Plenary Sessions

Monday, Feb. 25
(9:00am – 10:15am)

Assessing Progress in Smart Grid Deployment

Chair: Hank Kenchington  
Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Dept. of Energy
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Jeff Gooding, 
IT General Manager of Smart Grid Engineering, Southern California Edison 
John Hewa,
Vice President Research, Engineering & Technical Services, NRECA 
John McDonald,
Vice President Technical Services, PECO 
Carl Imhoff,
Manager Electricity Infrastructure Market Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

There have been accelerated deployments of smart grid technologies aided by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and matching private investments.  As these efforts are implemented, they will provide a good learning for devising the best paths forward for grid modernization.  This panel will explore the current progress of smart grid deployments and what lessons can be drawn for future investments and deployments. 

Tuesday, Feb. 26
(9:00am – 10:00am)

Sharing Experience Internationally

Chair: Prof. Saifur Rahman,
Director, Advanced Research Institute 
Virginia Tech

Nelson Kagan, University of Sao Paulo – Brazil
Kenji Iba, Professor, Meisei University, Japan

Tang Yi, Southeast University, China
Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Chalmers University, Sweden

Leading experts from the Americas, Europe, and Asia will share their assessment of what has been learned to date from smart grid deployments, and future direction and challenges to be overcome. 

Wednesday, Feb. 27
(9:00am – 10:00am)
Overcoming Regulatory Barriers to Innovation

Chair: Paul Centolella,
Vice President
Analysis Group

Ann Berwick,
Chair, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Commissioner Kelly Speakes-Backman,
Maryland Public Service Commission
David Mohler,
Chief Technology Officer, Duke Energy (invited)
Nick Sinai,
Senior Advisor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (invited)

Regulation has focused on ensuring that electricity is reliable, widely available and affordable to consumers, However, regulation can also serve as a barrier to smart grid development and deployment since the benefits and risks of new technologies and innovation are often difficult to quantify.  This panel will focus on the interplay between technology and regulation and new approaches needed to foster the smart grid.