Join Quanta Services for the 20th Annual Utility Perspectives Symposium

Save the date: October 2nd – 4th, 2022

The event will be held at The Vista Collina Resort in Napa Valley, California

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What makes Utility Perspectives the most inspiring industry event of the year is the opportunity to exchange dialogue with some of the most notable CEOs, COOs, Chairmen and other top executives representing the industry’s most influential organizations. Join the conversation with these organizations.

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    AGENDA PREVIEW

    Welcome to the 2021 Utility Perspective Symposium in Charleston, South CarolinaRedgie Probst | President Electric Power | Quanta Services
    Local Charity IntroductionBob Blue | Dominion Energy | Chair, President and CEO & Duke Austin | President and Chief Executive Officer | Quanta Services
    Energy 2040
    9:15 AM TO 10:30 AM | M - 1
    It has long been a goal of traditional and market-based regulation to ensure affordability and reliability of energy for customers. The addition of sustainability to that mix has stimulated a rapid and, at times, uneven transition of our North American power and natural gas sectors. This combination is driving fundamental shifts in technology, investment, regulatory policy, business strategy and industry structure. Three prominent energy utility CEOs sit down with Quanta Director Pat Wood to discuss this vibrant and volatile new world - its challenges and its opportunities.
    Pat Wood | CEO | Hunt Energy Network
    Unlocking our Domestic Clean Energy Supply
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM | M - 2
    Renewable energy is being successfully integrated across every ISO | RTO, and tens of thousands of megawatts of additional wind, solar and battery storage projects are in transmission queues awaiting deployment. Significant opportunities exist to expand transmission and utilize non-wire alternatives to allow additional renewable energy to be deployed, satisfying customer demand and providing robust economic development across the country.
    Rob Gramlich | Founder and President | Grid Strategies
    Lunch
    Cybersecurity
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM | M-3
    As we move farther into the digital age and increasingly move to an interconnected cyber system for everything from electricity to communications to transportation to industry, this panel will examine efforts currently underway to address issues and threats to cyber resiliency, future steps the industry must take to strengthen cyber resiliency, breakthroughs required and practical steps that each organization can take today.
    Ann E Rondeau | Vice Admiral, US Navy (Retired) | President, Naval Postgraduate School
    Gas Distribution
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | M-4
    The Energy Industry is in a state of transition towards a clean, resilient energy future. America’s natural gas utilities are balancing the complexity of renewable power integration, evolving federal, state and local policies & regulations and increased environmental, social, governance expectations. Projections show that natural gas pricing for residential consumers will remain widely affordable for the next 30 years. However, universal electrification movements continue despite being viewed as not affordable. Gas Utilities are embracing GHG reduction or decarbonization goals with renewable natural gas and hydrogen having the potential to play a substantial role. With natural gas utilities adding 663K customers every year and investing $91 million dollars every day, this panel will discuss how they are addressing these challenges and technology breakthroughs needed to deliver the safe, reliable and affordable clean energy future that Americans want and need while achieving environmental goals.
    Karen Harbert | CEO | American Gas Association
    The Energy Workforce of the Future
    3:30 PM to 4:15 PM | M-5
    The year is 2041. Looking across the energy sector, panelists discuss what knowledge, skills and abilities will be key and more importantly, what must be done today to ensure those attributes are present in 2041.
    Missy Henricksen | Executive Director | Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
    Planning for Resilience
    4:14 PM to 5:00 PM | M-6
    Resilience of the electric grid is critical more than ever under the evolving impacts of climate change. The resulting effects of severe and abnormal weather events are already emerging across the work, e.g.: record temperatures observed in TX in the winter of 2021 have caused massive outages. The modernized and resilient electrical grid is also an enabler to increase penetration of renewable resources. An industry-wide holistic framework for resilience planning and investment prioritization is strongly needed to both mitigate and adapt to the evolving impacts on the electric grid. A consistent definition of resilience and a set of robust metrics to quantify it is the enabler of resilience planning frameworks across the electricity sector. This panel brings industry leaders to discuss how to plan for resilience, including concrete examples and solutions.
    Nora Mead Brownell | Co-Founder | ESPY Energy Solutions
    WelcomeDuke Austin | President and Chief Executive Officer | Quanta Services
    Challenges and Opportunities of an Integrated Electric Future
    8:45 AM to 9:30 AM | T-1
    Private sector investment and public sector support are aligning to promote a transformation to wide-scale electrification and the modernization of our electric infrastructure. Electrified transportation, microgrids, energy storage and technology all have important roles to play.
    Phil Moeller | EVP, Business Operations Group/Regulatory Affairs | Edison Electric Institute
    The Intersection of D, E and I and Corporate Responsibility
    10:00 AM to 10:45 AM | T-2
    The world is changing quickly and companies are faced with many evolving priorities beyond successful operations. How do we as an industry collaborate and navigate the ever-growing intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); environmental justice (EJ); social governance (SG) and overall corporate and social responsibility? The expectations of corporate leadership from customers, communities, employees and investors of these over-lapping disciplines are tremendous. As such, the need for companies to collaborate both internally among their various teams and externally with customers, communities and each other is critical to effectively address and respond to the calls. Our primary areas of focus are community engagement, energy transition, diversification of the workforce and activist investing. As industry leaders we need to stay true to our mission and values while proactively recognizing and advancing societal issues, environmental changes, employee needs and customer priorities. And we need to continue to focus on the future and what is coming next across these areas in order to continue to lead the way as good corporate citizens.
    Paula Glover | President | Alliance to save Energy
    Broadband Infrastructure: Drivers and Solutions
    10:45 AM to 11:30 AM | T-3
    The global pandemic has highlighted the need to make reliable broadband services available to all. Broadband is now directly tied to American residents' ability to obtain education, access health care and provide income for their families. The same way the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 found creative ways to provide electricity to rural homes, government programs such as RDOF, CAF and a variety of infrastructure bills will do the same for broadband over the next 3-5 years. As electric transmission and distribution companies continue to grow, electric capacity and build-their-own telemetry networks they have positioned themselves to become part of the solution for American broadband needs. There are plenty of administrative challenges but for the next hour let us look at how much simpler the physical challenges are to resolve with the right partnerships in place.
    Tara Mooar | Vice President | Verizon
    Closing Comments

