All Sessions

April 16, 2018

8:00  -  1:00

Trabuco

UAI Executive Advisory Council Meeting

More information coming soon! *This meeting is open to UAI Executive Advisory Council Members only; breakfast and lunch will be served.

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April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Pelican Hill

Building a Bridge Between your Analytics and Safety Groups: Advanced Safety Working Group Meeting

Join SCE’s Todd Gallagher and Matt Peacore for a presentation and discussion on the development of the Safety Analytics program at SCE. Beginning from scratch several years ago, SCE’s safety group has now embedded analytics in many day-to-day operations and protocols, as well as re-formulated safety benchmarks based on the adoption of predictive analytics and … Continued

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April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Saddleback

Customer Analytics Working Group: The ROI of Customer Experience

A successful customer experience program must do much more than just please and engage your customers. It should influence your best customers to do more and more profitable business with your company. In this meeting, Roy Barnes will talk about how to clearly define the ideal behaviors of your “perfect” customer and how to understand the financial implications … Continued

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April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Trabuco

Developing Asset Management Strategies Amidst Environmental Threats: Asset Optimization and Performance Management Working Group Meeting

This session will focus on how our members can address new challenges caused by increased severe weather, storms, and wildfires. This will be an open-discussion and workshop-based event. This session is open to UAI members only and requires pre-registration. If you are interested in learning more about UAI membership please contact Kevin Praet.

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April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Salon B

Analytics, Architectures and Technologies Working Group: An Interactive Discussion

Participants will review the results of the Analytics, Architectures and Technologies survey and then will be split up into focused groups to have focused discussions on their analytics strategies and architectures and how they compare to survey results. This session is open to UAI members only and requires pre-registration. If you are interested in learning … Continued

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April 16, 2018

3:00  -  4:00

Theater

Pre-Conference Panel Discussion: Biggest Challenges Facing the Industry to Accelerate the Adoption of Analytics

The utility industry is facing many challenges to the adoption of analytics. Your utility may be one that is struggling with things like strapped resources and budgets, enterprise solutions, and a culture that is hesitant to change. If it is, you would do well to attend this panel discussion to learn how to turn those … Continued

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April 16, 2018

3:00  -  4:00

Salon A

Pre-Conference Panel: Machine Learning, IoT, Cloud and Blockchain – Separating Hype from Reality

We’ve heard the buzz surrounding these industry buzzwords, but what’s the real story? Is there a future for blockchain in energy? Is Cloud really the way to go? Attend this panel for a reality check.

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April 16, 2018

4:15  -  5:30

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: Align and Amplify Team Energy On What Must Get Done

Moving beyond defining strategy is, without question, one of the biggest challenges organizations face. For any organization, great execution means aligning people, processes and resources in a new direction. This keynote presents the realities of strategy execution and change management in dynamic market environments. You’ll also be given: Five invaluable tools that make change happen … Continued

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April 17, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: Host Utility Welcome Remarks – SCE

SCE is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and serves over 5 million customers in its 50,000 square-mile territory in Southern California. With the technology landscape evolving at an unprecedented pace and increasing customer expectations, SCE finds itself in the middle of an energy transformation across California that can significantly reduce statewide greenhouse gas … Continued

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April 17, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: The Road to Digital Transformation – SCE’s Digital Vision

In support of SCE’s strategy, IT is aligning its product and services via significant initiatives to exploit the new technologies that includes tools such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Over the past few years, SCE has made significant investments to implement foundational enablers such as platforms for data analytics, implementation of a … Continued

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April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Salon A

101: After the Roadmap: Lessons Learned From Standing Up Foundational Analytics Capabilities

After a utility has developed their roadmap, how does one begin the journey to developing use cases, standing up governance, hiring talent, training, and implementing the foundational tools. Dr. Matt Croucher and Raiford Smith will discuss what happens after the roadmap has been approved – lessons learned, opportunities for further development, and insights gleaned from … Continued

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April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Salon B

102: Consumers Energy’s Journey into the Customer 360

Come see how Consumers Energy is leveraging existing technology platforms to gain a 360 degree view of our customers and to discover the real-time customer heartbeat.  By consolidating transactional and other customer attributes into one platform, outcomes such as building predictive models for customer interactions, knowing customer so well to build “segments of one”, and … Continued

