GridWeek 2012 and U.S. Commerce Department Expand International Smart Grid Network in D.C. this October

- The U.S. Commercial Service's International Buyer Program (IBP) attracts more international attendees to GridWeek 2012.

- International participation provides U.S. companies with global insights and new opportunities for business networking.

Sep 13, 2012, 10:00 ET from Clasma Events, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- From Canada to Brazil to Tanzania, Clasma Events and the U.S. Commercial Service's International Buyer Program (IBP) are attracting international Smart Grid delegates to Washington, D.C., for the most global GridWeek yet, Oct. 2-4, 2012.

IBP is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry conferences and tradeshows.  The IBP will bring international attendees from countries including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Tanzania, and The Gambia to GridWeek.

In addition to business networking, international delegates will provide U.S. companies with fresh perspectives and lessons from global Smart Grid projects.

"Because our energy challenges are global, we have decided to integrate international perspectives within the majority of our conference sessions to help broaden the discussion and lessons learned -- providing a global undercurrent for the entire show," said Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events.

GridWeek 2012 will gather 100+ industry-leading speakers to discuss how to achieve value from complexity, exploring big global Smart Grid drivers, utility business issues and opportunities, and a showcase of lessons from the field.

International speakers will participate in dozens of sessions, including: "Global Resource Challenges," "Microgrids in Developed and Developing Countries," "International Utility Strategy," and more.

U.S. Department of Commerce international trade specialists will be at the International Business Center at the conference to provide services including export counseling, business matchmaking, and market analysis. Learn more.

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. For more information:

Clasma Events, Inc. specializes in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion: ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek, Grid-Interop, and GridSec.

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