August 13, 2010
Smart Grid Issues Discussed at TPI Aspen Forum
Breakout Session to Feature Experts on Electricity Regulation
For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Smorodin
The increased use of electronics in our daily lives has strained America’s electricity infrastructure. Can Smart Grid technologies and the modernization of the power infrastructure keep up with the increased demand for energy? Are incentives and other programs helping at the state and federal levels? Is “Smart Grid” a prudent investment that will benefit consumers, or an expensive boondoggle fraught with standards, control and gold plating issues? The Technology Policy Institute Aspen Forum will feature a breakout session on Smart Grid technologies, their implementation, and related issues for utility regulators. The session is one of three off-the-record discussions scheduled at the Forum, to be held August 22 - 24 at the St. Regis in Aspen, Colorado.
Speakers scheduled for the session include:
Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President for Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
Jeff Campbell, Senior Director, Technology and Trade Policy of Global Policy and Government Affairs, Cisco
Sherman Elliott, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission
Patrick J. McCormick III, Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
Nick Sinai, Energy and Environment Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission
The session will be moderated by Raymond Gifford, Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and member of the Board at the Technology Policy Institute.
TPI's Aspen Forum will bring together notable representatives from business, government, and academia in a relaxed, informal setting to discuss and debate the key public policy issues surrounding information and communications technology. Other top leaders from the technology and policy sectors scheduled to speak at the Forum include Paul Otellini of Intel Corporation, Mark McLaughlin of VeriSign, Brad Smith of Intuit, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Greylock Partners, Thomas Tauke of Verizon, Joe Waz of Comcast, and author Andrew Keen. Edward Mueller of Qwest Communications will offer opening remarks at the premier policy event. An updated agenda can be found here.
To register, please visit www.techpolicyinstitute.org/aspen2010. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the press can contact Amy Smorodin at email@example.com.
The Technology Policy Institute
The Technology Policy Institute is a research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/