U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra to Address Opening and Closing Days of GridWeek 2010 Smart Grid Conference

Oct 15, 2010, 14:04 ET from Clasma Events, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- White House and Cabinet officials, leading energy associations and regulatory officials, and energy and environmental entrepreneurs will keynote some of the more than 40 Smart Grid programs at next week's GridWeek 2010 Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 18-21.  

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will headline the opening day of GridWeek with a keynote address before an international gathering of Smart Grid policy, regulatory, utility and technology executives.  Mr. Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, will deliver the closing address focused on the acceleration of Smart Grid next Thursday.

Among the more than 200 speakers presenting over the four-day conference, are other keynote and plenary session leaders including:

  • Gerry Cauley, president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC);
  • The Honorable Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC);
  • Robin Chase, founder and CEO of Meadow Networks, founder and CEO of GoLoco and co-founder of Zipcar;
  • Thomas Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); and,
  • William Novelli, professor at Georgetown University and former CEO of AARP.  

"When we look at the range and depth of the people assembled here at GridWeek, all contributing their knowledge and energy to create actionable initiatives to advance Smart Grid deployments, these four days truly represent a national energy call-to-action," said Anto Budiardjo, president of Clasma Events.

Daily plenary sessions and roundtables will also feature leaders at the forefront of the Smart Grid industry:

The GridWeek 2010 Conference, held from October 18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., 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 200 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 or to register, visit www.gridweek.com.

About Clasma Events, Inc.

Clasma Events, Inc. is a global event company specializing in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion. With a finger on the pulse of leading industry technologies and trends, Clasma provides a stage for collaboration and cooperation among industry thought leaders at the forefront of the smart energy movement.  Focusing on smart grid, connectivity, and the new energy economy, Clasma's major events include ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek, and Grid-Interop. More information on Clasma is available at www.clasma.com.

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