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April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Theater

103: After The Model: Integrating Machine Learning into Business Strategy

So you’ve made a model. Now what? Data science in isolation is purely academic. How do we operationalize these cutting edge machine learning models in our utilities? This talk explores what it takes to implement data science into business strategy. We discuss the process of building a production ready model, highlighting the challenges of feature … Continued

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April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Trabuco

104: IoT & Analytics in Nuclear

Two innovative projects at TVA demonstrate how utilities can improve preventive and predictive maintenance, realize cost savings, and increase public safety using fresh ideas and emerging technology. In the first project, the generation fleet needed a wireless vibration monitor to allow power plants to move from a time-based schedule to one based on predictive and … Continued

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April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Saddleback

105: An Innovative Approach to Forecasting Customer Demand in the Cloud

Agility, along with the practical application of innovative ideas drives margin and business results. Growth, M&A, technological change, and regulations all factor into the next successful analytic solution. This session will focus on our innovative approach using the cloud technologies and open-source software (tech stack below) to process source data and create by-meter analytics in … Continued

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April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Salon B

201: Energy Forecasting in a New Era

Market drivers, like, rooftop solar PV, electric vehicles, demand response, rapidly changing localized population, and the proliferation of AMI data, have ushered in a new set of requirements for the energy forecasting discipline. Amid this increasingly complex business, PG&E and Itron have come together to develop a pioneering new approach, leveraging granular temporal and geographic … Continued

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April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Trabuco

202: Accelerating Change in the Utility Workforce: Digital Solutions to Solve Problems While Attracting and Retaining New Industry Talent

In the first decade of the 21st century, utilities faced a new demanding consumer. The expectations of the utility consumer changed dramatically based on their experiences with Telco, Cable, and other service providers. This created a seismic shift to new channels that utilities had to embrace and integrate into business processes. Now, utilities are once … Continued

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April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Saddleback

203: The Rise of Machine Learning: Retail, Cyber, and Yes Utilities, too!

Machine learning is the latest analytics buzzwords to hit the utility industry. But as fresh-faced as “ML” sounds, its origins go back to Alan Turing in the 1940s, who said that “what we want is a machine that can learn from experience.” So, is it pattern recognition? Is it AI? Where, when & how should … Continued

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April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Theater

204: Gaining Actionable Insights from Assets

Data is a utility’s most valuable asset. The sources of the data, however, are often a myriad of smart assets spread across its network creating siloed information across their system. Each system works well independently. In most cases, the crew may have to be onsite to inspect the condition and gather data. The problem? Individual … Continued

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April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Salon A

205: Establishing Data Science as a Pillar of a Modern Analytics Center of Excellence

Traditional business intelligence centers of excellence are now being quickly modernized with the introduction of predictive and prescriptive analytics capabilities. Expanding datasets is causing us to rethink not only ingestion and processing principles, but how we maximize and deliver the data to our organization for value. The introduction of data science has created a fundamental … Continued

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April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Salon A

301: Two Utilities share Best Practices for Data Centralization, Quality and Governance

Southern California Edison and Consumers Energy will share best practices on how they consolidate and/or connect disparate data while ensuring data management, data quality and governance practices are maintained. SCE’s presentation will highlight how they are integrating data from multiple systems to build a holistic view while identifying and improving the quality of the data … Continued

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April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Salon B

302: Using Text Analytics To Automate Liability Claims Handling And Predict Safety

All too often big data in the utility industry is synonymous with meter data, customer data, and other numeric data. However, the utility industry has a vast amount of text data that is generated on a daily basis whether it is from customer interaction with social media, work order closeouts from Maximo, safety observations, and … Continued

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April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Theater

303: Supply Chain Analytics at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

TVA’s Enterprise Information Solutions group partnered with the Supply Chain organization to roll out an application and dashboard to support Supply Chain and Work Management. The application realized an immediate savings of $10M by identifying inventory that was being reserved for obsolete Work Orders that were no longer planned for work. Over 400 Supply Chain … Continued

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April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Trabuco

304: The Cycle of Big Data Management Applied to Generation Monitoring and Diagnostics

