Utilities and other energy experts convene each year at DISTRIBUTECH International (DTECH) to discuss the future of energy and this week Clarion Energy, organizer of the event, announced that the call for abstracts for the 2020 event is open.
The event covers all aspects of energy delivery today, including asset management, substation automation, geospatial technologies, customer strategies, cybersecurity, data analytics, distribution automation, distributed energy resource management (DERMS), enterprise grid management, energy storage, microgrids, mini-grids, smart cities, solar PV and IoT, to name a few.
Utilities, often along with their energy industry partners, present the results of case studies, pilot projects and other solutions that they have developed to tackle the most pressing issues that they face today. Therefor abstracts that include utility participation generally receive more consideration once the advisory committee convenes to select the presentations for the event. The advisory committee is made up of experts in the energy industry, many of whom have decades of energy management experience.
DTECH’s content is presented in multiple ways throughout the event. There are 1.5-hour summits, which are often panels involving high-level utility executives, analysts and vendors. In addition to the summit sessions, there are five knowledge hubs in the exhibit hall, where utility and vendor representatives give 30-minute talks on topics ranging from decarbonizing the grid and e-mobility, to digitalization and emerging technologies.
The call for abstracts also seeks those who want to teach pre-conference 4- or 8-hour workshops in the event’s Utility University classes.
In total, 327 utility representatives and 12,024 attendees participated in DISTRIBUTECH 2019, which took place in New Orleans in early February.