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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…

UTC Expert Speaks Before Illinois Commerce Commission

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….

UTC Produces New Research Report – Utility Security and Supply Chain Risk Management

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?…

UTC Installs New Chairman and Board Officers

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….

UTC Launches New Name

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…

UTC Announces 2016 Award Winners

Industry Leaders Honored at Telecom & Technology Conference Denver, CO and Washington, DC, May 6, 2016 – Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) held its annual awards dinner last night in Denver at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2016 conference. The celebration dinner sponsored by Fujitsu honored utilities and individuals who have showed 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,…

UTC Telecom & Technology 2016 Brings the Utility of the Future to Denver

Denver, CO and Washington, DC, May 2, 2016 – The UTC Telecom & Technology conference will bring thousands of information and communications technology (ICT) professionals and technology partners to Denver, Colorado May 3-6th. Presentations at the conference will tackle the leading-edge issues of IT & Telecom within electric, water and gas utility industries. Utilities are moving forward with modernization, AMI and advanced communications. It is UTC’s goal to support water, electric and gas utilities in this new era, as we have for more than 65 years. Attendees can choose from 7 tracks and more than sixty sessions covering topics such as: Convergence of IT and OT for Utility Modernization Cyber and Physical Security Smart Water Infrastructure Creating The Digital Utility of the Future Optimizing Utility…