Monitoring and diagnostics (M&D) is becoming increasingly important in power generation to help reduce equipment downtime, increase reliability and improve performance while reducing operations and maintenance costs. The data science process provides a framework to frame the problem, identify the processes involved, identify the information required to solve the problem, gather the data, process it, … Continued

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April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Saddleback

305: Analytics In A Hybrid Cloud Architecture

A technical overview illustrating how a combination of legacy infrastructure assets and data can be used with emerging cloud technology to power advanced analytics solutions for your business. Examples will include Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services to illustrate where cloud computing can be used to support all aspects of solution development from prototyping to … Continued

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April 17, 2018

1:15  -  2:00

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: The New Age of Manufacturing: Big Data, Machine Learning, and Google Cloud

In the manufacturing industry, IoT is the enabler — connecting data to the machines, devices and materials across an entire ecosystem, and providing valuable intelligence to analyze the process in depth. The end result has enormous potential, with the opportunity to make intelligent factories and an integrated enterprise come to life. But where and how … Continued

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April 17, 2018

2:00  -  2:45

Grand Ballroom CDE

Lightning Talks and Prize Giveaway

You’ll have the chance to attend 3 Lightning Talks during this highly engaging and interactive session – and every talk you listen to brings you closer to winning a fantastic prize donated by one of our event sponsors. Choose from this list of topics: “Transforming” the industry through 4-D Modeling (Burns & McDonnell) Prize: Wine … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Salon A

401: Built the Roadmap But Can’t Get Out of the Parking Lot? How to Put Yourself in Drive and Execute!

PA Consulting Group’s energy and utilities experts take a creative approach in presenting the latest insights on the analytics roadmap, the roadmap rally, and future trends. What does this look like? Attend this session to learn more.

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Salon B

402: Top 5 Analytics Challenges Every Utility CIO Will Face

Discover the answers to these questions and more with this informative session: How do I store and organize my data for use cases…and for enterprise analytics? How do I enable data stewardship in the business and foster collaborative ownership of data management? How do I dramatically improve the quality and efficiency of analytics efforts through … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Theater

403: Voltage Potential & The Power of Disruption: How OT/IT Convergence Powers the Marketplace of Disruptive Innovation

Driving down the cost of failure by providing high-performance compute, plentiful data and free-range environments to business experts inculcates a pattern of exploration, innovation and discovery leading to high-value disruptive outcomes. Leveraging fine-grained voltage data enables a new generation of analytic use cases relevant to Distribution Operations management of quality power delivery systems. We are … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Saddleback

404: Applications for Automated Analysis of Nondestructive Examination (NDE) and Plant Monitoring Data Streams

Nondestructive examinations (NDE) are required to be performed on a periodic basis to verify the structural integrity of nuclear power plant components.  For key components, the examination data is acquired and recorded in an automated or semi-automated mode, with the analysis of the recorded data being performed manually.  The manual, human analysis process is time … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Trabuco

405: Why Data Hygiene is the Backbone for Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning Strategies

Data may be the new oil, but garbage in is garbage out. According to Gartner, the impact of poor data quality averages $9.7 million per organization per year. In addition, analysts spend over 70% of their time repairing data and raising its quality. With all the excitement around advanced analytics and machine learning, it is … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Salon A

501: The Foundation of Analytics Success: Analytics Roadmap Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will discuss their take on critical elements underlying analytics success; including people, process and technology. Topics may include things such as organizational models, resource skillsets, data governance, and tools and technologies. Attend to listen and discuss what utility companies like American Electric Power, Ameren, Consumers Energy and Southern California Edison … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Salon B

502: The New Utility Customer: Customer Analytics Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will provide their perspectives into how analytics are being applied to enhance the critical utility/customer relationship. Topics covered may include customer segmentation, customer experience, fraud detection, and distributed generation programs. Come hear what utilities like CenterPoint Energy, Consumers, Hydro Quebec and Southern California Edison are doing to improve the customer … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Theater

503: Bridging the Gap Between Data and Operations: A Utility Operations Analytics Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will provide thought provoking perspective into the ways in which utilities are developing and implementing analytics to support advancement in T&D, asset, safety and natural gas operations. Find out what utilities like Southern Company, Southern California Edison and WEC Energy Group are doing to improve operations with analytics and come … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Trabuco

504: The Shift to the Connected Power Plant: A Generation Analytics Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will discuss opportunities to use analytics to improve market operations, enhance safety, reduce risk, streamline operations and improve reliability at generation facilities. Come listen to utilities like Duke, Southern California Edison and Tennessee Valley Authority are doing with analytics to improve generation operations and reliability and come prepared to ask … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Saddleback

505: Solving Business Challenges: A Cloud Panel Discussion

On this panel, analytics experts from the utility trenches will discuss how they are solving business-related challenges cost effectively with cloud analytics, and share lessons learned and best practices.

