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KEYNOTE

Itron Utility Week opens tomorrow with an exciting keynote from Dr. Michael Even Webber, of the Webber Energy Group. A regular contributor to various energy policy and research institutes, as well as an associate professor at UT-Austin, Webber will speak about the interdependence of energy and water, aptly named the energy-water nexus. A leading expert, Webber often points out that what is good energy policy may not always be good for water policy, and vice versa. Vast amounts of water are used in energy production and significant energy resources go into extracting, purifying, transporting and treating water.

The day continues with an exclusive media and analyst briefing, which will be streamed live. Itron executives, key customers and partners will speak about development plans, project updates and other exciting news. To take part in the event, click here.

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TRACK SESSIONS

Over two-thirds of the general session presentations are led by utilities. Tracks include Advanced Data Collection & Communications, Advanced Metering & Measurement, Analytics & Applications, Consumer Engagement, Data Management & IT, and Smart Grid.

Tomorrow’s sessions will offer unprecedented insights into what the industry is doing and where it is headed. Here are some highlights:

  • Improving Outage Management through AMI Integration: DTE will cover business process integration, customer communication, benefits and other topics related to successful OMS implementation.
  • Creating Energy-Savvy Consumers: Discover how CenterPoint Energy is empowering customers to be more engaged energy consumers
  • The Convergence of Analytics & Conservation Voltage Reduction             : Find out how Avista Utilities’ smart grid demonstration project is using Conservation Voltage Reduction to improve power quality and lower costs
  • Advancing Smart Distribution Grid Operations: Hear from Itron and Alstom about how a Layered Intelligence Platform helps enhance fault location and outage management processes to improve grid reliability and customer satisfaction

And that’s just the start.

BC Hydro, SDG&E, PGE, Southern California Edison, MidAmerican Energy Company, ConEdison, JEA, Aqua America, SEMCO, Peoples Gas, Jefferson Energy Cooperative, National Grid, ERCOT, Alagasco, Equitable Gas, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Glendale Water & Power, Pike Research, TNMP, Microsoft, Xcel, NIPSCO, IBM,  Cisco, Verizon, Qualcomm—all presenting tomorrow.

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Monday ends on a high note: The Beach Bash. Last year’s tailgating party, with football regalia and face paint, was a hit. We can’t wait to see what this year brings.

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