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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.
Podcast: Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast: “Road to Decision: Exelon’s Vision of a Private Broadband Network for Grid Modernization”
Energy Central Power Perspective Podcast host, Jason Price, and producer, Matt Chester, are joined by Russ Ehrlich, Senior Manager of Utility Communication Engineering at Exelon, and Ryan Gerbrandt, Chief Operating Officer at Anterix, to discuss how private broadband networks are actively creating new advancements for utilities today are two experts in the field.
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.
By now you’ve heard about the Anterix Active Ecosystem (AAEP) program, where leading technology companies have come together to support 900 MHz private broadband networks. As a charter member of the AAEP in May of 2021, Cisco helped lead the charge to shape the future of private wireless broadband for electric utilities. Now, Anterix and Cisco have progressed to an even more collaborative relationship that stands to turbocharge ecosystem growth.
Wildfire Mitigation – Detecting and Isolating for Falling Conductors in Midair – Using 900 MHz Private LTE at Protection Speeds
Anterix and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories collaborated on a white paper to document the successful application of falling conductor protection (FCP) for wildfire mitigation when enabled by a private LTE network using Anterix’s low-band 900 MHz spectrum.
What a year 2021 has been in the life of Anterix. After the Federal Communications Commission’s landmark 2020 decision paved the way for converting our spectrum to broadband, Anterix set out to bring the industry together behind the power of private LTE networks—helping the utility sector meet its decarbonization and grid modernization goals.
Ryan Gerbrandt, Chief Operating Officer at Anterix, was a panelist on the session “Enterprise Vertical Deep Dive Panel & Keynote – Utilities” with Joe Jankosky and Koustuv Ghoshal.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully completed Phases I and II of its high impact project validating the performance of an Anterix 900 MHz private LTE network for critical grid communications. Findings from both phases are included in a technical report, and the research was informed by an Industry Advisory Board comprised of six leading utilities that provide service across 18 states, as well as former DOE Chief Technology Officer, Pete Tseronis. The six utility members of the IAB include: Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Evergy, Eversource Energy, Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy.
As members of UBBA (the Utility Broadband Alliance), Anterix contributed to the development of UBBA’s latest paper.
IEI’s provides key takeaways from an executive dialogue hosted as part of their ‘Thought Leaders Speak Out – Engaging Customers With Technology’ ongoing series. These takeaways feature ideas shared in the session by Warner Baxter, Chairman, President and CEO, Ameren, Mary Kipp, President and CEO, Puget Sound Energy, Bhavani Amirthalingam, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Information Officer at Ameren and Robert Schwartz, President and CEO at Anterix. The discussion focused on the value a private LTE network provides to the electric grid, utility and customer.
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.
Anterix hosted a break-out session at the 2021 Itron Inspire Conference. Former Department of Energy CTO Peter Tseronis interviewed Anterix COO Ryan Gerbrandt about the utility sector’s movement toward the adoption of Private LTE.
UBBA Webinar: Private networks: An essential tool for modernizing power grids and lowering operational expenses
Ryan Gerbrandt, Chief Operating Officer at Anterix was a panelist on the UBBA Webinar, sponsored by Ericsson.
Anterix’s Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Gerbrandt, has contributed an article to Energy Central’s special issue “’Unlocking Solutions. Powering An Industry – the Technology Ecosystem and its Role in Building Private Utility LTE Networks.” His piece discusses the Anterix Active Ecosystem and how utilities across the U.S. are working towards adoption of private LTE (PLTE) networks.
Anterix’s Executive Chairman Morgan O’Brien explores how Private LTE can make the grid more reliable and protect critical infrastructure in this MissionCritical Communications op-ed. His article “The Evolving Private LTE Ecosystem” can be found on page 36 of this special issue.
Welcome Ryan Gerbrandt of Anterix, New Expert in the Digital Utility Community [Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Interview]
Ryan Gerbrandt, Anterix’s Chief Operating Officer, has been named an Energy Central Expert in the Digital Utility Community. Chris has been interviewed to welcome him into their network of experts for the Energy Central’s Welcome New Expert Interview Series.
This playbook outlines specific models for supporting those rural broadband efforts and provides real-world experience and examples from utilities, regulators, and industry experts on bridging this digital divide.
