By - Jon Brown

Utilities and Data Centers Conference
January 30-31, 2018 | Austin, TX

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The explosion of digital content, big data, e-commerce and IoT along with the emergence of Smart Cities across the globe is making Data Centers one of the fastest-growing consumers of electricity in developed countries.  Data Center Operators have a continued effort toward better efficiency with a push to utilizing more renewable power.  As data center facilities are incredibly expensive to design, build, manage and maintain; attractive incentives, partnerships and sites are integral to the success of these projects. Utilities need to be prepared to address the needs of the data centers and the data center end users, while also internally preparing themselves for their own use of data centers for data storage and management, particularly as the inherent growth of smart cities infiltrate the power grid. Data Center operators have to be in tune with both the needs of their end user clients as well as with the benefits of working with utilities to build a successful data center.

The 6th Annual Utilities and Data Centers Conference will provide perspectives, case studies, stories from the entire data center “ecosystem” (including Utilities, Data Center Owners & Operators, End-Users and Service & Solution Providers).  We will share journeys and best practices as to how the development of smart cities is affecting the data center landscape, what data centers need from their utilities to ensure they are providing the best product to their enterprise customers and how utilities are attracting and retaining data centers through mission-critical reliability standards. 

Learning Outcomes Include:

  • Discuss the role data centers will play in the growth of smart cities
  • Identify how IoT will impact the data center
  • Review what makes a utility “data center friendly”
  • Assess how to determine the best data center sites
  • Enhance the performance & energy efficiency in legacy data centers
  • Review innovative co-location
  • Examine clean energy’s effect on data centers and utilities
  • Discover strategies to reduce energy & maintenance costs while improving reliability
  • Review disaster planning – creative back-up power solutions for today & tomorrow
  • Creating partnerships amongst utilities, data centers, local governments and service providers
  • Determine what end-users want from their data centers & how to deliver
  • Establish effective corporate rate designs that work for everyone
  • Review industry trends affecting the role of the utility, data center operator AND data center end-user
  • Assess what utilities need to do to attract, retain and manage data center clients
  • Review the needs and challenges data center operators are facing in terms of site selection, security, resiliency, energy efficiency and other key areas
  • Share with utilities and data center operators what end-users really want from their data centers
  • Discuss the perfect partnership between utilities, data center operators, local economic development entities and service providers



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this conference.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Registration

12:30 – 12:35 p.m. :: Opening Remarks

12:35 – 1:35 p.m. :: Eliminating the Culture Clash: Defining a Data Center Friendly Utility

This interactive panel discussion will provide various perspectives and an open discussion as to what those throughout the “Data Center Ecosystem” feel constitutes a “Data Center Friendly Utility”.

Tod Sword, Economic Development Consultant, Southern California Edison

Tom Lambrecht, Manager, Economic Development Services, Great River Energy

Susanna Kass, EVP Innovation and Sustainability, Baselayer

1:35 – 2:20 p.m. :: Distributed Generation: The Benefits of Data Centers and Utilities Working Together

The session will provide the details regarding the benefits that Peak10+ViaWest have achieved by participating in Portland General Electric’s Distributed Standby Generation program. The details of how the program operates, the benefits to the data center operator and the benefits to the utility will be reviewed. The principal purpose of this session is to introduce this unique and positive program to other utility operators.

  • How does the PGE DSG program operate?
  • Design and implementation considerations
  • Economic benefits to data center operators and PGE
  • Operational benefits for data center operators
  • Operational benefits for PGE

Todd Gale, VP – Engineering, Flexential

2:20 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Integrating Your Utility Partner for Long-Term Success of Your Data Center

Power costs and reliability can make or break a data center’s bottom-line and reputation.  Data Centers that treat their utilities as key business partners will be better positioned to leveraging the utility’s resources for your data center’s long-term success.  We will discuss:

  • What is your utility doing to maintain the power grid and circuits in your area?
  • What types of energy efficiency plans do you have in place?
  • How do you turn your utility into a strategic partner?
  • Can you also use local governments as strategic partners?
  • What types of technical and financial assistance can you receive from your utility partner?
  • How often and how do you re-evaluate your partnership?

Phillip M. Sandino, Vice President, Data Center Operations, RagingWire Data Centers

Bob Woolley, VP Critical Facility Engineering and Design, RagingWire Data Centers

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Enhancing the Performance & Energy Efficiency in Legacy Data Centers

Energy efficiency is of the utmost importance for all organizations, particularly data centers.  The typical mission-critical facility is a large energy consumer absorbing a large share of facility operating costs.  However, reliability and availability requirements often slow down efforts to improve energy efficiency.  Obviously, the new and improved energy-efficiency strategies for a data center are easiest to implement in new construction, however, knocking down the old and building new is not always an option.  In this session, we will examine how executives responsible for 10+ year old data center facilities can win in the energy efficiency game by pursuing a variety of energy-saving techniques to optimize the performance of your legacy data center infrastructure.

