Dec. 8 Webinar Highlights Real-World Strategies for Next-Generation Asset Management in the Electric Utility Sector

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Top Practitioners Will Reveal Proven Techniques for Turning Raw Data from Smart Devices and Existing Business Systems into Actionable, Real-Time Information that Takes Asset Management to a New Level

Our expert panelists will bring utilities up to speed on this critical topic by explaining what they’ve done, what they’ve learned and what they wish they’d known when they were first starting out.

As electric utilities collect increasing amounts of data from smart devices – meters, sensors, monitors and IEDs – many find themselves data rich but information poor. They have not considered or don't yet realize it is possible to turn raw data into actionable information that can help manage and protect their sizable investments in distribution assets.

"North America's electric power industry has roughly $300 billion in distribution assets, mostly scattered in the field," notes Jesse Berst, founding editor of Smart Grid News and one of the industry's leading analysts. "Until recently, there was no way to know how much power was actually flowing through which equipment, or to remotely monitor that gear. That forced asset managers to rely on intuition, averages and estimates."

But with billions of dollars at stake, forward-thinking utilities are developing strategies that put science – rather than intuition and guesstimates -- behind asset management decisions. Top practitioners from two of these utilities and a company that teams with many others will be featured in an hour-long webinar hosted by Smart Grid News and Accenture on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The expert panelists are:

  •     Thor Hjararson, Manager of System Reliability Planning, Toronto Hydro
  • Bruno Jesus, Manager, Asset Strategies & Standards, Hydro One
  • Paul Yarka, Global Leader, Smart Grid Asset Management, Accenture

The Real-Word Strategies for Next-Generation Asset Management webinar begins at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Registration is free while space remains.

Why this topic is so critical right now
“Regulators are increasingly concerned about new grid investments,” explains webinar panelist Paul Yarka, who leads the Smart Grid asset management practice for Accenture, the global consulting firm. “Next-generation asset management provides the tools to respond.”

And there is good news. “All the work and investments utilities have put into ‘traditional’ systems become even more valuable when combined with the additional insights from the smart grid’s real-time sensors and monitors,” says Yarka.

"Our expert panelists will bring utilities up to speed on this critical topic by explaining what they’ve done, what they’ve learned and what they wish they’d known when they were first starting out," Berst says. "You could spend a lot of money and still not gain insights as valuable as those you'll hear in our free Dec. 8 webinar."

About Smart Grid News
Smart Grid News is the sector’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked specialty site. It produces daily news analysis, a weekly email summary, and the Web’s largest collection of smart grid-specific resources, including research papers, case studies and videos. It features exclusive content from some of the world’s leading smart grid experts.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

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