Distribution Conference

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CEATI’s Distribution Conference (formerly Smart Grid Conference) will focus on utility best practices, tools, and technologies to improve planning and operations and ensure business success in a world towards net-zero emissions and future markets. The 5 main themes for the conference are:

  1. Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) to efficient and reliable operations
  2. Electrification of Transportation- a threat or opportunity for distribution grids?  
  3. Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
  4. Taking advantage of digital transformation to improve infrastructure Asset Management on distribution grids – Improving the load factor of the grid
  5. Cyber security for Distribution Grid

Event Sponsors
Platinum, Gold & Silver Exhibitors

Supporting Industry Partners

Welcome/Plenary

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This conference is an industry open event, with registration open to:

  • Electric Utilities
  • Consultants
  • Equipment Vendors
  • Research Facilities and Laboratories
  • Academics

Before registering, check the list below to see if your company is a participant. You might be entitled to tickets at no additional charge if eligible.

Discounted tickets are also available for anyone planning to send more than 3 employees from their company. Contact us at conferences@ceati.com for details!

Participants

American Electric Power

Arizona Public Service Company

ATCO Electric

Con Edison

Duke Energy

Electricity Supply Board

Elexicon Energy

ENMAX Power Corporation

EnWin Utilities

EPCOR

Exelon

FirstEnergy Corporation

Florida Power and Light

FortisBC

Hydro One Networks

Hydro Ottawa

Idaho Power Company

London Hydro

Manitoba Hydro

Merced Irrigation District

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Natural Resources Canada

New Brunswick Power

New York Power Authority

Newfoundland Power

San Diego Gas and Electric Company

Saskatoon Light & Power

Seattle City Light

Southern California Edison

Tacoma Power

Toronto Hydro-Electric System


Call For Abstracts

We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the CEATI Distribution Conference, which will focus on international future utility trends, best practices, tools, and technologies to improve distribution planning and operations. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the five themes described below.

IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00 pm ET on April 19th, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be provided no later than May 31st, 2022. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for their electric utility clients.

Event Overview:

CEATI’s Annual Distribution Conference will focus on utility best practices, tools, and technologies to improve planning and operations and ensure business success in a world towards net-zero emissions and future markets  

  1. Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) to efficient and reliable operations
  • Using NWA to prevent significant overloading of local distribution systems
  • Applying NWA solutions at the Utility side and behind the meter
  • Pricing incentives to drive NWA solutions behind the meter
  • Monitoring and control of customer facilities
  • Success rate and performance of NWA

  1. Electrification of Transportation- a threat or opportunity for distribution grids?  
  • Assessing the Impact of accelerated EV charging demand on distribution grid infrastructure and operations
  • Preparation for distribution grid integration in an accelerated vehicle charging demand
  • International utility best practices for grid integration and operation of residential, commercial, and mass transportation electrification.  
  • Ensuring hosting capacity into local distribution systems, commercial and residential services, to prepare for EV integration
  • Using energy storage to compliment EV integrations
  • Barriers and enablers for utilities to meet customer needs
  • Matching distribution grid reliability to EV charging requirements

  1. Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
  • Preparation for DER integrations while minimizing the risks
  • Reviewing technical constraints that limit DER penetration rates on distribution feeders
  • International utility best practices to support greater DER penetration.
  • Modeling and controlling small scale DER such as rooftop solar
  • Grid modernization software and technologies to improve operations
  • Leveraging DER to defer distribution system upgrades
  • Distribution Automation

  1. Taking advantage of digital transformation to improve infrastructure Asset Management on distribution grids – Improving the load factor of the grid
  • Leveraging digital systems and technologies to make practical asset management decisions
  • Cost reduction of infrastructure condition assessment
  • Distribution grid reliability
  • Outage management
  • Power quality at the customer meter
  • Demand side management by shifting discretionary loads from peak to off-peak hours

  1. Cyber security for Distribution Grid
  • IT/OT-related threats and mitigation techniques  
  • Standards and guides utilities rely on to improve operational cybersecurity systems
  • Best practices of IT/OT system applications for distribution operations concerning cyber security
  • Cybersecurity Maintenance requirements
  • Integrating intelligent distribution systems and reliably to avoid cyber-attacks

Who Should Attend?

