2015 Utility Conferences & Trade Shows

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!

It is hard to believe that 2015 is around the corner, buried in the snow or under the ice (or sand if you live in the South). Conferences and trade shows are great opportunities to meet face-to-face with your clients and partners. We selected the most pertinent events to the electric utility industry taking place next year.Utility Conferences 2015 1

Summary

NET 2015 – Touchstone Energy Annual New and Emerging Technologies – January 26-29, 2015, Tucson, Arizona

Smart Energy Summit – February 16-18, 2015, Austin, Texas

NRECA Annual Meeting & TechAdvantage Expo – February 19-27, 2015, Orlando, Florida

Power Grid Resilience 2015 – March 23-25, 2015, Washington D.C.

IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition – May 2-5, 2016 – Dallas, TX

National Town Meeting – Demand Response + Smart Grid – May 26-28, 2015, Washington, DC

Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show – June 24-26, 2015 – Hershey, PA

Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference – October 6-8, 2015, Providence, RI

Utility Supply Chain Management – January 19-21, 2015, Lake Buena Vista, FL

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NET 2015 – Touchstone Energy Annual New and Emerging TechnologiesTouchstone Energy New and Emerging Technologies

January 26-29, 2015, Tucson, Arizona

NET 2015 is Touchstone Energy’s premiere B2B conference connecting national energy managers and key account personnel from around the nation. Hear and see what new technologies and topics are shaping our industry from national speakers and experts. View new products and services from our valued sponsors and exhibitors and network with beautiful Tucson as your backdrop.

Contact: Kathryn Momot, Program Manager, Kathryn.Momot@nreca.coop, (703) 907-5707

http://net.touchstoneenergy.com/content/net-2015


Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit 2015 UtilitiesFebruary 16-18, 2015, Austin, Texas

Engaging the consumer

Industry Perspectives

  • Electric utility: business model transition – avoiding the death spiral

Perspectives on Smart Products and Services

  • Role of energy management in smart home systems and home control platforms
  • Modeling energy solutions and integrating them into smart devices
  • Big data and analytics: extracting extra value from smart meters and energy services

Working Together

  • Partnerships and new business model opportunities for smart home product and service providers
  • Leveraging multiple smart products to enhance DR programs
  • The impact of smart devices in retail energy markets
  • Energy audits: expanding energy efficiency programs to whole-home solutions
  • Strategies to speed up the pilot process & keep pace with market innovation
  • Standards and interoperability: solutions that bring together the home’s products and services
  • Balancing privacy concerns and market regulations with opportunities created by big data
  • The role of telecom and cable service providers as energy providers/managers

http://www.parksassociates.com/events/smart-energy-summit

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NRECA Annual Meeting & TechAdvantage ExpoNRECA-logo

February 19-27, 2015, Orlando, Florida

TechAdvantage is the technology event for electric co-op professionals. The event is at the forefront of innovation, delivering critical technologies that are transforming the world of engineering, information technology, energy services, operations, supply management and business. Join us for four days of leading-edge strategies and best practices that will benefit Co-op Nation well into the 21st century.

Who comes to TechAdvantage?

  • Engineers eager to leverage new applications and existing technologies to do their jobs well and do their jobs right
  • Sharp operations professionals wanting to keep pace with new technologies who are ready to execute results and fire on all cylinders
  • IT professionals targeting new skills and analyzing practical information to manage infrastructure, security and strategy
  • Frontline supply managers attentive to new ideas and innovative products that they can maneuver and apply at their co-ops
  • National co-op leaders wanting to hear from technology experts about what they see coming to determine how their co-ops will meet new challenges
  • Smart co-op insiders, hungry for what comes next and re-energized by new ideas that will elevate their efforts to new levels

Eric Commodore, NRECA
Telephone: 703.907.5577, Fax: 703.907.5521, eric.commodore@nreca.coop

Mary Novack, Kenworthy Management, Inc., NRECA Show Management
Telephone: 718.578.4658, Fax: 718.848.5095mary@kenworthymanagement.com

http://www.techadvantage.org


Power Grid Resilience 2015

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March 23-25, 2015, Washington D.C.

