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Planning the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities: An Interactive Conference

June 15th, 2010 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland

Join faculty and students of Portland State University and government, business, and community leaders as we learn, discuss and collaborate on how the technologies of the Smart Grid can support sustainable communities. As your host, Portland State University will facilitate discussion around the recent outcomes and findings from our interdisciplinary graduate class,  Planning the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities.  At this interactive conference, participants will collaborate to identify Smart Grid components and priorities that will support a more sustainable energy plan for the energy demands of the Pacific Northwest.

Agenda Highlights

o   Morning Keynote Speakers What is the Smart Grid and how can it support more sustainable communities?  Allen Schurr, IBM Vice President for Strategy and Development, Global Energy and Utilities

o   Morning Presentations on Three Case Studies

·   Testing utility-scale battery storage as a Smart Grid option: Portland General Electric’s Feeder Advanced Storage Transaction (FAST) Project

·   Applying the Smart Grid to an eco-district or neighborhood energy project: the proposed Portland State University’s Eco-District and the North Pearl Energy Project

·   A strategy for connecting electric vehicles and the Smart Grid in the Portland Metro area

o   Lunch Keynote Speaker Austin’s Pecan Street Project:  One Model for Integrating the Smart Grid into a Comprehensive Sustainable Development Strategy. Jose Beceiro, Board Member, Austin’s Pecan Street Project, and Director of Clean Energy Economic Development, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

o   Afternoon Roundtable Discussions and Feedback on our Case Studies

·    Portland General Electric’s Feeder Advanced Storage Transaction (FAST) Project

·    Applying the Smart Grid to an eco-district or neighborhood energy project

·    Connecting electric vehicles and the Smart Grid

o   Reflections on the day and recommendations for next steps from our keynote speakers and other conference participants  

Who Should Attend: Leaders in government, business, IT and communications regulators, utilities, Smart Grid technology vendors, planners, engineers, architects, home and building owners Advance registration is required.

Cost:  $25.  Space is limited and registration requests will be accepted in the order they are received.  Details are online at:  http://www.pdx.edu/eli/smartgrid/conference

Registration Contact:  Christine Hanolsy ([email protected]) or 503-725-5114

Conference Sponsors: Portland State University, Portland General Electric, Climate Solutions, Smart Grid Oregon, and others


Christine Hanolsy Program Coordinator, Natural Resources Executive Leadership Institute Mark O. Hatfield School of Government College of Urban and Public Affairs Portland State University

Phone: (503) 725-5114 Fax: (503) 725-5111 E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.pdx.edu/eli