Pre-Conference Workshop:

Upgrading to a 21st Century Utility: How to Build Your Smart Grid

Monday, April 3, 2017
1:00 - 3:15 pm

The Smart Grid requires a significant design effort to manage how the various components need to work to make the grid "Smart." In this workshop, a road map for the various components will be reviewed, examining how the segments of a smart grid project must be stitched together. Technical aspects such as the working relationships between distribution automation, AMI, customer systems, energy storage devices and new distributed generation will be addressed.

In conjunction with the technical road map, a complete detailed deployment schedule must be created. This project plan must not only account for the physical events of the deployment process, but also how the training and data utilization throughout the organization must be planned for in order to maximize benefits.

With new systems and new data, there come new decision points that are created by the Smart Grid. As monitoring systems are established, all of the associated settings and alarms must be allocated and assigned within the utility organization, such that the staff takes ownership of the technology and business process changes that are required to fully enable the Smart Grid.

Key Topics to be covered:
  • Defining a "smart grid"
  • Understanding how to build a technical roadmap and project plan
  • Understanding the business process changes, challenges and success strategies
  • Stressing the importance of training and data utilization across the organization
Workshop Instructor:

Dale Pennington
Managing Director
UtiliWorks Consulting, LLC.

Dale Pennington is the Managing Director of UtiliWorks, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in providing professional services in the electric, water, and gas utility space. By utilizing proven workflow and asset management techniques that he has practiced over the last 30 years, Dale is able to assist utilities in maximizing the benefits of their technology investment. Dale facilitates discussions with vendor and client resources, studies the latest developments with technology applications, and provides strategy and implementation advice both in the U.S. market and internationally.

Note: Participants are welcome to also attend the on-site tour of the S&G Smart Grid Demo Center from 3:15 to 5:00