Topics:

  • A More Solidified Regulatory Environment
  • Grid Modernization: Costs vs Benefits
  • Roundtable Discussions on Comprehensive Security Planning
  • Advanced Technologies to Reduce Major Storm Impacts
  • Balancing the Risks: Understanding, Preparing for, Enduring and Recovering from Extreme Events
  • New Frontiers in Tech Innovations
  • Peer-to-Peer Networking

www.powergridresilience.com   –   enquiry@iqpc.com  –  1 800 882 8684

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  • Mutual Aid Alerts and Messaging
  • Real time information on availability of spares inventories, fleet, line crews and materials across North America
  • Centralized emergency management
  • Collaborative platform to store, share and manage mutual aid agreements
  • Access to Mutual Aid Partners from other State and Provincial Associations
  • Provide members with aggregated data on Primary Voltages to enhance spares pooling and joint purchasing.
  • Access to third party suppliers of back up equipment and mobile units

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 Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade ShowSoutheastern Electric Exchange Utilities

June 24-26, 2015 – Hershey, PA

The Southeastern Electric Exchange is a non-profit trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.

What makes the SEE Annual Conference and Trade Show a popular choice…

—for Utility Members?

  • Breakout sessions provide in-depth presentations by industry experts on the latest issues and applications.
  • General Sessions highlight different perspectives on global issues that affect our business.
  • Roundtable sessions provide feedback and solutions to current technical challenges.
  • Breaks and banquet functions present invaluable opportunities for networking with colleagues in an informal setting and “putting a face with a name.”
  • Trade show booths provide access to the latest in equipment and technology.

…for Manufacturers, Contractors, Consultants, Specialists and Professionals?

  • This three-day event affords many opportunities to meet and network with your customers in both formal business settings and informal business social environments.
  • During this event SEE offers further opportunity to increase your company’s customer base, brand awareness and visibility through
    -Trade Show exhibit booths
    -Corporate Sponsorship (more info)

S.E.E. Conference Coordinator: Amy Bekele, phone: 404/233-1188
S.E.E. Trade Show Coordinator: Kendra Cutno, phone: 404/233-1188

http://www.theexchange.org/index.html


 IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition

IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition

May 2-5, 2016 – Dallas, TX

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Power & Energy Society

This event will showcase the technologies, products, companies and minds that will lead our industry through the next fifty years.

http://www.ieeet-d.org/    http://www.ieee-pes.org/

Contact: Thomas Mayne      Email:   mayne25@charter.net


National Town Meeting – Demand Response + Smart Grid National Town Meeting Demand Response

May 26-28, 2015, Washington, DC

Organized by the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS), The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid® is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response and smart grid, who discuss with each other and with the audience the latest trends, issues, and business developments. The National Town Meeting also features panel discussions, case studies, and presentations of best practices. Another hallmark is attendee engagement, whether through Q&A sessions with top business leaders and policymakers, through formal electronic voting, or through the National Town Meeting’s reception and other networking sessions.

http://www.demandresponsetownmeeting.com/

ADS Contact: jenny.senff@demandresponsesmartgrid.org


Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference

Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference

October 6-8, 2015, Providence, RI

  • The 2014 Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference offered over 600 attendees the opportunity to:
  • See the latest maps, apps, and solutions for utilities.
  • Stretch GIS beyond mapping to secure funding, upgrade infrastructure, and drive marketing.
  • Approach new government regulations with knowledge-driven analysis.
  • Get ready for emergencies and outages by taking maps to the field and sending data to the cloud.
  • Network with peers to learn best practices and receive industry recognition.
  • Find out how to use ArcGIS as a platform and increase return on investment.

http://www.esri.com/events/electric-gas


Utility Supply Chain Management 

January 19-21, 2015, Lake Buena Vista, FL

This first-rate event attracts a variety of procurement, purchasing, sourcing, planning, and inventory management executives of utility supply chains to exchange best practices and gain cutting-edge knowledge on improving supply chain efficiency.

Pre-Conference Workshop — Sunday, January 18, 2015
Industry Leading Performance — How Do You Measure Up?

