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Substation Best Practices Consortium
Annual Conference 2023

October 16 – 18, 2023 | Newark, New Jersey
Welcome Reception on October 15

Get, set, mark your calendars! We’re excited to see you all for SBPC’s utilities-only Annual Conference!

Welcome to the Substation Best Practices Consortium Conference, the cornerstone of our immersive, collaborative program specifically curated for industry professionals in the electrical utilities sector. Uniting minds from diverse facets of the industry, this conference serves as a melting pot for fresh ideas, innovative practices, and state-of-the-art technologies.

At the conference, hosted by PSEG this year, the spirit of collaboration is truly palpable. Each member is not just a passive attendee, but an active participant, contributing their own insights, and together, shaping the trajectory of the entire year’s activities. Collectively, we explore and select follow-up activities, identify salient topics, and pave the way for more in-depth studies to enrich our program.

With a robust combination of hands-on learning, comprehensive case studies, expert-led panel discussions, and a wealth of networking opportunities, the Substation Best Practices Consortium Conference not only fosters knowledge sharing but also catalyzes actionable insights that resonate well beyond the conference.

Join us as we continue to drive industry excellence, nurture a culture of shared learning, and ultimately, build a sustainable and efficient future for the electrical utilities sector. Our conference serves as a forum where expertise meets innovation, and where each member contributes to the industry’s evolution.

For more information, contact us by email at substation@umsgroup.com or by phone at +1-973-335-3555

Substation Best Practices Consortium

Program

Our program will focus on the important topics covering Operational Analytics and Condition Monitoring, Security in Substations Highlights, Specification & Design Trends of High Voltage Equipment, Data Analytics in the Utility Business, and Workforce Management. This schedule will constantly evolve over the next few months – check back often to the latest updates. 

Operational Analytics and Condition Monitoring
In the constantly evolving energy sector, operational analytics and condition monitoring have emerged as pivotal elements for improving efficiency and reliability. With advancements in IoT and AI technologies, real-time data monitoring and predictive maintenance have become the new norms. The deployment of smart sensors and advanced analytics help to foresee potential problems, optimize operations, and minimize downtime. This session will delve into the latest trends in this sphere, helping utilities gain a competitive edge through data-driven insights and proactive asset management.
Specification and Design Trends of High Voltage Equipment
The design and specifications of high voltage equipment have seen a significant shift toward sustainability, efficiency, and resilience. Innovations like SF6-free equipment, digital twin modeling, optimized power transformer design, and modular designs are gaining traction. Our discussion on this topic will cover these key trends, shedding light on how they can impact grid performance, reduce environmental footprint, and lead to long-term cost savings.
Workforce Management
The modern utility workforce is confronted with challenges such as an aging workforce, knowledge transfer, and the integration of new technologies. Effective workforce management strategies are therefore crucial for operational efficiency and service quality. This segment will examine the trends in workforce management, such as remote working tools, digital training methods, data-driven performance assessment, and strategic succession planning, all designed to empower the human element within the evolving energy sector.
Security in Substations Highlights
As the grid becomes more digital and interconnected, ensuring robust substation security is a paramount concern. This involves not only physical security but also protection against cyber threats. The adoption of stringent security protocols, advanced intrusion detection systems, and updated cybersecurity frameworks are some of the trending strategies in this domain. This part of our agenda will shed light on best practices to safeguard vital infrastructure, with a focus on emerging threats, resilience planning, and incident response.
Data Analytics in the Utility Business
Data analytics has swiftly become a transformative force in the utility sector, underpinning strategic decisions, enhancing customer service, and enabling smarter grid management. With the advent of big data, machine learning, and AI, utilities can glean actionable insights from vast, complex data sets. This session will discuss how utilities can harness these technologies to optimize operations, forecast demand, manage assets, and personalize customer interactions.

Location

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey is a northeastern U.S. state with some 130 miles of Atlantic coast. Jersey City, across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, is the site of Liberty State Park, where ferries embark for nearby Ellis Island, with its historic Immigration Museum, and the iconic Statue of Liberty. The Jersey Shore includes notable resort towns like historic Asbury Park and Cape May, with its preserved Victorian buildings.

NEW YORK

New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.

Central Park is stunning in October as the trees transition into a spectacular palette of autumnal hues. Whether you decide to stroll, jog, or rent a bike, the park’s beauty offers a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Broadway Show

Your visit wouldn’t be complete without experiencing a Broadway show. With theatres reopened, you can catch some of the world-class plays and musicals that have made Broadway renowned worldwide. Make sure to book your tickets in advance.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Embark on a ferry trip from Battery Park to visit these iconic American landmarks. The Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol of freedom, and Ellis Island is steeped in the country’s immigration history.

The High Line

This 1.45-mile-long elevated park, built on a former railway track, offers a unique perspective of Manhattan’s cityscape. The High Line provides a serene and scenic route for a walk, surrounded by creative landscaping and interesting architecture.

New York City Food Tour

NYC is a foodie’s paradise, reflecting its diverse cultural mix. Join a food tour to explore a variety of cuisines, from bagels and pizza slices to exquisite fine dining experiences. You might also want to explore the local breweries and wine bars.

Visit Princeton University

Take a short trip to New Jersey to visit the historic and prestigious Princeton University. Enjoy a walk through the scenic campus, characterized by its distinctive Collegiate Gothic architecture, or visit the Princeton University Art Museum, known for its diverse collections.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

In New Jersey, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is a must-visit. With its beautiful ocean views, amusement rides, and bustling casinos, there is something for everyone. While there, don’t miss trying some famous Atlantic City salt-water taffy.

Site Visits

Get excited for the sites we will be visiting!

PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE GROUP INCORPORATED HEADQUARTERS

The Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, US established in 1985 with a legacy dating back to 1903.

The company’s largest subsidiary is Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). The Public Service Electric and Gas Company is a regulated gas and electric utility company established in 1928 serving the state of New Jersey and it is New Jersey’s oldest and largest investor-owned utility company; it was originally a subsidiary of the New-Jersey-based Public Service Corporation.

Travel

We understand that attendees will be coming from different parts of the world. We will be providing a few options, tips, and tricks for your journey to the conference soon!

UMS Group Team Contact Information:

Kate Tancke: ktancke@umsgroup.com
Pablo Narvaez: pnarvaez@umsgroup.com