GridWeek brings together top smart grid leaders
SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, September 08, 2011
On Monday, September 12, GridWeek will commence and will bring more than 60 utility leaders to Washington, D.C., to discuss a variety of issues related to the smart grid.
The main theme of this year's conference will be "The Way Forward," focusing on cyber security, demand response, customer engagement and working with international clients.
Annto Budiardjo, the president of Clasma Events - which is putting on the conference - said that GridWeek is a vital event for those involved with the smart grid, in addition to other aspects of electricity transmission
"Our 14 major GridWeek partners working collaboratively ensure the topics and presenters speak directly to vital Smart Grid issues that utilities are now facing," said Budiardjo. "With the scope of so many deployments now at a critical junction, providing real-life examples and insights from Smart Grid projects makes this the leading utility-focused Smart Grid conference."
One of the focal points of this year's GridWeek will be smart grid security. Pike Research estimates that investment in smart grid cyber security will take off in the coming years, eventually topping $4 billion by 2018. At GridWeek, the focus will not only be on smart grid security in the U.S. but in emerging markets as well.
Clint Wheelock, the president of Pike Research, said that the issues discussed at the conference will be of high relevance to those involved with not only smart grid security but other aspects of utilities as well.
"The topics addressed at GridWeek are the ones that matter most for electric utilities and the Smart Grid market as a whole," he said. "Infusing such in-depth insights from utilities will be a huge benefit to all Smart Grid stakeholders. GridWeek is a focal point of industry activity each year and I wouldn't miss it."
More than 200 people will speak at the event including high-ranking utility officials, industry journalists and government regulators such as FERC commissioner John Norris.
In addition, a number of prominent officials will also speak during GridWeek like Aneesh Chopra, America's Chief Technology Officer, and Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy.
Smart grid and substation automation leaders like SUBNET Solutions attend these conferences to make sure they stay on the cutting edge to provide their clients with the most comprehensive and advanced software products and services possible.
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