Call for Presentations: Interest Areas


Advanced Metering

  • Selecting and Implementing AMI Technology
    • What to ask potential vendors
    • Benefits of various technology choices
    • Planning and preparation for enterprise wide impact
  • Upgrading/Refreshing your AMI Technology
    • What to look for in a second-generation system
    • How to handle the migration to something new while extracting value from existing assets
  • Benefits Beyond Basic Meter Reading
    • Distribution operations benefits including smart sensors, streetlighting, load management, consumer program enablement
    • Extracting value for data collated – integration with other systems, data analytics



  • Modeling and Feasibility
    • Economic considerations
    • Funding (Borrowing options, state/federal grants, etc.)
  • Broadband Backbone (building and managing an advanced utility communications network)
    • Technology (Fiber, Microwave, Alternative Wireless)
    • SmartGrid Impact/Enablement
    • Design and deployment considerations
  • Broadband to the Home (managing a retail or wholesale BB business)
    • Technology – Fiber to the Home, Fixed Wireless/5G, Satellite
    • Design considerations
    • Deployment and Operations
    • Marketing and Support
    • Partnerships
  • Pole Attachments (rates, issues, and opportunities)
  • Emerging Use Cases
    • SmartGrid, Smart Community, Agriculture, Internet of Things, etc.



  • Employee and/ Member Notification Solutions and Who’s Doing What?
  • Telephone Systems & Services in the Cloud
    • In House or Cloud VoIP
    • Do not allow subcontractors in your VoIP cloud service agreement
    • Comparison of vendors
  • Call Center Chat Services
    • Member engagement tools to expand contact alternatives
    • Integrate with phone system and customer website
    • Queue management
    • What are the options out there and vendors?
    • Utility IoT
      • What is it
      • what value does it bring to the cooperative

Cyber Security

  • What Does a Secured IP Network Look Like?
    • Orientation and ground work and stage setting
    • Segmenting SCADA and other business critical systems
  • The Axis of Physical and Cyber Security
    • How cyber threats can impact the security of your facilities and infrastructure
    • Review scenarios and best practices for assessing and protecting access to network devices, buildings and equipment


Data Analytics/Data Mining

  • Innovative ways to assess data for improving utility operations and planning
  • Dashboards
    • Operational, reliability and business case dashboards
    • Actionable success stories
    • Internal creation of tools versus package purchases


  • Integration of DER
    • Planning for DER
    • Planning tool – is solar a firm resource?
    • Unanticipated outcomes…..positive and negative
    • Lessons learned
  • Increased DER with new technology
    • Philosophy and implementation of new devices with DER
    • System monitoring and control
    • Reliability and system protection
    • Power quality
  • New Business Structures in a DER Future
    • Identify needs of members
    • Providing services and options economically
    • New service/revenue streams
    • Member side technology advances (sensors, etc.)
  • Storage
    • Emerging Technologies – not limited to battery storage
    • Business case on declining costs
    • Residential, community and utility scale
    • Storage Management of Large Static Files
    • Storage backup, and media management of Huge/Static Files –
    • In House or Cloud Services?


Disaster Recovery Planning and Logistics

  • Emergency response planning and table top testing


Distribution Automation

  • What advanced programs are utilizing or facilitated by Distribution Automation and what impacts has Distribution Automation had on your Cooperative?
  • Real time distribution system monitoring and analysis
  • Intelligent automation and control
    • Fault location, isolation, service restoration (FLISR)
  • Outage prevention
  • Demand side management
  • Distributed energy resources monitoring and control
    • Energy production, storage and management


Facilities Management; Logistics, Maintenance Innovations and Best Practices

  • Physical and cybersecurity
  • Warehouse layout for improved efficiencies
  • Fleet management; vehicle tracking devices
  • Pole and other inspections – steel, concrete, wood, etc.
  • Tree trimming
  • Dieless crimper applications
  • Barcoding and other innovative processes (for ordering, charging, tracking materials) etc.
  • Purchase guidelines for new technologies, products, services: broadband, fiber optics, drones/UAS, solar, etc.


IT Operations

  • Designing an ICS (Industrial Control Systems) Disaster Recovery Framework – SAN framework
  • Automated Offline and Offsite Backups
    • Vendor selection and services available
    • Shared service model
  • Managed Security Service Providers
    • How to properly select an MSSP
  • Automation of Patch Management with Worked Examples
    • Free & low-cost tools & services


Metals and Oil Outlook for 2020              

  • Update on DOE standards
  • Changes coming in the transformer world
  • Geopolitical impacts on the transformer market


Procurement Policies, Standards and Processes

  • Ethics
  • Record retention; Going paperless
  • Quality Control (Supplier Certification, etc.)
    • How to evaluate quality
  • Procurement Authority
  • Inventory management
  • Assessment practices; Performance criteria
  • Change management; Continuous/Process Improvement
  • Audits


Procurement/ Supply Chain Management

  • Workflow Automation
  • Contract Management Systems
  • P-Cards
  • PO systems
  • Templates
  • Vendor Management Systems


Procurement/Supply Chain Management – Contracting and Negotiation

  • Delegation of spend
  • Preparing for bids; Competitive bidding plan
  • Negotiating terms and conditions
    • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Contract administration


Procurement/SCM –  Cost and Finance

  • Spend Profile, cost/benefit analysis
  • Financing and leveraging strategies
  • How accounting controls the impact of the procurement work order processes


Risk Management /Compliance; Strategic Planning and Forecasting

  • Legal Issues
  • Security evacuation planning; Contingency planning
  • Oil Spill Response and Containment Strategies
  • FEMA do’s and don’ts


Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management

  • Analyzing and evaluating sources; Vendor Rationalization
  • Insource vs Outsource
  • How materials are sourced
  • Logistics of transporting raw materials, products
  • Vendor relationships: development, recognition, performance evaluation, exit strategy


The Manufacturing of Supply Chain       

  • Transforming raw materials into finished products 
  • How the materials are sourced and the logistics of transporting the raw materials as well as the finished products


Warehouse Innovations

  • Warehouse layout for improved efficiencies
  • Barcoding and other innovative processes used for
  • Ordering
  • Charging and tracking materials
  • Other
Call for Presentations