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Sixth annual GridWeek Conference to discuss leading smart grid projects

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, September 06, 2012

At the upcoming GridWeek smart grid conference, more than a dozen companies will come together to discuss new smart grid technologies, while some 800 organizations will be on hand to talk on completion of smart grid standards.

According to Transmission and Distribution World, the event will also detail a government-led initiative that has resulted in the installation of smart grid infrastructure in 31 million American homes and businesses. Several topics will be discussed, which were chosen by the 12-member GridWeek Advisory Board.

Pecan Street's "Extracting Value" presentation will feature representatives from the University of Texas at Austin, the Environmental Defense Fund, Austin Energy and several other companies, who will discuss how to validate a wide range of smart grid technologies, business models that mesh well with the modern grid and how advanced energy management systems can benefit both power companies and customers.

Pecan Street is one of many projects seeking to extract valuable data from the hurdles that are faced during smart grid deployments, and to use this information to streamline such projects down the line.

Another notable presentation will be given by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel(SGIP). SGIP's "Taming Complexity" discussion will detail test results that have led to new industry standards. The panel is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is advised by stakeholders from across the smart grid community to identify applicable standards, issues with current standards and which aspects of the smart grid need the most attention.

A breakout player at GridWeek 2011 will be returning this year to talk about the success it has seen in the last year. Since last year, the Green Button Initiative has swept the country, getting more utilities and retail energy providers to improve two-way communication between companies and customers.

The overarching theme of the conference will be to improve utility and industry management in the face of growing complexity. These changes are external, such as the uncertainty of smart grid policies, and internal, including how utilities manage their own smart grid systems, and will result in broad challenges like managing big data and improving cyber security.

SUBNET is well prepared to help utilities meet these issues head-on with its vendor agnostic approach to networking disparate intelligent electronic devices and solutions for complying with strict NERC CIP standards. 

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