EPRI names demand response contributor Clark Gellings a Fellow

Palo Alto, Calif., December 1, 2009 — The Electric Power Research Institute named EPRI Vice President of Technology Clark Gellings an EPRI Fellow, recognizing his more than 28 years of technical innovation and leadership that has provided significant benefit to the public.

In honoring Gellings, the EPRI Board of Directors cited his contributions in developing demand-side management and smart grid research, among other technical areas.

Demand-side management emerged in the 1980s as an important tool in managing demand growth and in giving consumers more control over energy use and costs.

DSM has provided residential consumers with options to have water heating and air-conditioning service curtailed during periods of peak demand in return for lower rates. Industrial customers also take advantage of interruptible service options during peak demand in return for lower rates.

Gellings also pioneered smart grid research when EPRI established its IntelliGrid research program in 1999.

“The scope of Clark Gellings’ interests and contributions has been, to say the least, impressive,” said Michael Howard, senior vice president of research and development at EPRI. “In addition to his demand-side and smart grid work he has managed and directed research in energy utilization, electro-technologies, power quality, communications, electric transportation, thermal and electrical energy storage and renewables.”

As a fellow Gellings will continue his research efforts beyond the 65-year age limit imposed on EPRI executive leadership.

Gellings, whose career spans 42 years in the electricity industry, is the author of 11 books about the sector. The most recent, “The Smart Grid — Enabling Energy Efficiency and Demand Response” assesses the technologies necessary to make the grid smarter.

EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries.

EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

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