Innovations in Smart City Planning and Utility Connection

Innovations in Smart City Planning and Utility Connection

April 9, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Great topics and speakers. Very informative and futuristic sessions!” Energy Innovation Consultant, Toronto Hydro

“After my first session, I got on the phone and initiated two new ideas because of what I learned.” Economic Development Director, City of Bend

“This conference was an effective use of time to learn more about smart cities.” Vice President Operations, Nashville Electric Service

By 2030, it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This represents a massive challenge in how we build and manage cities, but also provides a significant opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people. Smart city planning and development is critical to address aging infrastructure, rapid urbanization, climate change, resource scarcity and more. Cities and utilities must collaborate to provide residents and businesses with highly efficient, pollution free, and sustainable urban areas.

Attend this event to learn more about planning for smart cities as well as best practices and lessons learned in the industry. Pioneering cities and utilities will discuss how they are transforming urban areas to improve city operations, mitigate climate change and enhance economic development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create and clarify a working definition of “smart city”
  • Evaluate why strategic planning and technical road-mapping is so critical
  • Discuss what the next generation smart city will look like
  • Explore best practices and lessons learned by community/city leaders
  • Discuss stakeholder collaboration for next generation wireless technology
  • Evaluate the effective cost savings available after converting to LED smart streetlight technology
  • Discuss ways in which utilities and smart cities can collaborate together
  • Explore how smart charging can optimize energy use and grid management
  • Discuss relevant policies and regulations related to the electrification of transportation
  • Identify how utilities can contribute to sustainability goals through EV initiatives
  • Evaluate infrastructure needs including digital infrastructure
  • Establish and analyze the core components of a Digital Twin and concept of industrial Metaverse


Tuesday, April 9, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Overview and Instructions

9:05 – 10:30 a.m. :: Pillars of Smart City Development and Implementation

This presentation will dive into pillars needed to build a smart city. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Governance
  • Smart Technology
    • Any technology you use will be only as good as the infrastructure on which it sits
  • Organization and infrastructure
    • To accommodate technology and other enhancements
  • Financing and financial infrastructure
  • Smart energy management
  • Water management
  • Smart mobility
  • Smart health
  • Smart agriculture
  • Data and digitization
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Citizen engagement
  • Resilience
  • Security

Kerry Babb, Founder & CEO, Paradise Group for Sustainable Development

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: Case Study: A Local Approach to the Energy Transition 

Municipalities around the globe are acting at the local level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare their communities for forthcoming climate change impacts. This session is a case study on how Dover, New Hampshire is approaching these issues and leveraging statewide partnerships on its path to become a more resilient community. The presentation focus will be placed on the following:

  • The development and implementation of Dover’s Citywide Resilience Plan
  • The launch of Dover’s Community Power program through the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire
  • Municipal partnerships with electric utilities
  • Additional examples of municipal resiliency projects and a look towards the future

Jackson Kaspari, Ph.D., Resilience Manager, City of Dover, New Hampshire

11:45 – 12:15 p.m. :: Case Study: Digital Technology Helps Rochester “Get Smart”

Municipalities like the City of Rochester, New York are using digital technology to improve performance and quality of place. Living in an era of technology-enabled economic transformation, new companies and entirely new industries are springing up based on new software, hardware, and networks. At the same time, people are moving to cities for convenience, social connectedness, and economic opportunities.

Next-generation wireless technology is evolving to be faster and more flexible, while fiber-optic networks remain essential and are expanding their reach. Wi-Fi, 5G cellular, IoT and mobile commerce exemplify this with new versions of the standard and other wireless technologies. All of these innovations will be necessary and require “mundane” support infrastructure such as conduit, poles, and towers. As we assess, develop, manage, and deploy infrastructure we must ensure connectivity is available where needed for all partners to enable us to “Get Smart”.

This discussion will endeavor to present lessons learned during the implementation of the city of Rochester’s Telecommunication Ordinance and Dig Once Program. It will outline the journey from resistance to collaboration for multiple stakeholders, in particular utility partners, with the mutual benefits of better outcomes; enhanced mobility; and increased safety, savings, value, efficiency, and sustainability.