Bill Badger, Capital Construction Manager, CPS Energy

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Cyber Resiliency: What’s Next

As companies increase their reliance on technology and services, the rate of cyber attacks is on the rise. Cyber resilience, or the ability to recover from an incident/breach quickly, is a key theme that continues to grow. In this session, we will discuss the most common mistakes made in current breaches, how to build a defensible security strategy, and why resiliency is important.   

Stacy Scott, Managing Director, Kroll

5:00 – 5:15 p.m. :: Day One Closing Remarks

5:15 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. :: Opening Remarks

8:05 – 8:50 a.m. :: The Perfect Partnership: Identifying Manners Utilities, Local Governments, Operators and Service Providers Should Work Together to Create the Best Data Center Experience

Creating the best “data center experience” means that utilities, governments, operators and service providers need to work together and function as a cohesive unit and provide complementary offerings to make a data center a true “one-stop-shop”. This interactive panel discussion will bring together executives from all groups to discuss their best practices in creating an effective working relationship and a true partnership in order to project a fantastic experience.

Sheila A. Owens, Vice President Economic Development, ComEd/Exelon

8:50 – 9:35 a.m. :: Clean Energy – Can We Give Them What They Want?

Companies like Google and Apple and other larger tech companies want to use clean energy and green power initiatives to power their huge data centers.  And as other enterprise clients are focused on CSA efforts, what can utilities do in their renewable energy efforts to meet these needs and wants?  This session will take a look at perspectives to include –

  • Examining what tech companies and data centers want and need in terms of renewable/clean energy
  • Identifying Clean Energy’s impact on data center site selection
  • Understanding utilities’ clean energy purchasing programs and what they are doing to work with their local governments’ policies
  • Identifying alternative energy solutions to power the massive needs of data centers

Stan Blackwell, Director – Economic Development & Customer Service, Dominion Energy

Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Director, Corporate Economic Development, Xcel Energy

9:35 – 10:20 a.m. :: Hybrid Cloud:  What it Means for Multi-Tenant Data Centers and Utilities

The hybrid cloud model appears to be gaining traction with enterprises.  This session will discuss how the emergence of hybrid cloud is impacting data center providers’ ability to attract enterprise business and what this change can mean for utilities.

Jeff Brown, Director, Product Marketing, Windstream

10:20 – 10:50 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:50 – 11:45 a.m. :: Site Selection 2017: Identifying Key Factors to Determining Best Data Center Sites

The data center real estate selection process is a critical aspect for all data center operators and corporate clients. This session will take a look at what factors affect site selection and how to determine whether or not a location is suitable for data center construction. We will look at a variety of perspectives on issues like:

  • Risks, costs and benefits of the geographic location
  • Assessing markets for growth
  • Determining how business-friendly a location is
  • The demographics of the local workforce
  • Access to local utilities
    • Easy accessibility to electricity
    • Cooling procedures
    • Back-up power generation
    • Ability to keep up with projected and unexpected expansion
  • Availability of clean energy
  • Red flags to look for when determining site locations

William McCausland, Sr. Economic Development Market Specialist, Dominion Energy

Sheila A. Owens, Vice President Economic Development, ComEd/Exelon

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Designing and Operating Highly Efficient, Low PUE Data Centers and the Impact on Utilities and the Environment 

There have been several articles written about high profile data center operators and the quantity of power that those large data centers consume. While these articles tend to focus only on the raw data of total power consumption, the more important discussion should focus on designing and operating highly efficient data centers and how efficient data centers can impact the utility operator and the environment.

  • The overall efficiency discussion and Mega-MVA data centers
  • General trends in data center efficiencies
  • Key attributes of an efficient design
  • Operating highly efficient data centers
  • Benefits derived from an efficient design
  • Impact on utilities and the environment
  • Future improvements – what’s next?

Todd Gale, VP – Engineering, Peak10 + ViaWest

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Incentives: Effective and Appropriate Incentive Programs to Attract Data Centers

This interactive session will take a look at what incentives are the most attractive to data centers. In addition, we will examine best practices that utilities and state and local governments have created to incentivize data centers to their regions. 

Tom Lambrecht, Manager, Economic Development Services, Great River Energy  

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Demo: SCE GIS Site Selection Tool

SCE has developed an on-line Geographic Information System tool to help new and expanding customers select locations where power capacity is readily available or easy to upgrade saving customers time while optimizing existing grid infrastructure and keeping our utility rate base low.  The tool promotes available industrial properties, remaining circuit power capacity and SCE broadband fiber.  SCE hopes to attract new data center and energy intensive businesses to our territory by helping them find power ready locations.

Tod Sword, Economic Development Consultant, Southern California Edison

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Power Generation Technology and Cost Trends Across the US – and What That Means for Your Data Center

In this interactive session, we will examine the results of a study that was conducted to analyze power generation technologies and costs on a county by county basis across the entire lower 48 states. We will work with an interactive tool for comparing these costs and trends into the future and learn how you can utilize this information to utilize power generation for data centers in a smarter way. We will look at such things as:

  • What types of externalities should you look at when determining the cost of power generation
  • Which power generation technology is best for your location
  • How to save data center energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint
  • Is it possible to make money with power generation assets with your data center?

