Utility Analytics Week


Build the foundation for your analytics success.

Whether you're just getting started or are well on your way with advanced analytics, the foundation you're building for your analytics initiatives is incredibly important. Analytics success takes more than just a nice dashboard—you must also consider more fundamental elements from data quality to change management to business process adjustments. At Utility Analytics Week, come learn what other utility companies are doing to lay the ground work for advanced analytics, and the challenges they have overcome to launch successful analytics efforts that are now transforming their businesses. As advanced analytics move ahead, now, more than ever, it is important to get back to basics to ensure your analytics foundations are able to support your growing analytics efforts.

Key program components

This case study-focused conference will help you build successful analytics programs at your utility company. The Utility Analytics Week program enables you to connect with your peers to foster dialogue,  challenge your thinking and help you with shaping your company's analytics efforts. Through a balanced mix of case study workshops and sessions—covering topics such as data quality, meter data analytics, predictive maintenance, customer engagement and grid optimization— you'll gain new insights into the successful applications of analytics by other utilities and leave with valuable insights that you can apply in your organization.

 

Pre-Conference Day | Sunday, September 22rd

6:00pm Utility Analytics Institute Member Reception *Members Only

 

Pre-Conference Day | Monday, September 23rd

8:00am - 12:00pm Utility Analytics Institute Member Meetings *Members Only

12:30 - 3:30 PM

Analytics Think Tank: Smart Grid Analytics - Realizing the Promise of the Smart Grid **Invitation Only
Room Salon 3

The smart grid represents a tremendous opportunity for improving the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power delivery. The full realization of these opportunities requires smart grid analytics in order to leverage investments in existing utility information systems. Today, utility operations are supported by second-generation, siloed, on-premise software systems. These information systems effectively block data sharing and analysis, preventing utility managers and operators from the benefits of a unified view of the business.
This session discusses new developments in smart grid analytics today, demonstrates how smart grid analytics can optimize utility operations and services, and profiles major utilities that are making innovative use of smart grid analytics today.

Ed Abbo Houman Behzadi Rob Jenks David Haak
Ed Abbo
President & Chief Technical Officer,
C3 Energy
Houman Behzadi
Senior Vice President, Products,
C3 Energy
Rob Jenks
Director of Strategy,
C3 Energy
David Haak
Managing Director,
Accenture
Susan Merino Gregg Borachok
Susan Merino

Manager, Strategy and Performance Improvement,
PG&E

Gregg Borachok
Smart Grid Technology Evaluation and Strategy,
Duke Energy

Presented by

 

 

1:00 PM Exhibits Open

3:30 - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 - 5:15 PM

Applications and Analytics Best Practices Roadmapping Workshop **Invitation Only
Room Salon 1

The Electric Power Research Institute and a group of leading electric service providers have undertaken an initiative to develop and document best practices for a wide range of emerging data analytics projects. These demonstrations are designed to evaluate and document the most important applications and the associated algorithms where the value to cost ratio is projected to be the most beneficial over the next ten years.

Because every data intensive application involves four fundamental management components, it is believed that these fundamental components can be standardized worldwide for the electric utility industry. This workshop is one of the roadmapping efforts where EPRI is soliciting input and an interactive discussion in order to create the necessary industry consensus. Join us as we delve into each of these important areas relevant to utility data analytics and help us forge this importance industry consensus. Attendees pre-registered for this session will be asked to provide some survey inputs prior to the workshop and will have some pre-workshop materials to review and be prepared to discuss.

Mark McGranaghan Robert Sarfi Doug Dorr
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization,
EPRI
Dr. Robert Sarfi
Partner,

Boreas Group
Doug Dorr
Program Manager Distribution Modernization Demonstrations,
EPRI

Presented by

 

5:15 - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Mike Smith Kim Greene
Mike Smith
Vice President,
Utility Analytics Institute
Kim Greene
President & CEO,
Southern Company Services

Presented by

 

 

6:30PM Exhibits Close

Day one | Tuesday, September 24th

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

Sponsored by

7:30 AM Exhibits Open

8:15 - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Opening Keynote: Transforming the Utility Business

Southern Company's chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Tom Fanning, will discuss the important role utility analytics plays in grid operations, customer engagement, and the transformation of utility business.