Louie Tobias, Director of Telecommunications and Special Projects, City of Rochester

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Case Study: LED Conversions and Smart Streetlight Technology

In the past five years, there has been an increasing trend in California and across the nation to replace high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs. Along the way, cities, counties, and utilities can upgrade their lighting to include smart lighting systems, adaptive lighting, human-centric lighting, and advanced techniques that further reduce light pollution. California has a number of innovative and cost-effective programs that are underway or in planning stages. A more focused approach to street lighting can improve safety in intersections and reduce disturbances to humans and animal life. In addition to energy efficiency, a city’s or county’s liability may be reduced through accident reduction and other best practices. A case study in the cost savings of implementing a streetlight replacement project in Simi Valley, CA will be outlined involving more than 6,000 streetlights.

Lonnie J. Eldridge, Principal Assistant City Attorney, City of Glendale Water and Power; Special Counsel, Alameda Municipal Power

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Navigating Growth of EVs: Cities and Utilities Partnering for a Smart Transition

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in urban areas has witnessed a remarkable surge in recent years, driven by increasing environmental awareness, government incentives, and technological advancements. As cities strive to reduce carbon emissions and combat air pollution, many are actively promoting the adoption of electric vehicles as a sustainable alternative to traditional combustion engine cars. The proliferation of charging infrastructure in urban landscapes has played a crucial role in facilitating this transition, making it more convenient for EV owners to recharge their vehicles. However, despite the positive momentum, several challenges persist for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in urban environments. Cities should proactively plan and partner with their local utility to guide strategic placement of charging infrastructure that support equitable access across the community, support their own fleet transition, and explore innovative technological solutions for constrained capacity, and pilot smart charging solutions to enable cost-effective and reliable scale of infrastructure upgrades. This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Explore how smart charging can optimize energy use and grid management
  • Discuss relevant policies and regulations related to the electrification of transportation
  • Identify how utilities can contribute to sustainability goals through EV initiatives

Carolyn Weiner, Senior Manager Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Partners

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Case Study :: How Utilities can Collaborate with Local Governments to Maximize Transportation Electrification

For the last several years, Xcel Energy and the City and County of Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency have worked together to ensure that their programs to support transportation electrification by residents and customers complement each other. This partnership has been supported by the Energy Future Collaboration, which involves consistent communication and collaboration between two parties. This case study will explore how the two entities have worked together to increase transportation electrification in Denver.

Monica Rosenbluth, Clean Transportation, Xcel Energy

Michael Salisbury, Transportation Energy Lead, City and County of Denver

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. :: Energy Equity and the Pathway to Net Zero

The mission of CPS Energy is to serve the community through reliable, competitively priced, and sustainable energy services in an equitable manner. This presentation will discuss the CPS Energy Board of Trustees commitment for a resolution to support the city of San Antonio’s Climate Action Adaption Plan’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. As the largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility in the country, CPS Energy takes customer accountability seriously. CPS Energy strives to operate transparently, serve the community, and help the community overcome its challenges. CPS Energy is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint and transitioning to cleaner energy for climate resiliency and reducing energy burden. Topics in this discussion will include a multifaceted approach to energy equity, encompassing affordability, accessibility, reliability, and sustainability, all of which are critical components in ensuring a fair and including energy transition.

Andrea Guadarrama, Sr. Manager of Energy Equity, CPS Energy

Jennifer Garza-Vasquez, Energy Equity Business Planner, CPS Energy

Carla De La Chapa, Sr. Manager of Climate and Sustainability, CPS Energy

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. :: Digital Twins and Industrial Metaverse for Utilities and Smart Cities

Complex utilities serving municipalities, airports, and industry can benefit greatly from digital transformation through utilization Digital Twins and the industrial Metaverse. This presentation will focus on practical implementations of specific use cases and case studies at DFW Airport and other projects. Topics of strategic planning, road mapping, interoperability, enterprise data structure/flow, standards/governance, cybersecurity, geospatial data, IoT, AI/ML and the concept of a Unified Name Space (UNS).