Fred C. Beach, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Energy Policy, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Energy Efficient Data Center

In this presentation, we will discuss our holistic approach to design energy efficient data centers, which led to the world’s most energy efficient data center, operated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO. The 10MW HPC data center has an annualized average PUE of 1.03 and features a chiller-less design, component-level warm-water liquid cooling, and waste heat capture and re-use. We provide details of the demonstrated PUE and ERE, adventures in water chemistry, and lessons learned during four years of production operation.  Finally, we discuss new efforts to dramatically reduce the water footprint in the data center and a new project to demonstrate a proof of concept carbon-free data center of the future, using renewable energy and hydrogen fuel cells.

Steve Hammond, Computational Science Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


IoT and Smart Cities – Data Centers & Utilities Are We Ready For The Future?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing


Smart cities are no longer the wave of the future.  They are here now and growing quickly as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands and impacts municipal services around the globe.  In fact, the smart city industry is projected to be a $400 Billion market by 2020 with 600 cities worldwide; this means that Data Centers and Utilities have to be ready for what will come.

In this interactive and discussion-driven multi-part workshop, we will tackle a variety of issues as to how data centers need to change to handle IoT, what a utility needs to be prepared for when it comes to being part of a smart city and how data centers and utilities can collaborate to ensuring they are ready to forge ahead in the growth and development of smart cities.


Part One: Understanding the Basic Principles of the IoT and the Benefits of a Smart City

IoT has almost achieved “celebrity” status which is making it difficult to discern its actual efficacy.  The first part of this interactive workshop will review the basic principles of the Internet of Things while examining how they apply to the benefits of a smart city, such as:

  • Improved city planning and forecasting
  • Real-time reporting on infrastructure conditions
  • Increased ability to predict and prevent problems & deploy resources more efficiently
  • Automated maintenance and better ability to reduce maintenance costs
  • And more

Part Two: Identifying How IoT will Impact the Data Center

It is anticipated that by the year 2020, more than 24 Billion IoT devices will exist worldwide.  This includes everything from smartphones, to cars, refrigerators, parking sensors, smart street lights and more.  These devices mean that there is an ever-increasing amount of data that is being produced which not only will change our applications and devices, but also how data centers operate.  During part two of this interactive workshop, we will take a look at how the IoT revolution will impact data centers going forward and will include us examining such things as:

  • Data center design and hyper-scale data centers
  • Data center deployment is set for future growth in terms of space, power and density
  • Security & resiliency

Part Three: City and Utility Partnerships to Make Smart Cities a Reality

Energy infrastructure is being transformed and the electric grid of the future will be a two-way, technology enabled system to accommodate greater generation needs.  In this section of our workshop we will look at how cities and utilities can work together to accelerate smart city growth and progress.

Part Four:  Utilities and Data Centers Collaborate with Smart City Vision

We will end our interactive workshop with a discussion as to how utilities and data centers must work together in order to move forward in an innovative manner to ensure that smart cities are a focus in their regions.  In this session, we will examine the integration of the utility, data center and smart city networks and look at answers to questions, such as:

  • What is the best way for a data center and utility to work together and integrate for better smart city networks
  • Can a data center become a net contributor to a power grid?
  • Will the roll-out of edge strategies be defined by future power grids?

During this final part of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to bring your perspectives and thoughts to the table.

Workshop Leaders:

David Coher, Commissioner, City of Pasadena

Ted Lehr, Data Architect, City of Austin

Dan Ault, Assistant Town Manager, Chief Innovation Officer, Town of Cary, NC


Confirmed Speakers:

Dan Ault | Assistant Town Manager, Chief Innovation Officer | Town of Cary, NC

Bill Badger | Capital Construction Manager | CPS Energy

Fred C. Beach, Ph.D. | Assistant Director, Energy Policy Energy Institute | The University of Texas at Austin 

Stan Blackwell | Director – Economic Development & Customer Service | Dominion Energy

Jeff Brown | Director, Product Marketing | Windstream

David Coher | Commissioner | City of Pasadena

Todd Gale | VP – Engineering | Flexential

Steve Hammond | Computational Science Director | National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Susanna Kass | EVP Innovation and Sustainability | Baselayer

Tom Lambrecht | Manager, Economic Development Services | Great River Energy

Ted Lehr | Data Architect | City of Austin

William McCausland | Sr. Economic Development Market Specialist | Dominion Energy

Sheila A. Owens | Vice President Economic Development | ComEd/Exelon

Phillip M. Sandino | Vice President, Data Center Operations | RagingWire Data Centers

Stacy Scott | Managing Director | Kroll   

Tod Sword | Economic Development Consultant | Southern California Edison

Dan Pfeiffer | Senior Director, Corporate Economic Development | Xcel Energy

Bob Woolley | VP Critical Facility Engineering and Design | RagingWire Data Centers


AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705

To reserve your room, please call 1-512-404-1900 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $219.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of January 29 – 30, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to January 16, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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Proceedings package US $ 395.00

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