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UTC Committee Meetings

7am- 12:00pm

Various Rooms - Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs

On the Monday of the UTC Telecom & Technology conference week, the 10 UTC Committees will meet. All UTC member representatives are welcome to participate in any/all of the committee meetings. The schedule of meetings is below:

7am-8am

  • Knowledge & Learning Committee Breakfast Meeting (TBA) – Contact Bobbi Harris, UTC

8 am-9 am               Committee Meetings

  • UBC (Renaissance – Pueblo B) (Randy Klindt – Brett Kilbourne) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 229-911-065#
  • Membership (Renaissance – Chino B) (Matt Holthe – Tiffany Bennett) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 206-111-954#
  • IT/OT (Renaissance – Snow Creek Boardroom) (Kevin Huff – Bob Lockhart) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 591-863-344#

9 am – 9:30 am                             BREAK

9:30 am – 10:30 am          Committee Meetings

  • PPD (Renaissance – Chino B) (Dewey Day – Brett Kilbourne) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 229-911-065#
  • Technical (Renaissance – Pueblo A) (Scott Hughes – Bob Lockhart) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 591-863-344#
  • UtiliSite (Renaissance – Pueblo B) (Shelia Wells – Bobbi Harris) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 602-894-587#
  • LAC Meeting (Renaissance – Snowcreek Boardroom) (Mike Lowe – Tiffany Bennett) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 181-405-815#

10:30 am – 11:00 am                             BREAK

11 am – 12 pm                              Committee Meetings

  • Security, Risk & Compliance (Renaissance – Pueblo B) (Scott Klauminzer – Bob Lockhart) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 591-863-344#
  • Telecom (Renaissance – Chino B) (Todd Marlowe – Brett Kilbourne) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 229-911-065#
  • Regional (Renaissance – Pueblo A) (Travis Phifer & Karnel Thomas) Conference Bridge – (657) 220-3242 Conference Room 181-405-815#

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Registration Open

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Renaissance Hotel - Santa Rosa Foyer

Badge Pick up only

Sponsored by Ciena & PowerTrunk

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Grounding Practices for Communication Sites

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Room: Chino A - Renaissance Hotel

A high-integrity grounding system within the telecommunications industry is the single most effective means of assuring quality power distribution with a minimum of interference. Understanding how the key elements of grounding systems function and how to solve common problems is essential to keeping these systems operating at peak performance. Attendees of this practical overview will learn about grounding subjects including grounding electrode systems, single point grounding, isolated ring and halo grounds, ground potential rise, physical lightning protection systems, as well as tower grounding practices and site bonding.

NOTE: Separate registration and additional fee required for this training. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Transtector Consultant (retired)

RF Safety Training

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Room: Andreas - Renaissance Hotel

The FCC and OSHA have adopted standards designed to protect both the general public and utility workers by minimizing possible health risks from RF energy. This class will provide a background on the impact of RF energy on humans, summarize the applicable U.S. regulations and provide instruction on personnel and site safety.

Separate registration and additional fee required – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Registration Open-Tues.

7:30AM - 5:30PM

Palm Springs Conv. Center - Oasis Foyer

Sponsored by Ciena & PowerTrunk

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UTC Foundation Golf Outing

5:45AM

Leaves from Renaissance Hotel Lobby

For the 14th year, UTC will hold a charity golf outing! This year we will be at the beautiful Escena Golf Course in Palm Springs.

We will begin with a “grab-n-go” breakfast at the Renaissance Hotel at 5:45am and the first bus leaves the hotel. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 7:00am.

Sponsored by LightSpeed Technologies

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Telecom 101 Class

9:00am - 12:00pm

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Are you new to the field of utility telecommunications? Or possibly have telecommunications experience but new to the utility environment? This tutorial will give you an overview of how utilities are using information and telecommunications systems today. Topics will cover the breadth of facilities, media and applications used – including a special focus on data networks, Smart Grid and distributed generation, applications in electric and gas operations, and the continued convergence of voice and data communications. Emphasis will be placed on telecom applications unique to the utility industry, digital transmission technology, optical links, wireless systems and their integration with the Internet.

