Silicon Flatirons welcomes BEN Network Members to attend: Future Grid

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Co-Presented by
Getches-Wilkinson Center

The Recovery Act made a strategic investment of over $5 billion to upgrade the electrical grid. The promise of "smart grid" technology, as envisioned by the Energy Policy Act of 2006, depends on the development of interoperable smart grid standards and the development of an ecosystem around home energy management. Across the United States, a range of approaches are taking hold in this arena, with companies such as OPower, Simple Energy, Tendril, and Nest Labs (now owned by Google) creating opportunities for consumers to use energy more efficiently and participate more easily in "demand side management" programs.

The promise of the smart grid and enhanced home energy management remains a work-in-progress. As the Obama Administration has outlined in two White House reports (see here), there are a range of ongoing initiatives to encourage investments in updated technology, the adoption of interoperable standards, the sharing of data in a standard format, and the management of grid security. In this conference, we will evaluate the progress of such efforts, discussing (1) what technological upgrades of the grid are most cost-effective, (2) the role of the energy consumer in the new grid environment, and (3) what data issues (including privacy and security concerns as well as data analytics opportunities) are emerging as companies—ranging from electric utilities to companies like Nest—are capturing and storing consumer data.

Welcome
1:00pm - 1:15pm

  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons

Keynote Address
1:15pm - 2:00pm

  • Tony Clark
    Commissioner
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Break
2:00pm - 2:15pm

Grid Modernization
2:15pm - 3:15pm

Moderator

  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado

Break
3:15pm - 3:30pm

The Role of Distributed Resources
3:30pm - 4:30pm

  • Jeff Ackermann
    Director
    Colorado Energy Office
  • Amanda Bybee
    Co-Owner and Director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives
    Namaste Solar
  • Mark Detsky
    Attorney
    Dietze and Davis, P.C.
  • Joel Eisen
    Professor of Law
    Austin Owen Research Fellow
    University of Richmond School of Law
  • John Phelan
    Energy Services Manager
    Fort Collins Utilities

Moderator

Break
4:30pm - 4:45pm

Data Issues Raised by the New Grid
4:45pm - 5:45pm

Moderator

  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons

Reception
Sponsored by Dietze and Davis, P.C. Please note: per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.5:45pm - 6:45pm