Leading Industry Experts Tackle Tough Supply Chain Challenges

  • Energy industry trends impacting supply chains — Backlash from the Polar Vortex, distributed generation disruptions, fracking impediments, and EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • Material forecasting updates — Natural gas price volatility, king coal’s demise, and metals’ rising production costs
  • Veterans in the workforce — Approaches to identifying key talent and the hiring of veterans
  • Supplier integration — How to initiate supplier commitment and investment

PLUS PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON:

  • Inventory Optimization
  • Supplier Risk Management
  • Pipeline Construction Challenges

CASE STUDIES! Gain industry knowledge through a variety of notable case studies on the following:

  • Identifying the value of investment recovery within the supply chain — Entergy, Pacific Exchange
  • Expanding capacity and cost reduction via supplier integration — Southern California Edison
  • System rebuilding in alliance with supply chain partners — Empire District Electric Co., Irby Utilities

http://www.platts.com/events/2015/pc501/index


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Why Using Speadsheets is a Risk for Your Supply Chain

SpreadsheetIn the recent white paper “Spreadsheet Risk is the Number One Threat to Supply Chain Excellence”, Logility puts spreadsheets in the spotlight and make us think about how they can sabotage your supply chain.

Logility’s Spreadsheet Definition

A spreadsheet is:

  1. an interactive computer application program organizing and analyzing data in tabular form.

  2. no way to run a supply chain!

Spreadsheets are a common tool usually set by default on computers. Easy to create and handle, a spreadsheet allows you to store a significant amount of data. Formulas and cross-functions are a big asset with data analysis.

From the retailer to the multimillion company, Excel and the Excel-like software have settled on PCs, and have quickly become the favorite tool of numerous employers/employees, and especially in the supply chain field.

Spreadsheets: The Authority in Supply Chain Software?

As Logility points out, spreadsheets have spread for 3 main reasons:

  1. Excel and Open Office spreadsheets answer supply chain managers’ needs in a better way than Enterprise Resource Planning systems which usually lack of flexibility. Customized modules require a bigger budget. Spreadsheets are the cheapest (if not free) alternative. Moreover it is common for ERPs to use spreadsheets to load data into their system.
  2. Easy to buy and access, spreadsheets software is a must in the PC’s tool box. Unless you go with Linux or build your own computer, chances are that it will be in your default programs.
  3. Supply chain managers need tools that they can customize and adapt to their products. Demand, inventory, transportation and manufacturing planning are some of the aspects covered by managers.

“More than 200 million people worldwide use spreadsheet applications and about one-third of people spend more than half their working days using them” (Robert Kugel, Ventana Research, “Make Spreadsheet Competence a Priority,” June 2012)

We are millions using them… but how many of us have thought about their drawbacks?

Limits: Spreadsheets, a Tangled Octopus

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  • Lack of training. A 2011 study by ClusterSeven, titled “Spreadsheet Risk Management within UK Organisations,” shows that 57% of users have never received proper training…
  • …Which leads to a significant number of errors: Coopers and Lybrand, in the article “How to Make Spreadsheets Error-Proof” published in the Journal of Accountancy, estimated that 90% of spreadsheets with more than 150 rows contained errors.
  • Maintenance is key, but time-consuming as well. Proof-reading should be a must, but who will spend another 2 hours checking if the entered data is right?
  • Spreadsheets become a jungle for a supply chain manager when it comes to deal with different time periods, product life-cycle and forecast models.
  • Difficulty of sharing spreadsheet information: you may spend a lot of time on Excel and then send the spreadsheets to your colleagues. But contrary to a cloud-based solution, and unless you make sure to send documents after every update, it can be tricky for your colleagues, especially from other departments, to use the right document version. Think about when it comes to merge data… not easy as pie.
  • Each person has his or her way to edit spreadsheets and may use different guidelines. Formatting may differ, causing errors and misunderstanding.
  • Excel will not tell you when something is wrong in your inventory or manufacturing planning: contrary to ERPs, you will not see a red flag. Every time data changes graphs do not always follow and you will probably have to recreate them.

Spreadsheets are like a notepad: easy to get, easy to write information on, and can fit in your pocket or work bag. But on the other side, if you need to write a project planning or your quarter schedule, you will need to think about alternatives to handle complex data in an efficient way.

Notepad Asset ManagementIf you are a supply chain manager, do not be afraid of thinking about tools that are really made for you. It may lightly increase your budget, but you will save on time and money by having a tool which allows you to handle complex data, answering your needs in terms of supply and manufacturing planning and letting you know when an alert comes up.