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April 18, 2018

8:00  -  9:30

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: Shifting from Passion to Purpose

2-time international champion magician, Ben Jackson shares his journey from a being a magic enthusiast to winning 1st place at The World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Ben discloses key insights for not only having a passion for what you do, but having that enthusiasm deeply rooted into a greater purpose. The presentation is filled … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Salon B

601: Adding Intelligence Through External Data Sets

Over the years, utilities have become better at improving internal data sets, be it customer data or operational data or asset data. Analytical capabilities on internal data sets also have grown exponentially. What seems to be a less explored area in utility analytics is, using external data sets to add higher levels of intelligence. In … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Saddleback

602: Electric Outage Experience and Customer Satisfaction: How Can We Increase Customer Ratings?

In this study, we investigate the relationship between residential customer satisfaction, and electric outage experience using recent (June 2017 – August 2017) data. We use customer survey data of about 25 thousand households to assess customer ratings in response to outages by employing ordered logit models. Nearly all customers in the dataset experienced maintenance outages … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Salon A

603: Analytics Driven Productivity at FPL

Florida Power & Light is investing heavily and successfully to build the strongest, smartest grid on the planet. We’re replacing poles and wires, installing new smart switches, and undergrounding lines as part of the largest grid hardening strategies in the United States. Successfully executing that strategy means managing field worker productivity, and that’s not easy … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

604: Improved Asset Management for Generation

Companies across all industries are faced with a common challenge: How can we effectively integrate all of the asset management data from multiple organizational and technological silos, and visualize it in a way to achieve the most appropriate business decisions? We will discuss our approaches and successes in integrating Maximo work management data with data … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Theater

605: Asset Optimization & Health Utilizing Advanced Analytics

Duke Energy, with C3 IoT, is launching a Transmission Asset Health & Risk Management (HRM) initiative using Big Data Analytics, Cloud, IoT and Machine Learning. Hear how Duke Energy will shift to predictive asset health from calendar based schedules, extend the life of aging assets, reduce catastrophic failures, capture tribal knowledge, improve overall system reliability … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Salon A

701: Analytics “Fails”: Case Studies in How the Wrong Analytical Choice Can Provide Very Wrong Information

This session presents case studies in how analysts can inadvertently misrepresent data. It looks at several real-world examples of where small choices made a big difference in the overall picture. Specific case studies will include a look at how the way that data goes into a mapping tool can dramatically change the picture you see, … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Salon B

702: Customer Data Governance Journey at SoCalGas

SoCalGas launched an Integrated Customer Data Analytics (ICDA) project in 2014 and has implemented multiple phases to date. The associated efforts around managing and governing customer data resulting from this project have revealed that data governance is much bigger than the ICDA project itself. Data Governance is a maturing capability needed for managing our customer … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Trabuco

703: Connecting Safety with Analytics

CPS Energy did a presentation at Utility Analytics Week on building safety culture and sustaining it with analytics augmenting the efforts. This session would go into detail on how we made connections with the safety team and the benefits of analytics to them. It will also go into how we identified, cleansed, and engineered the … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Saddleback

704: Hybrid Hydro: The case for a battery at Big Creek Hydroelectric Plant

In light of the increased need for high performing flexibility-related services, power plant owners are chasing value by pairing storage with their plants. SCE brought the world’s first Enhanced Gas Turbine online in 2017 and has explored the economic case for batteries at other parts of its fleet since. The Big Creek Hydroelectric Project is … Continued

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Monday, April 16

April 16, 2018

8:00  -  1:00

Trabuco

UAI Executive Advisory Council Meeting

More information coming soon! *This meeting is open to UAI Executive Advisory Council Members only; breakfast and lunch will be served.

