversight of distribution operations at ComEd, where she has worked since August 2001.

Prior to her work at ComEd, Reder founded and was president and CEO of Ultra Power Technologies Inc., an unregulated subsidiary of Northern States Power Co. (NSP). Ultra Power Technologies offered predictive diagnostic testing for underground distribution cables.

By starting this company, Reder was instrumental in introducing reliability-centered maintenance to utilities and encouraging it as a general practice for underground distribution systems. Before starting Ultra Power Technologies, Reder worked for more than 15 years with NSP, developing conservation programs, leading distribution automation efforts and supervising transmission and distribution planning.

Higgins and Reder will deliver their keynote addresses to open DistribuTECH 2003 on the morning of Feb. 4. A third keynote speaker is expected to be announced shortly.

DistribuTECH 2003 takes place Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas, with pre-conference Utility University courses running Feb. 2-3.

DistribuTECH 2003 will feature conference sessions focusing on distribution operations management, distribution automation, substation automation, automatic meter reading, mobile work force management, enterprise integration, GIS technology, demand response, distributed generation and more. In addition, more than 200 companies are expected to be showcasing technology in the DistribuTECH exhibit hall.

More information on DistribuTECH 2003 is available at http://www.distributech.com.

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