ST. LOUIS, April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Building Endurance for Utility Longevity is the focus of the AclaraConnect Executive Summit 2018, a highlight of the AclaraConnect Conference, which takes place May 14-17 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
Held on Tuesday, May 15, the day-long summit delivers on the overall AclaraConnect theme: Come Together. Connect for a Better Future by providing a forum for utility industry leaders to engage with other thought leaders, gain new insights, establish valuable new connections, and develop strategies to navigate the transformation shaping the utility industry.
The summit features three panels sure to stimulate lively discussion. Participants will explore strategies for planning for and responding to disruptive forces facing electric, gas and water utilities, including the impact of distributed energy resources and other new business paradigms, changing regulations, issues caused by aging infrastructure, and the need for robust consumer engagement programs.
The first panel, "Squashing the Duck," examines how the realities of electricity demand versus available solar energy are affecting utilities today. It will help attendees better understand and evaluate the true impacts of the duck curve, learn about solutions to help "squash" the curve, and minimize its effects on the grid. Panelists are:
Troy Anatra – Vice President, Commercial Operations at Enbala
Carl Zichella – Director, Western Transmission, National Resources Defense Council
Craig Horne – Vice President Business Development, Energy Storage at Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc
Dora Nakafuji – Member of the Strategy and Innovation Group at Kamehameha Schools
The second panel, Resilience – Prepare, Respond and Recover, explores how utilities can enhance preparations to maintain adequate levels of service and operation in the face of myriad threats ranging from weather events to natural disasters, water scarcity, cyberattacks, and more. Panelists are:
Rich Svindland – President, California American Water and Hawaii American Water
Roberto Herrera – Dominican Republic Country Manager at InterEnergy Holdings, CEO of CESPM & MD of CEPM
Erik Christian – Vice President, Business Development & Strategy at Aclara
In the final panel, Infrastructure Review and Improvement, attendees will join a panel of experts to discuss the importance of investing in modernization versus maintenance, and better understand the impacts of smart infrastructure. Panelists are:
Bud Vos – President and CEO, Enbala
David Swank – CEO, Central Electric Cooperative
Greg DiLoreto – Chair, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for America's Infrastructure
Patrick Van Beek – President of Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA)
Brian Serati – Vice President of US Sales, Hubbell Power Systems
Seating for the Executive Summit is limited. To register for the Executive Summit and for more information on the AclaraConnect 2018 conference, please visit http://www.aclaraconnect.com/
Aclara, now part of the Hubbell Power Systems family of brands, is a world-class supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) and services to more than 800 water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Aclara SIS offerings include smart meters and other field devices, advanced metering infrastructure and software and services that enable utilities to predict and respond to conditions, leverage their distribution networks effectively, and engage with their customers. Aclara won a Frost & Sullivan Global Smart Energy Networks Enabling Technology Leadership Award in 2017 and was named a finalist in three categories of the Platts Global Energy Awards in 2016. Visit us at Aclara.com, follow us on Twitter @AclaraSolutions or read our blog.
About Hubbell Power Systems
Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) is a subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated and an international manufacturer of quality transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction and electric, gas and water utility applications. With revenues of $1.1 billion, HPS operates manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. The headquarters is located in Columbia, South Carolina.