After a two-year break, DISTRIBUTECH International 2022 returned with a bang to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, featuring networking and education opportunities for stakeholders within the energy sector.
‘Resilience’ was the theme for this year’s iteration of the annual DISTRIBUTECH conference, which saw energy experts and stakeholders networking to solve various challenges within the industry.
The opening day started with a pre-conference kick off with utility university classes, which were 4- or 8-hour courses designed for deep education about the electricity industry.
A keynote address also included talks from both the 14th Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry and the current Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm.
After that, the expo hall opened, featuring 12 educational tracks focused on Asset Management, DERMS, Energy Storage, Resiliency Planning and Prep, Smart Cites, Distribution Automation, EVs and more.
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DISTRIBUTECH Day 2 started with breakfast roundtables on topics like EVs, flexible generation, microgrids, energy storage and more.
The leadership summit continued, with numerous topics, including funding the new energy paradigm, utility communication infrastructure for mission critical private networks and insight on The View from DC when it comes to decarbonisation.
Conference tracks took place across 12 different session rooms covering C&I and Residential customers, data analytics, utility business models and more.
The keynote on day two saw Futurist Nancy Giordano focus on the future of work and working.
The third and final day saw the final 12 conference sessions take place in the morning, covering topics such as Accelerating DER Adoption Through a DERMS Deployment at Commonwealth Edison, Designing and Deploying ADMS at Extreme Scale, New Opportunities to Strengthen Utility Networks with Energy Storage and more.
An exhibit hall featured EVs and chargers on display with electrification, a significant topic as utilities are planning, strategising and trying to understand how best to manage a grid that delivers electricity not just to homes and businesses but to vehicles as well.
Finally, the Initiate! section saw 24 start-ups exhibiting and competing for a prize. The winner will be announced at 10 AM today. Duke Energy and AWS were this year’s Initiate sponsors.
A full list of this year’s exhibitors can be accessed online.