DistribuTECH 2014 draws more than 10,000 attendees

DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, along with co-located events Utility Products Conference and Exposition, Electric Light and Power Executive Conference and TransForum Texas drew more than 10,000 attendees from a record-breaking 66 countries this week to make it one of the largest turnouts in the event’s 24-year history.

The world’s largest annual transmission and distribution event kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote session emceed by POWERGRID International chief editor and DistribuTECH program director, Teresa Hansen, and featuring presentations from some of the nation’s top utilities and from Randi Zuckerberg, founder and creative director of Zuckerberg Media; Michael W. Yackira, president and CEO of NV Energy; and Doyle N. Beneby, president and CEO of CPS Energy.

The standing-room-only session drew nearly 3,000 attendees and set the stage for the 3-day event that drew representatives from more than 300 utilities worldwide.

"Seeing the industry’s best and brightest leaders and innovators converge this week here at DistribuTECH gives us a great sense of validation as the power delivery’s premier conference and exhibition,” said MaryBeth DeWitt, vice president, PennWell, Transmission and Distribution events. “We are thrilled with the industry’s support and extend a huge thank you to the utilities, sponsors, and exhibitors whose participation is so integral to the success of these events.”

DistribuTECH also featured 24 Utility University® workshops, a technical tour, networking events, 79 conference sessions in 15 tracks, an exhibition including more than 475 companies and three co-located events offering activities and educational content in specific areas of interest to utilities and other companies with a stake in power delivery and water and wastewater.

Next year’s DistribuTECH will be held February 3-5, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Co-located with DistribuTECH, the Utility Products Conference & Exposition is the industry's leading platform for showcasing the newest products, vehicles, services and equipment to utility buyers. Also co-located with DistribuTECH, the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference is an exclusive forum for industry leaders to network and freely discuss the challenges and opportunities utilities face in today's ever-changing market.

To learn more about DistribuTECH, visit http://distributech.com. Visit http://utilityproductsexpo.com to learn more about Utility Products Conference and Exposition. Visit http://elpconference.com to learn more about the Electric Light and Power Executive Conference.

About PennWell

PennWell Corp. is a diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries: electric power, water and wastewater, oil and gas, renewable, electronics, semiconductor, contamination control, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, enterprise storage, converting, nanotechnology, fire, emergency services and dental. Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes over 100 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, web sites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey, Moscow, Russia, and Hong Kong, China. In 2010, PennWell celebrated 100 years in business.

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