We are pleased to invite you to More Than Smart: Making the Grid More Transparent, Dynamic, and Resilient, a conference hosted by Governor Brown’s Office, the Green Technology Leadership Group, ARM Holdings, and the Energy Foundation.
The conference will take place on September 10th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Silicon Valley at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation located at 1661 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. It will bring together leading industry, nonprofit and government thought leaders to capitalize on the transformative opportunities arising from the convergence of new communication technologies and California’s energy infrastructure, with the aim of shaping a vision for the State to become a global model for the energy system of the future.
California’s energy infrastructure is undergoing major change. Installation of communication-enabled smart meters, thermostats and home area networks are growing every year, driven by low-cost sensors and the ability to collect and analyze large data sets. Soon customers will be supplying power back to the grid, using electric vehicles as storage facilities, and managing their own energy. The emergence of a more nimble, “intelligent” energy system can shift power back and forth between local distribution lines; provide better data management and analysis; and link communication networks with the ability to trigger changes in operations to devices and appliances in the home.
The conference will be an opportunity to highlight the benefits of enabling new technologies in the State’s energy system and the challenges to realizing these benefits. Through plenary sessions, panel discussions, and interactive breakout groups, participants will help outline potential technology and policy pathways, and also identify next steps. The conference will focus specifically on answering the following three questions:
· What investments and/or policy changes are needed so that every customer has the ability to manage their real time energy data in a way that increases system energy efficiency, reduces the total number of annual emergency response days, and increases system transparency?
· What is the mix of behavioral and time based price incentives that can be offered to electricity customers to encourage greater energy efficiency, increased distributed generation, and greater responsiveness to system needs while ensuring the entire system is cost effective?
· How can California ensure the reliability of existing electricity supplies while creating a more intelligent energy system for the future?
Additional details about the conference, including an agenda and background materials, will be made available closer to the date. We hope you can join us for this exciting event.