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Utility Telecom Consulting Group

Utility Telecom Consulting Group

Power Systems 101 Class

9:00am - 12:00pm

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If you are new to the electrical utility industry – or need a refresher – this overview of the electrical industry and power concepts is right for you. It will explore how energy is used by the electrical utility industry and how the different elements on the electrical system affect electrical system reliability and operations. Building on power system concepts, we will delve into fault isolation, power factor, and other system programs being implemented by utilities today.

There are a multitude of ideas and concepts that could be discussed in this presentation due to the breadth of the power industry. Covering the whole power industry in three hours would be difficult at best. In an attempt to focus on the power systems concepts to meet the interests of the demographics of the people who typically attend the UTC National conference, the goal of this presentation will start with energy and power basics, and touch on generation and transmission systems. However, the bulk of the presentation will be geared towards distribution systems, the elements of distribution systems, and some of the applications and programs used on the distribution systems.

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Power System Engineering, Inc

Tri-State G&T (retired)

IT/OT Summit

2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Sponsored by Juniper Networks

This three-hour summit will examine four utility case studies in Field Area Network (FAN) modernization.  Utility speakers involved in each project will present their successes, lessons learned, and recommendations – based upon their personal experiences in the FAN upgrades.

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Juniper Networks

Salt River Project

MiMOMax Wireless

Salt River Proect

Southern California Edison

Idaho Power

Utilities Technology Council

Small Cell Summit

2:00pm - 5:00pm

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UtiliSite Welcome and Introduction of Sponsor by Sheila Wells, Nashville Electric Service

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Crown Castle
Since 1994, Crown Castle has worked around the country to build and maintain the infrastructure behind the world’s most revolutionary technologies. This comprehensive portfolio of towers, small cells, and fiber gives people and communities access to essential data, technology and wireless service and opens the door to countless opportunities and possibilities. Crown Castle works closely with wireless carriers, businesses, technology companies, governments, and communities to make sure these transformative ideas and innovations find their way to the people who rely on them.

Wireless Pole Attachments in a Small Cell World 
The explosive growth in the deployment plans for small cells has led to a sharp increase in the demand for the attachment of wireless facilities to utility-owned poles and other utility infrastructure. At the same time, utilities are looking to their poles for the deployment of their own field area networks and other wireless systems. In this new “small cell world,” utilities must be prepared to address issues that are unique to wireless attachments, be able to balance the increasing demands on their infrastructure with their own deployment needs, and – above all – ensure that these wireless attachments do not compromise the safety, reliability, and integrity of the utility’s distribution infrastructure. This presentation will discuss important practical issues that arise in connection with wireless attachments and how those issues can be proactively managed through the utility’s pole attachment contracts and practices. We will also provide various tips and anecdotal insights based on our real-world experience assisting a variety of utilities in negotiating pole attachment agreements for small cell and other wireless deployments.
Speaker: David Rines, Lerman Senter

Pole Attachments Technology
This session will address the basic questions that utilities have about small cell attachments to distribution poles. This session will describe the various types of equipment attachments that have been made on utility poles and the NESC issues that come into play, particularly regarding the location of the antennae and the associated equipment. It will also discuss the power requirements and RF exposure associated with small cells and how utilities have dealt with those issues.
Speakers: Roxanne Fong, PGE and Karen Flewharty, Oncor

Technology Assessment of Small Cells
This session will go beyond the basic access issues to address the larger questions in the minds of utilities about small cells. It will answer questions about coverage and whether this is a rural solution or something that is primarily intended to boost capacity in urban areas. It will also address issues related to backhaul requirements, such as fiber and wireless. Finally, it will explore questions about alternative technologies and whether small cell is just a fad or whether it is here to stay for a substantial period of time.
Speaker: Serge McAuliffe and Tim Gasser from Crown Castle

Preservation, Permitting, Ordinances and Pole Attachments Regulations
While the Communications Act preserves state and local jurisdiction over permitting and rights of way, the FCC has adopted shot clocks for the processing of permits and it is conducting a rulemaking proceeding regarding additional restrictions over fees that state and local government entities may charge for permitting wireless small cells, as well as ordinances that they may adopt generally. Meanwhile, numerous bills have been introduced at the state level to regulate access and rates for the permitting of wireless small cells by local government. This session will provide the general law regarding permitting of small cells, and it will dive deeper into current developments, including whether and to what extent these laws and policies would apply to municipal utilities.
Speaker: Sean Stokes, Baller Herbst Law Group and Allen Bell, Georgia Power

