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Three key takeaways From the 2023 T&D World Live Conference

By Anastasia LeBar
September 15, 2023

The 2023 T&D World Live Conference was a landmark event, bringing together the brightest minds in the transmission and distribution sector. Fulcrum was among many who exhibited and attended with a team of experts in their field. Although the show was well attended by major players in the industry, the environment was one of a close-knit community. 

“It’s a big industry, but it’s a small industry in a way. We’re all trying to solve similar problems together.”

Jake Freivald, Fulcrum, VP Product Marketing

The conference, held over several days, was packed with sessions, tours, and discussions that provided deep insights into the future of the energy industry. Topics and conversations included transition technologies, satellite and drone imagery, AI fault-detection sensors, grid management systems, and digital transformation driving analytical data-driven decisions.

Here are three key takeaways from the conference, along with how tools like Fulcrum can enhance the utility industry’s operations:

Embracing electric transportation and transition technologies

The conference kicked off with a learning lab focused on understanding the impacts of electric transportation and other transition technologies. Led by Doug Houseman from 1898 & Co., this session highlighted the growing significance of electric vehicles (EVs) and the infrastructure needed to support them. The Commercial Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Conference further delved into this topic, with experts like Charlie Allcock and Terrell Davis discussing the challenges and opportunities in EV infrastructure development.

How Fulcrum fits in: With the rise of EVs, utilities will need to gather accurate data on charging station locations, usage patterns, and grid impacts. Fulcrum’s field data collection platform can help utilities capture this data efficiently, ensuring they are well-prepared for the EV revolution.

Modernizing the grid for a clean energy future

Several sessions at the conference emphasized the importance of modernizing the grid to accommodate renewable energy sources and ensure reliability. Topics like “Next Generation ADMS/DERMS for Managing the Clean 21st Century Distribution Grid” and “Quantifying and Modeling Climate Impacts” underscored the need for advanced grid management systems and the importance of understanding climate impacts on grid operations.

How Fulcrum fits in: As utilities work to modernize the grid, they’ll need to collect vast amounts of field data – from equipment inspections to renewable energy site assessments. Fulcrum’s platform can streamline this data collection process with geospatial capabilities, ensuring utilities have all the information they need to make informed decisions.

3 Key Takeaways From the 2023 T&D World Live Conference

Data-informed grid modernization and digital transformation

One of the standout sessions was “Data Informed Grid Modernization – Leveraging Analytics for Investment Decisions?” which emphasized the importance of using data analytics to guide investment decisions in grid modernization. As the grid becomes more complex with the integration of renewable energy sources, asset solutions, and advanced grid management systems, utilities must leverage data to make informed decisions about where to invest their resources.

How Fulcrum fits in: Digital transformation is at the heart of this data-driven approach to grid modernization. Fulcrum’s platform can play a pivotal role in this transformation by providing utilities with a tool to collect, analyze, and act on field data in real time. Whether it’s assessing the condition of grid infrastructure, monitoring the performance of renewable energy installations, or gathering data on consumer energy usage patterns, Fulcrum can help utilities gather the data they need to drive their digital transformation efforts.

In conclusion, the T&D World Live Conference 2023 provided a comprehensive look at the challenges and opportunities facing the utility industry. From the rise of electric vehicles to the need for grid modernization and the importance of data-driven decision-making, the conference covered a wide range of topics crucial for the industry’s future. Tools like Fulcrum, with advanced data collection capabilities, will play a pivotal role in helping utilities navigate these challenges and seize new opportunities.

Ready to experience the power of Fulcrum? Dive into the world of efficient field data collection for the transmission and distribution sector with Fulcrum. Whether you’re in the electrical utility sector or any industry that requires robust field data collection, Fulcrum is designed to meet your needs. Don’t just take our word for it – schedule your free demo today and witness the transformation firsthand!