And it's a wrap! The 2020 DISTRIBUTECH International conference and exhibition welcomed utility and vendor representatives from across the world for three days of conference sessions, discussions and Hub sessions.

Here are some of the highlights from the last day of #DTECH2020:

Itron and CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned energy and natural gas utility in the city of San Antonio, Texas, have expanded their collaboration to improve energy-water literacy. 

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Through the launch of a new online resource, Itron and CPS Energy aim to provide interactive educational resources and materials to educate communities and inspire the next generation talent pipeline. 

The new online resource, Smart Energy Education, will leverage pre-existing programs, such as the Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus STEM curriculum, and include new programmes, such as the Watt Watchers of Texas programme, that provide interactive learning materials for students, educators, industry professionals and communities around the globe. 

Additionally, the Resourcefulness and Watt Watchers of Texas programmes are now available in Spanish as a result of Itron and CPS Energy’s ongoing commitment to connect with as many communities as possible in the San Antonio region and beyond.

“CPS Energy is an industry leader that shares Itron’s passion for educating communities about resourcefulness,” said Marina Donovan, Itron’s vice president of global marketing and public affairs.

“With Smart Energy Education, students in the Greater San Antonio region and beyond will be equipped to think critically and carefully about energy-water management and conservation. This is a local initiative that can be leveraged globally and is being made available by our ongoing commitment to invest in education and corporate social responsibility programs and initiatives that promote the resourceful use of energy and water.” 

“CPS Energy is proud to collaborate with Itron on Smart Energy Education,” said Rudy Garza, chief customer engagement officer (CCEO) for CPS Energy. “San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States, which makes our community the perfect place to launch a program with interactive learning materials that encourage our next generation to be resourceful. Our goal is to demonstrate how Smart Energy Education can not only foster community engagement but also inspire children to implement energy-saving practices into their everyday life starting at a young age.”

For more information, visit www.smartenergyeducation.com.

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Partner news and announcements:

CGI launched its new CGI OpenGrid360 solution to empower utility network owners and operators to address the demands of the decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy market. The solution accelerates utilities' efforts to transform their power grids by providing more unified, accurate and real-time data. With this enhanced visibility, utilities can optimize operations, improve customer and workforce experiences, and create new revenue opportunities.

The end-to-end solution suite goes beyond business applications, to include strategic consulting, systems integration, and managed IT services, also offering an innovative data management approach. This approach combines an integrated network data model, master data management, integration layer and automation to enable a single view across a utility's disparate enterprise systems.

Based on the findings of in-depth interviews with approximately 130 utilities business and technology leaders, the 2019 CGI Client Global Insights reveals that becoming a digital organization is the most impactful trend for those executives, while top business priorities include improving the customer experience, optimizing operations and harnessing the power of data analytics. While having accurate data is central to addressing these priorities, 75% of the executives indicate that data management and data quality are key challenges to implementing their digital strategy. CGI OpenGrid360 is positioned to address all of these priorities uniquely.

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Treverity provides software solutions to electricity and natural gas distribution utilities, capturing key data from across utility operations in real-time, and solving the most challenging operational and analytical problems. Using a process called Human Integration, the company is able to deliver comprehensive solutions from the individual users' point of view.

Distributech International 2021 will take place in San Diego in February 2021. We will continue to provide updates as plans for the event develop.

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