Veracity Connect, Collaborative PlatformIf you are a manager or an engineer for a utility company, you may be interested in Veracity Connect, a cloud-based platform designed to help you manage critical assets such as transformers, switchgear and other heavy equipment. More than inventory software or a spreadsheet-based solution, Veracity Connect allows you to:

Efficiently Organize Information

  • Store and access data from anywhere through the Internet
  • Have a clear overview of your assets in no time
  • Upload all equipment-related documents (product sheet, testing results, PCB counts, etc.)
  • Ensure a proper audit trail

Ensure Reliability Through Collaboration

  • Avoid outages caused by out of stock or hard to replace equipment
  • Find replacements to obsolete items that are no longer manufactured
  • Locate surplus in corporate wide inventories, send the “bat signal” to fellow utilities and industry partners to source needed critical spares.

Mitigate Risk

  • Quickly locate critical spares by identifying potential sources
  • Proactive approach to managing equipment failure

Offset Capital Expenditures

  • Reduce inventory levels and carrying costs knowing your spares needs are available
  • Liquid surplus with higher returns
  • Get full logistics support to shorten the time to source equipment

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Energy & Utility Events Update

The trade show season has started. We decided to give you an update on the coming events. Below is a list of the most pertinent conferences and trade shows in the energy sector and utility supply chain management in North America.

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Canadian Energy Supply Chain Summit VeracityOctober 28-30, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Produced in partnership with the Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Government of Alberta, the Canadian Energy Supply Chain Forum is a two and a half day conference and trade show focused on helping and enabling Canadian energy companies build a world-class supply chain.

This event will provide a number of world-class examples of supply chain management excellence and deliver guidance on how to think, interact and approach your daily work in new and innovative ways. The CESCF will provide insights on how Canadian energy companies can achieve supply chain excellence by re-evaluating communication practices, scope preparation, contract negotiation, risk management, integrated project delivery and more.

http://www.supplychainforum.ca/index.php/schedule


 APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & NetworkingAPPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Veracity Energy

November 18-19, 2014 – Toronto Convention Centre

Two days of information sharing by the industry’s most knowledgeable and expert speakers, stimulating discussion among the key players and innovators and prime networking opportunities at hosted events including the Power Networking Centre!

APPrO’s annual conference hosts delegates and exhibitors from across the spectrum of the power generation business. No other event brings you this critical mass of power professionals.

http://www.appro2014.com/

Brochure: http://ow.ly/CnxtC

Carole Kielly, Marketing Manager: carole.kielly@appro.org – 416-322-6549 ext 226


 

Federation of Alberta Gas-Co-ops Ltd. Annual General Meeting & Trade FairFederation Alberta Gas Co-op Veracity

November 24-27, 2014, Delta Edmonton South Hotel/Radisson Edmonton South Hotel, Alberta, Canada

For 50 years, the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-ops Ltd. and its 81 Member Utilities have been proud to have helped build Rural Alberta. The supply of natural gas to remote areas of our province has been essential to the development of Alberta, and has ensured all Albertans have access to a great quality of life no matter where they are. From a small collection of farmers to now the world’s largest rural gas distribution system, we are proud of our story and will celebrate it at our Annual General Meeting and Trade Fair this November.

Program: http://www.fedgas.com/public/data/documents/01TradeFairBrochure14pdf.pdf

http://www.fedgas.com/admin/contentx/default.cfm?h=2&PageId=11163

For more information, contact Dawn Dietz at the Federation Office
(780) 416-6543 or ddietz@fedgas.com


 NET 2015 – Touchstone Energy Annual New and Emerging TechnologiesTouchstone Energy Veracity Connect

January 26-29, 2015, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

NET 2015 is Touchstone Energy’s premiere B2B conference connecting national energy managers and key account personnel from around the nation. Hear and see what new technologies and topics are shaping our industry from national speakers and experts. View new products and services from our valued sponsors and exhibitors and network with beautiful Tucson as your backdrop.

