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Upcoming Early Autumn Conference Participation

After a brief summer hiatus, away from energy industry events, with the successful IEEE Power and Energy Society event recently completed, and this not being a CIGRE year, the summer lull in conferences has taken hold until early September.

Then things start getting busy, with dozens of electric power and related energy conferences scheduled for the September-November months.

Newton-Evans’ Chuck Newton has speaking roles at three upcoming conferences over a three-week period on three different – but related – topics.

First, at the upcoming EMMOS (Energy Management and Market Operations Systems) conference being held in New Orleans (September 17-20) Chuck will brief attendees on “Grid Modernization from an Energy Policy Perspective” on Monday, September 18.

Two days later (September 20) Chuck will speak in Auburn, Alabama on “Communications Trends in Utility Operations” at the annual “Auburn Conference” (aka the Southeast Distribution Apparatus School and Conference).

On October 4, speaking at the SCADA Technology Summit in Denver, Colorado, Chuck will keynote the conference with a talk on “North American Market Trends and Technology Advances in SCADA, Substation Automation and Protection and Control.”

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EMMOS Conference Sep. 21-23

Just a reminder for those planning to attend the 22nd annual EMMOS (Energy Management and Market Operations Systems) user group conference on September 21-23 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Carmel, Indiana can make hotel reservations at a discounted rate until August 27th.

This year’s conference agenda will feature topical speakers and roundtable sessions, technical training classes and a vendor exhibition.

Featured conference and training topics at the 2015 gathering of North American and international control and market systems operations management and staff include:

  • Cyber Security Perspectives in Light of CIPS V5
  • Overview of MISO Market and System Reliability Operations
  • North American Developments in DMS and DA Usage
  • Visualization
  • Situational Awareness
  • Communications Standards
  • Renewables Integration and Management
  • Network Security Applications
  • Next Generation Systems
  • The Future of Energy – Smart Grid and Beyond, and several additional control systems related topics.

The 2015 conference will include tours of the Midwest ISO (MISO) control center on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. The vendor exhibition will include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception on Monday evening.

The annual EMMOS conference attendees include electric power operations officials involved with transmission, distribution and generation, as well as IT managers, planning engineers, consultants, ISO staffs, and related systems personnel involved with control systems and substation modernization, distribution automation, outage management and geographic information systems.

Further information on the upcoming 2015 EMMOS conference, including registration information and hotel booking arrangements can be found on the EMMOS website at Exhibitor opportunity information is available from Ms. Erika Ferguson at

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2014 Autumn Electric Power Conference Season Well Underway

For the electric power industry, late summer through mid-autumn brings a number of conferences to the forefront each year or at least every two years.

This year is no exception. From the international CIGRE Conference held in Paris every two years, to the annual EMMOS conference and Southeast Distribution Apparatus Conference, there are lessons to be learned and topics of interest to those following industry trends. The CIGRE conference provides information on key electric power topics, while EMMOS focuses on large control systems used by utilities and independent systems operators (ISOs). The SDAC offers briefings and training on a variety of power distribution topics, ranging from meter management to control systems to cyber security.

In late August I attended and participated in my 10th CIGRE conference. This year set a new record for attendance (more than 3,000 delegates and another 5,000 visitors) and the number of exhibitors and working group sessions also reached new heights. One of the more interesting observations for me has been to witness the growth in CIGRE participation by utilities and T&D equipment and systems companies from North America. Delegates are either actively volunteering on working groups or doing booth duty for an increasing presence of large-to-small North American companies whose equipment, systems and services are part of the exhibition.

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ConnectivityWeek 2012 Gathers 100+ Speakers Defining the Energy 2.0 Market

ConnectivityWeek 2012 to bring in more than 100 top speakers from utilities, technology, government and energy consumption.

Top keynote speakers include United States Chief Technology Officer, California Public Utility Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy, Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and more, to help define market for Energy 2.0.

ConnectivityWeek 2012 is gathering top speakers representing utilities, energy consumers, government and technology players to spark the dialogue that will help define the market for Energy 2.0, May 22-24, 2012, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kicking off the conference as part of the May 22 opening Green Button plenary are Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the U.S.A. Todd Park and California Public Utility Commissioner Catherine Sandoval.

Following this Green Button-focused plenary, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary Pat Hoffman will announce winners of the highly anticipated “Apps for Energy” contest, which has been put together by the DOE and its partners: Grid 21, Itron and PG&E. Hoffman will be joined onstage by Karen Austin, SVP and CIO of PG&E; Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures; and more.

