March 23, 2011, 3:00-7:00 pm
The electricity grid is the world's largest machine, enabling the transmission of electricity from various sources to power all aspects of modern life. However, the grid system that has evolved over the last century is facing real stresses - growing demand, aging infrastructure, new technology, and demand for cleaner energy sources are all pushing the existing system to its limits.
To deal with these challenges, many argue that we need a "smarter" grid, evolving the existing electrical system to use data for improving grid performance, enable communication across all system components, and allow automated control. Many smart grid efforts also involve a more active role for end users in energy management, through smart metering, demand management, setting preferences, etc.
This Leading EDGE seminar will investigate the current state of smart grid efforts, the value propositions underlying these initiatives, and the companies and strategies that are driving its evolution.
Peter Fox-Penner, Principal - The Brattle Group; and author of author of Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of the Utilities
Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids North America - ABB
Allan Schurr, Vice President, Strategy & Development - Global Energy and Utilities Industry - IBM
Rob Caldwell, Vice President, Efficiency & Innovative Technology - Progress Energy
Pete Curtice, Senior Director, Client Solutions - OPOWER
Dalia Patino Echeverri, Assistant Professor of Energy Systems and Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, moderator
- "The Smart Grid: An Introduction", from the U.S. Department of Energy
- "Switching perspectives: Creating new business models for a changing world of energy", from IBM Global Business Services
- "Plugging in the consumer: Innovating utility business models for the future", from IBM Global Business Services