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  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Migrating Networks: Fiber, SONET and now IP

7:30AM-8:00AM

SmokeTree D

Plains All American Pipeline upgraded their TC Comms network from SONET to IP using JumboSwitch last year. This session will share decisions, challenges, and lessons learned  from the network upgrade.

Speakers

Security, Reliability and Resilience of Natural Gas Transportation

8:00am - 8:30am

SmokeTree D

Natural gas pipelines transport approximately one-fourth of the energy consumed in the U.S. and is the safest form of energy delivery in the country. There are 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines….mostly underground. There’s a significant amount of focus on pipeline cybersecurity, especially given the growing interdependence with the electric sector.  This presentation will provide an overview of the reliability and resilience of natural gas transportation and cybersecurity activities of the downstream segment of the natural gas supply chain.

Risks from IT malware to SCADA network – case study from recent cryptojacking attack

8:35AM - 9:35AM

SmokeTree D

Much of the focus in the energy world on cybersecurity is on the electric utility industry. Yet as more processes across the sector become automated, the gas & water industries are also making strides to shore up security of its own systems. With real-word example of cryptocurrency mining software discovered at a water utility.   In this session, speakers discuss steps their companies are taking to protect their infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Speakers

Radiflow

AMI for Water, Gas and Electric Utilities

9:45am - 10:45am

SmokeTree D

Electric utilities began rolling out Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in force in the early part of this decade. Water and gas companies are catching up, though deployment remains behind the electricity sector. With nearly a 20 years of new meter installations across the utility industries, what lessons can we draw? What are the next steps in the smart metering world? In this session, experts from each of these industries will provide updates on their utility’s plans and discuss what they’ve learned along the way. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what the future may hold.

Speakers

Navigant Research

Utilities Technology Council

Southern California Edison

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Upgrading SCADA Systems

10am-11am

SmokeTree D

TC Comms  case study with Celina Municipal Utilities where they upgraded their SCADA network from Multi-Drop Fiber Modem rings to an Ethernet network.

Speakers

Smart Cities— Expanding Roles

3:15pm - 4:15pm

SmokeTree D

Smart cities are the talk of the technology world. Developing plans to create more efficient living solutions often centers around telecommunications networks, transportation, efficiencies, and urban planning. Utilities of all shapes and sizes should be at the nexus of the smart cities discussion. But too frequently, these discussions leave out the crucial role of utilities. How are gas utilities preparing to adapt? What changes might be in store for your water company? How is smart transportation connected to utilities? Attendees will also learn how Smart City advocates are accounting for electric, gas and water utilities and smart fleets in their development.

Speakers

Utilities Technology Council

Navigant Research

Public Service Electric and Gas Company

What’s Coming Down the Pipe: An Overview on Pipeline Modernization, Expansion, and Networks

4:30pm - 5:30pm

SmokeTree D

Natural gas is quickly becoming the most dominant fuel in the U.S. energy mix. The shale gas plays in different parts of the country have transformed the domestic energy landscape in relatively short order. In the Mid-Atlantic, the Marcellus Shale sits in the Appalachian Basin, running from New York into Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. New pipelines are being developed to bring this gas from the Basin into high-demand markets in the South and Northeast. In this session, UTC and a gas pipeline representative will provide a brief overview into its pipeline plans and then discuss how the company uses SCADA and other communications tools to operate its pipeline system. Attendees will learn how safety and efficiency is incorporated into utilities’ plans, and also how gas’s growing role in generation could impact communications networks going forward. This will be a moderated, 30-minute discussion featuring Q&A with the audience.

Speakers

Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc.