Black-out prevention measures discussed at Smart Energy East Coast conference


The New York State Public Service Commission in July approved so-called “smart grid” projects that will help power operators to avoid events similar to the 2003 Northeast Blackout and 2006 Long Island City Outages, as well as projects designed to modernize and enhance existing electrical distribution systems for reliability.  The commission’s approval of the projects is contingent upon the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarding a 50% matching federal grant.

Robert E. Curry, Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission, will present the keynote address at the much-anticipated Smart Energy East Coast conference, on October 27 – 28 in New York, NY, during which the challenges and proposed solutions for the implementation of smart metering and smart grids in the region will be discussed.  

Says Ryan Matthews, conference director:  “the Smart Energy East Coast event is perfecly placed to unpack the issues surrounding the roll-out of these smart grid technologies and we look forward to hearing Commissioner Curry’s views and benefit from his vision”.

Smart speakers, smart views
The closing panel session titled “The Smart Energy Landscape” features some of the leaders representing different viewpoints in the smart energy movement including:

  • Robert Catell, Chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium.  In addition to his role with the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Mr. Catell is also the Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook and is the former Chairman, U.S., National Grid and former Chairman and CEO, KeySpan Corporation.  
  • Deborah Ifrah, Executive Director, JP Morgan.  Ms. Ifrah heads up JP Morgan’s Smart Grid Practice and has been involved in some of the largest commercial transactions that are shaping much of today’s vendor landscape.
  • Howard Scott, Ph.D., Managing Director of Cognyst Advisors.  Dr. Scott is a renowned expert in metering, communications, and the many technologies that are shaping what has become today’s smart energy landscape.  An advisor to Fortune 500 companies, niche solution providers, and utilities of all sizes, Dr. Scott is recognized for his valued insights and estimates about AMI and Smart Grid market direction.
  • Ron Prosser, CEO of The Prosser Group.  After having held executive positions at Boeing, Mr. Prosser now heads up an organization that provides consulting, engineering and venture capital in the energy and clean water fields.  A trusted advisor on in the smart energy field, Mr. Prosser is a recognized leader in identifying and successfully building solutions and organizations in the smart energy field.

Smart grids, smart city
Earlier, organizers of Smart Energy East Coast welcomed the establishment of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium that aims to use public-private partnerships to develop these smart grid projects, reducing energy consumption and creating jobs.  With this move New York joined a handful of other “smart” states that lead with smart grid projects that will be funded by government stimulus dollars.  The leading Smart Grid states are California, Texas, Florida, New Mexico, West Virginia and now New York.

Says Jonathan Spencer Jones, editor of authoritative industry journal, Smart Energy International:  “With the establishment of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium and the approval of projects contingent on stimulus funding, the state is not only positioned to move ahead rapidly with smart grid rollout but also stands as a national model of statewide cooperation. As a leader of the smart energy movement in the region New York is an ideal l
location for Smart Energy East Coast 2009”.

Smart conference
The conference is the new incarnation of Smart Metering East Coast.  “Smart metering and smart grids are redefining how energy is delivered and used”, says Jonathan Spencer Jones, “and are setting the scene for the 21st century smart energy world. Smart energy demands smart customers and smart utilities and Smart Energy East Coast will address the issues and challenges and provide solutions for smart East Coast energy professionals”.

Smart Energy East Coast is the only executive forum for stakeholders committed to developing energy efficiency programs supported by smart metering and smart grid initiatives. By bringing together utilities, energy regulators, technology vendors, proponents of smart buildings, and other industry experts, this exclusive event will validate the future of smart energy practices in the region.

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Event location:
Marriott New York East Side
525 Lexington Ave
at 49th Street,
New York City