ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010

Smart Grid


Monday August 30, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Hawaii Convention Center

Synopsis

Smart grid is a broad market with many moving pieces. It is not just smart meters or demand response. In the world of smart grid there are several objectives that will define the ability for consumers to receive and use electricity (and to some extent water and gas). They include, but are not limited to:

  1. Accommodates Generation, all the way down to the customer’s homes and businesses
  2. Motivates and includes the consumer – the hardest and least thought through part of smart grid
  3. Provides power quality – in today’s world poor power quality can limit the life of every device in the home and business
  4. Self Heals – automatic repair schemes allow the grid to quickly restore power to most customers after a storm or other outage
  5. Enables Markets – allowing anyone to buy or sell with anyone else, even neighbor to neighbor
  6. Optimizes Assets – getting the most from every capital dollar spent in the grid for the longest time possible
  7. Resists Attack – The second hardest item to achieve as hackers and others from around the world take their best shot at the power delivery system.

Without smart grid, we will be doomed to repeat the 20th century, with the same limits on the ability to change the generation mix and involve customers as we had then. More than 2,000 trials have been undertaken, and the results are in.

This session, will look at real world successes, trials, how the characteristics play into grid design and how customers might want to participate.

Specifically:

  • Who are the customers and how do they segment? What is each segment looking for or willing to do.
  • What customer are unwilling to do anything and what is the impact if those groups are too large?
  • What trials have been successful and what have we learned from them?
  • Who is in the lead on smart grid and why?
  • How do distributed energy resources fit into the grid and what is the impact of having those resources?
  • What is the local and regional impact of electric transportation?
  • How do we keep the grid somewhat safe from attack and what might a utility need to do to minimize the long term impacts?
  • What are the key technologies that need to be deployed in smart grid?
  • Why can’t I just copy my neighbor’s smart grid?
  • An overview of the cost and benefit drivers for smart grid and the needed changes to regulation in much of the world
  • What still needs to be invented?

Who Should Attend

Smart Grid Professionals, Regulators, Utility Executives and Staff, University staff and students, and others with an interest in keeping the lights on while reducing carbon emissions in the future.

Instructor

Doug Houseman Doug Houseman has extensive experience in the energy and utility industry and has been involved in projects in more than 30 countries. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug was named part of the World Generation Class of 2007, one of 30 people in the global utility and energy industry so named. Doug was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments.

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