Creighton Oyler Mike Smith Tom Fanning
Introduction:
Creighton Oyler
Senior Director, Strategy and Planning, Oracle
Mike Smith
Vice President, Utility Analytics Institute
Tom Fanning
Chairman, President & CEO, Southern Company

Presented by

 

 

9:15 to 10:00 AM

Getting Outside of the Box: Challenges and Opportunities in the Analytics Era

The new data-rich landscape that utilities are navigating is rife with challenges, but also opportunities. In this session we will hear from two utility executives on how their organizations are negotiating this territory with the goal of extracting value from the intelligent infrastructure via analytics, and possibly even transforming their businesses. The session will include perspectives on grid analytics, customer analytics, and the analytics business infrastructure.

Mike Smith Kenny Mercado Joel Austin
Moderator: Mike Smith
Vice President, Utility Analytics Institute
Kenny Mercado
Div Sr Vice President, Grid and Market Operations,
CenterPoint Energy
Joel Austin
Vice President & Chief Information Officer,
Oncor
10:00 to 10:30 AM

Meet the ExhibitorsNetworking Refreshment Break

Network, recharge, and caffeinate *Exhibits Open 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Sponsored by

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshops

 

Workshop: Realizing the benefits: Utility meter data analytics success stories
Room Swiss Suites

Case study workshops |Many utilities have started meter data analytics projects, but most still face a critical question: What benefits are we really achieving from our analytics efforts? Realizing the benefits will be key for utility analytics projects to continue to grow and move forward on a larger scale. This workshop features utilities that have begun answering this critical question and are delivering analytics benefits to their organizations. Join these utilities to dig deep into a variety of real-life analytics projects that are providing real-life benefits, and learn how these projects and their benefits can apply to your utility company.  

Ron Katzman Ron Katzman David Pautlitz Creighton Oyler
Peggy Clippert
Manager of Analytics, We Energies
Ron Katzman
Smart Grid Meter Operations Manager,
PECO
David Pautlitz
Senior Business Analyst, Revenue Protection,
ComEd
Creighton Oyler
Senior Director, Strategy and Planning,
Oracle
Mike Blumberg Mike Czabator
Mike Blumberg
Director of Services,
Oracle Utilities
Mike Czabator
Senior Business Analyst,
Oracle Utilities

Presented by

 

Workshop:Utility Analytics – A Common Sense Approach
Room Australian Suites

Case study workshops | With a methodology underwritten by their Common Sense Business Approach (CSBA), Dake Solutions has been delivering best practice analytics solutions for over 12 years to the Utilities industry. Encompassing critical organizational aspects such as governance, technology, processes and people, profound advances and solutions have been made in the fields of analytics business infrastructure, grid analytics and customer segmentation. These in turn are all driven from the establishment of an Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACE), which is the driver of these solutions.  

Hari Khamandula Richard Gray Fred Sterle
Hari Khamandula
Technical Director,
Dake Solutions Limited
Richard Gray
Enterprise Architect,
KCP&L
Fred Sterle
BI Architect,
KCP&L
Ron Katzman Mari vandewettering Ramesh Nunna
Gregg Borachok
Smart Grid Technology Evaluation and Strategy,
Duke Energy
Mari Vandewettering
Manager, Customer Research and Analysis,
Portland General Electric
Ramesh Nunna
Director,
Dake Solutions Limited

Presented by

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

SOLUTIONS LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Bridging the Gap Between IT and OT
Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | The Big Data phenomenon has significantly increased the cost and complexity of 1) bringing the two worlds of Information and Operation Technology systems and data together, and 2) obtaining end-to-end visibility and insight for better decision-making. After all, making solid decisions requires data from all relevant systems. In this session you will learn how utilities are addressing the problem, using advanced analytics to break down the silos in their IT and OT infrastructures, and making savvy business decisions as a result.

Steve Ehrlich
Steve Ehrlich
Senior Vice President, Marketing,
Space-Time Insight

 

Presented by

 

The Convergence of Analytics and Conservation Voltage Reduction: Improving Power Quality and Lowering Costs
Room Salon 3

Solution leadership sessions | Avista Utilities is a mid-sized, investor-owned utility in the northwest United States that has joined with regional partners to embark on an ambitious smart grid demonstration project. One key element of the project is the implementation of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) on a number of critical feeders. CVR is a proven technology for reducing energy losses and peak load by lowering feeder voltage at the source while still providing the high quality of service customers expect.

