A Smart Grid Comes Together

Thursday Jul 22, 2010 - 12-1pm Eastern Presented by Energy Central
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In this on-demand webcast Howard Scott, managing director at Cognyst Advisors, Katherine Hamilton, president GridWise Alliance, and Kurt Yeager, director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative and former CEO of EPRI along with moderator Ken Silverstein, Editor-in-Chief EnergyBiz Insider, for a one-hour discussion: A Smart Grid Comes Together.

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A Smart Grid Comes Together

On-demand Webcast
Cost: Free
Includes Interactive Q&A Session

In this exclusive web event, our panel of industry leaders will share with you just how smart the smart grid is getting. From distribution to transmission, they'll talk about the rapid advances with smart meters around the country. The panel will explain how, thanks to smart meters, the grid intelligence can now go all the way to the home and how smart grid advances are developing and the implications for electrical companies and their customers

If you are a Utility Manager, Regulator, Policy Maker or an Executive responsible for Smart Grid implementation, you won't want to miss the panel's update on what smart grid deployment means and their update on investments. As a leader in the energy utilities industry, you'll want to join this discussion and be on top of what the smart grid advances mean for you, your organization and your customers. The discussion will be moderated and include an interactive Q & A session.

The panel addresses critical questions including:

How the distribution and transmission grid is getting smarter with every upgrade.
How fast these upgrades are happening and what you need to know to keep up

How you can bring this information back to your organization for planning purposes.

This discussion — A Smart Grid Comes Together — will give you important insights about the state of the smart grid's rapid advances and help you stay on top of the transformative evolution of our industry.

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Panel:



Katherine Hamilton
President
GridWise Alliance



Howard Scott
Managing Partner
Cognyst Advisors



Kurt Yeager
Galvin Initiative
Former head of EPRI



Ken Silverstein
Editor-in-Chief
EnergyBiz Insider E-Newsletter

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Speaker Biographies:

Katherine Hamilton
President, GridWise Alliance

Katherine Hamilton joined the GridWise Alliance in October of 2008 as its first full time President. In her tenure, Hamilton has watched the Alliance membership grow from 70 to over 100 members. In addition to new members, Hamilton has brokered numerous strategic alliances with key stakeholder groups. Hamilton has also been instrumental in spearheading the legislative and policy efforts of the Alliance in the past year including developing legislative language and providing testimony for Congress. In addition to her activities to promote the many different initiatives of the Alliance, Hamilton has participated in numerous conferences as a keynote speaker and on smart grid panels.

Prior to joining the GridWise Alliance, Hamilton was policy advisor for Good Energies, Inc., a private investment company with a current portfolio in clean energy technologies of more than $6 Billion. In addition, Hamilton co-directed the American Bioenergy Association, where she worked with entrepreneurs, universities and utilities in developing biomass technologies. As the President of her own company, The Hamilton Group, she worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, Midwest Research Institute and other organizations to lobby Congress and statehouses on various clean energy policies and funding. Hamilton also worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where she created several programs including federal energy audit and water conservation. Hamilton also served as NREL's Manager of Government Relations in Washington, DC, becoming an expert witness on renewable energy for the House Committee on Science and serving as an advisor to Vice President Cheney's Task Force in developing the national energy plan. Hamilton apprenticed as a distribution engineer for Virginia Power (now Dominion Energy) and was a senior analyst in commercial energy efficiency. 

Hamilton has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Paris, Sorbonne.


Howard Scott
Managing Partner, Cognyst Advisors

Howard Scott is the Managing Director of Cognyst Advisors. He specializes in market research, utility operations and expert services and recently advised the Obama Transition Team on the ability to introduce Smart Metering across the United States. His technical and business experiences include AMR/AMI and Smart Metering, telecommunications, project and business management, market research, and software development. He worked a dozen years at Bell Labs and Bellcore developing innovative telecommunications technologies. An accomplished public speaker, he has published numerous articles including an extensive market study of the automatic meter reading industry titled The Scott Reports. He has a doctorate in physics and has held a variety of leadership positions in both business and civic organizations. 

Kurt Yeager
Galvin Initiative and Former head of EPRI

Kurt E. Yeager retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in September 2004. Since retiring from EPRI, Mr. Yeager is serving as Executive Director of the non-profit Galvin Electricity Initiative that is focused on transforming the reliability and value of U.S. electricity service. Mr. Yeager is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served on several National Academy of Engineering Committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. He is now also serving as a Convening Lead Author for the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) "Global Energy Assessment" report to the United Nations and the World Bank. Mr. Yeager has authored over 200 technical papers and publications on energy and environmental topics. Most recently, he co-authored with Bob Galvin the 2008 McGraw-Hill published book entitled, "Perfect Power". 


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