Small Cells Beyond the Wood Pole (Panel)
This session will focus on the business case for small cell from the perspective of the chairs of the UtiliSite Council and its committees. Small Cells may improve the business case to the extent that utilities would host multiple service providers, opening up opportunities for additional revenue streams for fiber leasing as well as wireless collocation services. In addition to revenues, it will also consider the costs of providing these services, including the cost of retrofitting existing poles and mounting ancillary equipment on or adjacent to poles. There are numerous business questions related to small cells. This session will answer questions about rate designs and fees related to wireless attachments, and then assess the potential market for small cells based on the number of attachments that would be needed for a given area. It will also address the alternative questions related to whether utilities should enter the market and become small cell providers. In that regard, it will examine some of the different business models that utilities could adopt as small cell providers, and assess the advantages and disadvantages of these business models, including the potential revenue streams in the near and long term.
Moderator: Allan Bakalar, PT Access Networks
Panelists: Karen Flewharty, Oncor; Gary Vondrasek, JEA; Brian Hurley, PT Access Networks

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Nashville Electric Service

Crown Castle

Lerman Senter PLLC

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

PT Access Networks

PT Access Networks

Georgia Power

Crown Castle

Utilities Technology Council

Utilities Technology Council

The Baller Herbst Law Group

Telecom Summit

2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Sponsored by Full Spectrum & Select Spectrum

Various 30-minute presentations will take place back-to-back for this Summit with periods for Q&A

Brief Welcome From Sponsoring Companies

Accelerating Change in the Unlicensed Bands – Should Utilities be Concerned about Failures and Cost Increases due to Increasing RF Interference? by Robert Finch, Select Spectrum

Using Industry Standards to Bridge Communications Networks by Paul May, Harris Corp.

Bridging the Digital Divide – Wireless Fiber to the Home (FTTH) by Les Sparrey, RADWIN

Impact of Planned Transmission Lines on Existing Communication Systems by Harvey Lehpamer

Get the Go: How to Build Your Case and Plan for your Next Communication Upgrade by Curt Mcmillion, Black & Veatch and Chad Jenkins, PowerSouth Electric Coop.

How Trends in Telecom Have Changed the Site Paradigm for Utility Telecom by Darin Painter

 

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Select Spectrum

Harris Corp.

POWER Engineers

Black & Veatch

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

Plug Power Inc.

Registration Open-Wed.

7:00AM - 6:30PM

Palm Springs Conv. Center - Oasis Foyer

Sponsored by Ciena & PowerTrunk

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Attendee Breakfast

7:00AM - 7:30AM

PSCC Foyer outside meeting rooms

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Wednesday Educational Tracks

7:30am-10:45am

various rooms in the convention center

See individual tracks for session topics, speakers, times and locations

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Opening General Session Keynote & Lunch

11:00AM - 1:00PM

PALM SPRINGS CONVENTION CENTER - Primrose A-D

Welcome to UTC TELECOM & TECHNOLOGY 2018!

Please join UTC President & CEO, Joy Ditto and UTC Chairwoman of the Board, Kathy Nelson for lunch and our keynote sessions.

We will have a special panel discussion with Vibhu Kaushik, the Director of Grid Technology and Modernization at our host utility, Southern California Edison, Jim Jones, the CIO from Great River Energy, Carol Bartucci, the CIO from ComEd,  and Felicia Brown, the Chief Security Officer, VP Physical and Cyber Security from AVANGRID.

We will also hear from representatives of our Premier Sponsor, NOKIA and our Platinum Sponsors, Leonardo and SNC-Lavalin.

 

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President and CEOUtilities Technology Council

Great River Energy

Southern California Edison

Great River Energy

Smart Systems for Smarter Communities

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Exhibit Hall Booth Numbers: 100, 122, 630, 1228, 1601, 1623.