Mr. Kirkeby will explain how Avista is using five-minute AMI data and analytics to identify, evaluate, and continually monitor candidate feeders to extract the maximum value from this CVR initiative. Utilizing AMI data and system models, Avista is able to evaluate each feeder candidate for the highest return on investment. Once CVR is implemented, actual performance results are compared to baseline metrics to validate its effectiveness from both an energy savings and voltage performance standpoint. In addition, endpoint voltage, meter exceptions, and other feeder metrics are continually monitored and used to calibrate automated equipment. This ongoing feedback mechanism enables Avista to confidently operate each feeder at levels they would be unable to otherwise achieve.

While the discussion will focus primarily on analytics in conjunction with CVR, Mr. Kirkeby will touch on other analytics initiatives deployed in the demonstration project such as outage reporting, transformer load management, and energy diversion detection.

Curt Kirkeby
Curt Kirkeby
Principal Investigator, Smart Grid,
Avista Corp.

Presented by

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

SOLUTIONS LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Revenue Protection: Fighting Energy Theft, Loss with AMI Analytics
Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | Energy loss -- especially energy theft -- can cost utilities significant revenue. In some parts of the world (such as Latin America), as much as 40% of energy put into the grid gets stolen. Many utilities are now implementing aggressive measures, supported by AMI data and analytics, to investigate energy theft and recover lost revenues. Leading utilities are using several analytics-based strategies in this effort, such as correlating user load profiles with both meter tamper alerts and open work orders. This helps to detect meter bypass incidents and to account for the utility's own field operations, saving money by reducing truck rolls while eliminating most "false positives". Similarly, spotting anomalous load profiles can help identify marijuana grow houses and other drug-related activity within a territory. Learn how utilities are addressing these challenges by integrating AMI data into their operations, back billing, as well as coordinating revenue protection efforts across different types of organizations that make up an energy market. Finally, learn how a utility can evolve its internal success metrics to ensure continued internal support when revenue protection is really working well.

Sumeet Ganju
Sumeet Ganju
Product Manager, Analytics Foundation and Applicationst,
eMeter, A Siemens Business

Presented by

 

Data at Rest and Data in Motion: Recognize the Difference and Realize the Value
Room Salon 3

Solution leadership sessions | All data is not created equal. Understanding the difference in data and it application is the starting point for effectively managing the data deluge utilities face. This session highlights the difference between data at rest and data in motion, reviews utility use case application for both types of data and offers insight for gathering, analyzing, and taking action based on data. Ensure your platform can handle the analysis, storage and transactional events that increased data volume requires. Understand the role communication network scalability plays in your ability to send, receive and use data. Review the steps that ensure your system is optimized to handle new levels of transaction data and throughput, greater performance management and storage challenges that increased data bring.

Tim Weidenbach
Tim Weidenbach
Vice President of Product Management,
Landis+Gyr

Presented by

 

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch

Sponsored by

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

HOST UTILITY SESSIONS

 

Improving cash flow through credit and collections analytics
Room Swiss Suites

Credit and collections isn't just about getting bills paid. It is about better understanding your customers to ultimately better serve them—whether they struggle to pay, or pay on-time every month. Analytics can help utilities uncover a customer's payment behavior, and identify how to best interact with each customer depending on that behavior. In this panel session, we'll explore analytics that optimize the cash flow of utility companies, including billing, collections, and low-income customer programs.

Dr. Priestly Michael Garrett Lauren Preston Michelle Vinson
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Priestley
Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services, Kennesaw State University
Michael Garrett
Customer Service Operations Manager,
Georgia Power Company
Lauren Preston
Director of Customer Service,
DC Water
Michelle Vinson
Accounts Receivable Manager,
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
Ron Katzman
Leon Broughton
Director of Billing and Revenue Assurance,
Citizens Energy Group

Presented by

 

Optimizing the grid with real-time operational analytics

Room Australian Suites

Grid optimization is at the forefront of utilities' minds as they continue to move forward with smart grid efforts, and there are numerous applications for real-time operational analytics—including analytics fault currents, conservation voltage reduction, and AMI-OMS integration. In this panel session, you'll learn more about how utilities are using real-time grid analytics to optimize the operation of the grid in order to minimize power losses, improve system reliability, and maximize power efficiency and quality.

