Online Conference to Focus on Optimizing the Smart Grid Business Case
May 22, 2012
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As smart grid buildout moves forward, stakeholders are keen to see concrete results from their investments to date. Regulators and utility executives are looking to justify their investment commitment and indentify new applications that will lead to greater benefit for the consumer. New business models and opportunities are arising from the data being generated by AMI, and utilities are only beginning to explore these options.
To help utilities refine and maximize their smart grid ROI, the Smart Grid Observer will conduct the Smart Grid Applications & Business Case Virtual Summit on Thursday, May 31. This one-day, 100% online event will carefully examine the emerging services, applications, and business cases associated with the smart grid. Analysts, technology experts, and industry practitioners will discuss the latest lessons learned and advances surrounding smart metering and the smart grid, and explore how the business model for utilities around the world is changing.
Topics to be addressed include:
- Demonstrating the smart grid business case and value
- Identifying and optimizing advanced smart grid-enabled applications
- Changing role of the utility in the evolving energy ecosystem
- Tools for evaluating smart grid investment
- Key applications: Volt/VAR advances, grid optimization, systems integration, etc.
- Strategies for engaging the consumer: driving value from end-user buy-in
- Integrating distribution and substation automation with AMI
- Leveraging smart meter data to cross silos and visualize the network
- Addressing and overcoming obstacles facing the smart grid
- The business case for energy storage and microgrids: directions forward
- Meeting regulator performance expectations
- Paul Alvarez,President, The Wired Group; and Principal, MetaVu
- Dr. Jerry Jackson, Leader and Research Director, Smart Grid Research Consortium
- Mike Gravely, Deputy Division Chief, Energy Research and Development Division,
California Energy Commission
- Jody Wigington, GM & CEO, Morristown Utility Systems
- Ken McKinney, Principal Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories
- Seth Frader-Thompson, CEO, EnergyHub
- Steve Ehrlich, Senior Vice President-Marketing, Space-Time Insight
- Dave Kauffman, Product Manager, Tantalus
- Sebastien Schikora, Director, Utility Product Management, Echelon
- Raj Chudgar, Vice President-SmartGrid/Microgrid, Power Analytics
"The online format of this event makes it cost-effective and convenient to attend from anywhere in the world," says Daniel Coran, editor of the Smart Grid Observer and program manager for the Summit. "Live Q&A with the speakers is handled after each presentation via conference call and text chat. It's a very information-rich and in-depth format."
Registrants will have access to recorded presentations (audio + PowerPoint) for three months after the event, plus PDF downloads of all the presentations. Q&A discussion for each session is also recorded for later playback and reference.
For more information and to register visit http://www.smartgridobserver.com/index-savs.htm.
Source: Smart Grid Observer
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