DistribuTECH 2008 held in Tampa, Florida

The 18th DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition was held from January 22 to January 24, 2008 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. It is one of the key events in North America that gives the opportunity to many electric power system specialists to learn about the latest trends in technology and exchange ideas about the future of our industry.

The areas covered by the event include automation and control systems, information technology, transmission and distribution engineering, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.

DictribuTECH was attended by more than four thousand specialists from around the world. They visited and discussed the latest technology with approximately three hundred exhibitors, representing more than fifty product groups and more than twenty unique services.

The conference was preceded by the Utility University that included full and half-day tutorials on subjects of great importance to the industry.

The full day tutorials of interest to the PAC community covered:

  • Cost-effective distribution reliability improvement
  • Distribution automation - strategies for success
  • Substation automation projects: design issues, alternative approaches & cyber security considerations
  • Substation protection, controls & communications in the new century
  • Cyber security risk management

Using the IEC 61850 standard for communication networks and systems in substations

The conference started with a keynote session that included presentations by Spencer Abraham, the tenth Secretary of Energy in United States history, Don Cortez - Division Vice President of Regulated Operations Technology for CenterPoint Energy, the nation's third largest combined electricity and natural gas delivery company and Jeff Sterba - Chairman, President and CEO of PNM Resources.

The conference papers were presented over three days in six tracks, four of which included subjects related to PAC. The substation automation track had sessions covering utilities experiences in substation automation, IEC61850 application and experiences, making systems interoperable - the standards evolution continues, designing and deploying successful substation automation and a look at standards-based substation network implementations designed for extensibility, resiliency and security.

The distribution automation track included sessions on pulling together multiple technologies to become the "utility of the future", innovative integration of protection and automation for feeder restoration, keeping up with communications - the path to EZ automation and extracting information out of the automation data well.

The TransTECH track included a session on wide area monitoring systems and phasor measurements and their impact on the reliable operation of the grid.

PennEnergyJOBS Career Fair at DistribuTECH provided a selection of the top industry employers looking to recruit skilled energy professionals.

Several exhibiting companies sponsored a Ford Mustang Giveaway at the end of the show. Attendees that visited the booths of all participating vendors had to be present at the drawing. The winner claimed his prize within two minutes.

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