Silicon Valley Smart Grid Conference Maps Path to California’s 2020 Energy Targets

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Smart Grid Issues and Opportunities Addressed at ConnectivityWeek 2011 to meet California’s aggressive 33 percent renewable energy target. ConnectivityWeek 2011 conference brings together brightest Smart Grid minds, May 23-26, 2011

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Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the United States, will deliver a call to action (at ConnectivityWeek 2011) for innovators and entrepreneurs in the information technology, cleantech and energy sectors to help spark a wave of innovation around Smart Grid and modernize the energy infrastructure in the U.S.

“Smart Grid solutions – including enhanced grid automation, demand response, and storage – will be key to achieving California’s global warming solutions law and its 33 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which Governor Brown recently approved.

With a law requiring that California generate 33 percent of its power annually from renewable energy sources by 2020, the state must also set an aggressive Smart Grid agenda. Experts agree that generating high percentages of electricity from renewable sources is not possible without Smart Grid. The ConnectivityWeek conference, taking place May 23-26 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, will help map the Smart Grid path to support California’s energy targets.

“Renewable power is critical to clean air and energy independence, but it is variable and less predictable than traditional power plants,” said Miriam Horn, director of the Smart Grid initiative at Environmental Defense Fund. “Smart Grid solutions -- including enhanced grid automation, demand response, and storage – will be key to achieving California’s landmark global warming solutions law and its 33 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which Governor Jerry Brown recently approved.”

Horn continued, “Success will require collaboration and commitment among policymakers, innovators, entrepreneurs and energy consumers. ConnectivityWeek is a great example of collaboration and is appropriately held in the Silicon Valley innovation capital.”

Offering more than 100 sessions of smart energy content, the ConnectivityWeek conference evaluates Smart Grid issues and opportunities through the lens of major energy customers, as well as utilities and power companies. This year’s show will explore the business models, value propositions, and necessary technology innovations needed to realize Smart Grid benefits -- including renewable energy integration -- both on the grid and beyond the grid.

“Smart Grid is a requirement for high penetrations of renewable power,” said President of Clasma Events Anto Budiardjo, the organizer of ConnectivityWeek. “In addition to Smart Grid upgrades on the utility (supply) side of the meter, the industry will also need to engage energy customers on the demand side. This is necessary to ensure the grid can be managed to match the intermittent supply patterns of wind and solar energy. ConnectivityWeek will explore the demand side of Smart Grid in great depth.”

Energy storage will play a central role in the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources, and California also enacted into law the nation’s first energy storage bill in 2010.[1] Meeting lofty legislation in California will require huge investments and innovation. In fact, Pike Research predicts that the grid energy storage market could reach $35 billion by 2020.[2]

“Energy storage and renewable integration are two areas where we need innovation, and many of these innovations are currently being developed right here in Silicon Valley,” Budiardjo said.

ConnectivityWeek hosts 250+ industry-leading speakers, offers more than 100 sessions, and gathers approximately 1,000 participants representing both sides of the meter, including: utilities, policymakers, energy consumers, IT, telecom, venture capital, entrepreneurs and media.

Important Links

●    More Information: http://www.connectivityweek.com/2011/
●    Agenda: http://www.connectivityweek.com/2011/#agenda
●    Speakers: http://www.connectivityweek.com/2011/#speakers
●    Registration: http://www.connectivityweek.com/2011/#registration

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Clasma Events, Inc. specializes in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion. Focusing on Smart Grid, connectivity, and the new energy economy, Clasma’s major events include ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek, and Grid-Interop.

Clasma, GridWeek, ConnectivityWeek, and Grid-Interop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Clasma International Corporation. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Allison Eckelkamp    
allison(at)clasma(dot)com
(508) 769-6276

Jeffrey Lettes
(408) 406-1161
jlettes(at)globalmediastrategy(dot)com

1. http://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8123&Itemid=2
2. http://www.pikeresearch.com/newsroom/grid-scale-energy-storage-market-to-reach-35-billion-by-202

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