Aleksander Vukojevic Ed Carleson Ed Carleson Raiford Smith
Aleksandar Vukojević
Principal Engineer - Smart Grid, Baltimore Gas & Electric
Ed Carlsen
Manager, Distribution Management Systems,
Georgia Power Company
Moderator: Rick Hartlein
Distribution Automation & Technology,
NEETRAC
Raiford Smith
Director, Smart Grid Emerging Technology,
Duke Energy

Presented by

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

SOLUTIONS LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Maximizing Value from Utility Data

Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | Utilities are recognizing the business value associated with analysis of data to increase situational awareness and drive improvements in efficiency, reliability and cost. This presentation will address the spectrum of analytics that can drive value from the available data to support utility engineering, operations and customer service teams. The presentation will also include a more in-depth look into analytics that can help maximize the value of meter investment

Franco Castaldini
Franco Castaldini
Grid IQTM Insight product marketing manager,
GE

Presented by

 

Big Data vs. Speed Data: Using real time data and analytics to add value for utilities and their customers

Room Salon 3

Solution leadership sessions | While we tend to focus on the new host of data coming to utilities from Smart meters and similar sources, there is a much larger set of data available from on-premise devices that can be rapidly acquired, analyzed, integrated and then used to provide immediate insights and actions to materially optimize each situation and drive important and significant financial and operational value for utilities and their customers, including residences, small and medium commercial properties, and institutional facilities, such as schools. These data sources, which provide up to 5,000 change of state values per hour, could be termed “Speed Data”, and their most valuable attribute is that, properly used, they can continuously assess and fine tune the assets at each property both adapting to the specific needs of the occupants as well as automatically adjusting to constraints posed by building equipment or environments. This process is one of“mass customization”, delivering proven, persistent outcomes across the utility as a whole.
For the utility, the value realized includes demand management (demand response, capacity management, and peak load management), integration of renewable generation, and powerful ways to connect with and build enduring relationships with customers. For consumers, the benefits include remote audits, energy efficiency, asset optimization and timely awareness of opportunities for improvement.
Several utilities and one large military housing community have used this approach and have achieved excellent results in reducing energy costs and successfully engaging their customers. We will share the results of these projects, and recommendations for making them more effective.

Ken Van Meter
Ken Van Meter
Vice President, Sales & Business Development,
Intelligent Energy Solutions, LLC

Presented by

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

SOLUTIONS LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Expanding the value of Smart Meter Analytics across the Enterprise
Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | Utility companies are transitioning out of the initial deployment stage for Smart Meters and looking for ways to capitalize on their investment. The business and IT are working to consolidate the meter data with other related information in order to identify risks and opportunities within numerous areas including:

  • Meter Operations
  • Revenue Protection
  • Customer Billing
  • Consumer Experience
  • Demand Management
  • Load Forecasting
  • Outage management

Instead of the traditional approach of pursuing point solutions for each of these areas, IBM is helping our clients achieve success in shorter time frames and at a lower total cost of ownership through an Enterprise-level approach to Information Management. Learn how IBM is helping utility companies more effectively leverage their Smart Meter data to quickly and effectively deliver the analytics required for decision making to the business.

Kevin Gregory
Kevin Gregory
Partner, Energy and Utilities
IBM Business Analytics and Optimization,
IBM

Presented by

 
 

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Meet the ExhibitorsNetworking Refreshment Break

Network, recharge, and caffeinate *Exhibits Open 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Sponsored by

 

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

WORKING GROUP PRESENTATIONS & SOLUTIONS lEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Customer Marketing & Segmentation: It's good to be different!
Room Swiss Suites

Session Description: 
In this session, the Customer Marketing and Segmentation Working Group will share insights about customer segmentation best practices, segmentation frameworks, and the use of analytics for segmentation purposes. This working group identified three initial areas of interest, and they are: 

1)      Developing customer segmentation,

2)      Marketing and segmentation analytics

3)      Applying segmentation and analytics

Mallik Angalakudati Chris Nickerson
Mallik Angalakudati
Vice President, Financial & Resource Management & Working Group Leader,
PG&E
Chris Nickerson
Manager, Analytics,
Southern Company Services

Presented by

 

AEP Asset Health Center Program - Driving Performance for the Modern Electric Grid

Room Australitan Suites

Working group research findings | Learn about the latest findings from the Utility Analytics Institute's utility-led working groups. These groups bring together leading utilities to focus on developing lessons learned and best practices in the areas of analytics personnel, asset optimization, customer marketing and segmentation, data quality and integration, and meter data analytics.

