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Utilities: Is AI Really the Next Big Thing?

Ali Mohammed  (Senior Director of Digital Innovation & Transformation, New York Power Authority (NYPA))

Bobbi Harris  (Executive Director, Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA))

Dave Kenney, PMP  (Vice President & General Manager, North America Infrastructure, Hexagon)

Stefan Steinhauser  (Manager - New Business Development, Frequentis AG)

Location: W230D

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 2:25 pm - 3:25 pm

Track: Utilities

Topic: AI, Broadband, Cloud Connectivity, Critical Infrastructure, IoT, Smart-X, SCADA

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

From forecasting demand to advanced self-healing grid management, Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered utility infrastructure is the talk of the year. These next-generation intelligence systems can monitor equipment for potential outages or failures and respond to disruption or predict maintenance needs. AI labs are developing new ways to extract insights about the electric grid from vast quantities of data, with the goal of ensuring reliability and efficiency, but what are the challenges AI may bring?

This panel will explore the impact and opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) on vital energy distribution systems and critical infrastructure. AI is emerging as a powerful tool with potential to revolutionize utility sustainability and efficiency. On one hand AI-driven technologies have the potential to enhance monitoring, maintenance and operational efficiency of vital energy infrastructure. On the other hand, AI poses additional risks in cybersecurity vulnerabilities, job displacement, intellectual property breaches, and data privacy.

Key takeaways include:
Utility strategies for AI policy
Security concerns, data integrity and privacy
Where is AI’s place in the energy grid?