EUFMC 2018 Sees Record Attendance

The 65th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) attracted the highest number of attendees in its history to the event held June 3-6, 2018, in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

This year, 142 utility fleet representatives from 79 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives, and electrical contractors, including 40 first-time attendees and seven new utilities, attended the conference. Also in attendance were more than 330 representatives from over 100 manufacturers and service providers.
 
“Steady growth in attendance at EUFMC shows why this conference is the industry’s leading educational event for utility fleets,” said Mike Allison, EUFMC president and director of design and tech support services at Duke Energy. “Along with a highly informative educational program, the conference is a valuable forum for addressing challenges and exchanging ideas by networking with other fleets and suppliers, and its equipment exhibits and demonstrations are a great way to learn about new technologies.”
 
“Strategies for Managing a Safe, Productive and Cost Effective Fleet,” the theme of the 2018 general session educational program, featured presentations by fleet executives, manufacturer representatives, and industry experts. Topics covered this year included regulatory, legislative and legal issues, dielectric and acoustic testing, parts and maintenance, fleet electrification, disaster response, and distracted driving and human performance issues. The EUFMC education report will be available on the conference website.
 
The 2018 EUFMC keynote address, “Achieving Safety Excellence,” was delivered by Danny Lindsey, power delivery senior vice president at Georgia Power. Lindsey is responsible for the planning, design, operations, and maintenance of the company’s distribution and transmission systems.
   
The EUFMC featured roundtables where fleet executives addressed common challenges by sharing best practices and working with suppliers to find solutions. There were also utility equipment drive-through demonstrations with educational and technical presentations by suppliers as well as equipment show exhibits with more than 60 displays of vehicles, equipment, components, and a wide range of technologies and services.