UTC’s Smart Systems for Smarter Communities presentations in the Exhibit Hall will look at the Smart Grid through a utility’s eyes. The presentations, developed by UTC member utilities, focuses on utility business scenarios that enable a smarter grid and smarter communities. The six utility perspectives presented:
· Telecom perspective (Booth #100)
· Grid perspective (Booth #122)
· Operations perspective (Booth #630)
· Corporate perspective (Booth #1228)
· Beyond-the-meter perspective (Booth #1601)
· Cybersecurity perspective (Booth #1623)
Each of those perspectives is examined in a separate booth on the Expo Hall floor.  The booths will be staffed by a UTC member utility employee and a smart grid expert from Black & Veatch, sponsors of the exhibit.  They will give a short presentation on their booth’s perspective into smart communities, then lead an open discussion of the topic.  These will be brief sessions, lasting 15 minutes.

UTC’s members have identified six business scenarios that flow across all those perspectives:
· Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR)
· Integrated Volt/Var Control (IVVC)
· Demand Response
· Electric Vehicles
· Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
· High-voltage Transmission / Synchrophasors

Each of these business scenarios is key to a utility’s ability to support the needs of a smart community, while efficiently managing energy consumption in those communities.  The exhibit’s view based on perspectives and business scenarios enables interesting topics such as electric vehicles from the grid perspective or DERs from the cybersecurity perspective.  Attendees will leave the exhibit with a better understanding of how utilities and their technology partners are thinking about smart communities from a business perspective.

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Southern Company

Idaho Power

Tacoma Power

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Salt River Project

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Alliant Energy

Expo Hall Grand Opening & Beachcomber Social

2:00PM - 5:30PM

Oasis 1-4 at Palm Springs Convention Center (PSCC)

Beachcomber Social – Sponsors Include: Aviat Networks, Burns & McDonnell, Graybar, Harris Corp. & West Monroe Partners

Center Stage sponsored by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory

 

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Awards Reception

7:00PM - 8:00PM

PSCC - Primrose A-D Foyer

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UTC Awards Dinner

8:00PM - 9:00PM

Palm Springs Convention Center

Join us on the night of May 9, 2018 for a Reception and Dinner as we honor individuals for Chairman’s Awards, the Dondanville Award, the Meehan Award, the Connie Durcsak Visionary Award, as well as Utility Members for the coveted UTC Apex Award, the UtiliSite Council Excellence Award and also our Associate Members for the Impact Awards.

It will be a great night to celebrate all the UTC members!

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Registration Open- Thurs.

7:30AM - 6:00PM

Palm Springs Conv. Center - Oasis Foyer

Sponsored by Ciena & PowerTrunk

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UTC Annual Membership Breakfast & General Session

7:30am-9:45am

PSCC – Primrose A-D

Please join UTC Chairwoman Kathy Nelson, UTC President & CEO Joy Ditto and the Board of UTC for the Annual Members Meeting and Breakfast.

Neil Chatterjee, Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will speak to attendees.

Members will vote on Policy Resolutions and welcome the incoming leadership of UTC.

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President and CEOUtilities Technology Council

Great River Energy

Southern Company

CenterPoint Energy

Nebraska Public Power District

Thursday Morning Educational Sessions

10am-11am

various rooms

See individual tracks for session topics, speakers, times and locations

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Expo Hall Hours & Lunch -Thurs.

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Oasis 1-4 Palm Springs Conv. Center (PSCC)

Center Stage sponsored by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory

Lunch will be served in the Exhibit Hall

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Thursday Afternoon Educational Sessions

3:15pm-5:30pm

various

See individual tracks for session topics, speakers, times and locations

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UTC Gala

7:00PM - 9:30PM

Palm Springs Conv. Center - Jackie Lee Houston Plaza

HEY RAT PACK!!
Join our great sponsors MegaSys and Walker & Associates on Thursday night in Palm Springs for the UTC Gala.  We will enjoy great food and drinks while the casino chips fly and our DJ is spinning Rat Pack era music.

Also on the big screen will be the original Oceans 11.

Walker & Associates will also provide each attendee with flask to remember the night.

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Southern Company

President and CEOUtilities Technology Council

Cigars Under the Stars

9:30PM - 11:30PM

PSCC -Jackie Lee Houston Plaza

Sponsored by Dasan Zhone

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Palm Springs Windmill Tour – SOLD OUT

8:00am

Leaving from Renaissance Hotel Lobby


Date: May 11, 2018
Time: 8am
Venue: Transportation will be provided from the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
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