Agenda

Preliminary Schedule

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6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  The Train Shed at Union Station

Board of Directors Dinner (Board Members Only)

Sponsored by NYPA

8:30 AM-Noon
  TBA

Board of Directors Meeting (Closed Session)

9:00 AM – 5 PM
  Grand Ballroom EDFG

Plugfest & vendor set-up can begin in expo hall after 9am

Noon – 1:00 PM
  On Your Own

Lunch

On your own as you like – a lot of restaurants around the venue

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  Hilton Gateway Rooms 1-5

Concurrent Working Groups Workshops:

  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Use Cases & Testbeds
  • Cybersecurity & Technology
  • Business Strategies
  • Rural Broadband
6:30PM – 9:30 PM
  Hilton 360°

Welcome Reception

  • UBBA Event Badges required to get on the elevator to the top
  • Sponsored by Anterix and Nokia
7:30 AM
Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Attendee Breakfast

Sponsored by Ameren Missouri

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Welcome Keynotes

Join the UBBA Vice Chairman, the St. Louis Mayor and our host utility executives, Bhavani Amirthalingam SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer from Ameren Services, and Mark C. Birk, SVP, Customer and Power Operations, Ameren Missouri as they kick-off our Summit with their keen industry insights.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Panel: Top priorities for utility leaders in the age of the clean, secure and digital grid

Speakers: Bhavani Amirthalingam (Ameren), Omar Zevallos (SDG&E), Jerry Gentry (NYPA), Joe Mellott (Evergy), and Mark Birk (Ameren)

Moderator: Ryan Gerbrandt (Anterix)

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Panel: Industry Alliances: Moving Forward Together – Why are Alliances so critical to utility infrastructure evolution? Our industry leaders will share their experiences and vision for collaboration among associations.

Speakers: Jerry Gentry (NYPA), Tim Godfrey (EPRI), John Hughes, Vice Chairman of UBBA (Ameren), Koustuv Ghoshal (Ericsson), and Mar Tarres (Anterix)

Moderated by: Matt Olson (Burns & McDonnell)

10:45 AM
Exhibit Hall

Break & Move to Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by NovaTech Automation

10:45 AM – 12:30 AM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Plugfest

Sponsored by Anterix, Burns & McDonnell, Nokia

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG 

Lunch

Sponsored by Ericsson & Cisco

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
  Grand Ballroom- Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Presentation: Why Broadband, Why Now – Real time information is critical for any size utility to make smart, proactive decisions to deliver the best service for their customers.  Accenture will share a view of the US industry.

Speakers: Hugo van Nispen (Accenture)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Panel: Help for the Urgent Needs for Rural Broadband – Ensuring home broadband internet access—particularly in rural areas—has long been a national priority, but efforts to bridge the digital divide gained increased urgency in the face of safety measures taken to combat the pandemic.  As the federal government amplifies its longstanding strategy of providing funding to entice commercial deployment of broadband service in otherwise uneconomical rural areas, electric utilities, too, have been taking steps to bring essential broadband internet access to their underserved communities.  This panel will explore how elements of utilities’ private grid management communications networks can help make third-party provision of broadband internet service economically attractive.

Panelists: Commissioner Chris Nelson (South Dakota PUC),  Joe Millard (Ameren), Ron Griffith (Xcel Energy), and Griselda Aldrete (Alliant Energy).

Moderator: Alice Moy-Gonzalez (Anterix)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Presentation:  Mobile Network Providers can complement a Utilities’ Private Network ObjectivesWhether Utilities want to operate their own private LTE network, use the existing mobile operator’s networks, or a hybrid approach in between, Mobile Network Operators can support a range of integrated solutions that balance the Utilities need for control, data localization and security with access to mobile networks for coverage, roaming, and fail-over capabilities.