Morgan O’Brien, Executive Chairman of the Board at Anterix, was featured in the blog post by Wireless Infrastructure Association about the wireless infrastructure industry’s story told by those who were there. Morgan O’Brien joined the industry in 1970 as a lawyer at the Federal Communications Commission. Learn more about his expertise.
Anterix’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, Alice Moy-Gonzalez, has collaborated with Elin Swanson Katz, the Vice President of Utilities at Tilson, to write an article for NARUC’s bulletin. This article is based on some of the major points highlighted in their upcoming playbook, as identified in interviews with utilities, regulators, consumer advocates, and ISPs….
Alice Moy-Gonzalez, The Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Anterix, and Elin Swanson Katz, the Vice President of Utilities at Tilson have been interviewed by Regina Davis, the Director of Communications at NARUC. In their conversation, they discuss communications, utilities, grid modernization, and rural broadband initiatives for the NARUC News Sponsor Spotlight.
Welcome Chris Guttman-McCabe, New Expert in the Digital Utility Community – [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Expert Interview]
Chris Guttman-McCabe, the Chief Regulatory and Communications Officer at Anterix, has been named an Energy Central Expert in the Digital Utility Community. Chris has been interviewed to welcome him into their network of experts for the Energy Central’s Welcome New Expert Interview Series.
Ericsson Panel – Private Networks: An essential tool for modernizing power grids and lowering operational expenses
Ryan Gerbrandt, Anterix’s Chief Operating Officer, was featured alongside industry experts from Ericsson, Burns & McDonnell, and Hitachi ABB to discuss how to address utilities’ needs through innovation. Not since large-scale deployments of smart meters has there been as much interest and motivation to transform the utilities communications network. LTE and 5G private networks promise to…
Alice Moy-Gonzalez, Anterix’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, was featured in this digital event with West Monroe and industry leaders to discuss PLTE spectrum, technology, and share their perspectives, viewpoints, and experiences on how they are planning to evaluate and/or deploy PLTE networks.
Alice Moy-Gonzalez, Anterix’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, spoke on her Caribbean heritage in this celebratory panel at NAMIC. Callaloo Chats is a panel conversation at NAMIC in partnership with Anterix, Cox Enterprises, and Verizon Media. You can rewatch this panel to learn how allyship, advocacy and being authentic allowed these leaders to build and nourish their careers in their ongoing integration into the US corporate landscape.
Two top utility execs leading the transformation to private broadband networks talk about their vision and companies’ progress, in this fast-paced video.Produced by PUF’s new video team, Impact the Debate Visually, this sixth program features San Diego Gas & Electric CEO Caroline Winn and Southern Linc CEO Tami Barron (at Southern Company). Moderated by PUF’s Alex Revel. Impact the Debate Visually is a new service of Public Utilities Fortnightly to inform the PUF community on the industry’s critical issues with the most innovative, engaging and impactful videos.
Anterix’s Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Gerbrandt, has contributed an article to Energy Central’s special issue “Grid Modernization 2021: Pushing Boundaries.”
His piece discusses the importance of grid modernization and how Private LTE is the right communications network for grid modernization.
Anterix was proud to be a sponsor of the Private Networks Forum. This virtual day of sessions was focused on answering the question: Are private networks the key to driving enterprises into the Industry 4.0 era? Anterix’s Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Gerbrandt, was on the panel “Is CBRS Key to Transforming U.S. Enterprise Networks?” with panelists from OnGo Alliance and Accenture.
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.
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.
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.
Anterix’s Vice President of Energy Markets and Innovation, Andrew Bordine, has contributed an article to Energy Central’s special issue “Next Big Thing: Innovations that can Change the Power Industry”. His piece discusses interoperable wireless broadband communications transforming utilities’ critical mutual aid operations, increasing resilience by improving the speed, safety, and efficiency of disaster recovery.
Alice Moy-Gonzalez, Anterix’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, has been named an Energy Central Expert in the Digital Utility Community. Alice has been interviewed to welcome her into their network of experts for the Energy Central’s Welcome New Expert Interview Series.
Anterix’s Chief Technology & Engineering Officer, Carlos L’Abbate, has been named an Energy Central Expert in the Digital Utility Community. Carlos’s journey and insights on the future of the utility industry have been featured in Energy Central’s Welcome New Expert Interview Series.
