The Evolution of the Smart Grid - Part 2

Presented by: Steven E. Collier, Director, Smart Grid Strategies, Milsoft Utility Solutions

Part 2 : The Smart Grid Emerges

Carl Sagan said, “You have to know the past to understand the present”. Most everyone knows something about the emerging smart grid. However, not everyone knows the whole story about how and why the smart grid began. It is not only fascinating, but also useful to understand the underlying causes that led to the emergence and continuing development of a smart grid. It’s all about changing technologies and business models. In Part 2 of this webinar we will discuss how disruptive new technologies have emerged to produce, store, and manage energy, both on the supply side and the demand side, resulting in much more complexity in the operations of the electric grid. We will examine how information and communications technologies are enabling a smart grid which will ultimately become a cyber physical system.

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INTENDED AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in the development and operation of a modern intelligent electric grid including electric utility employees, industry consultants, university faculty and students, media representatives, equipment manufacturers, smart grid solutions vendors.



Steve CollierSteven E. Collier
Steve writes, speaks and consults widely on issues and technologies related to the smart grid. He has worked for more than forty years as a professional engineer, executive, consultant, board member for energy, telecommunications, and consulting companies in the US and abroad, including Houston Lighting & Power, Power Technologies, Inc., Sandia National Labs, C. H. Guernsey & Company, Cap Rock Electric Cooperative, the Institute for Management Development and Change, Util-LINK LLC, and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. He has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Houston and Purdue University respectively. He has served as chairman of the IEEE IAS Rural Electric Power Committee, a member of the board of directors of IAS, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Education and Operations Committees. Follow Steve on Twitter as @smartgridman and connect with him on LinkedIn and IEEE Collabratec.


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