Contact: Kathryn Momot, Program Manager, Kathryn.Momot@nreca.coop, (703) 907-5707

http://net.touchstoneenergy.com/content/net-2015


 TechAdvantage Expo

Tech Advantage 2014 Veracity Connect

February 23-26, 2015, Orlando, Florida, U.S.

TechAdvantage is at the forefront of innovation, delivering critical technologies that are transforming the world of engineering, information technology, energy services, operations, supply management and business. Join everyone for four days of leading-edge strategies and best practices created to share and demonstrate advantages in science, technology and other industry areas that will benefit Co-op Nation well into the 21st century.

Who comes to TechAdvantage?

  • Engineers eager to leverage new applications and existing technologies to do their jobs well and do their jobs right
  • Sharp operations professionals wanting to keep pace with new technologies who are ready to execute results and fire on all cylinders
  • IT professionals targeting new skills and analyzing practical information to manage infrastructure, security and strategy
  • Frontline supply managers attentive to new ideas and innovative products that they can maneuver and apply at their co-ops
  • National co-op leaders wanting to hear from technology experts about what they see coming to determine how their co-ops will meet new challenges
  • Smart co-op insiders, hungry for what comes next and re-energized by new ideas that will elevate their efforts to new levels

Eric Commodore, NRECA
Telephone: 703.907.5577, Fax: 703.907.5521, eric.commodore@nreca.coop

Mary Novack, Kenworthy Management, Inc., NRECA Show Management
Telephone: 718.578.4658, Fax: 718.848.5095mary@kenworthymanagement.com

http://www.techadvantage.org


 Supply Chain Management Association National Conference

Supply Chain Management Association Veracity Asset Management GroupJune 10 to 12, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada’s premier event for supply chain management professionals is also its largest. Each year, 500 top procurement and supply chain decision-makers from across Canada come together at the SCMA National Conference to discover the latest developments and best practices in the profession.

http://www.scmanational.ca/nationalconference/

Email: info@scmanational.ca


 

Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show

Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show

June 24-26, 2015 – Hershey, PA

 The Southeastern Electric Exchange is a non-profit trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.

What makes the SEE Annual Conference and Trade Show a popular choice:

—for Utility Members?

  • Breakout sessions provide in-depth presentations by industry experts on the latest issues and applications.
  • General Sessions highlight different perspectives on global issues that affect our business.
  • Roundtable sessions provide feedback and solutions to current technical challenges.
  • Breaks and banquet functions present invaluable opportunities for networking with colleagues in an informal setting and “putting a face with a name.”
  • Tradeshow booths provide access to the latest in equipment and technology.

…for Manufacturers, Contractors, Consultants, Specialists and Professionals?

  • This three-day event affords many opportunities to meet and network with your customers in both formal business settings and informal business social environments.
  • During this event SEE offers further opportunity to increase your company’s customer base, brand awareness and visibility through
    -Trade Show exhibit booths
    -Corporate Sponsorship (more info)

S.E.E. Conference Coordinator: Amy Bekele, phone: 404/233-1188
S.E.E. Trade Show Coordinator: Kendra Cutno, phone: 404/233-1188

http://www.theexchange.org/index.html


IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition

IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition VeracityIEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & ExpositionMay 2-5, 2016 – Dallas, TX

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Power & Energy Society

This event will showcase the technologies, products, companies and minds that will lead our industry through the next fifty years.

http://www.ieeet-d.org/

http://www.ieee-pes.org/


2016 APP National Conference & Public Power Expo – American Public Power Association

American Public Power AssociationJune 10-15, 2016 – Phoenix, AZ

The APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo is public power’s largest annual meeting and THE place for industry suppliers to gain exposure with C-level executives and policymakers from municipally owned electric utilities. The 1,200+ attendees represent 330 unique utilities from more than 35 states.

Connect with hundreds of public power leaders from around the country, including: governing boards, city council members, mayors, general managers, senior utility executives, utility managers and future leaders responsible for policy and strategy, industry partners, including strategic thinkers and subject matter experts

Why should my company participate?

An event for conference attendees who want to learn about the latest offerings in:

  • customer service;
  • cyber security;
  • disaster preparedness;
  • energy efficiency;
  • finance;
  • governance & management;
  • legislative & regulatory issues;
  • power supply; and
  • reliability & infrastructure.

The American Public Power Association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 47 million Americans.


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