Electric Coops Applaud Rural Smart Grid Summit

Oct 28, 2010, 15:30 ET from Rural Smart Grid Summit

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- With over 70 rural electric utility cooperatives CEOs and General Managers from across the United States in attendance, the Rural Smart Grid Summit (RSGS) has been a success according to many of the electric co-op heads in attendance.

"It's been good for me," said Mike McWaters, Chief Executive Officer of the Wiregrass Electric Coop in Alabama. "There's a lot of different vendors and information, and we get to hear them and see what they're doing. Important dialogue with other utilities has also taken place."

Steve Rinell, Chief Executive Officer of the Ostego Electric Coop in New York agreed, saying, "For the first time conference, it's been very good as the coops get to know the vendors and they get to know us. Things are only going to get better."

The RSGS is an exclusive, invitation-only, fully paid event for the CEOs of seventy plus U.S. electric coops. The electric coops interact in small, intimate venues with Smart Grid technology executives. Senior level discussions take place that many times disclose future products and help create collaboration on future trends and needs.

"I really like the format," said Robert Cornell, Manager of the Washington Island Electric Coop in Wisconsin. "It put pressure on vendors to get their point across in a short period of time and gives us the opportunity to interrupt them."

At RSGS, the electric coop heads were put into groups of eight and heard from the top leadership of Smart Grid vendors for intervals of 25 minutes.

"The intimate, board room format has allowed direct interaction between the coop decision makers and Smart Grid vendors," noted William Booth, Event Coordinator of the RSGS.  "With the strong and positive reactions from both the vendors and the coops, we can say the Summit is a true business development environment."

Contact: K.B. Forbes, kforbes@ruralsmartgrid.com

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