General Opening Session


Conference Program Day 1
Monday March 23, 2009

Session 1.0.1

General: Opening / Keynote: Doing business with data
Chairman: Warren Causey, Vice President, Sierra Energy Group, CO

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address
Chris Bennett, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy, Policy & Business Improvement Officer, Florida Power & Light, FL

09h30 – 10h00

Plenary address: Clean energy production – efficient, accessible and cheap
Edward Lu, Head of Advanced Projects, Google, CA

  • Technologies to produce clean and cheap electricity
  • Tools to track and optimize energy use and production
  • Selling home-produced power and monetizing the smart grid
  • Empowering individuals and companies to produce energy
  • Helping consumers to understand and manage their electricity consumption and production

10h00 – 11h00

Panel discussion: ‘Making tactical business decisions with the wealth of customer data”

With so much data being collected, stored and processed, what do utilities do next? In today’s smart utility, these strategic judgments are taken to the boardroom where calculated and composed decisions have to be made to ensure financial dexterity.
A venerated panel of utility CIOs will discuss the employment of selected data to aid both current and future applications that will benefit the customer.

Moderator: Warren Causey, Vice President, Energy Central, CO


  • Sharon Allen, President, Elster Integrated Solutions, NC
  • George Flammer, Chief Scientist, Silver Spring Networks, CA
  • David Mohler, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Duke Energy, NC
  • Shane Pospisil, President & CEO, Ontario Energy Association, Canada