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April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Pelican Hill

Building a Bridge Between your Analytics and Safety Groups: Advanced Safety Working Group Meeting

Join SCE’s Todd Gallagher and Matt Peacore for a presentation and discussion on the development of the Safety Analytics program at SCE. Beginning from scratch several years ago, SCE’s safety group has now embedded analytics in many day-to-day operations and protocols, as well as re-formulated safety benchmarks based on the adoption of predictive analytics and … Continued

Learn More

April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Saddleback

Customer Analytics Working Group: The ROI of Customer Experience

A successful customer experience program must do much more than just please and engage your customers. It should influence your best customers to do more and more profitable business with your company. In this meeting, Roy Barnes will talk about how to clearly define the ideal behaviors of your “perfect” customer and how to understand the financial implications … Continued

Learn More

April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Trabuco

Developing Asset Management Strategies Amidst Environmental Threats: Asset Optimization and Performance Management Working Group Meeting

This session will focus on how our members can address new challenges caused by increased severe weather, storms, and wildfires. This will be an open-discussion and workshop-based event. This session is open to UAI members only and requires pre-registration. If you are interested in learning more about UAI membership please contact Kevin Praet.

Learn More

April 16, 2018

1:00  -  3:00

Salon B

Analytics, Architectures and Technologies Working Group: An Interactive Discussion

Participants will review the results of the Analytics, Architectures and Technologies survey and then will be split up into focused groups to have focused discussions on their analytics strategies and architectures and how they compare to survey results. This session is open to UAI members only and requires pre-registration. If you are interested in learning … Continued

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April 16, 2018

3:00  -  4:00

Theater

Pre-Conference Panel Discussion: Biggest Challenges Facing the Industry to Accelerate the Adoption of Analytics

The utility industry is facing many challenges to the adoption of analytics. Your utility may be one that is struggling with things like strapped resources and budgets, enterprise solutions, and a culture that is hesitant to change. If it is, you would do well to attend this panel discussion to learn how to turn those … Continued

Learn More

April 16, 2018

3:00  -  4:00

Salon A

Pre-Conference Panel: Machine Learning, IoT, Cloud and Blockchain – Separating Hype from Reality

We’ve heard the buzz surrounding these industry buzzwords, but what’s the real story? Is there a future for blockchain in energy? Is Cloud really the way to go? Attend this panel for a reality check.

Learn More

April 16, 2018

4:15  -  5:30

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: Align and Amplify Team Energy On What Must Get Done

Moving beyond defining strategy is, without question, one of the biggest challenges organizations face. For any organization, great execution means aligning people, processes and resources in a new direction. This keynote presents the realities of strategy execution and change management in dynamic market environments. You’ll also be given: Five invaluable tools that make change happen … Continued

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Tuesday, April 17

April 17, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: Host Utility Welcome Remarks – SCE

SCE is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and serves over 5 million customers in its 50,000 square-mile territory in Southern California. With the technology landscape evolving at an unprecedented pace and increasing customer expectations, SCE finds itself in the middle of an energy transformation across California that can significantly reduce statewide greenhouse gas … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

8:00  -  9:15

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: The Road to Digital Transformation – SCE’s Digital Vision

In support of SCE’s strategy, IT is aligning its product and services via significant initiatives to exploit the new technologies that includes tools such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Over the past few years, SCE has made significant investments to implement foundational enablers such as platforms for data analytics, implementation of a … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Salon A

101: After the Roadmap: Lessons Learned From Standing Up Foundational Analytics Capabilities

After a utility has developed their roadmap, how does one begin the journey to developing use cases, standing up governance, hiring talent, training, and implementing the foundational tools. Dr. Matt Croucher and Raiford Smith will discuss what happens after the roadmap has been approved – lessons learned, opportunities for further development, and insights gleaned from … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Salon B

102: Consumers Energy’s Journey into the Customer 360

Come see how Consumers Energy is leveraging existing technology platforms to gain a 360 degree view of our customers and to discover the real-time customer heartbeat.  By consolidating transactional and other customer attributes into one platform, outcomes such as building predictive models for customer interactions, knowing customer so well to build “segments of one”, and … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Theater

