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NEMA Collaborates on Inaugural GridWise Global Forum

NEMA Senior Director of Smart Grid, Paul Molitor, participates in a discussion as the plenary secretary of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.
NEMA Senior Director of Smart Grid, Paul Molitor, participates in a discussion as the plenary secretary of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.
The GridWise® Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, will host the inaugural GridWise Global Forum on September 21–23 in Washington, DC. The Forum will bring together an unprecedented gathering of international policy leaders, corporate leaders, and technology innovators from North America and around the globe to share their experiences with today’s Smart Grid deployments and visions for a smarter grid over the coming decades.

The GridWise Global Forum is designed to encourage interaction among all attendees and engage speakers and participants in a exchange of ideas. The featured international list of recognized thought leaders from business and government includes: Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; Gary Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO, General Electric; Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman and CEO, IBM; and Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, director-general, United Nations Industrial Development Organization. They will be joined by CEOs, energy ministers, and regulators from fifteen different countries, all of whom are working to transform their electricity infrastructures.

Organizing for Success

The GridWise Alliance has partnered with key organizations to expand the breadth of the forum agenda and reach, including NEMA, International Energy Agency, Edison Electric Institute, Future of Privacy Forum, and the National Venture Capitalist Association, among others. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is participating as the forum’s exclusive Research Partner.

NEMA Senior Director of Smart Grid Paul Molitor is a contributor on the forum's organizing committee and is responsible for a session entitled"Securing the Grid." "Cybersecurity is a huge concern that has been highlighted by NIST, FERC, and DHS, and we are looking to examine the issue from a variety of angles," said Mr. Molitor. The panel will be moderated by Tim VandenBerg, senior vice president of Washington Analysis LLC, a government policy consulting firm that provides investment research services. Mr. VandenBerg is the chief energy correspondent for the group, whose clients include a number of investment firms both on Wall Street and in international venues. Joining him will be FERC Commissioner John Norris, DHS Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Todd Keil, EDF North America President Jean-Pierre Benque, and Siemens Corporate Research CEO Paul Camuti.

Outcomes and Benefits

Highlights of the three-day forum include a global snapshot of the Smart Grid today, next steps in the Smart Grid transformation, and a view of the global Smart Grid revolution. The outcome of discussions during the forum will provide for a global view of Smart Grid today, including best practices, a clearer understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and a commitment from countries around the world to work together to achieve the full potential of Smart Grid.

For more information about the GridWise Global Forum, the complete conference agenda, and to register for the event, visit: www.gridwiseglobalforum.org.

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