Wednesday June 20, 2012 0 commentsBy Steve Porter
FORT COLLINS - Spirae and Boeing will present "Smart Grid Live 2012" in Fort Collins Sept. 25-27.
The three-day event will feature leading smart grid innovators, panel discussions, networking opportunities with experts from around the globe and live demonstrations of interoperable smart grid solutions.
Julie Zinn Patti, Spirae's chief operations officer, said organization of the late September event is still at an early stage but things are coming together.
"We are at a point where we're going to have pretty good international as well as national representation," she said.
"We've gotten commitments from several utilities throughout the country, and the focus is on live demonstrations, which differentiates us from other (smart grid) conferences."
Day 1 of the conference will focus on active distribution management and give attendees insight into how some of the world's most innovative utilities and solutions providers are pushing the boundaries in merging information technologies and operations technologies to maximize efficiency.
Day 2 will spotlight secure microgrids, and Day 3 will look at smart grids for smart cities, which will showcase the FortZED smart grid project underway in Fort Collins and other innovative Smart City projects.
"We're trying to tell the stories of what it's going to take to meet the challenges facing the power industry right now," said Zinn Patti.
Between 400 to 500 people are expected to attend the conference, which is an initiative of The Center for Smart Grid Advancement.
"We're really targeting decision makers from utilities, technology providers, legislators, policy makers and national laboratories," Zinn Patti said.
The conference is receiving additional support from the U.S. Department of Energy, City of Fort Collins, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University and the Rocky Mountain Institute.