GridWise Alliance expands smart grid advocacy

Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009 – GridWise Alliance announced new agreements with three major national organizations: the Alliance to Save Energy, The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and WIRES (Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems).

“We are delighted that these important energy organizations have agreed to work with us on smart grid issues,” said Katherine Hamilton, President of the GridWise Alliance. “The members of these groups share many of our concerns about the existing grid and goals for smart grid. We can now combine all of our expertise to make the case for greater investment in smart grid technologies and implementation.”

The Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to consumers while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, believes that the smart grid can enable energy efficiency technologies to be deployed faster.

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is the only national non-profit organization whose membership includes the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory. NASEO was created to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be an information resource to state residents. David Terry, the Executive Director of NASEO, signed the MOU with Hamilton during the NASEO Board meeting to much applause. “We are thrilled that the state energy offices can become more engaged with the GridWise Alliance. This partnership can provide unique resources to both groups to the benefit of all members.”

The WIRES group is a non-profit working group representing the voice of electric transmission owners, investors, and customers in the North American energy market. WIRES actively promotes a legal and public policy climate–at the state, federal, and international levels–that facilitates a robust high-voltage transmission network in an economically efficient and environmentally responsible way. James Hoecker, Counsel for the group and former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), believes that connecting the stakeholders that care about transmission with those deploying smart grid is a productive way to serve the needs of all members. “While the GridWise Alliance works to embed smart grid all along our electric grid, we can flesh out the details on the transmission side, making effective and thoughtful policy recommendations that will take our grid to the next level.”

The GridWise Alliance also has similar agreements with the American Public Power Association (APPA), Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), Smart Grid Australia (SGA), and Korea Smart Grid Association (KSGA).

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