[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]WASHINGTON – Expanded use of mid-band spectrum by new wireless broadband services could interfere with critical utility networks used for the reliable operation of the nation’s electricity grid, the Utilities Technology Council told federal regulators. Allowing these services into the 6 GHz spectrum bands might also inhibit the use of “smart” electricity technologies that could revolutionize how consumers use and consume power, UTC comments to the Federal Communications Commission said. UTC represents critical electricity, water, and gas utilities who own and operate their own telecommunications systems. Utilities rely on their networks so they can update, modernize, repair, and restore their services that provide essential energy and water resources. The Edison Electric Institute joined in the comments as well. The FCC is inquiring whether it should expand use of...

WASHINGTON - The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) has hired Rob Thormeyer as its first Director of Communications and Advocacy. Thormeyer, who started Aug. 29, will be responsible for media relations, messaging, and developing a strategic communications plan for the organization that will be a critical component of UTC’s advocacy efforts. UTC is the global association at the nexus of the energy, utility and telecommunications industries. Representing critical energy and water providers, UTC advocates for the information and communications technology (ICT) needed for the safe and reliable delivery of these vital services. Reporting to Sharla Artz, UTC’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Policy and Cybersecurity, Thormeyer will help lead outreach to the press, allied associations, and key D.C. stakeholders. “This is such a dynamic time to be involved...

On behalf of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and our utility members, we congratulate David Redl, chief counsel of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on his nomination to be the assistant secretary for Communications & Information at the Department of Commerce and the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Utilities across the United States require spectrum in order to deliver power reliably and we look forward to working closely with Mr. Redl and the Administration on important spectrum issues to continue driving the investment in utility communications.  UTC has worked closely with NTIA on issues such as spectrum sharing and broadband in the past, and we will continue to do so under Mr. Redl’s leadership....

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 -- The UTC Foundation, the charitable arm of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), presented its first grant to the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte. The contribution was given at an awards dinner on Wednesday, May 10th during the UTC Telecom & Technology conference in Charlotte. The UTC Foundation chose EPIC for its inaugural donation due to the outstanding Smart Grid technology and telecommunications work of the school, which aligns perfectly with the charity's vision of supporting and promoting educational institutions and programs that connect students with utilities and critical infrastructure-related interests. The UTC Foundation's new chairman, Neil Broyles of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, said of the contribution, "This UTC Foundation donation to the UNC Charlotte Energy...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C.,  May 9, 2017 -- The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) announced the launch of its new charitable arm, the UTC Foundation, at the annual Telecom & Technology conference in Charlotte, N.C. The UTC Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of sponsoring educational incentives and programs to attract, retain and support top technology and telecommunications talent to foster the future workforce in critical infrastructure industries. Foundation Chair, Kathy Neilson of Great River Energy, said of the event, "We are thrilled to officially launch the UTC Foundation in Charlotte at UTC Telecom and Technology. Technology and telecommunications is an exciting area in a changing utility industry and the foundation's mission is to encourage young people to enter this exciting industry. We are looking forward to interacting with students through the foundation both...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2017  -- Utilities Technology Council (UTC) held its annual awards dinner last night in Charlotte at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2017 conference. The celebration dinner, sponsored by Fujitsu Network Communications, honored utilities and individuals who have shown extraordinary initiative throughout the past year. The UTC Awards pay tribute to the critical role of information and communications technologies in delivering essential energy and water services to communities throughout the world. The various UTC awards recognize that in emergencies, utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, speeds restoration, and puts communities on the path to recovery; While every day, utility communications provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity, provide innovative new services, and support health, education and access to...

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2017 -- At the annual meeting of the membership of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), the Board of Directors approved new officers for the 2017-2018 board-year. The meeting was held in conjunction with UTC Telecom & Technology conference in Charlotte. Outgoing Chairman, Matt Schnell from Nebraska Public Power District stated, "To be successful in any organization takes a lot of hard work and dedication from a team of people. We accomplished a lot this past year and have set a path forward to continue to provide outstanding member value in the years ahead. The member-led committees and the Executive Board have done outstanding work building membership participation, establishing new technology projects, and providing new learning experiences for UTC members." Schnell followed with, "A...

Washington, D.C., Jan 26, 2017 – The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) congratulates Ajit Pai on his selection by President Trump to be the next Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Pai has been a Commissioner since 2012, and strongly believes in closing the “digital divide.” “We are excited to work with Chairman Pai and his colleagues to ensure that our member electric, natural gas and water utilities are assured access to the information and communications technology they need to ensure the safe, secure and affordable delivery of energy and water services,” said Joy Ditto, President and CEO of UTC. “Bridging the “digital divide” while ensuring utilities have access to interference-free spectrum, will help improve our country’s economic and national security. The FCC plays a critical...

