The concept of an extensive “Smart Grid” has achieved significant momentum. The federal government and an increasing number of states have identified the Smart Grid as a key component to the nation’s energy and economic future. Policymakers at the state and federal level look to the Smart Grid as a means to help address critical issues, such as energy efficiency, fuel independence and better utilization of renewable energy resources. The Smart Grid will help flatten the electricity demand curve by offering increased roles for storage devices, compressed air, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, flywheels and battery technologies. The Smart Grid will also facilitate the widest possible range of supply and demand-reduction options.
With the collaborative efforts and collective insights of the electric industry, policymakers, and industrial and technology companies, the development of the Smart Grid will soon become a reality, with vast benefits for the reliability and security of the electric system and the economy. The Smart Grid’s advanced technology will facilitate integration of new communication models that will better accommodate renewable and variable sources – like wind and solar – into the transmission grid. The smart grid will also greatly expand and increase the importance and value of demand response.
However, not everyone believes all components of the smart grid are a good idea. Numerous groups have been protesting the installation of smart meters and raise issues concerning costs, rates, privacy, health and relative “benefits”.
Please join us for an interesting and provocative discussion by a panel of industry experts who will provide their insights into the integration of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy markets. After a short presentation by each of the panelists, the floor will be open for participants to ask questions.
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