POWERGRID International is the official publication and partner of DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, and as the magazine’s editor in chief, I serve as chairwoman of the DistribuTECH Conference Advisory Committee. This job allows me to review the submitted abstracts and help the committee create the conference sessions. In doing so, I learn about the industry’s hottest topics, greatest challenges and latest solutions. I also have an opportunity to give readers a preview of some of the conference discussions that will take place at DistribuTECH before those conference sessions occur—something no other magazine can do.
Beginning on Page 12 is a roundtable interview with chief information officers (CIOs) from four major investor-owned utilities that I conducted with the help of Dave Elve, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at PayGo. These utility CIOs will participate in one of DistribuTECH’s five mega sessions Wednesday, Jan. 29. Customers’ expectations are rising and their tolerance for silence from their electricity providers is waning. In this interview, the CIOs talk about their customer engagement strategies, the channels they use to communicate with customers and some of the biggest challenges they’ve encountered while implementing customer engagement strategies into their smart grid programs. The information in this article, while enlightening, is only a taste of what will be discussed during the hour and a half panel discussion during the mega session.
Another opportunity for you to hear from some of DistribuTECH’s conference participants is available on POWERGRID International’s website. On Dec. 3, I moderated a webcast on utility cybersecurity strategies that included three presenters who will speak at DistribuTECH. The webcast, “Practical Approaches to Utility Cybersecurity,” covers the latest DNP User’s Group cybersecurity updates, as well as accomplishments and activities of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s (SGIP’s) Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee (SGCC). Some of you might have attended the live webcast, but if you didn’t, no worries—it’s available on demand on the magazine’s website at www.power-grid.com/webcasts.html. The webcast is free and, like the roundtable article, offers you a glimpse of what will be discussed in greater detail at DistribuTECH.
The DistribuTECH preview article that begins on Page 16 provides more information about all the activities and opportunities available at the largest annual T&D show in North America. I hope this preview, the roundtable and the cybersecurity webcast convince you that DistribuTECH is a must-attend show. You may find registration information and a complete conference program and exhibitor listing at www.distributech.com.
For those of you who cannot attend the event Jan. 28-30, 2014, I hope you enjoy this small taste of DistribuTECH. For those of you who plan to attend, I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.
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