Kelly Watt, Sr. Digital Twin Consultant, Digital Twin Consulting


 Kerry Babb, Founder & CEO, Paradise Group for Sustainable Development

Kerry Babb is an innovative professional with multiple-faceted international experience. He is currently an International Sustainability and Resilience Consultant, Co-Chairman of the Sustainability Committee of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and CEO of The Paradise Group for Sustainable Development. As a consultant he has worked in North, Central and South America; Europe; Africa and the Caribbean. His collaborations with industry leaders like AT&T and JP Morgan, and his role as Co-Chairman of the Sustainability Committee at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce highlight his dedication to sustainability. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, he’s deeply involved in urban resilience, especially for Caribbean nations.

Carla De La Chapa, Sr. Manager of Climate and Sustainability, CPS Energy

Carla De La Chapa is the Senior Manager for the Climate and Sustainability department which oversees CPS Energy’s sustainability initiatives and the city’s Climate Action and Adaption Plan, also known as SA Climate Ready. Carla acts as a CPS Energy liaison and program leader responsible for the partnership and public engagement for SA Climate Ready.

Carla’s experience covers over 17 years in environmental and sustainability initiatives. She has also served on multiple boards throughout her career focused on environmental, energy, and sustainability initiatives. Carla earned a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Texas San Antonio and holds a degree in sociology from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Lonnie J. Eldridge, Principal Assistant City Attorney, City of Glendale Water and Power; Special Counsel, Alameda Municipal Power

Mr. Eldridge is a California attorney specializing in renewable energy and technology. He currently holds the title of Principal Assistant Attorney for Glendale Water and Power in Southern California and is Special Counsel to Alameda Municipal Power in Northern California. Previously, Lonnie worked for LADWP, the nation’s largest municipal utility, where he negotiated power purchase agreements, advised the NERC/FERC reliability program and handled customer data and privacy issues. Lonnie also was the chief legal negotiator for a $100M Smart Grid demonstration project involving LADWP, NASA, JPL and the US Department of Energy, along with UCLA and USC. Lonnie is also an advisor to a number of energy startups. Previously, Lonnie has managed government law offices, served as in-house counsel to a technology startup, and began his legal career at Lathan & Watkins in San Diego. Lonnie graduated from Stanford University with a degree in computer science and holds a JD from UCLA Law School. He is based in San Diego, California with his family including two small children.

Jennifer Garza-Vasquez, Energy Equity Business Planner, CPS Energy

With 24 years of utility experience, Jennifer is known for her people skills and building relationships. Today you will find her within the newly developed Energy Equity Department at CPS Energy. She is responsible for partnering with leadership to develop and implement an energy equity strategy, serving as a catalyst for integrating equity plans into the organization’s day-to-day operations as well as long term planning.

Jennifer’s educational background include a B.A. in business management with a concentration in HR from Texas A&M San Antonio. She also has an A.A.S. in general business and business management. She has gained certificates in leadership, supervision, and administration from Palo Alto.

Andrea Guadarrama, Sr. Manager of Energy Equity, CPS Energy

Andrea Guadarrama possesses over 10 years of utility experience; she currently serves as the Sr. Manager of Energy Equity at the largest municipally owned utility company in the United States. Andrea is responsible for partnering with leadership to develop, implement, and enhance the organization’s equity strategy and serves as a catalyst for integrating equity planning to the organization’s day to day operations.

Andrea began her career in finance, safety, and strategic management prior to her role in energy equity. In addition to her role at CPS Energy, Andrea serves on the Board of City Year San Antonio, is the Chair for United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, is a member of the Safety Net Impact Council and Strategy Committee, and a board member for United Way of Bexar County.

Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in applied arts & science from Texas State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University.

Jackson Kaspari, Ph.D., Resilience Manager, City of Dover, New Hampshire

Jackson Kaspari is the Resilience Manager for the City of Dover in New Hampshire, a position within the Planning and Community Development Department. As the Resilience Manager, Jackson is focused on three major topics: energy, land conservation and environmental project review as he is staff support for Dover’s Energy Commission, Open Lands Committee and Conservation Commission. Recent achievements include the adoption of Dover’s Citywide Resilience Plan and the October 2023 launch of the Dover Community Power program.

He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. His Ph.D. research spanned topics within atmospheric chemistry such as exploring how water uptake impacts the optical properties of naturally occurring aerosol and the influence of the reactive nitrogen on downwind ozone formation sourced from western U.S. wildfire smoke.

