Silicon Valley establishes smart grid task force


Chris Johns,
President, PG&E
San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 29, 2010 – A Silicon Valley Smart Grid Task Force has been established by The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, City of San Jose and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to better educate the public on smart grid technology and its importance in aiding California’s long term environmental and energy efficiency goals.

As a first step, the group, which brings together leaders from industry, the public sector, non-profits and academia, will commission a study to investigate the economic impacts of smart grid technology.

“The leaders coming together to create this task force understand the direct connection between creating a high-tech electric grid and answering the energy, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century,” said PG&E president Chris Johns. “Consumers, businesses, government and communities all share a stake in its success, and the task force represents a new and important way for us to work together toward this vision.”

The task force consists of member companies Oracle, Cisco, Nanosolar, Control4, Coulomb Technologies, Silver Spring Networks and OPower, among other leaders in energy and renewable energy.

In addition to educating consumers, the Silicon Valley Smart Grid Task Force will focus on how smart grid enhances long term environmental and efficiency goals, demonstrate the economic benefits of smart grid investments in creating Silicon Valley jobs, and identify next steps for local, state and federal policy makers to expedite the deployment of smart grid.