Senior Regulatory and Standards Energy Officials to Convene a Smart Grid 'Acceleration Roundtable' at GridWeek 2010

Oct 01, 2010, 11:40 ET from Clasma Events, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Meeting to address the core policy and standards initiatives for the rapid and successful implementation of the Smart Grid, senior officials from key energy regulatory and research organizations are meeting at an "Acceleration Roundtable" during the closing day of the GridWeek 2010 Conference, October 21.

Moderated by Susan McGinnis, managing editor and news anchor of Energy Now (formerly Clean Skies News), the roundtable program will feature George Arnold, national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST);Gerry Cauley, president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC); Arshad Mansoor, vice president of Power Delivery at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); and Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

"These officials represent the organizations empowered to accelerate the successful implementation of the Smart Grid," said Anto Budiardjo, president of Clasma Events. "With new standards now being finalized, these participants will be sharing their vision for a road map to the Smart Grid and will discuss lessons learned from initial Smart Grid deployment and how this progress is influencing new policy and initiatives within their agencies."

The Thursday session of the four-day GridWeek 2010 Conference, held from October 18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., also includes three tracks and nine sessions focusing on Smart Grid acceleration issues, including: "Broadening the Smart Grid Landscape," "Standards for Mass Deployment," and a special "Interop Workshop" hosted by the GridWise Architecture Council.

The last day of the conference also includes a three-session "Electric Vehicle Summit" exploring EV and Smart Grid integration, customer deployment and charging infrastructure models.  

The four-day GridWeek 2010 Conference offers a broad range of experts and sessions on the Smart Grid's impact on the economy, the electric utility infrastructure, consumers and the environment -- helping to set the agenda for Smart Grid advancement.  The conference will host more than 150 speakers, participating in 40 sessions, covering Smart Grid issues and topics centered around four key themes: International Collaboration, the Consumer, Smart Grid Deployment, and Putting Smart Grid on the Fast Track.

GridWeek 2010 is organized by Clasma Events. For more information on the conference, registration or sponsorship, visit

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