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.
Alice Moy-Gonzalez, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Anterix, was featured in the blog post by Wireless Infrastructure Association about women’s most memorable achievement during their career in the wireless infrastructure industry.
Anterix Vice President of Energy Markets and Innovation Andrew Bordine talks about DERs, LTEs, FERC Order 222, electrification, and more with NARUC Director of Communications Regina L. Davis during the Association’s Winter Policy Summit.
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.
Energy Central Post: Private LTE Gets Rolling in 2021: Predictions for the New Year from the Anterix Team
Anterix’s Rob Schwartz (President & CEO), Ryan Gerbrandt (COO), Alice Moy-Gonzalez (SVP Strategic Development), Chris Guttman-McCabe (Chief Regulatory & Corporate Communications Officer), and Rich Creegan (VP Sales) predict the trends that will drive the future of the industry.
Join Anterix COO Ryan Gerbrandt and Guidehouse Director of Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure Macky McCleary for a Q&A about how forward-thinking utilities that have invested in private LTE can create a Grid Communications Network Effect by working collectively. Utilities would multiply capabilities and maximize value through economies of scale and scope and enhance data analysis, cybersecurity monitoring, professional support and more while providing greater situational awareness across regions and even the nation.
The DISTRIBUTECH+ free monthly series offers a variety of opportunities to meet the needs of power industry professionals. We will be participating in the January session. The theme for this session is “Grid Modernization and Energy Storage”.
Anterix will be presenting in the webinar titled “Collective Adoption of Private LTE Networks” at 11:30am ET on January 20th. This session will feature Anterix’s COO, Ryan Gerbrandt, and Guidehouse’s Director of Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure, Macky McCleary.
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.
Join Guidehouse Analyst Richelle Elberg, author of Private LTE Networks Position Utilities for Industry Transformation, Alan McIntyre of Southern Company, Chris Guttman-McCabe, Chief Regulatory and Communications Officer of Anterix, and moderator Kevin Malloy, Vice President of Customer Solutions and Strategic Development of Anterix, to hear more from them about the concept of a future grid communications network effect.
The joint UTC Region 5 and MIC/MUG annual regional event will provide timely industry education on a variety of relevant industry topics, a virtual exhibitor gallery, and peer-to-peer virtual networking opportunities. Anterix presented on The Network Effect of Grid Communications at this conference and our video is available to replay.
Forward-thinking utilities are targeting private LTE (PLTE) networks as key infrastructure for their grid modernization efforts. Many are viewing licensed broadband spectrum as the foundation of a more secure, resilient and reliable PLTE platform that powers the mission-critical operations of the modern, digital grid. Join Anterix, Qualcomm, Telit, Sierra Wireless, and Motorola as they present their plans and roadmap to grow a vibrant of ecosystem of commercially ready available 900 MHz devices.
It has been an exciting six months in the world of private LTE, and the pace has accelerated in the last few weeks. Our push at Anterix to integrate 900 MHz private LTE into the utility sector has picked up significant steam, and the broader telecommunications and technology sectors have awakened to recognize the amazing marketplace for private broadband networks.
Collectively embracing private LTE networks as the communication platform for a connected, digital and intelligent grid will lead to a broader range of benefits both for utilities and their customers. Forward-thinking utilities are investing in private LTE networks as key infrastructure for their grid modernization efforts. Envision now interconnecting these networks regionally or nationwide to multiply and extend existing capabilities and enable new ones.
Creating a smart connected grid of the future is imperative for utilities. To do that means to look beyond modernization and imagine a scenario that enables them to keep up with the demands of an increasingly sophisticated customer and new and increasingly complex technology, as well as the ubiquity of two-way energy flows and the integration of DER and microgrids.
Podcast: Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Special Edition: “Utility Private LTE Networks” with Gil Quiniones of NYPA and Rob Schwartz of Anterix
Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast host Jason Price joins Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO of NY Power Authority (NYPA), and Rob Schwartz, President and CEO of Anterix, to discuss private LTE networks as a key enabler of the end to end digital utility.
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.
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.