Monica Rosenbluth, Clean Transportation, Xcel Energy

Monica Rosenbluth has been with Xcel Energy for nearly three years and has severed in several roles, all of which have focused on transportation electrification in both the commercial and residential settings.


Michael Salisbury, Transportation Energy Lead, City and County of Denver

Mike started at the City and County of Denver as their Transportation Energy Lead in 2018. His focus is on promoting electric vehicles and electrified mobility in all aspects of Denver’s work both within City operations and among the general public. Initiatives underway in Denver include: expanding publicly available charging stations on City and private properties, electrifying carshare vehicles, electrifying the City’s fleet vehicles, increasing access to e-bikes and supporting electrified mobility in general.

Mike began working in the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s Transportation program as a Program Associate in early 2009. In 2008, Mike received a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.

Previously Mike worked in the office of Congressman Mike Castle as a Fellow focused on energy and environmental issues, the League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C. and also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.

Louie Tobias, Director of Telecommunications and Special Projects, City of Rochester

Louie Tobias serves as the Director of Telecommunications & Special Projects for the City of Rochester, New York. In that capacity he supervises and directs the “Smart City”; GIS & “Dig Once” activities and program implementation; coordinates all aspects of telecommunications policy, legislation, and digital equity; while managing various municipal campaigns, to improve service delivery, and quality of life for community partners and citizens of America’s most progressive mid-sized city.

Louie has a four-decade history as a public servant, scientist and educator utilizing his training from Cornell University, UC Berkeley, William & Mary, Jackson State and SUNY Albany as a Mechanical Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineer, Physicist, Physical Oceanographer & Atmospheric Chemist. His tenures include serving as Managing Executive Director & Secretary of the George Biddle Kelley Education Foundation, Commission on Science & Technology, NYS Senate Finance, NYS Assembly Ways and Means and DASNY (Dormitory Authority of the State of NY). He has served as a Distinguished Professor, Fellow & Researcher for various Universities, Laboratories, Consortiums, US Department of Energy and NASA. He is an extensively published author and the drafter of numerous enacted laws.

Kelly Watt, Sr. Digital Twin Consultant, Digital Twin Consulting

Kelly Watt is a seasoned Sr. Digital Twin Consultant and co-founder of Digital Twin Consulting, known for the “Digital Twin Assessment Process DPTAP”, and Visual Plan reality capture and technology services. With a focus on 3D visualization and digital transformation, he bridges the gap between leadership vision and technology companies. Kelly and his team drive strategic planning, master planning, technical project roadmaps, execution, and program management for successful digital twin adoption.

Currently managing complex digital twin projects at DFW Airport and AIFA Airport, Kelly’s expertise spans diverse markets, including oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, government, transportation, and aviation. As a thought leader and frequent speaker, he actively contributes to the 3D and digital twin community. He is a specialist in 3D lidar, photogrammetry, video imaging, and analysis technologies. He is a level 1 thermographer, adept in spectral imaging, condition-based asset monitoring, and reliability testing.

Carolyn Weiner, Senior Manager Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Partners

 Carolyn bringns ovr 12 years of experience implementing clean energy programs and services including rooftop solar, storage, EVs, and demand-side management. She has a Bachelor’s of Science and MBA from University of California, Davis where she did consulting work for the Energy and Efficiency Center as an Emerging Venture Analyst. Carolyn started her Transportation Electrification (TE) journey at Pacific Gas & Electric Company managing the portfolio of clean transportation programs and now advises utility clients on the planning and development of utility TE programs to accelerate the energy transition. She’s passionate about electrification and the environmental benefits the transition will yield for us and future generations.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Innovations in Smart City Planning and Utility Connection

April 9, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 01, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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Instructional Methods

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Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • City and Urban Planners
  • Utility and City Executives
  • Grid Strategy and Modernization Officers
  • Stakeholders for Energy of the Future
  • VPs/Directors & Heads of:
    • Economic Development
    • Energy Acquisition
    • Grid Reliability
    • IoT
    • IT
    • Partnership Development
    • Planning
    • Smart Cities
    • Smart Metering
    • Smart Technology
    • Strategy
    • Sustainability

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