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The #AclaraConnect conference is where leaders, innovators, and people who make things happen gather to share secrets to success and learn about the latest in the electric, water, and gas utility industries. At AclaraConnect you will learn and network with the best and brightest in the electric, gas, and water utility industry.

The people you will hear speak are not only building smarter infrastructures today, but understand how utilities are changing and how they will evolve tomorrow. Come Together. Connect for a better future at #AclaraConnect 2018

All #AclaraConnect sessions will offer insights about current and future trends and advances in electric, gas, and water utilities. Get the highlights below, or visit the Executive Summit or conference agenda pages on the #AclaraConnect website for more information and to register.

Executive Summit Tackles Building Endurance for Utility Longevity

Join our three panels of industry and utility experts at this year’s Executive Summit, themed Building endurance for utility longevity, as they tackle issues affecting utilities today such as distributed energy resources, changing regulations, heightened consumer expectations, aging infrastructure, and technologies. This year’s summit panels include:

Squashing the Duck, which will focus on minimizing the effect of the duck curve, the graph of power production that shows timing imbalances between peak demand and renewable energy.

Resilience – Prepare, Respond and Recover, which will center around how utilities can respond to threats to service and operation such as weather events, resource scarcity and cyber attacks.

Infrastructure Review and Improvement, which will concentrate on how utilities can properly weigh the advantages and disadvantages of investments in modernization versus maintenance.

Speakers on these panels include Dora Nakafuji, member of the strategy and Innovation group at Kamehameha Schools and leading expert on the duck curve, Rich Svindland, president of California American Water and Hawaii American Water, and Greg DiLoreto, chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers for American Infrastructure.

Learn more about Executive Summit panels and additional speakers on our webpage.


Conference LineUp Speaks to Current and Future Utility Concerns

AclaraConnect offers you the opportunity to come together and connect on topics affecting the operations and economics of electric, gas, and water utilities today. The following line-up represents just a selection of the inspiring speakers that you will hear from at #AclaraConnect 2018.

1:  DC Water Completes 5,000 AMR Replacements per Month – Here Is How They Did It! will discuss the methods DC Water used to keep this program to replace 90,000 smart water meters ahead of schedule and on budget. Key to the success of the project is an expedited decision-making process that involves key functions across the organization. Read more

2:  How NV Energy Went from Load Monitoring to Fault Locating Using Aclara’s Grid Monitoring Platform to Achieve Situational Awareness will outline how an innovative grid monitoring solution employing line sensors and sensor management system software improved distribution situational awareness for substations on NV Energy’s diverse networks. Read more

3:  The Impact of Fault Detection & Localization on Co-op Operations and Members will focus on how Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative and Tideland Electric Membership Corporation benefited from an algorithm-driven solution to automatically detect power outages and eliminate reliance on no-power calls from customers. Read more

4:  How Effective Call Center Tools Can Impact Your Operating Costs will focus on how Southern California Gas identified ways to improve call center operations by managing high-bill complaints, inquiries about changes to bills, and inquiries for information. Read more

5:  A Coop’s Approach to Monitoring & Managing Today’s Grid will deal with the way Magic Valley Electric Cooperative is tackling the challenges of smart grid reliability with new and existing solutions for sensing, monitoring, and grid management. Read more

6:  An Analyst’s View into Demand Side Management will feature Farah Saeed, Energy & Environment Principal Consultant, Global Program Leader for Grid Power of Frost & Sullivan, taking a closer look at how demand-side management could mitigate load issues currently caused by distributed energy resources such as wind and solar as well as electric vehicles. Read more

7:  The Energy Cloud and the Neural Grid Platform will feature Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst, Navigant, discussing the transformational shift driving the energy sector away from linear value-chain model supporting one-way power flow to a more sustainable, highly digitized, and dynamic energy system. Read more

8:  Smart Metering Around the World will offer insights from Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group, on the differences between the drivers and challenges in developed versus emerging markets. Read more

Navy captains Mark and Scott Kelly

In addition, you will hear a compelling keynote featuring former astronauts and retired Navy captains Mark and Scott Kelly, the only siblings who have traveled to space, who will lead off the conference. The brothers captivate audiences with lessons on human resilience in the face of extraordinary challenges, encouraging them to pursue their dreams with relentless passion, hard work, and determination.

The #AclaraConnect 2018 conference is shaping up to be the most in-depth and insightful ever, with something on the agenda for everyone.  We look forward to seeing you May 14-17 at the Marriott Marquis Marina in San Diego.

But we’re not all business.

Break out your mullets and perms at our 80’s themed party on the U.S.S. Midway, where you’ll rock out with 80’s cover band the Spazmatics.

It’ll be totally tubular!


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