How Utilities Can Leverage Fiber Networks

May 25 – 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Quandary Peak 1

Moderator

Jeff Reiman

Broadband Group: President

According to the Grid Modernization Initiative at the United States Department of Energy, the nationwide electric grid does not have the attributes necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond, and it is the responsibility of local electric utility service providers to protect and improve their capabilities piece-by-piece. Electric utilities in cities throughout the country are slowly working toward modernizing their electric grids to meet growing demand and increased technical requirements.

With an increase of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Microgrids, an anticipated surge in demand for EV charging stations, and advanced metering infrastructure, robust fiber connectivity is becoming fundamental to an electric utilities’ foundational operational infrastructure. In this session hear how one of Colorado’s largest utility is implementing the Utility Lease Model to deploy a large-scale fiber network to support internal operational needs while also improving connectivity throughout its service footprint for the City, its residents, and businesses.

This session will also cover how the the Tantulus TRUSense Fiber Gateway technology uses utility managed Wi-Fi or HomePlug/PLC to securely monitor and proactively identify the location and impact of DER devices deployed across the grid.

Session Slides

Speakers

Matt Haile

Tantalus Systems: Director of Business Development and Commercial Marketing

Ryan Trujillo

City of Colorado Springs: Deputy Chief of Staff