SGIP Inaugural Conference


First Plenary Session at the SGIP Inaugural Conference

PGA Hotel
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
November 5-7, 2013

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SGIP Inaugural Conference Recapped in a 30 second Video

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On November 5, 2013 the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) held a Members’ Meeting in conjunction with its Inaugural Conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The meeting was held for over one hour and contained an overview of the SGIP by Chair of the Board, John McDonald. Next, Executive Director and President, Patrick Gannon, provided a summary of the 2014 business plan, including important initiatives currently  in the pipeline, new activities such the activities planned in the newly revamped Implementation Methods Committee and ways for members to get more involved.  Hear the presentation and see the slide deck for entire presentation here.

“The conference was a content-rich gathering, drawing some of the most brilliant influencers in the Smart Grid industry,” said Patrick Gannon, executive director and president, SGIP. “Not only were the plenary sessions and keynotes insightful, but much progress was made during the technical working sessions.  Marked by our 135 percent membership growth since January 2013, the opportunities SGIP provides for stakeholders to collaborate – including the Inaugural Conference — continues to make a significant impact on the Smart Grid industry.”

Setting the tone for the conference, keynote speaker Hank Kenchington, deputy assistant secretary, advanced grid integration, Department of Energy, highlighted the importance of interoperability in today’s Smart Grid industry, stating that it leads to benefits such as collaboration, increased reliability, additional jobs and innovation. John R. Norris, commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), also spoke about the importance of appropriate grid investments. He noted that SGIP members’ work is critical to the future of the grid and the energy industry at large.  Lisa Polak Edgar, Florida Public Service Commissioner and 2nd vice president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), stressed the need for SGIP to continue to educate regulators.  She emphasized how interoperability leverages technology to improve reliability and reduce costs associated with the grid.

“The Inaugural Conference demonstrated the breadth and depth of SGIP’s work efforts to address key issues for the Smart Grid,” said John McDonald, chairman, SGIP Board of Directors, and director of technical strategy and policy development, GE’s Digital Energy business. “Through the collaboration of SGIP’s world-wide members and partner organizations, this orchestration model has enabled energy modernization efforts globally.”

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, November 5
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Opening Keynote Speaker
Hank Kenchington
Department of Energy
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Plenary Keynote Speaker
John R. Norris
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Wednesday, November 5
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Keynote Speaker
Leocadia I. Zak
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Hiroshi Kuniyoshi
International Keynote Speaker
Hiroshi Kuniyoshi
New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
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Lunch Speaker
Philip Q. Hanser
The Brattle Group


Thursday, November 7
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Keynote Speaker
Thomas Gross
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Closing Lunch Speaker
Lisa Polak-Edgar
Florida Public Service Commission

SGIP Wishes to Thank our 2013 Conference Sponsors

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SGIP Wishes to Thank our 2013 Conference Partners

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