Duke Energy, PG&E, APS and Other Leading Utilities Meet to Discuss Best Practice Distribution Automation Strategies

  Duke Energy, PG&E, APS and Other Leading Utilities Meet to Discuss Best
  Practice Distribution Automation Strategies

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- November 29, 2012

On February 27-28, Smart Grid Update will host a myriad of leading utilities
at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh, NC, to discuss the latest
developments in distribution automation strategies.

Distribution automation (DA) encompasses a range of technologies and
applications that promise to cut operating costs, improve reliability and
increase energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Energy Information
Administration statistics, reducing distribution losses in the U.S. by just 1%
would save about 2.5TWh of electricity.

Smart Grid Update is acting host of this year’s 2^nd Annual Smart Grid
Distribution Automation conference, and their expertise, reach and insight has
helped to craft the most developed agenda to date in the space. With months of
research compiled into two highly interactive days, the attendees will learn
the latest trends affecting distribution automation. There will be a focus on
practical advice and business opportunities, including case studies from the
most successful utility DA projects currently being rolled out.

Speaker highlights include:

  *Duke Energy will be discussing the expectations and benefits of using a
    DMS for optimization and operational problem solving.
  *Pacific Gas & Electric Company will be giving an overview on their
    creation of a first of its kind distribution test yard for smart grid
    applications and equipment testing.
  *S&C Electric will present on the large scale energy storage systems in the
    smart power grid – including reliability aspects and operational
  *APS will present the APS Community Power Project, the nation’s most
    comprehensive DA project. The U.S. DOE funded pilot is testing the effects
    of a high-penetration of distributed solar and other technologies on the
    grid in order to optimize it for a solar future.

Other experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, Dominion, S&C Electric,
Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Rolta, Pike Research, Silver Spring Networks,
GTM Research, Power Analytics and Missouri University of Science and
Technology will also be sharing their insights over two days designed to cover
all the essential areas of distribution automation.

“Our whole goal with this event is to create a high-level discussion around
the challenges and opportunities facing distributed energy. Attendees will
leave with clear strategies to implement as soon as they return to the
office,” said Global Director of Events, Ashley Daugherty.

Full information, including a complete agenda and speaker roster can be found
at http://www.smartgridupdate.com/distributionautomation.


Smart Grid Update
Ashley Daugherty, 201-204-1674
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