New Vice President of Government Affairs for Policy and Cybersecurity Washington, D.C., Jan 17, 2017 – The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) today announced the addition of a new Vice President of Government Affairs for Policy and Cybersecurity. Sharla Artz joins the UTC executive team to lead UTC advocacy initiatives and represent UTC member interests at federal agencies, in Congress, with state commissions, and in a variety of industry bodies and public-private partnerships. As the Vice President of Government Affairs, Ms. Artz will enhance the UTC team of experts who specialize in key industry topics and report to the President and CEO of UTC, Joy Ditto. “The SMEs we have on staff at  UTC, including Bob Lockhart, Brett Kilbourne and Bobbi Harris, have long and varied experience and...

Frankfurt, 28 September 2016 – At the annual meeting of the European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) taking place in Frankfurt this week, the Board of Directors approved new officers for 2017. Outgoing Chairman, Miguel Angel Sanchez Fornié, has been instrumental in the creation and development of EUTC. He has been a strong facilitator of the Utilities and Telecom dialogue in Europe, and the EUTC community is extremely grateful for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the organization. Miguel Angel Sanchez Fornié will officially pass the gavel to Dr. Andreas Breuer on January 1, 2017. “Miguel’s passion for the utilities telecom growth in Europe has driven many successes for EUTC," said Dr. Breuer. “We have been fortunate to have his leadership and dedication for so many years...

The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC), the trade association for telecom and IT professionals at utilities, is organising the largest gathering of technology and telecommunications executives from Europe’s utilities and their partners from September 27 to 30 at the Hilton in Frankfurt (Germany). The only European event dedicated to IT and telecom professionals from Europe’s gas, electricity and water utilities, the European Utility Telecom Conference is designed to offer utilities many resources to tackle their current challenges more effectively and efficiently. The theme of the conference this year continues the quest to inform, understand and share the best practice from around the world in the highly specialised world of Utility Telecommunications. Given the hype curve of Smart Grids, the practicalities of operational security and the ever...

Washington, D.C. and Chicago, July 21, 2016 – At the Illinois Commerce Commission Cybersecurity Policy Session today, UTC expert, Bob Lockhart spoke about the specific roles of UTC and its members in protecting the nation’s critical energy infrastructure. The session’s panels discussed successes, challenges, strategies, best practices, industry frameworks and opportunities for improving and implementing effective cybersecurity measures. In his opening remarks, Lockhart stated, “Any requirements or rules that dilute utilities’ focus on reliability are counterproductive to why utilities or their regulators exist. I have yet to meet a utility that doesn’t want to be secure.” UTC has a substantial presence in advocacy for grid telecommunications and cybersecurity matters. Communication among utilities is essential and UTC provides a peer-to-peer, members-only knowledge-sharing platform for open communication. Technology providers...

Washington, DC, July 13, 2016 – Electric utilities are taking a deeper look at security and supply chain risk. There is progress across the board:  corporate security governance, understanding of threats, differentiating compliance from security, even security spending. UTC, the Utilities Technology Council, surveyed its member utilities to learn their current thinking on cybersecurity and supply chains. The results are presented in UTC’s new report, Utility Security and Supply Chain Risk Management. All respondents were utility employees – this report has the voice of utilities. The report examines ten key issues, often with non-intuitive responses from our members: Utilities take a common approach to security reporting structures. As an industry, utilities have a consistent view of risk. How consistently is risk viewed within one utility? Most...

Washington, DC, May 10, 2016 – At the annual meeting of the membership of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) last week, the Board of Directors approved new officers for the 2016-2017 board-year. The meeting was held in conjunction with UTC Telecom & Technology 2016 in Denver. Outgoing Chairman, Ron Taylor, expressed his sincere appreciation for all the years he has enjoyed working with UTC, stating, “my career expanded as my affiliation with UTC deepened.” Ron Taylor will also retire from Salt River Project after more than 43 years of service. The gavel has been passed to Matt Schnell of Nebraska Public Power District as the new Chairman of the Board of UTC. Maynard “Matt” Schnell is the ITT Telecom Manager at Nebraska Public Power District. He has...

Washington, DC, May 9, 2016 – In response to wide ranging changes in the utility industry, UTC today announced its new name. Officially approved by the UTC Board of Directors last week in Denver, the new name is now the Utilities Technology Council. UTC has also launched a new company website and introduced an updated logo. “The new name preserves the UTC initials to leverage existing brand equity, while expanding UTC’s focus beyond telecom and addressing the multitude of technology advancements our industry is facing every day. By changing our name to reflect the changing environment of utilities, UTC is keeping pace with the industry and the issues that our members are facing,” said Bobbi Harris, VP, Market Strategy and Development at UTC. “We know that telecom...