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IPKeys Roundtable: End-to-End Point Performance
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

Integrating Operations, Metering and Energy Demand Management onto a Single Platform

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern time 


Join this online panel discussion with:

  • Municipal Utility Perspective from Scott Jarman, Austin Energy
  • Ally Perspective from Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance
  • Solution Provider Perspective from Mark Ponder and Jim Boch, IPKeys Power Partners
  • Moderator: Ed Thomas,
Scott Jarman, Austin Energy Scott Jarman
Austin Energy
Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance Rolf Bienert
OpenADR Alliance
Jim Boch, IPKeys Power Partners Jim Boch
IPKeys Power Partners
Mark Ponder, IPKeys Power Partners Mark Ponder
IPKeys Power Partners
Ed Thomas, PLMA Ed Thomas

The end-game for leading-edge public power providers is a single integration model that leverages open-but-cybersecure standards to connect existing facility hardware for all resources and programs into a single platform can better serves the utility, operators, and consumers. A challenge is creating an operational technology roadmap with the organizational culture and procurement strategy to get there in a scaleable, low-risk, and cost-effective manner based on where your utility is today and where it wants to be tomorrow.

Discover how public power utilities across North America are integrating their key operations management systems to analyze, predict & realize outcomes to:

  1. Reduce peak load power procurement payments
  2. Assess and engage with emerging distributed energy resource options for cleaner, renewable energy and a smarter grid
  3. Embrace tools to participate in a broader range of demand response, including capacity, reserves, energy and rate optimization programs

Hear specifically how a 100,000 customer municipal utility as well as a 15,000 member cooperative – both in Texas – are leveraging a standards-based system approach in a cost-effective manner without adding significant staff.

During this discussion you will learn:

  • How to achieve the benefits of higher revenues, lower risk, and reduced electric costs by operating smarter
  • Overcome anxiety about system complexity and technology obsolescence by procuring performance-based programs rather than purchase system components
  • Value of managing meter data as well as energy demand in a single platform that integrates all endpoints
  • Importance of a standard-based approach with preferred cybersecure protocols

Who Should Attend:
This free webcast is open to all interested energy industry professionals. The primary audience is senior and mid-level staff of public power utilities with less than 200,000 customers who are key decision makers or influencers to purchase data analytic programs that drive decisions for utility operations, power purchases, energy/demand management, and/or cybersecurity.

How Online Roundtables Work:
Anyone may register for free to participate online during the discussion date/time, or to receive the recording afterwards to listen via your preferred web browser or podcast platform. When you register to receive connection instructions, you may submit a comment or question in advance for the panel to consider. After brief introductions, the featured speakers will offer brief individual remarks followed by a roundtable conversation.

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About the Panelists

Scott Jarman, Austin Energy

Scott Jarman
Austin Energy

Scott has been a Consulting Engineer with Austin Energy since 2007, working in demand response and energy efficiency program design, implementation and management. Prior to his current role, Scott was an Engineer Associate/Supervising Engineer with Austin Energy for 14 years. He is a licensed Engineer and certified as a Professional Project Manager with Project Management Institute and Certified Energy Manager with Association of Energy Engineers.


Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance

Rolf Bienert
OpenADR Alliance

Rolf serves as both Executive Director and Technical Director for the OpenADR Alliance, where he has spent over 9 years in standardization, supporting several industry initiatives. He specializes in managing new standards development and collaboration within communities. Rolf has over 25 years in the Telecommunications, Broadband, Wireless and Standards industries in positions ranging from Engineer to Vice President.

Jim Boch, IPKeys Power Partners

Jim Boch
IPKeys Power Partners

Jim is Chief Engineer – Smart Grid of IPKeys Power Partners where he leads the IPKeys EISS product development team of demand response and energy efficiency control systems based on OpenADR 2.0b. Jim has over 30 years of industry experience with Fortune 500 companies in the electrical power distribution, lighting and information technology sectors. He wrote standards for Underwriters Laboratories, and performed engineering analysis of low and medium voltage power distribution systems. He managed Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration projects for Philips Electronics, and performed system engineering for the Joint Command and Control System for the Department of Defense.

Mark Ponder, IPKeys Power Partners

Mark Ponder
IPKeys Power Partners

Mark is Chief Information Officer of IPKeys Power Partners. Mark brings over 28 years of direct market experience in the utility industry forging the way for Operational Data Management in the Electric Utility Regulated and Deregulated markets. Mark was previously the owner and CEO of ElectSolve Technology Solutions and Services recently acquired by IPKeys. Mark oversees and manages a comprehensive Public Power and Cooperative Power product offering that includes highly secure Meter and Operational Data platforms as well as Integrated Automated Demand Management and Cyber Security Solutions.

Ed Thomas, PLMA

Ed Thomas

Ed Thomas is Executive Director of and has served as Executive Director on the Peak Load Management Alliance since 2013. produces the annual Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange event in Aspen, Colorado. Ed’s over 30 years of experience in the electric industry includes managing Intermountain Energy, a subsidiary of Delta-Montrose Electric Association, in Montrose, Colorado.



Contact: Ed Thomas, [email protected], 970-209-8347