Speakers: James Rose (UScellular)

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Break

Sponsored by GE Renewable Energy

3:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

PLUGFEST & EXHIBITS

Sponsored by Anterix, Burns & McDonnell, Nokia

6:30 PM- 10:00 PM
  Budweiser Brew House @ Ballpark Village

Dinner for all attendees

Sponsored by 4RF and World Wide Technology

7:30 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Attendee Breakfast

Sponsored by Ameren Services

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Day 2 Keynote

Keynote: Planning for the Network to Run Grid Modernization Today and Tomorrow – Ameren Chief Procurement Officer & VP of Supply Chain will insights on planning for innovation and procurement strategies for the future of the utility networks.

Speaker: Pardeep Gill (Ameren)

8:20 AM – 9:00 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Panel: Preparing and Protecting the Network Through Technology Advancements– Utilities are experiencing the next-generation evolution of SCADA, AMI and Smart City applications. With rising software and penetration attacks – the potential for sophisticated cyber attackers to breach and gain control of a utility’s smart grid.  This panel will build off Gill’s keynote and discuss strategies for working with supply chain partners can pull all elements of a utility network together.

Panelists: Pardeep Gill (Ameren), Carla Shaffer (WESCO/Anixter), John Stafford (CrescoNet), and Jeffrey Tufts (Cisco)

Moderator: Bobbi Harris (UBBA)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Sessions

Panel: Accelerating the Private LTE ecosystem –Utilities are increasingly focused on the wireless broadband data communications networks necessary to enable their historic efforts to modernize the grid.  A major concern in selecting network technology and radio spectrum:  ensuring a broad, vibrant marketplace for equipment, applications, and services to support initial deployment as well as ongoing operations and maintenance.  Nobody wants to be stuck with a technology or spectrum band that only a few manufacturers are supporting.  In this session, panelists will discuss how they are working within the Anterix Active Ecosystem program to bring utilities an increasing array of choices in the 900 MHz LTE marketplace, fostering industry-centric innovations and benefiting utilities and their customers through vendor competition.

Panelists: Steve Hassell (Atomation), Dan Robertson (Landis-Gyr), Chris Trabold (GE Renewable Energy), Ron Krzoska (Hitachi-ABB)

Moderator: Mike Brozek (Anterix)

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Break

Sponsored by BEC Technologies

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Plugfest Day 2

Sponsored by Anterix, Burns & McDonnell, Nokia

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Lunch

Sponsored by Cisco and Ericsson

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership

Panel: Innovation in IoT – How to leverage technology transition to reap the massive potential of the smart utilities market. We will discuss the advantages for utilities in the new 5G world.  Intelligent communication capability built into the IoT network and layered with security that best protects utility operations.

Panelists:  Jitender Vohra (Telit), Jeff Tufts (Cisco), David Allen (UScellular) and Adam Nathan (World Wide Technology)

Moderator: Ken Rabedeau (Nokia)

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership

Panel: What Does it Take to Run a Private LTE Network? – Insights from the Business Working Group paper focused on what happens after deployment. What skills utilities need to hire for and what options are available to them.

Panelists: Tom Bedics (SouthernLinc), Ron Brady (Xcel Energy), Mauricio Subieta(Nokia), and Patrick Nolan (Ameren).

Moderator: Paul Anuszkiewicz (Palmetto Technology Associates)

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Grand Ballroom – Salons ABC

Thought Leadership Session

Session: 6GHz Interference with Utility Communications Call to Action – Get the background and the latest status on the FCC’s efforts to permit unlicensed use of the entire 6GHz Licensed Microwave band for Wi-Fi.  Plus speakers will share the results of real-world testing by Southern Company, Lockard & White and EPRI of the first commercially available 6GHz Wi-Fi Access Points; Demonstrating the true interference with Licensed Microwave.

Speaker: David Hattey (Lockard & White) and Mike Rosenthal (Southern Company)

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Break

Sponsored by Hitachi-ABB

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Exhibit Hall – Salons EDFG

Plugfest & Exhibits

Sponsored by Anterix, Burns & McDonnell, Nokia

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  Exhibit Hall

Awards and Closing Remarks

Sponsored by Council Rock

5:00 PM
  Exhibit Hall

UBBA Summit & Plugfest concludes