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Smart Grid Update: A report on IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference – Day Two

By Patrick Walker of

An exciting event took place at the NIST Conference Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, January 19-21, 2010. I’m talking about the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference. Granted, this three-day conference, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST), is not about to be covered by media outlets like E!Online. But in my opinion, the Smart Grid is becoming more intriguing than Hollywood celebrities. It’s going to dramatically change everyone’s daily life in a very short time, yet few people outside the electric power industry are talking about it.

Here’s a report on what I heard and saw.

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