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Data Shows the FCC Must Protect Critical-Infrastructure Incumbents in 6 GHz Proceeding: UTC’s Artz

Washington—April 1, 2020—The Utilities Technology Council issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission stated it will act on its proposed rules to allow unlicensed operation in the 6 GHz spectrum band at its April 23 open meeting: “We will be reviewing the draft order when it is available. We have and will continue to provide the FCC with technical detail demonstrating the very real interference potential from unlicensed use across all parts of the band and the need for thoroughly tested automated frequency coordination (AFC) to protect incumbent users. While we appreciate the FCC proposing to require AFC for the standard-power access points, these measures must also be applied to all unlicensed devices in the band to prevent interference to mission-critical utility communications…

UTC Hires Energy, Telecom Hill Staff Leader Rardin as Director of Government Affairs, Communications

Aiming to provide more education and awareness around utility information and communications technology policy needs, the Utilities Technology Council has hired David Rardin as its Director of Government Affairs and Communications. Mr. Rardin comes to UTC from Capitol Hill, where he worked for more than eight years for Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Most recently, Mr. Rardin served as Rep. Johnson’s Legislative Director, where he focused on the energy and telecommunications policies under the Energy and Commerce Committee’s jurisdiction. “We are fortunate to find someone of David’s caliber for this position,” said UTC Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs Sharla Artz. “David is uniquely qualified to assist UTC and our members as we face dynamic…

New FCC Funding Program a ‘Critical Piece’ to Expanding Broadband Services: UTC

Washington—Jan. 30, 2020—The Utilities Technology Council issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, the Commission) approved the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to expand broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas of the U.S.: “The Utilities Technology Council applauds the Federal Communications Commission for adopting the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which will help to promote the deployment of robust, reliable and resilient broadband networks. Utilities empower broadband deployment, and programs like the RDOF will help utilities and others offset the high cost of bringing internet services in unserved areas. The RDOF program will help ensure that Americans in these areas have access to broadband services that are reasonably comparable to services available in urban areas of the country. UTC supports…

UTC Board Appoints Senior VP Riggs as Interim CEO, Affirms 2019 Promotions

[NOTE: UTC has hired PNP Staffing Group to manage our CEO selection process. If you are interested in applying, please contact PNP Vice President Barbara Ramundo by Jan. 31, 2020. The job description and posting are available online. Thank you.] WASHINGTON—Utilities Technology Council Board Chairman Greg Angst of CenterPoint Energy announced today that Sheryl Riggs, UTC Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, will serve as the Association’s Interim CEO. Ms. Riggs, who officially began her new duties on Jan. 13, will serve in this position until the UTC Board of Directors hires a permanent CEO. Former President and CEO Joy Ditto began in her new role as President and CEO of the American Public Power Association on Jan. 13. “We are grateful to Sheryl…

‘Bittersweet Day’ as UTC Applauds Ditto, Begins Search for Successor

Washington—Oct. 15, 2019—The Utilities Technology Council, the Washington-based association at the nexus of energy and telecommunications, expresses its appreciation for outgoing President and CEO Joy Ditto, who will be leaving the organization in January to head the American Public Power Association (APPA). Ms. Ditto, who first joined UTC as President and CEO in April 2016, was appointed as the new President and CEO of APPA by the Association’s Board of Directors. She will remain with UTC through early January. “This is a bittersweet day for UTC,” said UTC Chairman of the Board Greg Angst of CenterPoint Energy of Houston. “We will miss Joy’s incredible drive, enthusiasm, and leadership. She has taken UTC to a new level in Washington, raising our profile and securing numerous advocacy…

UTC Awards Recognize Importance of ICT Networks to Grid Reliability, Resilience

Fort Worth, TX, June 20, 2019 — The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) marked the conclusion of its annual Telecom & Technology conference in Fort Worth by presenting numerous awards to member companies and personnel who demonstrated initiative, perseverance, and innovative thinking throughout the past year. UTC’s awards recognize the importance of utility Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems and the employees who build, operate, and maintain these systems to support the reliability, resilience, and safety of the nation’s electric systems. From storm response to day-to-day reliability, ICT networks can also provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity, provide innovative new services, and support health, education and access to critical services. The 2019 UTC Award Winners are: APEX Award – Recognizes individual accomplishment and organizational…

UTC Unveils October Power Grid 4.0—Digitalization Global Forum

Washington—July 3, 2019 – Electric utility executives all over North America are welcome to Montréal to share best practices and lessons learned about digitalization. Across the globe, electric utilities are looking to go digital as they modernize their systems to enable greater customer engagement and deploy new and emerging distribution technologies. This forum will be a first in North America. The “Power Grid 4.0—Digitalization Forum” will be held in Montreal from Oct. 16-18, 2019. The event is hosted by Hydro Quebec with the premier sponsor being SNC-Lavalin, an engineering partner expert at mastering complex projects over the last 100 years. The event’s other sponsors include Linxon, Juniper Networks, and Black & Veatch. For all the details about the speakers and meeting agendas, please visit the…

UTC’s Ditto Details Importance of Utility Communications to Grid Reliability at FERC Hearing

Washington—June 27, 2019—Utility communications systems are critically important to grid resilience, reliability, and modernization, Utilities Technology Council President and CEO Joy Ditto told a panel of federal energy regulators today. Ms. Ditto applauded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for holding a discussion on utility communications issues and encouraged the Commission to continue strengthening a dialogue with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the interdependencies between the energy and telecommunications industries grow deeper. “UTC has encouraged greater interaction between this Commission and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and we believe this discussion is an important first step,” Ms. Ditto said. “The interdependencies between the energy and telecommunications industries are growing by the day. These interdependencies demonstrate the need for enhanced dialogue between the FERC and…

UTC Members Elect CenterPoint Energy’s Greg Angst as New Board Chair

Fort Worth, TX, June 20, 2019 – Energy and water utility representatives across the U.S. approved a new slate of officers to lead the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), effective immediately through May 2020. At UTC’s Annual Telecom & Technology Membership Meeting today in Fort Worth, TX, UTC’s core members elected Greg Angst, a consulting engineer in the Technology Strategic Planning, Innovation, and Delivery Group at CenterPoint Energy, as its new Chairman of the Board. Mr. Angst succeeds Immediate Past Chair Roger Bryant of Southern Company. UTC members also elected Kevin Huff, Telecommunications Operations Manager at Salt River Project, as its Vice Chair, and Paul Lambert, SCADA, Radio, and LM Foreman at East River Electric Cooperative, as its Secretary/Treasurer. Each officer will serve a one-year term….

5G, Spectrum, Broadband, Grid Modernization Highlight UTC Annual Conference

Washington—May 22, 2019 – Cybersecurity, utilities and 5G, grid modernization, spectrum access for wireless deployment, grid resilience, utilities’ rural broadband deployment, and the growing convergences between the energy and telecom sectors are among the several topics being discussed at the June 17-21 Utilities Technology Council’s annual Telecom and Technology conference in Fort Worth, TX. Hundreds of utility executives, engineers, vendors, and other utility and technology officials will participate in the highly anticipated event. Confirmed speakers include Joao Torres, CEO of EDP Distribuição of Portugal, Malia Hodges, CIO of Oncor Electric Delivery (the conference’s host utility), Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman, Common Ground Alliance President and CEO Sarah Magruder Lyle, and North American Transmission Forum CEO Tom Galloway. In addition, Shawn Rhodes, a motivational speaker,…