6 Can’t Miss Sessions for Utility Leaders #AclaraConnect
AclaraConnect is less than a week away! If you are headed to News Orleans, you’ve probably taken a look at the agenda and seen the incredible speaker line up. To make it easier to choose, we’ve selected these 6 sessions from a rostrum of important thinkers and leaders to open your mind to the technology and policy issues facing the electric, gas and water industries today and in the future.
Check out the agenda, download the AclaraConnect app on your mobile phone and mark your calendars to attend these important sessions at AclaraConnect!
1) The Future of U.S. Energy Policy and Infrastructure
Hear divergent view points from two administrations on how policy will affect the industry in today and in coming years. Read more
Kara Saul Rinaldi, President/CEO, AnnDyl Policy Group.
- Elgie Holstein, Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the Environmental Defense Fund and leader of President Obama’s Department of Energy 2009 Transition Team
- Thomas J. Pyle, President of the Institute for Energy Research and leader of President Trump’s Department of Energy Transition Team.
2) Game Changing Trends Affecting the Utility Industry and their Core Operations
Disruptive forces including consumer demand for information and the drive for clean energy are transforming your utilities and forcing you to drive change and rethink the way you have traditionally functioned. Our speakers will address these issues relating to the rise of solar power and the key role of analytics.
- Tammy McLeod, VP Resource Management, Arizona Public Service (APS)
- Raiford Smith, Vice President, Energy Technology and Analytics, Entergy
3) C-Suite Executive Panel for Electric, Gas and Water Utilities
Join us for an interactive panel discussion around challenges and game-changing strategies. Our utility panelists APS, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, Entergy, New Jersey Natural Gas and Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative are engaging in new strategies to navigate the many transformational forces affecting electric, gas and water utilities, including distributed energy resources (DER), regulations, heightened consumer expectations and aging infrastructure.
Meg Matt, Founder and Principal, Applegate Advising, LLC and former CEO of the Association of Energy Services Professionals
- Tammy McLeod, Vice President of energy resource management, APS
- George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
- Raiford Smith, Vice President – Energy Technology and Analytics, Entergy
- Sean Alvarez, COO, Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Guadalupe Valley Electric
- Craig Lynch. Senior Vice-President – Energy Delivery, New Jersey Natural Gas
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4) Cybersecurity: Protecting Our Nation’s Grid (and Your Home) from Hackers
There are tens of thousands of devices, from sensors to security cameras to thermostats, running our infrastructure assets all connected to and part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Join us to learn from cybersecurity professional Mark Bristow of the Department of Homeland Security the latest in protecting these devices in your utility (and your home) from unwanted cyber intrusions.
- Mark Bristow, Deputy Director of the Hunt and Incident Response Team, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
5) Forces Changing Business: Evolving Business Models for Sustained Growth
Energy as a service is a next step evolution that will engage your utility with customers and the emerging way energy is produced and consumed. It means that your utility may work with other industries, becoming a micro grid-hosting macro grid. Our speaker will lead a lively discussion on how you can lead from the front and anticipate customer needs to ensure you direct the evolution and maximize returns.
- Seth Cutler, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan North America
6) Leaders in Consumer Engagement: Rethinking the Customer Journey
Utility executives indicated in a recent survey that the greatest disruptor to their industry over the next five years will be changing customer expectations. Our speakers, representing utilities, industry analysts and leading developers, will help you understand how to tackle those changing expectations with new product offerings and new investments in the latest technology to provide best-in-class service.
- Estee Castillo, Advanced Metering, Southern California Gas
- Patty Durand, CEO and President, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative
- Bruce Townson, CEO, Ecotagious
- Ryan Esch, Product Manager – Consumer Engagement, Aclara