Dr. George Arnold is the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at NIST, a division of the US Department of Commerce. He joined NIST in September 2006 and served as the Deputy Director of Technology Services prior to his current role. In addition to his NIST responsibilities, Dr. Arnold continues to be active in external standards organizations. He currently serves as Vice-President-Policy for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and President of the IEEE Standards Association. He also has been the Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the US voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Earlier in his career, Dr. Arnold was a Vice-President at Bell Laboratories and worked at Lucent Technologies and AT&T in research and development, product management, quality management and process re-engineering. Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Commissioner Paul Centolella, who has served Ohio since his appointment to the PUCO by Governor Strickland in 2007, is also active in regional and national efforts in smart grid, demand response, and climate change. He is the Secretary of the Organization of PJM States as well as a member of the Smart Grid Collaborative and the Demand Response Collaborative run by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Association of State Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Additionally, he serves on NARUC's Climate Change Task Force and NARUC's Energy Resources and Environment Committee. He also has published numerous books and articles about public utilities regulation, electricity markets, and environmental policy. From 1992 to 2007, Commissioner Centolella was a Senior Economist in the Energy Solutions Group of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he managed projects involving energy and environmental market design, electric power system operations, and economic policy analysis. From 1982 to 1992 he was the Senior Energy Policy Advisor and a Senior Utility Attorney for the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). In that role, he helped develop market-based approaches to environmental regulation, which accelerated emission reductions and reduced the costs of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Commissioner Centolella earned a bachelor's degree with honors in economics from Oberlin College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
About the DRCC
The Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) is a non-profit organization formed in 2004 to develop information and content on demand response and smart grid and to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise between different regions of the country as well as among demand response practitioners and policy makers. Among the DRCC's many activities is its National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, the country's premier event devoted to this policy and business issue area.
Members of the DRCC are Ameren, American Electric Power, Arizona Public Service, CPower, ISO New England, Itron, Landis+Gyr, Midwest ISO, National Grid, NYSERDA, Pacific Gas & Electric, PJM Interconnection, Progress Energy, Salt River Project, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Viridity Energy, Wal-Mart