Miguel Morales | SoftwareAG and Ty Roberts | Itron

Industrial Talk is onsite at DistribuTECH and talking to Miguel Morales, Commercial IoT Lead with Software AG and Ty Roberts, Vice President of Marketing with Itron, Inc. about “Grid Edge – How utilities will manager their distributed energy assets.”.  Here are some of the key takeaways from our conversation:

The conversation centered around the importance of collaboration and innovation in the utility industry, particularly in managing distributed assets and leveraging software platforms like Cumulocity. Speakers emphasized the complexity of grid edge technology and the need for leaders to guide the charge towards a more sustainable and efficient future. They also discussed the importance of utilities managing energy demand and infrastructure with smart devices, reducing investments in poles and wires, and changing their relationship with consumers from energy providers to partners in the energy transition.

Marcelo Lorenzo with Bluefin ESI

Industrial Talk is onsite at DistribuTECH and talking to Marcelo Lorenzo, Sales Engineer with Bluefin ESI about “The reactive power impact of AI on datacenters”. 

Marcelo and Scott MacKenzie discussed the growing demand for power in data centers, particularly in Virginia. They emphasized the need for collaboration between utilities and data center operators to find innovative solutions to meet this demand efficiently. They also explored the potential of generative AI to transform various industries.

Stephen Hanley with Thomas C Wilson

Industrial Talk is onsite at PowerGen and talking to Stephen Hanley, President with Thomas C. Wilson, LLC about “100 years of power generation solutions”. 

Scott MacKenzie and Stephen Hanley discussed the future of energy, emphasizing the need for sustainable and environmentally friendly sources. Scott highlighted the importance of building relationships in the industry, while Stephen stressed the need for alternate energy sources due to environmental concerns and methane gas issues. Both agreed that the industry must adapt to meet the challenges of the future.

Dave Woods with Cohesive Group

Dave Woods and Scott MacKenzie discussed the challenges and importance of optimizing asset management for utilities and power generation. Dave highlighted the need for better asset management solutions, particularly in engineering, licensing evaluations, and component replacements. Scott agreed, emphasizing the importance of reducing risk and increasing uptime. Scott also noted the value of Dave’s company, Cohesive Group, in providing solutions for power generation companies to manage their assets effectively.

Jim Thomson with Deloitte Consulting

Industrial Talk is onsite at DistribuTECH and talking to Jim Thomson, Vice Chair – Power, Utilities, Renewables with Deloitte Consulting about “Smart strategies for decarbonizing the power industry and grid investments”.