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Industry insight: Interviews from DISTRIBUTECH 2020

DISTRIBUTECH 2020 brought together the leading minds in the North American (and global) energy industry as the energy transition, grid resilience and the transition to energy storage and e-mobility came under the spotlight.

We’ve put together the leading industry intelligence, insights and thought leadership content, to bring you the best and latest in the US power industry, and the big predictions for the year and decade ahead.

Julia Hamm, President & CEO of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) (above) chats about their four priorities for 2020 and the shared vision of a cleaner, modern grid, and the US’ transition to a carbon-free future by 2050.

Utility business models, regulatory innovation, grid integration and the electrification of transport are the four key drivers for SEPA – and the organisation sees utilities as essential to achieving the fastest, most-efficient transition to a clean energy, zero-carbon future. Find out how.

Patty Durand, President & CEO at Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative chats about the latest research from the SECC – particularly distributed energy resources, alternative rates and the state of the consumer.

Gain insights into how consumer engagement with energy has shifted, the urgent need for customer education, and delivering new value for customer service.

Kelly Speakes Backman, Chief Executive Officer at Energy Storage Association chats to Jenn Runyon at this year’s DISTRIBUTECH 2020.

Learn more about the association’s work in helping regulators give access and value to grid-based storage across the US, the massive growth in the sector forecast for 2020, and the rise of residential solar in 2019.

Rich Barone, Director of Customer Resources & Markets at Hawaiian Electric chats about the unique challenges the utility has faced and overcome in developing a client-sited, dispatchable resource value model in the face of the state’s ambitious goal to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045.

More than half of Hawaii’s capacity is expected to be sourced from customer-sited, dispatchable renewable generation assets, which promises improved grid support services, but Hawaiian Electric is also facing expected growth in load demand thanks to the electrification of transport in the state. See how a leading utility in the energy transition is preparing for a renewables-powered, decarbonised future.

Tony Fields, Chairman of the Board of Directors at DLMS, Edward J. Beroset, Principal Technical Leader at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Paul Sisson, Smart Grids- Program Director at Avangrid Service Company at this year’s DISTRIBUTECH 2020

Get insight into the importance, but elusiveness of grid interoperability as the grid becomes ever-more sophisticated, to allow competition, innovation and adaptability to take root in the modern US energy market. With DLMS/COSEM gaining ANSI approval, the road to a modern, efficient, sustainable US power grid is in reach.

Itai Dadon, Director of Smart Cities and IoT at Itron chats about Itron’s Smart Community Challenge, set to address specific challenges identified by communities on the road to the energy transition.

Dadon touches on Itron’s approach to an electrified transport future and Itron’s Resiliency Challenge – where true resilience in the face of environmental disasters means more than just a stable power grid.

Reza S. Alaghehband, Power System Principal Engineer at Austin Energy, and long-serving member of the DISTRIBUTECH’s advisory panel chats about what he’s been most interested in seeing at DTECH this year.

Reza shares highlights from the show floor like fault location, isolation and restoration, new technology streams, and industry trends towards artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and virtual reality (VR).