  • Distribution Electric Utilities
  • IT/OT technologists and specialists
  • Consultants
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Research Facilities and Laboratories
  • Academics

Presenter Guidelines

PRESENTER TIMELINE

Important Dates:

  • Abstracts due: 19 April 2022
  • Presenter award/regret notifications: 31 May 2022
  • Presenter acceptance of opportunity due: 25 July 2022
  • Deadline for draft presentations: 9 August 2022
  • Deadline for final presentations: 13 September 2022

PRESENTER GUIDELINES

Presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth by CEATI International:

  • PowerPoint slides should be 16:9 ratio
  • Presenters must submit slides in PowerPoint format (.pptx/ .ppt) with a maximum of 25 slides
  • Presenters must submit pre-recorded presentation in mp4 format
  • Presentations will be distributed to attendees in PDF form
  • Presentation time will be 35 minutes followed by 10 minutes for Q&A (45 minutes in total)
  • All presenters must register for the event and submit headshot and short biography (2-3 sentences)

Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.

When you participate in a CEATI event, be it as an attendee, exhibitor, presenter, speaker, moderator or in any other capacity whatsoever, you will be participating in an event where photography, as well as video and audio recording is likely to occur.

By participating in the CEATI event, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or for any other purpose(s) that CEATI deems fit to use. You release CEATI, its officers, directors, employees and consultants, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, distribution, or publication of photographs, computer images, video and/or audio recordings.

By entering the event platform, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by or on behalf of CEATI or the person or entity designated to do so by CEATI.

In addition, the event will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending the CEATI event or accessing the event platform, you agree not to record or digitize any parts of the presentation, without CEATI’s express written consent.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before participating in the CEATI event.

Sponsorship & Exhibition

    Why Exhibit & Sponsor?
  • Network with utilities, manufacturers, service  providers, consultants, and world-renowned technical experts
  • Engage with key decision makers in the  industry
  • Gain targeted exposure to potential clients
  • Meet face-to-face with end-users of your  company’s products and services
  • Strengthen (or establish) your brand
  • Maintain a competitive edge
  • Expand your industry contacts

Exhibition & Sponsorship Prospectus

Benefits can include:

  • Two all-access passes
  • Recognition acknowledging your support during   the event
  • Inclusion of your logo and click-through link  on conference website
  • Inclusion of your logo in the Event Guide
  • And much more! For more information or to  indicate interest, please contact conferences@ceati.com.

The Exhibition, including all breaks and meals, will be taking place in the Crystal Ballroom. This set-up provides a  captive audience to showcase your company’s products and services, allowing for more face-to-face time with attendees at the event. For more information, please contact conferences@ceati.com

Booths include:

  • Two all-access passes
  • 10x10ft carpeted space, 6ft table, two chairs

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Professional Development

Professional Development Hours for CEATI Conferences

Did you know that you could be eligible to use your CEATI conference attendance towards professional development hours? A Certificate of Attendance is available to all conference attendees – simply check with your local accreditation body for more details on how to apply it to their requirements.

Young Professionals

The CEATI Young Professionals Group (YPG) is a networking, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support group of inspiring professionals who are new to the electric utility industry. All are welcome, but the target audience is those with less than 10 years of experience in the industry. The YPG networking event on October 3rd will provide a focused, industry-open forum for young professionals to network with their peers across the energy sector, discuss common challenges, and share experiences and strategies for positive career growth.

For more details, please contact yp@ceati.com.

Week at a Glance

Location & Accommodations

This event will take place at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA. Information regarding accommodations can be found below


Renaissance Esmeralda Resort
44400 Indian Wells Ln,
Indian Wells, CA
92210, USA

Reserve: Online or 1-760-773-4444

Preferred Rate: $185 USD (plus applicable taxes).

  • To receive the preferred rate, please mention the special convention rate for the CEATI International Conference. Preferred rate only available until September 20th, 2022.


Housing Warning!

Unauthorized Housing Companies Contacting Exhibitors & Attendees. It has come to our attention that unauthorized housing companies have been contacting CEATI International exhibitors and attendees via email and phone and in general, misrepresenting themselves as an official housing vendor for CEATI International. Room registrations should be made directly with the hotel as described above.

We highly caution you from engaging unauthorized companies because if/when issues arise, CEATI International management does not have the ability to provide assistance in solving them.

Social Media Tool Kit

Promoting Distribution Conference 2022 ( #CEATIdistribution )

We’re thrilled to see you at the 2022 Distribution Conference and hope that you will have an incredible time at our 2 day event. Thank you for helping us spread the word about this exciting event.

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Help build the excitement and join us on social media using the event hashtag : #CEATIdistribution

How can Social Media help you?

  • Lets your network know you will be a part of the CEATI Distribution Conference
  • Creates interest in your company and the upcoming event
  • Grabs attention and raises your brand’s awareness
  • Encourages engagement and expands your reach in the industry