Telecommunications is the Foundation of the Next Generation Utility

The next generation utility has to be thinking about how to operate in a changing environment and how to become more efficient and effective in managing the grid, saving energy and serving customers.  The surge in effort to build a Smart Grid pushes utilities to acquire more data from the field and utilize that data to make smarter decisions for grid operations.  This connectivity also helps utilities reconfigure the grid, reduce outages and automate traditionally manual processes leading to more reliable and efficient grid operations.  The key enabler for obtaining this information is the communications infrastructure that ties these remote points on the grid back to the utility operations center.

West Monroe Partners has been working in this area for a number of years, helping utilities develop the strategy, design, engineering, deployment and integration of these Field Area Networks (FANs).  Together with the Utility Telecom Council, West Monroe Partners will be participating in a number of conference sessions May 5-7th at the annual UTC Utility Telecom & Technology Expo in Atlanta, GA.  There are many exciting topics, tracks and workshops that will cover everything from the newest technologies to lessons learned in real deployments.

No matter where you are at in your Grid Modernization journey, there is something to be learned. West Monroe Partners will be specifically participating in three different conference sessions, including,:  Dan Belmont – in the “Wireless Workshop:  A survey of Wireless Technologies for Utilities” – Tuesday from 9:15am – 12:15pm; Ken Magrow – in the Field Networks track: “ComEd’s Vision and lessons Learned in Field Area Network Replacement” – Thursday from 4:45pm – 5:45pm; and Jim McClanahan – in the Grid Automation track: “Think Inside the Lines: Leveraging Utility Assets for Smart Grid and Automation Network Devices” – Wednesday from 9:30 -10:30 am.  You can get more information at or visit us at booth #646. You can also contact me for more information at

Phone: 312-602-4000
222 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60606
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