Birmingham | 2019

You can talk about utility private broadband networks - or you can learn from one in action.



Thursday, Oct. 3rd & 4th, 2019


Alabama Power HQ Building
600 18th St N.
Birmingham, AL 35203


Danielle Kohler


Ready to see and hear from the first and only utility LTE broadband network fully deployed and operational? So are we.

2019 UBBA Summit

Powering Utilities with
Private Broadband Networks

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 3rd and 4th, 2019

We can keep talking about the utilties of the future
OR we can see one in action and start a new dialogue.

Join us at Southern Linc’s Alabama Power facility in October—in an intimate and transparent environment aimed at examining the value and role of private LTE for the industry.

If you’re looking to build the utility of the future and want to see what one looks like, this is the place for you. We’ll explore the key challenges facing electric utilities and set the stage for real collaboration as we analyze private broadband as a critical information infrastructure for utilities.

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    from industry experts about the value and role of private broadband in the digital utility

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    Southern Linc’s utility broadband LTE network through a NOC and lab tour

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    critical use cases in operation: T&D Substation SCADA, AMI backhaul, FLISR, Metering

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    the journey towards deploying and operating a PLTE network

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    in working sessions addressing business models, cybersecurity and technology architectures

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    from this intimate networking opportunity

Preliminary Program:

Summit Day 1: October 3rd 2019


7:30 am : Registration Desk Security Check & Badge Pickup
8:30 am – 8:45 am: Welcome and Introduction
8:45 am – 9:15 am: Keynote session
• Tami Barron, President and CEO of Southern Linc
9:15 am – 10:00 am: Coast to Coast with Llewellyn King: A Fireside Chat Conversation
• Tami Barron, President and CEO of Southern Linc
10:00 am – 11:00 am: Resiliency and Security in the "Digital" Utility Grid of the Future
Moderated by Rachelle Chong, Law Offices of Rachelle Chong, Former FCC and CPUC Commissioner
Confirmed Panelists:
• David Batz, Edison Electric Institute, Senior Director, Cyber and Infrastructure Security
• David Wells, Senior Advisor Office of Energy, Department of Energy
• Gary Johnson, Senior Director, Cyber Security & Infrastructure, KCP&L
11:00 am – 11:15 am: Break
11:15 am - 12:00 pm: The Rise of Private LTE Networks as Key Critical Information Infrastructure
Moderated by Pete Tseronis, Dots & Bridges
Confirmed Panelists:
• Michael Britt, VP Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
• Rachelle Chong, Law Offices of Rachelle Chong, Former FCC and CPUC Commissioner
• Richelle Elberg, Navigant

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Networking Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: The Executive Corner
Moderated by David Batz, EEI, Senior Director, Cyber and Infrastructure Security

Discussion about the top challenges that utilities CIO, CDO, CISO face and strategies on how to address them. The electric utility industry is faced with 5 key trends that are challenging and shaping the traditional role of the CIO: Digitalization, Decarbonization, Decentralization, Democratization and Increased threats to the stability of the grid due to cyber-attacks and extreme weather events. This panel will gather the perspectives of CIOs in these areas and outline the strategies to minimize risk, overcome challenges and build new opportunities for utilities.
Confirmed Speakers:
• David Cox, VP of Electric Technology, Southern Company
• Charles King, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Evergy
• Steve Kidwell, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Ameren
• Keith Porterfield, Vice President, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Georgia System Operations
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Private Broadband: A Spectrum of Possibilities
Moderated by Richelle Elberg, Navigant
Confirmed Speakers:
• Ron Krzoska, ABB 
• Rob Schwartz, Anterix 
• Steve Lowe, AT&T
• David Wells, DoE 
• Paul Anuszkiewicz, Federated Wireless 
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: NIST Presentation on Smart Grid 4.0 framework in response to the Energy Independence and Security Act
Confirmed Speaker:
• Avi Gopstein, Smart Grid Program Manager at NIST
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Tour of Lab and Showcase: Alabama Power and Southern Linc welcome attendees to special tours of their private LTE showcase for smart cities. Some key stops on the tour will include Smart City focus areas like Advanced Metering Infrastructure, LED networked lighting controls, distributed energy resources, and other broadband applications that have paved the way for more advanced delivery of energy and services for utility.
6:00 pm: Opening reception
7:00 pm: Dinner

Summit Day 2: October 4th, 2019


8:00 am – 9:30 am: Keynote Sessions
Journey Towards Private LTE: Lessons Learned
• Alan McIntyre, Southern Linc
• Rishi Bhaskar, Ericsson
Building the Business Case for a Private LTE Network
• John Hughes, Ameren
Introduction to 5G
• Emil Olbrich, Technologist, PrimeLime
9:30 am – 12:00 am: UBBA General Session
• Discuss governance proposal
• Presentation of interim deliverables from working groups
• Gather feedback from members

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Final Remarks and Lunch

1:30 pm: Summit adjourns

Hotel Room Blocks:

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
Redmont Hotel Birmingham

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