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Oct 20, 2014 to Oct 23, 2014 | Orlando, FL
Oct 27, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014 | Clearwater Beach, FL
Nov 05, 2014 to Nov 06, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nevada

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Security, Reliability & CIP

Utility System Hardening

Taking Resiliency One Step Further

Mike Hervey

An independent system operator for the distribution network could allow utilities to invest in rooftop solar behind the meter and within territory.

Intelligent Protection

Local network security in the age of microgrids and distributed generation.

Bijoy Chatt and Ken Horne

With the local grid infused with distributed generation, static relay settings must yield to a more dynamic approach to ensure network security.

In the Crosshairs

Protecting substations and transformers after the PG&E Metcalf attack.

William Atkinson

The latest fallout from the April 2013 Metcalf incident: the unprecedented assault with high-powered rifles on PG&E’s Metcalf substation, in Silicon Valley, which disabled 17 of 20 large transformers.

Why Outage Management Must Change

Smart grid advancements call for a new approach to restoration.

Gary Ockwell

The next-generation smart grid system must perform SCADA, DMS, and OMS functions using a single, common representation of the distribution network.

Cybersecurity and the PUC

Regulators and utilities should collaborate more to address cyber threats.

Andy Bochman

Public utility commissions face a growing need to understand cybersecurity issues, so they can address utility investments and processes. A collaborative approach will allow an effective response.

Scare Tactics

New England’s proposed capacity market reform would force generators to ‘Be There or Else.’

Bruce W. Radford

Facing worries about resource adequacy, ISO New England proposes changes that would penalize generators that fail to perform when needed -- for any reason. Market players say it can only work if the system operator allows for reasonable exceptions.

Social Intelligence

Harnessing the true power of social media.

John Kunasek and Rilck Noel

Customers expect their utilities to communicate as well as other service providers. This shouldn’t be considered a burden, but an opportunity.

Correlation Processing

Big data at work – from plant performance to customer interaction.

Ramesh (“Rudy”) Shankar

Analytics technology isn’t just for customer service and distribution systems. Pattern recognition techniques are allowing utilities to wade through large reams of data and identify incipient equipment problems at power plants, avoiding costly failures and safety compromises.

Mobile Mindset

Meeting customers’ service expectations in the smart phone era.

Carin van Vuuren

Mobile data services play a vital role for utilities to better engage customers and provide vital information during outage situations.

Category Error

The trouble with treating grid projects as market players in New York’s capacity auction.

Edward N. Krapels and William Hollaway

Transmission is not generation. Yet New York ISO makes grid projects qualify as competitive, like gen plants, to get to play in its capacity market.

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