Utility 2.0: Building the Next-Gen Electric Grid through Innovation

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2013) - Developing and deploying smart grid technologies is fundamentally important to building a resilient electric grid, growing the clean economy, and increasing U.S. productivity. A key factor in creating a smarter "Utility 2.0" is the need for continuous energy and grid innovations. However, like many national challenges, there are a number of technological, institutional, and regulatory issues standing in the way of progress.

To gauge how innovation is shaping the electric grid of the future, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC), and the Energy Future Coalition (EFC) have convened a diverse group of experts to discuss what technologies are advancing the smart grid and the policy reforms necessary to accelerate this transition. "Utility 2.0: Building the Next-Generation Electric Grid" will be held from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 29 at ITIF, 1101 K St., NW, suite 610A.

"Creating a smarter and more efficient electric grid is a key component of our broader energy and climate change strategy and innovation is at its core," notes Matthew Stepp, Senior Analyst with ITIF and moderator of the event. "This event frames advancing a smarter Utility 2.0 around the technologies that are transforming how consumers and power producers are engaging with energy and the novel ways of spurring more grid innovation."

The panel discussion will feature Phil Davis, Senior Manager of Smart Grid Solutions at Schneider Electric, John Jimison, Managing Director with the Energy Futures Coalition, Miles Keogh, Director of Grants and Research at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and David Malkin, Director of Governmental Affairs and Policy for GE Digital Energy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit http://www.itif.org/events/utility-20-building-next-gen-electric-grid-through-innovation.

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.