Rohnert Park, CA
The 38th annual Utility Energy Forum (UEF) will begin as it has for the past several years with a Pre-Forum Workshop just for the people who keep the lights on—staff from utilities and government agencies.
The session gives power providers and government representatives their own time to candidly discuss issues that concern them, strictly from their own point of view. “The UEF attracts a lot of trade allies and representatives from related field, but it is first and foremost for utilities,” explained WAPA Energy Services Manager Ron Horstman. “Giving utilities a chance to ‘talk amongst themselves’ first sets the tone for the meeting. They go into the forum with a clear idea of their shared challenges and what they hope to learn.”
Give them something to talk about
The program planning committee is accepting topic suggestions through an online survey, not just from those who are planning to attend, but from any government or utility employees who want to weigh in. Electric vehicles? Storage? Distributed generation? Hardening the grid to weather events? What is keeping you up at night? Your thoughts are the grist for our mill.
Horstman and Paul Reid of Azusa Light and Power are moderating the workshop, and no topic is off limits, no idea too “out there,” for these UEF veterans.
Feb. 9 is the deadline for responding to the survey and shaping the agenda of this year’s UEF. Remember, participation in the Pre-Forum Workshop is limited to utility and government employees.
The UEF is a California-centric event, but don’t let that stop you from offering your two-cents worth—or from attending. You may have more common ground with West Coast utilities than you think you do.
It is a great opportunity to network with energy services colleagues, and learn about their customer programs related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, key account management and other customer services. This year’s theme, Preparing for the New Energy Future, asks us to challenge our traditional thinking and better prepare for the rapidly changing energy utility industry.
The Double Tree Hotel in Rohnert Park, California, will host the UEF. The registration rate includes not only your conference registration, but your lodging and all your meals. The views of the Sonoma Wine Country are free.
So share your concerns today, and then join other utility and government employees to brainstorm the answers April 25-27.