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UTC Taps Thormeyer as Director of Communications, Advocacy

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…

UTC Congratulates Redl on NTIA Appointment

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.

UTC Foundation Grant to UNC Charlotte EPIC First Donation to Support Education for Smart Grid Workforce

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…

UTC Launches the UTC Foundation at Telecom & Technology 2017 in Charlotte

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…

UTC Announces 2017 Award Winners Industry Leaders Honored at Telecom & Technology Conference–

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…

UTC Installs New Chairwoman and Board Officers

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,…

UTC Commends Pai on Trump Appointment

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…

UTC Adds Capitol Hill Strength to D.C. Team

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…

EUTC Appoints New Chairman and Vice Chair

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…

EUTC to hold its 13th conference in Frankfurt Germany 27-30 September 2016

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…