Carey Schneider Peggy Clippert
Carey Schneider

Engineer, Asset Health Center Transmission,
AEP

Moderator:
Peggy Clippert
Manager of Analytics,
We Energies

Presented by

 
 

Asset Analytics for Planning and Operations
Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | Utilities are asset intensive. And the good health of assets is critical to ensure that customers enjoy utility service with minimal disruptions. Assets are impacted by both internal and external factors including unplanned load growth, unpredicted power swings, equipment faults and weather conditions among others. Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data is essential. And leveraging analytics for better planning and operations continues to be a significant need for utilities. In this session, you will learn how several leading utilities employ analytics to manage their business.

Ajay Madwesh
Ajay Madwesh
Vice President, Utilities IBU and Solutions,
Space-Time Insight

 

Presented by

 

The Convergence of Analytics and Conservation Voltage Reduction: Improving Power Quality and Lowering Costs
Room Salon 3

Solution leadership sessions | Avista Utilities is a mid-sized, investor-owned utility in the northwest United States that has joined with regional partners to embark on an ambitious smart grid demonstration project. One key element of the project is the implementation of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) on a number of critical feeders. CVR is a proven technology for reducing energy losses and peak load by lowering feeder voltage at the source while still providing the high quality of service customers expect.

Mr. Kirkeby will explain how Avista is using five-minute AMI data and analytics to identify, evaluate, and continually monitor candidate feeders to extract the maximum value from this CVR initiative. Utilizing AMI data and system models, Avista is able to evaluate each feeder candidate for the highest return on investment. Once CVR is implemented, actual performance results are compared to baseline metrics to validate its effectiveness from both an energy savings and voltage performance standpoint. In addition, endpoint voltage, meter exceptions, and other feeder metrics are continually monitored and used to calibrate automated equipment. This ongoing feedback mechanism enables Avista to confidently operate each feeder at levels they would be unable to otherwise achieve.

While the discussion will focus primarily on analytics in conjunction with CVR, Mr. Kirkeby will touch on other analytics initiatives deployed in the demonstration project such as outage reporting, transformer load management, and energy diversion detection.

Curt Kirkeby
Curt Kirkeby
Principal Investigator, Smart Grid,
Avista Corp.

Presented by

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

WORKING GROUP PRESENTATIONS & SOLUTIONS lEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Continuous improvement in data management
Room Swiss Suites

Ameren is in the process of implementing an enterprise information management program. This initiative was driven by Ameren's desire to capture the benefits of smart meters and a smart grid as well as a strategic assessment that revealed the need for investment in enterprise data management and analytics. The scope of this initiative includes the establishment of data governance and data stewardship procedures, steps to improve analytics and metadata management, and development of data integration standards. In this session, you'll learn about Ameren's journey to continuous improvement in data management and lessons Ameren has learned along the way.

Ilona Shulm
Ilona Shulman
Supervisor, Enterprise Information Management,
Ameren

Presented by

 

Cloud-Based Business Intelligence for Customer Segmentation and Analytics
Room Australian Suites

|Learn from Snohomish County PUD and the company’s vision to enable staff from its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program groups to better understand customers through self-service business intelligence and unified data across diverse sources. The utility’s Customer Value Initiative Proof of Concept (CVI-POC) is implementing dynamic business analytics capabilities to meet the goals of developing knowledge that allows customer segmentation to be effectively established and developing knowledge that enables evaluation of conservation measure effectiveness and predict future conservation program measure mix.

Doris Payne Chris Britsch
Doris Payne
Application Architect,
Snohomish County PUD
Chris Britsch
Senior Application Architect,
Snohomish County PUD

Presented by

 
 

Getting Smart About Smart Meter Analytics
Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | Change is made possible by the ability of the Smart Meters to collect consumption data across the grid, but are utilities truly getting the most value out of all that data? Learn how Utility Analytics are helping some leading utilities address new market forces including environmental concerns, government regulation changes, new load patterns, and outdated infrastructure. These utilities know that the key to unlocking the full potential of smart meters and the smart grid is to analyze meter data to support informed decision making continuously and near in real time - for key business and operations issues in the utility. This means better rate planning and consumer engagement, less equipment failures and more planned maintenance, better planning for new capital-intensive equipment deployments, and much more. In this session we draw a blueprint for a successful Analytics implementation, taking take a deep look at the infrastructure needed, people and process, advanced analytics algorithms, and measureable outcomes.