103: After The Model: Integrating Machine Learning into Business Strategy

So you’ve made a model. Now what? Data science in isolation is purely academic. How do we operationalize these cutting edge machine learning models in our utilities? This talk explores what it takes to implement data science into business strategy. We discuss the process of building a production ready model, highlighting the challenges of feature … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Trabuco

104: IoT & Analytics in Nuclear

Two innovative projects at TVA demonstrate how utilities can improve preventive and predictive maintenance, realize cost savings, and increase public safety using fresh ideas and emerging technology. In the first project, the generation fleet needed a wireless vibration monitor to allow power plants to move from a time-based schedule to one based on predictive and … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

9:30  -  10:30

Saddleback

105: An Innovative Approach to Forecasting Customer Demand in the Cloud

Agility, along with the practical application of innovative ideas drives margin and business results. Growth, M&A, technological change, and regulations all factor into the next successful analytic solution. This session will focus on our innovative approach using the cloud technologies and open-source software (tech stack below) to process source data and create by-meter analytics in … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Salon B

201: Energy Forecasting in a New Era

Market drivers, like, rooftop solar PV, electric vehicles, demand response, rapidly changing localized population, and the proliferation of AMI data, have ushered in a new set of requirements for the energy forecasting discipline. Amid this increasingly complex business, PG&E and Itron have come together to develop a pioneering new approach, leveraging granular temporal and geographic … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Trabuco

202: Accelerating Change in the Utility Workforce: Digital Solutions to Solve Problems While Attracting and Retaining New Industry Talent

In the first decade of the 21st century, utilities faced a new demanding consumer. The expectations of the utility consumer changed dramatically based on their experiences with Telco, Cable, and other service providers. This created a seismic shift to new channels that utilities had to embrace and integrate into business processes. Now, utilities are once … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Saddleback

203: The Rise of Machine Learning: Retail, Cyber, and Yes Utilities, too!

Machine learning is the latest analytics buzzwords to hit the utility industry. But as fresh-faced as “ML” sounds, its origins go back to Alan Turing in the 1940s, who said that “what we want is a machine that can learn from experience.” So, is it pattern recognition? Is it AI? Where, when & how should … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Theater

204: Gaining Actionable Insights from Assets

Data is a utility’s most valuable asset. The sources of the data, however, are often a myriad of smart assets spread across its network creating siloed information across their system. Each system works well independently. In most cases, the crew may have to be onsite to inspect the condition and gather data. The problem? Individual … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

10:45  -  11:30

Salon A

205: Establishing Data Science as a Pillar of a Modern Analytics Center of Excellence

Traditional business intelligence centers of excellence are now being quickly modernized with the introduction of predictive and prescriptive analytics capabilities. Expanding datasets is causing us to rethink not only ingestion and processing principles, but how we maximize and deliver the data to our organization for value. The introduction of data science has created a fundamental … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Salon A

301: Two Utilities share Best Practices for Data Centralization, Quality and Governance

Southern California Edison and Consumers Energy will share best practices on how they consolidate and/or connect disparate data while ensuring data management, data quality and governance practices are maintained. SCE’s presentation will highlight how they are integrating data from multiple systems to build a holistic view while identifying and improving the quality of the data … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Salon B

302: Using Text Analytics To Automate Liability Claims Handling And Predict Safety

All too often big data in the utility industry is synonymous with meter data, customer data, and other numeric data. However, the utility industry has a vast amount of text data that is generated on a daily basis whether it is from customer interaction with social media, work order closeouts from Maximo, safety observations, and … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Theater

303: Supply Chain Analytics at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

TVA’s Enterprise Information Solutions group partnered with the Supply Chain organization to roll out an application and dashboard to support Supply Chain and Work Management. The application realized an immediate savings of $10M by identifying inventory that was being reserved for obsolete Work Orders that were no longer planned for work. Over 400 Supply Chain … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Trabuco

304: The Cycle of Big Data Management Applied to Generation Monitoring and Diagnostics

Monitoring and diagnostics (M&D) is becoming increasingly important in power generation to help reduce equipment downtime, increase reliability and improve performance while reducing operations and maintenance costs. The data science process provides a framework to frame the problem, identify the processes involved, identify the information required to solve the problem, gather the data, process it, … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

