The GridWise® Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, will host the Second Annual GridWise Global Forum on November 8-10, 2011 in Washington, DC. The GridWise Global Forum is the only event that provides a truly global perspective on smart grid as seen through the eyes of the most senior international business and government leaders whose vision is guiding this revolutionary transformation.
The Forum is designed to provide the attendees with a world view on smart grid: the progress to date and plans for the future. Building upon the success of the inaugural event, this year’s Forum will bring together the highest level of international energy thought leaders along with luminaries from adjacent industries to share their viewpoints on the most pressing topics impacting the smart grid ecosystem.
Countries around the world have recognized that a modernized electricity infrastructure is foundational for driving economic growth, successfully tackling climate change and ensuring energy security. Significant progress is being made on six continents as individual countries work to develop and deploy smart grid technologies that will create a cleaner, safer, and more reliable electricity system. These nations, along with the U.S., are creating innovative programs and technologies to accelerate this deployment. The breadth of these efforts provides us with an opportunity for collaboration on a global scale, which is the vision for the GridWise Global Forum.
Sessions at the Forum will address these energy issues from unique perspectives unrivaled by other energy conference series. One example is a featured panel on consumer issues that will be led by Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board; President and Chief Executive Officer, Proctor & Gamble. Mr. McDonald will share some of the ways P&G connects with consumers using a variety of techniques and media. He will then lead a discussion with two utility CEOs and two electricity industry vendor CEOs on strategies for conveying the smart grid message to the consumer.
The GridWise Alliance has partnered with key organizations to expand the breadth and reach of the Forum agenda including the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Edison Electric Institute, Global Smart Grid Federation, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, among others. Bloomberg New Energy Finance will once again be the Forum’s exclusive Research Partner, and Greentech Media will provide multimedia support as the Official Interactive Media Partner.
The GridWise Alliance, founded in 2003, is a coalition of public and private stakeholders that advocates for a smarter grid for the public good. The Alliance facilitates the effective collaboration among stakeholders, to promote, educate, and advocate for the adoption of innovative smart grid solutions. These solutions will achieve economic and environmental benefits for customers, communities, shareholders and society.
For more information about the GridWise Global Forum and to register for the event, visit: www.gridwiseglobalforum.org.