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Overview

The "Future Of"Series looks at technology, market advances and new services that are and will continue to shape the business of electric cooperatives. Volume 2 of this three-part series will explore plans and steps you can take to get more from technology – and how to gain actionable insights from data.

With the connections we’ve forged with experts across many industries and great examples from electric co-ops, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how technology will impact your organization. The"Future Of" Series provides a fascinating look at new developments and opportunities tailored for co-op operations and service offerings.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
UAS: The "Future Of" Measurement and Monitoring - ACCESS RECORDING​

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones open up a new future for measurement and monitoring. The opportunities for improving safety, resilience and reliability are striking. However, several questions quickly surface for electric cooperatives when they look at integrating UAS into their operations. How do I effectively implement UAS technology at my co-op? How can I work to​​ improve my SAIDI numbers? How do I measure success? What is my path for capturing the most value for my co-op? This session will cover how you can get more value from UAS with strong planning and operational practices. We will provide expert guidance on three fundamentals: 1) acquiring the most valuable data on flights, 2) getting the data into a UAS platform and 3) how to succeed with analysis and action. How you integrate the data captured by a UAS platform into day-to-day utility operations is where the value is. See how you can get the data and use it to enable data-driven decisions.

Speakers:

Eric Bitzko
System Maintenance Supervisor and UAV Principal, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Robert Henley
Vice President of Energy Solutions, PrecisionHawk
Stanley McHann
Senior Research Engineer, NRECA


Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Analytics: The "Future Of" Turning Your Data in Action

You have goals for your operations, and you have lots of data that you can turn into actionable information. New options to build your own data platform are available to co-ops. This is where you can use your AMI, SCADA, and sensor data to better inform operational decisions. We help you identify data types that are important to capture to meet common operational goals at your co-op and will showcase data platforms available to co-ops today. We will also share how to visualize the information using the latest technologies. Finally, we will describe new research being done at NRECA with national labs and electric co-ops that is working to create additional tools for improved data analytics. Join us and we’ll do our best to show how the future of data analytics is here and steps you can take to start using this amazing new technology.

Speakers:

Venkat Banunarayan​an
Vice President of Integrated Grid, NRECA​
Stanley McHann
Senior Research Engineer, NRECA
Meredith Miller
Data Scientist, NRECA


Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Situational Awareness: The "Future Of" ​Distribution Operations

There’s power in understanding what’s going on over your networks. New platforms are emerging that can quickly monitor the enormous data flow from utility devices and systems and flag the network traffic that looks unusual or suspicious. This is situational awareness, and it has moved to the distribution level. NRECA research has been developing technology for this capability and demonstrating it at cooperatives. These systems act in near real-time and have built in grid analytics. They can help co-op staff take notice and interpret whether the traffic on a network is normal. Those observations turn information into a valuable asset for cyber monitoring, grid operations, and data analytics. Find out more at this session and hear from co-ops who are using enhanced situational awareness for better decisions and actions.

Speakers:

Don Bowman
Vice President of Engineering & Operations, Wake Electric Membership Corporation
Doug Lambert
Senior Principal Grid Solutions, NRECA
Bobby Smith
President & CEO, New Horizon Electric Cooperative, Inc.​​



Looking to Earn Credit?

Registering for and attending live sessions of The "Future Of" Series Vol. 2: Technology, Trends and What it Means for Your Cooperative can help you earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) or Continuing Education Units (CEU) toward professional certification or recertification.

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