The breadth of speakers at ConnectivityWeek 2012 comprise the Energy 2.0 landscape and include representatives from energy supply, technology, electricity consumption verticals, and government
Where and When

ConnectivityWeek 2012 will take place May 22-24, 2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Newton-Evans Research – Active Participation at Several Upcoming Conferences:

Over the next few months, Newton-Evans Research CEO Chuck Newton will be briefing attendees at several conference sessions and participating in a GRIDWEEK panel.  Conference web sites can be found on our ENERGY INDUSTRY CONFERENCES page. Here is the current agenda for the company’s event participation through January 2012

Conference:  GRIDWEEK 2011
Location:  Washington D.C. (Convention Center)
Session:  Utility Analytics Panel (with Energy Central)
Date:  Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time:  7:00am-8:30am

Conference:  EMS USER GROUP Annual Meeting
Location:  Philadelphia, PA (Doubletree Hotel)
Session:  Briefing on EMS and Control Room Trends
Date:  Monday, September 19, 2011
Time: 09:30-10:15am

Conference:  REMOTE 2011 Conference
Location:  Nashville, TN (Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center)
Session:  Keynote Address:  Technology Transfer in SCADA Using Industries
Date:  Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Time:  09:30-10:15am

Conference:  DISTRIBUTECH 2012
Location:  San Antonio, TX (Convention Center)
Session:  UU 211 – Communications Systems and Networks in Today’s Utility Operations: An Overview of Methodologies, Network Design Considerations, Challenges and Priorities for Smart Grid Communications
Date:  January 23, 2012
Time:  08:00am-12:00pm

Conference:  DISTRIBUTECH 2012
Location:  San Antonio, TX (Convention Center)
Session:  Global Outlook for Smart Grid and Supporting Communications Infrastructure: Trends and Investments: 2011-2015
Date:  January 24, 2012
Time:  1:00pm-2:30pm

Conference:  DISTRIBUTECH 2012
Location:  San Antonio, TX (Convention Center)
Session:  Trends in Protection and Control: Global Findings and Outlook for 2012-2014
Date:  January 25, 2012
Time:  1:30pm-3:00pm

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Newton-Evans Role in Recent SMARTENERGY East Coast Conference

Chuck Newton moderated  a well-received session on Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency Technologies for this New York City conference held on October 27th and 28th. The conference was hosted by the Spintelligent Company, publisher of Metering International.

The panel members for this session included Ron Zimmer, CEO of Ottawa-based CABA – the Continental Automated Buildings Association, Bill Scheffler, Director of North American Sales and Business Development for Sigma Designs, parent of  Z-Wave Alliance in California, and Margaret Jolly, Manager of Distributed Generation Programs for Consolidated Edison in New York City.  Ron Zimmer’s talk focused on understanding the evloution of the connected home market.  Bill Scheffler discussed how we can take energy management beyond the meter.  Margaret Jolly gave a presentation on ConEdison’s very strong DG initiatives.  The audience of about 110 officials from utilities, consulting firms, smart grid services providers and regulatory bodies posed several questions to the speakers and good give-and-take discussions ensued.

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POWERGRID Europe 2009

Newton-Evans Research Company CEO Charles Newton participated in the POWERGRID Europe joint plenary session, “Meeting the Energy Challenge in the Face of the Economic Downturn” on Wednesday, May 27th in Cologne, Germany. Mr. Newton was joined by Colette Lewiner, Vice President and Global Leader of the Energy, Utilities and Chemicals Global Sector Unit at Capgemini; Mr.Steve Bolze, President & CEO, Power & Water, GE Energy and Infrastructure, USA; Dr. Hans Bünting, Chief Financial Officer, RWE Innogy GmbH, Germany;M. Philippe Joubert, Executive Vice-President, Alstom, President, Alstom Power Sector, France; Dr. Uddesh Kohli, Former Chairman & Managing Director, Power Finance Corporation, India; and Dr. Werner Götz, Chief Operating Officer, Renewables EnBW AG, Germany.  More than 11,600 visitors attended this year’s conference. Visit

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A Good Day in D.C. – The 2009 Annual Energy Conference

For two days (April 7 and 8) this week, The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration held sway at the Washington DC Convention Center. This year’s 2009 Annual Energy Conference included ten panel sessions on various current energy hot topics. These sessions began following an early morning plenary session with a keynote address given by Dr. Steven Chu, the newly appointed Secretary of Energy for the United States. Several hundred people filled the meeting room to capacity to hear Dr. Chu. The next speaker, Yale University Professor William Nordhaus, discussed energy and the macro economy and then EXELON’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. John Rowe spoke on energy in a carbon-constrained world.

The first day session of most interest to me was the session entitled: Electric Power Infrastructure: Status and Challenges for the Future. The EIA’s Scott Sitzer moderated a lively and informative panel comprised of the FERC’s P. Kumar Agarwal, Dr. Tim Brennan from UMBC, and NERC’s Mark Lauby. The three panel members came at the infrastructure issues from different backgrounds, perspectives and approaches, but each hit home on at least a few of the key electric power issues confronting the nation, and indeed, the entire world.

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Transmission Summit 2009

The newest edition of  the Transmission Summit Conference, was held in Washington, D.C. this past week.  A rousing panel discussion on the role of the Smart Grid in the world of electric power transmission included panel members John McDonald (GE Energy T&D), Robert Moisan (The Glarus Group), Charles Newton (Newton-Evans Research Company), and Michael Oster (Grid Storage Technologies) .   After introductory remarks from each panel member, the panelists at the March 12  session titled Implications of Smart Grid Technology for Transmission replied to questions submitted by the audience for another 60 minutes.  The session was moderated by Jim Murray, a partner with Scott Madden Inc.

For the complete agenda visit the Infocast website: