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Industry Insights is an Anterix-supported webinar series with Utility, Communications and Energy industry experts discussing the future of the utility industry and how new technologies will affect it.

Industry Insights Episode 17
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Xcel Energy's Journey to 900 MHz PLTE

Thursday, December 15th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

What is the value proposition for deploying a utility-controlled private LTE network? What are the key use cases it can support? How does a multi-operating company utility move forward with a transformational project like private LTE? Why is beneficial to the communities that utilities serve?

Rewatch the session with Jeff Levy, Xcel Energy's VP of Infrastructure and Shared Services and Ryan Gerbrandt, Anterix's COO as they discuss Xcel Energy's 900 MHz private LTE journey, the rationale for its decision to adopt that solution, the enhanced value opportunities that it may unlock, and how its comprehensive evaluation process can help other utilities efficiently reach their own decisions.

Hosted by:
Pete Tseronis, Founder, Dots and Bridges, former Department of Energy CTO

Featuring a distinguished panel of industry experts:
Jeff Levy, Vice President of Infrastructure and Shared Services at Xcel Energy
Ryan Gerbrandt, Chief Operating Officer at Anterix

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
What You Need To Know

Download the infographic to learn how Anterix can help.

New federal funding options in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) could provide a crucial boost to utility grid modernization efforts, which includes Private LTE.

If you would like to learn more about the BIL and how Anterix can help, check out our newly released infographic.

Pete Tseronis

About Our Host

A former DoE CTO and the founder of Dots and Bridges, Pete Tseronis maintains a passion for collaborating with government, industry, investor, and academic ecosystems to unearth and stimulate transformative innovation while increasing private-sector commercialization. As the host of Industry Insights, Pete digs into our guests’ expertise and experience getting to know what people are really thinking about the next generation of grid modernization.

What the industry is saying

"What you want to do is build a platform for the future that can evolve and change with the standards... And I truly believe that’s the direction we’re going."

— John Hughes | Ameren (Episode 1)

"We have to make sure that we are managing the entire latency profile from application to database to decision-making to communications and likely communications is the best place to focus."

— Matt Bult | Evergy (Episode 2)

"The utility’s paradigm [is] completely changing from being the sole provider of a service or product to being a broker. And you cannot be a broker if you do not to have data. Right now, the data is the actual most important asset in the utilities’ hands."

— Mauricio Subieta | Nokia (Episode 3)

"You have an open protocol in LTE, where there's literally dozens of manufacturers making end devices that will be interoperable with the master system."

— Rick Schmidt | Black & Veatch (Episode 4)

“It became very apparent that building these foundational networks for utilities was paramount to moving forward with all of the new devices, the distributed energy, and everything that’s coming along that requires more and more devices that can’t be supported by your narrowband systems.”

— Bruce Albright | Burns & McDonnell (Episode 5)

“A comprehensive restructuring of the grid is not going to be possible without the use of wireless technologies as the last mile to provide situational awareness and connectivity, vast numbers of devices, measuring what’s going on in the grid, and permitting decisions to be made virtually in real time about whether to connect or disconnect any particular source of power.”

— Morgan O’Brien | Anterix (Episode 6)

Industry Insights Library

View past episodes to hear leaders discuss the future of the grid, industry trends and challenges and what is needed to move reliability and grid modernization to the next generation.
Industry Insights Episode 17

Xcel Energy’s Journey to 900 MHz PLTE

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 17)

December 22, 2022

What is the value proposition for deploying a utility-controlled private LTE network? What are the key use cases it can support? How does a multi-operating company utility move forward with a transformational project like private LTE? Why is beneficial to the communities that utilities serve?

Rewatch the session with Jeff Levy, Xcel Energy’s VP of Infrastructure and Shared Services and Ryan Gerbrandt, Anterix’s COO as they discuss Xcel Energy’s 900 MHz private LTE journey, the rationale for its decision to adopt that solution, the enhanced value opportunities that it may unlock, and how its comprehensive evaluation process can help other utilities efficiently reach their own decisions.

A Thoughtful Dialogue On The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Next Steps

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 16)

November 17, 2022

There is growing momentum among utilities toward deploying private wireless broadband networks to support grid modernization, reliability, and resilience initiatives. That momentum is strengthened by last fall’s $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which included substantial funds for grid modernization projects, specifically calling out those that deploy advanced communications networks to support the grid.


A Conversation on Wildfire Mitigation Tools Enabled by a Private Network

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 15)

August 30, 2022

As we approach the close of wildfire season, this month we feature two game-changing solutions that allow utilities to safely and efficiently deliver electricity while significantly reducing the devastating risks of wildfires. LineVision’s dynamic line rating and line monitoring solution allow utilities to deliver more power over existing lines while detecting movement in lines to help prevent a potential breakage. If a line does break, SEL’s Falling Conductor Protection comes in for the save.

Are You Truly Ready?

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 14)

March 31, 2022

With the increasing cyber security threats, an ever extended wildfire season, a higher frequency of natural disasters, and aggressive decarbonization goals at the federal and state levels, a group of utility industry executives discuss how the industry is adopting digital solutions, embracing advanced technologies and developing strategic partnerships to mitigate risks and enhance grid resilience while providing reliable and secure clean energy.