11:45  -  12:45

Saddleback

305: Analytics In A Hybrid Cloud Architecture

A technical overview illustrating how a combination of legacy infrastructure assets and data can be used with emerging cloud technology to power advanced analytics solutions for your business. Examples will include Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services to illustrate where cloud computing can be used to support all aspects of solution development from prototyping to … Continued

Learn More

April 17, 2018

1:15  -  2:00

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: The New Age of Manufacturing: Big Data, Machine Learning, and Google Cloud

In the manufacturing industry, IoT is the enabler — connecting data to the machines, devices and materials across an entire ecosystem, and providing valuable intelligence to analyze the process in depth. The end result has enormous potential, with the opportunity to make intelligent factories and an integrated enterprise come to life. But where and how … Continued

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April 17, 2018

2:00  -  2:45

Grand Ballroom CDE

Lightning Talks and Prize Giveaway

You’ll have the chance to attend 3 Lightning Talks during this highly engaging and interactive session – and every talk you listen to brings you closer to winning a fantastic prize donated by one of our event sponsors. Choose from this list of topics: “Transforming” the industry through 4-D Modeling (Burns & McDonnell) Prize: Wine … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Salon A

401: Built the Roadmap But Can’t Get Out of the Parking Lot? How to Put Yourself in Drive and Execute!

PA Consulting Group’s energy and utilities experts take a creative approach in presenting the latest insights on the analytics roadmap, the roadmap rally, and future trends. What does this look like? Attend this session to learn more.

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Salon B

402: Top 5 Analytics Challenges Every Utility CIO Will Face

Discover the answers to these questions and more with this informative session: How do I store and organize my data for use cases…and for enterprise analytics? How do I enable data stewardship in the business and foster collaborative ownership of data management? How do I dramatically improve the quality and efficiency of analytics efforts through … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Theater

403: Voltage Potential & The Power of Disruption: How OT/IT Convergence Powers the Marketplace of Disruptive Innovation

Driving down the cost of failure by providing high-performance compute, plentiful data and free-range environments to business experts inculcates a pattern of exploration, innovation and discovery leading to high-value disruptive outcomes. Leveraging fine-grained voltage data enables a new generation of analytic use cases relevant to Distribution Operations management of quality power delivery systems. We are … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Saddleback

404: Applications for Automated Analysis of Nondestructive Examination (NDE) and Plant Monitoring Data Streams

Nondestructive examinations (NDE) are required to be performed on a periodic basis to verify the structural integrity of nuclear power plant components.  For key components, the examination data is acquired and recorded in an automated or semi-automated mode, with the analysis of the recorded data being performed manually.  The manual, human analysis process is time … Continued

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April 17, 2018

3:00  -  3:45

Trabuco

405: Why Data Hygiene is the Backbone for Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning Strategies

Data may be the new oil, but garbage in is garbage out. According to Gartner, the impact of poor data quality averages $9.7 million per organization per year. In addition, analysts spend over 70% of their time repairing data and raising its quality. With all the excitement around advanced analytics and machine learning, it is … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Salon A

501: The Foundation of Analytics Success: Analytics Roadmap Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will discuss their take on critical elements underlying analytics success; including people, process and technology. Topics may include things such as organizational models, resource skillsets, data governance, and tools and technologies. Attend to listen and discuss what utility companies like American Electric Power, Ameren, Consumers Energy and Southern California Edison … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Salon B

502: The New Utility Customer: Customer Analytics Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will provide their perspectives into how analytics are being applied to enhance the critical utility/customer relationship. Topics covered may include customer segmentation, customer experience, fraud detection, and distributed generation programs. Come hear what utilities like CenterPoint Energy, Consumers, Hydro Quebec and Southern California Edison are doing to improve the customer … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Theater

503: Bridging the Gap Between Data and Operations: A Utility Operations Analytics Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will provide thought provoking perspective into the ways in which utilities are developing and implementing analytics to support advancement in T&D, asset, safety and natural gas operations. Find out what utilities like Southern Company, Southern California Edison and WEC Energy Group are doing to improve operations with analytics and come … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Trabuco

504: The Shift to the Connected Power Plant: A Generation Analytics Panel Discussion

A panel of industry leaders will discuss opportunities to use analytics to improve market operations, enhance safety, reduce risk, streamline operations and improve reliability at generation facilities. Come listen to utilities like Duke, Southern California Edison and Tennessee Valley Authority are doing with analytics to improve generation operations and reliability and come prepared to ask … Continued

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April 17, 2018

4:00  -  5:15

Saddleback

505: Solving Business Challenges: A Cloud Panel Discussion

On this panel, analytics experts from the utility trenches will discuss how they are solving business-related challenges cost effectively with cloud analytics, and share lessons learned and best practices.

