CUB Policy Center & University of Oregon Smart Grid Conferece, October 21, 2011
The CUB Policy Center, in partnership with the University of Oregon School of Law, is pleased to announce its inaugural conference: Smart Grid: Today’s Regulation and Tomorrow’s Technology, taking place on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the University of Oregon White Stag Block (70 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209).
The conference is specifically designed to educate utility analysts, policy analysts, attorneys,* industry professionals, stakeholders and others on the current regulatory environment in Oregon and the region and then, to provide a forum for investigating the opportunities and challenges of integrating the Smart Grid into that environment. As we look at the development of Smart Grid technologies and applications, and their implementation over the next ten years, the CUB Policy Center believes that a thoughtful review of existing regulations combined with a thorough understanding of the possibilities of Smart Grid will provide the strongest avenue for advancing policy.
8:30-9:00 Breakfast keynote address, given by Commissioner John Savage of the Oregon Public Utilities Commission
9:15-12:00 Regulation 101, led by CUB’s Executive Director Bob Jenks with a three person panel including: Tom Foley, who is a board member of Smart Grid Oregon ; Lisa Schwartz of the Regulatory Assistance Project; and Ric Gale of Gale Energy Consulting (former Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Idaho Power)
12:15-1:00 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:15-5:15 Afternoon Breakout Sessions – choice of two:
· Electric Vehicles: As electric vehicles are poised to hit the streets in significant numbers, electric loads will increase. What are the likely impacts of this increase and what are the opportunities for Smart Grid technologies? Speakers include: Amy Hillman of ECOtality.
· Business Applications and Opportunities: From pricing programs, to direct energy control, the Smart Grid will provide applications that will affect the needs and interests of different customer classes, including small businesses. What Smart Grid issues and opportunities are unique to small businesses?
· Home Energy Management Panel: She/he who controls the customer interface, controls the customer. We’ll take a look at this premise and how vertically-integrated utilities, as gatekeepers of the residential meter, are poised to make or break Smart Grid initiatives. Speakers include: Patrick Stanton of Opower and Pat Egan of Pacificorp.
· Making Renewable Resources Work (Generation and Transmission): Wind and Solar are growing industries in the Northwest. How will utilities meet the challenge of integrating these resources into the Smart Grid? Speakers include: Rachel Shimshak of Renewable Northwest Project, Ken Corum of Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
5:30-6:30 Closing Session – What have we learned today and how can we apply it? Speakers include: Bob Jenks, Executive Director of Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon; Commissioner Susan Ackerman of the Oregon Public Utility Commission; James Mater, founder of Smart Grid Oregon; and Bill Holmes, Partner at Stoel Rives LLP
6:30 Reception and Networking**
Space is limited—to register for this event, please visit cubpolicycenter.org/smartgrid.***
*CUB will be applying for six Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for this event in the jurisdictions of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.
**Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable.
***VIP Event for Sponsors and Speakers will be held in the Wayne Morse Suite
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