FOCUS: Smart Grid 2012

11/15/2012 | German House New York

FOCUS: Smart Grid 2012

The energy industry’s demand-response system is in dire need of an overhaul. Insufficient monitoring abilities leave major New York City energy suppliers scrambling every summer to meet high energy demands. The growing necessity for an intelligent grid emerges in light of recent devastating power outages, such as caused by Hurricane Sandy, which affected millions of people in the Tristate Area. The issue of aging infrastructures across the U.S. and Germany must also be addressed to effectively move towards increased renewable energy usage.

During this transition, Smart Grid technology offers the unique capacity for utility-user interactivity, an exciting prospect that would influence consumer behavior by providing heightened consumer control. Smart Grid has the potential to propel the energy industry forward, offering increased reliability, availability, and efficiency amidst growing 21st century energy demand.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Matthew Allen (Welcome Remarks)

      Director, Consulting Services, German American Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (GACC)

    • Bernt C. Klein

      Senior Vice President, Americas, DETECON, Inc., Deutsche Telekom Group

    • Brian Jones

      Senior Principal, Energy & Utilities, SAP

    • Mei Shibata

      Chief Strategy Officer, ThinkEco, Inc.

    • Dr. Kurt Becker (Jury Chair)

      Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and in the Dept. of Applied Physics, NYU Tandon School of Engineering