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Wednesday, April 18

April 18, 2018

8:00  -  9:30

Grand Ballroom CDE

General Session: Shifting from Passion to Purpose

2-time international champion magician, Ben Jackson shares his journey from a being a magic enthusiast to winning 1st place at The World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Ben discloses key insights for not only having a passion for what you do, but having that enthusiasm deeply rooted into a greater purpose. The presentation is filled … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Salon B

601: Adding Intelligence Through External Data Sets

Over the years, utilities have become better at improving internal data sets, be it customer data or operational data or asset data. Analytical capabilities on internal data sets also have grown exponentially. What seems to be a less explored area in utility analytics is, using external data sets to add higher levels of intelligence. In … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Saddleback

602: Electric Outage Experience and Customer Satisfaction: How Can We Increase Customer Ratings?

In this study, we investigate the relationship between residential customer satisfaction, and electric outage experience using recent (June 2017 – August 2017) data. We use customer survey data of about 25 thousand households to assess customer ratings in response to outages by employing ordered logit models. Nearly all customers in the dataset experienced maintenance outages … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Salon A

603: Analytics Driven Productivity at FPL

Florida Power & Light is investing heavily and successfully to build the strongest, smartest grid on the planet. We’re replacing poles and wires, installing new smart switches, and undergrounding lines as part of the largest grid hardening strategies in the United States. Successfully executing that strategy means managing field worker productivity, and that’s not easy … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

604: Improved Asset Management for Generation

Companies across all industries are faced with a common challenge: How can we effectively integrate all of the asset management data from multiple organizational and technological silos, and visualize it in a way to achieve the most appropriate business decisions? We will discuss our approaches and successes in integrating Maximo work management data with data … Continued

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April 18, 2018

9:45  -  10:45

Theater

605: Asset Optimization & Health Utilizing Advanced Analytics

Duke Energy, with C3 IoT, is launching a Transmission Asset Health & Risk Management (HRM) initiative using Big Data Analytics, Cloud, IoT and Machine Learning. Hear how Duke Energy will shift to predictive asset health from calendar based schedules, extend the life of aging assets, reduce catastrophic failures, capture tribal knowledge, improve overall system reliability … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Salon A

701: Analytics “Fails”: Case Studies in How the Wrong Analytical Choice Can Provide Very Wrong Information

This session presents case studies in how analysts can inadvertently misrepresent data. It looks at several real-world examples of where small choices made a big difference in the overall picture. Specific case studies will include a look at how the way that data goes into a mapping tool can dramatically change the picture you see, … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Salon B

702: Customer Data Governance Journey at SoCalGas

SoCalGas launched an Integrated Customer Data Analytics (ICDA) project in 2014 and has implemented multiple phases to date. The associated efforts around managing and governing customer data resulting from this project have revealed that data governance is much bigger than the ICDA project itself. Data Governance is a maturing capability needed for managing our customer … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Trabuco

703: Connecting Safety with Analytics

CPS Energy did a presentation at Utility Analytics Week on building safety culture and sustaining it with analytics augmenting the efforts. This session would go into detail on how we made connections with the safety team and the benefits of analytics to them. It will also go into how we identified, cleansed, and engineered the … Continued

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April 18, 2018

11:00  -  12:00

Saddleback

704: Hybrid Hydro: The case for a battery at Big Creek Hydroelectric Plant

In light of the increased need for high performing flexibility-related services, power plant owners are chasing value by pairing storage with their plants. SCE brought the world’s first Enhanced Gas Turbine online in 2017 and has explored the economic case for batteries at other parts of its fleet since. The Big Creek Hydroelectric Project is … Continued

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