ESAM offers Canadian smart grid conference

The Energy Services Alliance of Manitoba (ESAM) will be hosting a new conference for utilities, consumers, and technology providers, focusing on future large scale transformations of the power grid, driven by the need to be more efficient, green and cost effective. The successful evolution to a smarter, greener and more efficient grid depends on how well several challenges are met. This conference will address the immediate and long-term challenges and opportunities for utilities, technology providers and the consumer in transitioning to a smarter grid.

The conference, titled “The Smart Grid: From Concept to Reality” will be June 10, 2010 at The Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

Attendees will learn from the executives involved in pilot smart grid programs, learn about cutting edge technologies enabling the smart grid, and take away a roadmap of near and long term changes. The lineup of speakers includes managers of smart grid departments, as well as senior directors, and vice presidents from utilities, manufacturers, and industry groups.

Speakers include:
* Ahmad Faruqui, Principal, The Brattle Group
* Andrew Roehr, Vice President Smart Energy Services, Capgemini
* Bob Zavadil, Executive Vice President & Co-founder, EnerNex Corporation
* Bradley Williams, Vice President, Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit
* Dale Pennington, Managing Director, Utiliworks Consulting
* Detlaf Lange, Chief Technology Officer, Avantis Energy, Germany
* Eric Mewhinney, Manager, Innovation and Sustainability, Smart Grid Development Program, BC Hydro
* Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grid Development, ABB
* John D. Setala, Managing Principal, United Services Group, Great River Energy
* Krish Narendra, General Manager, Technology and Quality, ERL Phase Power Technologies
* Mike Irvin, GE Energy Smart Grid
* Richard Kalisch, Senior Director, Technology Initiatives, Midwest ISO
* Tom Molinski, Emerging Energy Systems, Manitoba Hydro
* Tony Weekes, System Performance, Manitoba Hydro 

About ESAM
ESAM can offer a full range of services to assist clients to develop solutions to their energy needs from initial demand assessment, through regulatory advice, environmental impact assessment, feasibility studies, design, construction and commissioning, to management, operation and maintenance of completed systems. For particular projects, two, three or more ESAM members join forces to provide the focussed service the client needs.

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