Smart Grid Transition in MA with Tech Sandbox: February 9th, 5:30-8pm

  • 09 Feb 2017
Smart Grid Transition in MA with Tech Sandbox: February 9th, 5:30-8pm
Event Description

Grid 2.0 Transition to a Smart, Distributed, Reliable, & Resilient Grid

When: Thursday, February 9, 5:30-8pm

Where: Tech Sandbox Inc., 105B South St, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Price: $25 early bird/ $30 until day before program/ $35 day of or at door; Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free.

The Smart Grid generally refers to a class of technology that people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based remote control and automation. It was formalized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA-2007).

The U.S. electric grid is very large, “fragmented” in ownership and management, continuously growing, very complex, and vulnerable to failure due to natural causes, human error, equipment failure, or malevolent action. Failures can become long lasting and cascade; impacting communications, financial transactions, general commerce, needs for shelter, safety, and national security.

Such a national Smart Grid will likely include utility scale components, distributed micro and mini-generation, energy storage capabilities, and micro/mini grids.

The objectives of the Smart Grid are:

Achieve reliability never before possible
Maintain affordability
Reinforce U.S. global competitiveness
Accommodate renewable and traditional energy sources
Reduce carbon footprint
Realize advancements/efficiency not yet envisioned

This session will focus on opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation within the Smart Grid. The technical program will open with a brief overview of the Smart Grid, will then explore and discuss opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation within Smart Grid management as well as at grid interfaces with end usage/users of electricity and with distributed energy resources (electricity generation, storage, etc.), and will conclude with an audience-interactive panel session.

Sean Becker, President, Sparkplug Power
Melissa Chan, Senior Consultant, Modern Grid Partners
Ken Horne, Director in Navigant’s Global Energy Practice
Bill Jones, Director of the Smart Energy Solutions Program, National Grid

Schedule of evening:
5:30pm - Networking and registration
6:30-8pm - Program

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