Sumeet Ganju Sumeet Ganju
Sumeet Ganju
Product Manager, Analytics Foundation and Applications,
eMeter, A Siemens Business
William Bell
AMS IG PMO Technology Director,
CenterPoint Energy

Presented by

 

Data at Rest and Data in Motion: Recognize the Difference and Realize the Value
Room Salon 3

Solution leadership sessions | All data is not created equal. Understanding the difference in data and it application is the starting point for effectively managing the data deluge utilities face. This session highlights the difference between data at rest and data in motion, reviews utility use case application for both types of data and offers insight for gathering, analyzing, and taking action based on data. Ensure your platform can handle the analysis, storage and transactional events that increased data volume requires. Understand the role communication network scalability plays in your ability to send, receive and use data. Review the steps that ensure your system is optimized to handle new levels of transaction data and throughput, greater performance management and storage challenges that increased data bring.

Tim Weidenbach
Tim Weidenbach
Vice President of Product Management,
Landis+Gyr

Presented by

5:00 to 6:00 PM

Utility Analytics Institute Innovator Awards Reception

6:30 to 10:30 PM AM

Take me Out to the Ballgame Braves vs. Brewers * By Invitation Only

Sponsored by

 

6:30 PM Exhibits Close

Day two | Wednesday, September 25th

7:30 AM

Registration Opens

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

Sponsored by

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Exhibits Open

 

 

8:15 - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Keynote Panel: Transforming the Business Landscape: Analytics Perspectives From Outside of the Utility Industry

Analytics is changing the way business is conducted across not only utilities but just about every vertical industry. Sometimes this perspectives from outside of the utility vertical can shed light on new processes, technologies and paths to analytics success. The Utility Analytics Institute is continuing its tradition of presenting perspectives from other industries with this Keynote Panel Session featuring analytics leaders from the telecommunication, airline, and restaurant industries. Come prepared to listen and engage with these leaders from other industries.

Graciela Chadwick Scott Spencerk David Kingk
Graciela Chadwick
Senior Business Analyst,
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Scott Spencer
General Manager, Operations Efficiency and Analyst,
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
David King
AVP Consumer Digital Experience,
AT&T Mobility

Sponsored by

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

The Data Scientist: Are they the missing link of analytics-enabled transformation?

Talking about data scientists in the utility industry sometimes feels like talking about Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster: Who are they? Do they really exist? In addition to understanding their existence, another big question for utilities is: Do we need data scientists for the type of analytics we'll be doing? In this session, we'll discuss the definition of data scientists, how to find them (or the skills they represent), and the roles they can play in the utility industry.

Dr. Priestly Dr. Joel Sokol Dr. Zhu Han Dr. Joel Sokol
Dr. Natasha Balac
Director, Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence,
San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego
Dr. Joel Sokol
Associate Professor
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Zhu Han
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston
Ann Randazzo
Executive Director, Center for Energy Workforce Development

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Meet the ExhibitorsNetworking Refreshment Break

Network, recharge, and caffeinate *Exhibits Open 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Sponsored by

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshops

 

Workshop: Beneficial Data Analytics Applications
Room Swiss Suites

Drawing from a selection of over 50 unique data analytics applications, EPRI and representatives from leading utilities will work through data requirements and use case examples of four categories where these data intensive applications provide unique analytics value. The select categories will include: customer engagement, situational awareness, data enabled line crews, and one topic to be selected by the audience from a list of analytics options.

Doug Dorr Matt Wakefield Jasdeep Singh
Doug Dorr
Program Manager Distribution Modernization Demonstrations,
EPRI
Matt Wakefield
Director Information & Communications Technology Power Delivery and Utilization,
EPRI
Jasdeep Singh
Smart Grid Consultant,
APS

Sponsored by

 

Workshop: Analytics: The art of the possible
Room Australian Suites

New technologies have increased analytic insights within each utility line of business, from asset optimization to network management and customer service. However, utilities still have the opportunity to share more information between those disparate areas in order to drive improved performance on strategic corporate initiatives. The connected enterprise is the next phase of analytic maturity and is the topic for this workshop from SAS. The workshop will begin with a visionary presentation on the art of the possible, enabling effective data-driven decisions across the enterprise. This presentation is followed by three case studies, each of which have improved business performance by managing data as a corporate asset. Potential breakout case studies include: behavioral modeling for credit and collections, predicting asset failures, storm analytics for before, during and after the storm, and energy forecasting.