A Collective Approach to Securing the Grid

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 13)

February 17, 2022

In December, we launched the Anterix Security Collective bringing together an expert team of cyber-physical technology providers to contribute sector-specific knowledge and collaborate to deliver secure solutions for those deploying private networks at 900 MHz. In this episode of Industry Insights, you’ll hear directly from these experts on the unique capabilities each member of the Anterix Security Collective offers.

Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure with Secure Communications

Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure with Secure Communications

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 12)

October 26, 2021

As our nation looks to re-invest in our country’s infrastructure, we have a compelling opportunity not just to improve upon it but also ensure it is secure and resilient. Private networks coupled with a robust and evolving set of security practices, standards and solutions can play a key role in safeguarding our critical infrastructure.

Solution Partners Panel – The Elements That Enable Smart Grid

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 11)

May 13, 2021

The smart grid is “smart” because it includes sensors, applications, and devices that use telecommunications, and computer intelligence to create, collect, analyze, and act upon data. The many exciting innovations coming on the market—innovations that are driving utilities’ digital transformations—depend upon these critical elements.

This session featured experts from the companies behind some of those innovations—Atomation, Hitachi, and LineVision— as they discussed the importance of these underlying elements that enable their game-changing products and services.

FCC Certified Devices Panel – Devices Supporting Utility Grid Evolution

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 10)

May 12, 2021

As utilities modernize their infrastructure to digitalize the grid, they become increasingly reliant upon digital technologies and devices. The device ecosystem must possess the depth, sophistication, and advanced capabilities necessary to support utility requirements.

This discussion featured experts from 4RF, Telit and General Electric and their conversation addressed how devices are evolving to meet utilities’ new communications needs, and how federal device certification is an important element of that evolution.

Infrastructure Panel – Private LTE for Utilities – Investigating Secure Broadband Networks

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 9)

May 11, 2021

As utilities work to deploy the next-generation of industrial-strength wireless connectivity based on LTE and 5G technologies, they will need to create private, secure, reliable, and resilient networks to support their grid modernization plans. Such transformation requires openness to new approaches, technologies and platforms supported by an ecosystem of vendors and products focused on utilities’ particular goals and challenges.

Ericsson, Motorola Solutions and Nokia have shown standards-based communications technologies previously reserved for major carrier deployments can be scaled to fit private utility networks.

Women Leaders Advancing the Future of Energy

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 8)

March 25, 2021

For Women’s History Month 2021, Industry Insights will feature several trailblazing women whose work is advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Join us for the discussion where female leaders will gather to discuss grid modernization challenges facing the U.S. utility industry, and explore industry trends and mission critical innovations needed in response to an ever evolving grid.

2021 Annual Predictions and Trends for the Power Industry Roundtable with Energy Central

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 7)

February 17, 2021

If 2020 taught us anything, it is how difficult it can be to predict the future! Looking back at the Energy Central’s 2020 Special Issue Series we certainly didn’t see anyone sharing predictions on an evolving remote work environment, utility shutoff moratoriums, and digital experiences replacing in-person visits to customers. That said, thought leaders and experts in the industry did share plenty that came to fruition: from customer-driven technologies to decarbonization of the grid to digital technologies taking a leap forward and more.

When Utility and Telecom Visionaries Talk Tomorrow’s Grid

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 6)

December 10, 2020

Listen to three critical infrastructure experts explore how to architect a reliable, secure, and resilient Power Grid, while addressing sustainability and affordability in today’s climate.

Industry Insights Episode 5

Visioneering the Private Networked Grid of the Future Part II

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 5)

October 22, 2020

Creating a smart connected grid of the future is imperative as utilities try to keep up with the demands of an increasingly sophisticated customer in a world of new technologies. In an Energy Central Special Issue, industry experts from utilities, manufacturing and other sectors share their visions for how 900 MHz licensed spectrum could support the grid of the future and the intersection of smart communications and smart grids.

Visioneering the Private Networked Grid of the Future

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 4)

September 17, 2020

With 900 MHz spectrum for private LTE wireless broadband networks now approved for use, and auctioning of the shared CBRS spectrum, the nation’s electric utilities have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate and advance their grid modernization and resiliency programs. Listen to industry experts discuss “visioneering” the intersection of smart communications and smart grids and the benefits that will flow from the integration of the two.

Private LTE For Electric Utilities Round Table – from CBRS to 900 MHz

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 3)

August 4, 2020

Private wireless broadband has been a critical unmet need for electric utilities for years. With the upcoming CBRS auction and FCC Ruling on 900 MHz, spectrum will be available for utilities to build private LTE networks and expand their broadband to the edge of the grid. Hear industry experts share their perspectives on how utilities can navigate these uncharted waters.

The grid of the future requires resilient, high performing, and cyber secure technology

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 2)

June 23, 2020

Utilities have been forced adapt to a new operating model created by social distancing. We know yesterday’s grid won’t meet the dynamic challenges of today or into the future. Join us as we look deeper into these operational challenges that utilities face in light of all these events, explore industry trends, and identify mission critical innovations needed.

Electric grid modernization with 900 MHz Private LTE is now a reality

Industry Insights Roundtable (Episode 1)

May 28, 2020

In this inaugural chapter of the Industry Insights series, watch industry experts discuss how the FCC’s decision to make 900 MHz spectrum available for private broadband networks will revolutionize grid modernization and unlock cyber security and reliability benefits for utility companies.