    2021 PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND SPEAKERS

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 4

    Speakers

    Welcome to Charleston: Bob Blue, Dominion, President and CEO

    Local Charity Introduction: Bob Blue and Duke Austin

     

    Energy 2040

    It has long been a goal of traditional and market-based regulation to ensure affordability and reliability of energy for customers. The addition of sustainability to that mix has stimulated a rapid and at times, uneven, transition of our North American power and natural gas sectors. This combination is driving fundamental shifts in technology, investment, regulatory policy, business strategy and industry structure. Three prominent energy utility CEOs sit down with Quanta Director Pat Wood to discuss this vibrant and volatile new world – its challenges and its opportunities.

     

    Unlocking our Domestic Clean Energy Supply

    Renewable energy is being successfully integrated across every ISO | RTO, and tens of thousands of megawatts of additional wind, solar and battery storage projects are in transmission queues awaiting deployment. Significant opportunities exist to expand transmission and utilize non-wire alternatives to allow additional renewable energy to be deployed, satisfying customer demand and providing robust economic development across the country.

     

    Cybersecurity 

    As we move farther into the digital age and increasingly move to an interconnected cyber system for everything from electricity to communications to transportation to industry, this panel will examine efforts currently underway to address issues and threats to cyber resiliency, future steps the industry must take to strengthen cyber resiliency, breakthroughs required and practical steps that each organization can take today.

     

    Gas Distribution Panel

    The Energy Industry is in a state of transition towards a clean, resilient energy future. America’s natural gas utilities are balancing the complexity of renewable power integration, evolving federal, state and local policies & regulations and increased environmental, social, governance expectations. Projections show that natural gas pricing for residential consumers will remain widely affordable for the next 30 years. However, universal electrification movements continue despite being viewed as not affordable. Gas Utilities are embracing GHG reduction or decarbonization goals with renewable natural gas and hydrogen having the potential to play a substantial role. With natural gas utilities adding 663K customers every year and investing $91 million dollars every day, this panel will discuss how they are addressing these challenges and technology breakthroughs needed to deliver the safe, reliable and affordable clean energy future that Americans want and need while achieving environmental goals.

     

    The Energy Workforce of the Future 

    The year is 2041. Looking across the energy sector, panelists discuss what knowledge, skills and abilities will be key and more importantly, what must be done today to ensure those attributes are present in 2041.

     

    Planning for Resilience 

    Resilience of the electric grid is critical more than ever under the evolving impacts of climate change. The resulting effects of severe and abnormal weather events are already emerging across the work, eg: record temperatures observed in TX in the winter of 2021 have caused massive outages. The modernized and resilient electrical grid is also an enabler to increase penetration of renewable resources. An industry-wide holistic framework for resilience planning and investment prioritization is strongly needed to both mitigate and adapt to the evolving impacts on the electric grid. A consistent definition of resilience and a set of robust metrics to quantify it is the enabler of resilience planning frameworks across the electricity sector. This panel brings industry leaders to discuss how to plan for resilience, including concrete examples and solutions.

     

     

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5

    Challenges and Opportunities of an Integrates Electric Future 

    Private sector investment and public sector support are aligning to promote a transformation to wide-scale electrification and the modernization of our electric infrastructure. Electrified transportation, microgrids, energy storage and technology all have important roles to play.

     

    ESG | Diversity 

     

    5G | Telecom 

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    AGENDA, DISCUSSIONS, PANELS, AND ENTERTAINMENT

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    CONTACT US

    This site will be updated regularly as speakers and panels are confirmed for the October 2022 event.

    Please check back for updates, further details, and registration information. Thank you!

    For registration help and information on the 2022 event activities and schedule, contact Jacqui Weigman at 832-570-2043.

    If you have additional questions or suggestions about Utility Perspectives, contact Matt Mikeska at 630-729-4132.

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