Alyssa Farrell Paul Dick Tim Fairchild
Alyssa Farrell
Global Manager, Energy and Sustainability Solutions, SAS
Paul Dick
Principal Industry Consultant and Utilities Lead, Americas Energy Practice,
SAS
Tim Fairchild
Director, SAS Global Utilities Practice
Andrew Berrisford Mark Konya Chris Nickerson
Andrew Berrisford
Specialist Engineer,
BC Hydro
Mark Konya
Customer Experience Analytics Supervisor,
Amereren Missouri
Chris Nickerson
Manager, Customer Analytics,
Southern Company Services

Sponsored by

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

SOLUTIONS LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Maximizing Value from Utility Data
Room Salon 1

Utilities are recognizing the business value associated with analysis of data to increase situational awareness and drive improvements in efficiency, reliability and cost. This presentation will address the spectrum of analytics that can drive value from the available data to support utility engineering, operations and customer service teams. The presentation will also include a more in-depth look into analytics that can help maximize the value of meter investment.

Franco Castaldini
Franco Castaldini
Grid IQTM Insight product marketing manager,
GE

Presented by

 

Big Data vs. Speed Data: Using real time data and analytics to add value for utilities and their customers
Room Salon 3

Solution leadership sessions | AWhile we tend to focus on the new host of data coming to utilities from Smart meters and similar sources, there is a much larger set of data available from on-premise devices that can be rapidly acquired, analyzed, integrated and then used to provide immediate insights and actions to materially optimize each situation and drive important and significant financial and operational value for utilities and their customers, including residences, small and medium commercial properties, and institutional facilities, such as schools. These data sources, which provide up to 5,000 change of state values per hour, could be termed “Speed Data”, and their most valuable attribute is that, properly used, they can continuously assess and fine tune the assets at each property both adapting to the specific needs of the occupants as well as automatically adjusting to constraints posed by building equipment or environments. This process is one of“mass customization”, delivering proven, persistent outcomes across the utility as a whole.
For the utility, the value realized includes demand management (demand response, capacity management, and peak load management), integration of renewable generation, and powerful ways to connect with and build enduring relationships with customers. For consumers, the benefits include remote audits, energy efficiency, asset optimization and timely awareness of opportunities for improvement.
Several utilities and one large military housing community have used this approach and have achieved excellent results in reducing energy costs and successfully engaging their customers. We will share the results of these projects, and recommendations for making them more effective.

Ken Van Meter
Ken Van Meter
Vice President, Sales & Business Development,
Intelligent Energy Solutions, LLC

Presented by

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

SOLUTIONS LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

 

Expanding the value of Smart Meter Analytics across the Enterprise
Room Salon 1

Solution leadership sessions | Utility companies are transitioning out of the initial deployment stage for Smart Meters and looking for ways to capitalize on their investment. The business and IT are working to consolidate the meter data with other related information in order to identify risks and opportunities within numerous areas including:

  • Meter Operations
  • Revenue Protection
  • Customer Billing
  • Consumer Experience
  • Demand Management
  • Load Forecasting
  • Outage management

Instead of the traditional approach of pursuing point solutions for each of these areas, IBM is helping our clients achieve success in shorter time frames and at a lower total cost of ownership through an Enterprise-level approach to Information Management. Learn how IBM is helping utility companies more effectively leverage their Smart Meter data to quickly and effectively deliver the analytics required for decision making to the business.

Thomas Eunice
Thomas Eunice
Communications Software Architect,
IBM

Presented by

 

 

 

12:00 PM

Lunch

Sponsored by

 

12:30 to 1:00 PM

Closing Keynote: Framing the Regulatory Picture for Analytics Professionals

The smart grid and smart metering movement had some definitive regulatory drivers. While the case is arguably not as directly connected for analytics, there will be ( and in some cases already are) some regulatory actions that drive the need for analytics applications across the utility enterprise. In this closing keynote session, attendees will have an opportunity to get a glimpse at what utility regulators are looking for in terms of how analytics can support or even drive regulatory actions.

Commissioner Wise
Commissioner Stan Wise
Georgia Public Service Commission

 

1:00 PM Exhibits Close