|Editor in chief
Online shopping, or e-commerce, is growing rapidly. Sources that I consulted said online purchases are increasing from 10 to 20 percent per year, depending on the source. I also read that more than 80 percent of the population with online access has purchased something online and more than 50 percent of that same population has purchased something online more than once. Based on these statistics, you might wonder why POWERGRID International continues to print a buyers guide each year. The answer: Many people still want a printed resource and prefer to learn about available products and services in a catalog, magazine or newspaper.
We created this buyers guide issue of POWERGRID International to ensure that those who prefer print publications have a resource to keep and refer to throughout the year. For those who prefer online shopping, however, you can find our online buyers guide at www.power-grid.com/buyers-guide.
In addition to the buyers guide, this issue also contains the DistribuTECH post-show article. For the past few weeks, many of us on the DistribuTECH team have been sorting and analyzing information we collected during the event. As you’ll learn when you read the article that begins on Page 20, DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, along with co-located events Electric Light & Power Executive Conference, Utility Products Conference and Exposition and TransForum broke records this year. More than 10,000 people walked through the doors of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio the week of Jan. 27 to attend the T&D industry’s largest annual event.
Many DistribuTECH highlights are featured in the post-show article, but I want to share with you a couple of additional interesting tidbits from DistribuTECH that I believe reflect the direction and state of the electricity transmission and distribution industry. Two new conference tracks that we added for 2014, cybersecurity and big data, were among the best attended. I’ve heard that big data is a trendy term that is outdated. I’m not sure whether or not the term is passàƒ©, but I am sure that data collection and analytics are not. Managing and interpreting the data that is now being collected from smart meters and sensors are important to utilities. Other topics that received a lot of attention at DistrbuTECH were related to grid hardening and storm preparedness. More than 250 people attended a mega session in which utility executives discussed the lessons they learned from Superstorm Sandy.
I’m thrilled to be a part of the DistribuTECH team and I’m happy that Senior Editor Kristen Wright and I can share with you some of its highlights. I hope you enjoy the post-show article and that this year’s buyers guide is a valuable resource for you.
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