In an effort to guide this conversation, Energy Central has teamed up with Anterix to present this Hot Topic issue, “Visioneering the Private Networked Grid of the Future: How Do You See Private LTE Networks Shaping the Future of Utilities?”
In this special Anterix/Energy Central issue, you will learn how thought leaders and experts from across the industry “visioneer” the future of the electric grid.
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.
Anterix Private LTE spectrum helps utilities securely integrate and manage distributed resources, automate processes, monitor conditions, use artificial intelligence, and drive worker productivity to improve service and reduce operational costs.
This brief highlights how utilities can benefit from adopting Private LTE networks using Anterix technology.
Rural Broadband Opportunity: Leveraging Utilities’ New Private Wireless Communications Infrastructure
In many rural parts of the country, deploying broadband Internet service presents substantial challenges. As utilities implement new private wireless communications networks for grid control systems using licensed spectrum, certain assets and infrastructure could be shared or incrementally augmented to cost-effectively support the provision of wired or wireless broadband Internet service to consumers in the utility’s service area.
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.
Anterix CEO Morgan O’Brien on How Utility Access to Private Broadband Will Accelerate Grid Modernization. Recently Announced FCC Decision Widens Pathway for Utility Critical Infrastructure Advancement. The Federal Communications Commission on May 13 changed its rules to enable the use of “beachfront spectrum” in the 900 MHz band for broadband services. Morgan O’Brien, CEO of the wireless company Anterix, will tell NCAC members about the impact of the change on the energy industry.
Public Utilities Fortnightly is publishing its very first extra edition. The breaking news will have such an enormous impact on utilities that this edition’s immediacy and singular focus is, in our opinion, well-deserved. Read Public Utility Fortnightly’s exclusive interviews with FCC Chair Pai, NARUC President Presley, Southern Co. CEO Fanning, U.S. Senator Warner, and former FCC and California Commissioner Chong. Also see exclusive video discussions with FCC Chair Pai, NARUC President Presley, and Southern Co. EVP-Operations Stan Connally.
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.
NREL, Anterix, and a 9 member Industry Advisory Board comprised of 7 leading utilities and 2 industry associations, successfully piloted a private LTE network for utility control applications.
Watch this webinar to learn how utilities can overcome control issues associated with poor signal strength and avoid the congestion of thousands of grid-edge devices, which could otherwise become a showstopper if not prioritized through private LTE.
Recently I participated in a webinar, Harness the Power of Private LTE Networks for Utilities. It examined why utilities are increasingly considering building their own private Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks. Specifically, we explored how these networks enable utilities to reduce costs while improving connectivity with both their grid assets and their workforce.
While utilities have a history of proactively preparing for natural disasters, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis brings with it many unknown variables.
Please watch this webinar to learn more about modernizing critical infrastructure communications through private LTE.
Anterix and NREL’s study on Private LTE Communications was featured in the Energy Systems Integration Facility’s (ESIF’S) 2019 book documenting their Grid Modernization Initiative.
Rishi Baskar, VP Energy & Public Sector at Ericsson, speaking to Anterix (formerly pdvWireless) about the need for spectrum to realize the massive technological advances and future proofing that 5G enables.
Tami Barron’s video, presented at the 2019 Anterix Investor Day on how Southern Linc sees private wireless broadband networks as strategic and tactical advantages for electric utilities. In their planning, they are using 4g technology as the workhorse, with the complimentary 5g technology as a layer on top.
Pete Tseronis, Founder and CEO of Dots and Bridges speaking to Anterix about policies that will enable the next generation of infrastructure and utilities communications.
Anterix’s SVP of Technology, Mike Brozek, discusses our work with the DoE’s NREL in utilizing Private LTE to enable ADMS for tomorrow’s grid.
Utility-grade broadband requires private networks. Wireless broadband networks require spectrum, infrastructure, and technology. Spectrum in the 900 MHz band is perfect for utility broadband.
Navigant Whitepaper: The Urgent Need for a Licensed Broadband Spectrum Allocation for Critical Infrastructure
Why the Utility Industry and Regulators Must Come Together in Support of Interoperable, Future-Proof Smart Grid Networks.
Commercial networks are designed to meet a particular business model focused on serving the mass market; utility networks must be more reliable and more resilient.