Powering the People Highlights Key Trends Driving Change Across the Electric Power Industry

Mar 17, 2016, 12:30 ET from Edison Foundation's Institute for Electric Innovation

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Electric Innovation today will host its sixth annual Powering the People event in Washington. Focusing on the evolution of the electric power industry, this year's theme is "Key Trends Driving Change" and will feature short, powerful talks by energy company leaders, policymakers, and technology company executives. Each mini TED-like talk will deliver a unique perspective on how new technologies and policies are driving change and transformation in the electric power industry.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Public Service Enterprise Group Chairman, President and CEO Ralph Izzo and Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump. Both speakers will address many of the trends driving change across the industry, speaking from both the industry and regulatory perspective.

The TED-like talks at Powering the People will focus on three main themes:

  • The Digital and Distributed Power Grid: How today's power grid is evolving and the implications for changing roles and relationships among electric power companies, technology companies and policymakers.
  • Smart City Initiatives: The integration of information, communication and energy technologies to improve the accessibility and resiliency of services for customers.
  • Individualizing Customer Services: Using advanced methods and technology to tailor products and services to meet the changing needs and interests of customers.

"Powering the People provides a platform for participants to learn about and discuss the main issues impacting the electric power industry's transformation," said Lisa Wood, Edison Foundation Vice President and IEI Executive Director. "This year, we have several great conversations on the evolving distributed and digital power grid, smart city initiatives, and the move toward individualized customer services. The future is an expansive electrified economy as limitless as the imagination. It will offer choices to customers, entrepreneurs and our industry. But the challenge of integrating these changes, while also maintaining a reliable and affordable supply of electricity, will require serious dialogue among all stakeholders."

For more information about Powering the People: Key Trends Driving Change, please visit The Institute for Electric Innovation website and follow the Powering the People conversation on Twitter @Elec_Innovation and with the hashtag #PTP16.

The Institute for Electric Innovation focuses on advancing the adoption and application of new technologies that will strengthen and transform the power grid. The Institute's members are the investor-owned electric companies that represent about 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. The membership is committed to an affordable, reliable, secure, and clean energy future. For more information, please visit www.EdisonFoundation.net.


SOURCE Edison Foundation's Institute for Electric Innovation