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UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection announces its third Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum

New Topics - Carbon Cap and Trade and its affect on Smart Grid, Stimulus Progress / ARRA,
Smart Meter Implementations Nationwide by Utilities, Investments, New Standards


Join UCLA WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu/) for its third Smart Grid Leadership Forum of the UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection - a partnership between universities, industry and government. On November 4th, 2009, we are planning a thought leadership forum at UCLA on the state of the Transmission and Distribution Power Grid in the United States and the direction the community is headed in the formation of the Future Smart Grid. We will be joined by several leaders from government, industry, and academia. New topics in this third Leadership Forum will include Carbon Cap and Trade and its affect on Smart Grid, Stimulus Fund Progress and how it is being invested, Smart Meter Implementations nationwide by utilities, Investments into new technologies to support the future Energy Grid, renewable energy sources and their link into the grid, upgrading the infrastructure and intellectual / knowledge base.

Speaker nominations are open: Nominate a Speaker

For forum sponsorship please contact : sponsor@winmec.ucla.edu

Teleconference will be provided for registered attendees who wish to participate remotely.

While the current electric grid in the United States has an impressive 99.97% reliability, it is somewhat limited in its ability to handle renewable energy sources, to effectively manage demand response, to self-repair, or to sense/monitor its own problems. Convergence of communications, sensors and information technology has resulted in phenomenal advances such as the iPhone, but such convergence has been slow to reach the utility industry. With rise in the US population and increase in demand for electricity, there is tremendous opportunity for the United States to lead on the path of a new genre of convergence between the existing electric grid and the next generation of Wireless, Information Technology, RFID and Integrated Sensors (WITRIS) technologies. President Obama's stimulus package (called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA) that contains approximately $4.4 billion for Smart Grid represents perhaps a starting point for investment to modernize the grid.

Coupled to the stimulus package from Washington is the significant change in the national agenda on carbon emissions. The Carbon Cap-and-trade legislation in the form the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (also known as Waxman - Markley comprehensive energy bill) designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020, would have a profound impact on energy production and consumption - it is a game-changer. This in turn would further impact the electric transmission grid - for example if a greater proportion of energy comes from solar, then the grid would have to be modified appropriately to handle solar input in a scalable fashion. This bill would directly and indirectly stimulate private industry and universities into creating new technologies and innovations, resulting in opportunities and growth of new areas. Universities, technology providers, utilities, and governments would need to collaborate to come up with the next generation of Smart Grid and Smart Energy Technology. This would also affect training of new students in universities as well as the research agendas at universities. It would have the potential to radically alter how the United States of America thinks about energy. Bringing public policy, economics, business management and technology into the discussion as an inter-disciplinary thought leadership process would be become critical for a meaningful discussion. Our forum will plan to plan to start this discussion as part of the Thought Leadership activity.

While every major media source today is talking about the Smart Grid due to its importance to the national energy policy agenda, it is still unclear to many as to what this grid of the future will look like. In-fact, it is like trying to predict what an iPhone would have looked like in the year 1984 (25 years ago), when a cell phone was simply a mobile telephone. There is tremendous opportunity for creativity, experimentation and research in the defining of the Future Smart Grid. Throwing open this opportunity to students in universities or entrepreneurs in industry could result in new and currently unimaginable possibilities for the grid of the future. Therefore, while the utility community is trying to determine this singular vision of the grid of the future, the eventual outcome is impossible to predict, but the community at large needs to ensure that those who want to experiment with meritorious ideas get the appropriate resources, opportunities and incentives to do so. The innovative ideas of today would get impetus with funds from ARRA coupled with the incentives provided from Cap-and-Trade bill to become the creative Smart Grid ideas of tomorrow.

While the long term vision for the Smart Grid may be elusive, the community needs to come together to define short and medium term goals that are achievable in the next one to five years. Early successes would require some consensus in the short-term vision of the Smart Grid so as to take some actions and have measurable deliverables which would create early proof of success made by the ARRA investment made by the nation.

The UCLA thought Leadership forum would include participation from government, utilities, technology and infrastructure providers, energy exploration companies, universities, policy experts, startups and venture capitalists.

Some of the key topics will include:

Objectives of UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
The objective of the WINSmartGridTM Connection is to advance novel Wireless Internet Smart Grid technologies in university labs, perform testing in the labs, transition technologies into the field for scaled testing, and work with partners in industry and government for demonstrations and eventual rollout and deployment.

What is UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection is a collaborative research program between Universities, Industry and Government whose objective is to advance novel Wireless / Communications Internet Smart Grid technologies in university labs, perform testing in the labs, transition technologies into the field for scaled testing, and work with partners in industry and government for demonstrations and eventual rollout and deployment. Examples of projects undertaken would include:

To register to attend - http://winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid/2009-11/registration.asp

Participants from our June, 2009 event:
Boeing, California Energy Commission, California Institute for Energy & Environment, California Public Utilities Commission, Cisco, Constellation Energy Group, Inc., CSC, Defense Energy Support Center, Electric Power Group, EPRI, Global Quality Corp., Hughes Network Systems, ISGEC Group, India, Ismb - istituto superiore mario boella, JETRO Los Angeles, LanTech, Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Motorola, Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, Sempra Energy/The Gas Company, Southern Contracting Company, TDG Aerospace, TechnoCom Corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority, UCLA - WINMEC, UCLA Facilities Management, UCLA Institute of the Environment, UCLA ITA, Universal Devices, Inc, University of South Carolina, USAF- Edwards AirForce Base CA, USC, USC ISI, Utility Consulting Group,

Participants from our March, 2009 event:
A2Insights, Current Group LLC, Electric Power Group, Qualcomm Ventures, 3Di Systems, Utility Consulting Group, University of California, San Diego, OPUS Consulting Group, Capgemini, Los Angeles Dept Water & Power, Litton Consulting Group, Inc., BC Hydro, CSULB/TMAssociates, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sempra Energy/The Gas Company, NERC Cyber Security CIP Program, Siemens, On-Ramp Wireless, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Qualcomm Incorporated, H2scan Corporation.

Participating in UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
Organizations interested in joining the UCLA Wireless SmartGrid Connection should email smartgrid@winmec.ucla.edu

Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council
Select organizations are participating on The UCLA-WINMEC Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council (http://winmec.ucla.edu/advisory-smartgrid.asp). For further information, email smartgrid@winmec.ucla.edu, subject "Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council".

WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

ETRI, HP, Intel, Hughes Network Systems, ISMB, InterDigital Communications, Motorola Inc., QUALCOMM, Raytheon, Symbol Technologies, Tescom Co.

Equipment Sponsors:
Impinj, RSI ID Technologies, Printronix, Symbol, Maxell, Motorola Inc., Zebra, Quantum Route, Inc., Convergence Systems Limited, Magellan Technology (Australia), Confidex, Alien Technology, Intemec, UPM Raflatac, TagSense, Albis Technologies, Metalcraft Inc., Roxtron, Invengo

Media Sponsors:
Smart Grid Today, SmartGridCareers, Smart Grid Library, Metering International

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