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UCGEC Smart Grid Seminar Series No. 2, July 9th, 2009

How IT will Enable the Smart Grid
Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 18:00 - 21:00
Building 40, 2nd Floor, Room: Seville Tech Talk
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA

The US-China Green Energy Council’s Smart Grid Steering Committee is pleased to announce its Smart Grid Seminar Series.  What is a “Smart Grid”?  The Smart Grid is the platform for integrating renewable energy generation (solar, wind, etc.), electric cars, smart meters, demand response, and many more technologies into the electric utility system. It is the key to energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In recognition of the importance of the Smart Grid, the United States Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, has placed the Smart Grid at the top of the Department of Energy’s priorities. China has also recognized the importance of the Smart Grid.  China’s more unified system for regulating energy perhaps renders China a more favorable testing ground for the Smart Grid – one of the many questions the Smart Grid Seminar Series will endeavor to answer.

The UCGEC Seminar Series build on the recent success of the two Smart Grid panels from the UCGEC’s 2008 Annual Conference in Beijing. The Smart Grid Seminar Series utilize the collective talents of many Smart Grid experts, including UCGEC President Bob Larson (former IEEE President), to explain what “Smart Grid” means, the benefits to be derived, and the challenges facing its implementation.  The UCGEC Smart Grid Seminar Series differ from other similar seminars in that the UCGEC Seminars will be result-oriented, data-driven and based on industry and business expertise.

The 1st seminar hold on April 29 2009, Introduction to Smart Grid, was a huge success. Here is some email feedback we received from the audiences:

  • “This was one of the best events I have attended! Full of interesting and useful ideas and information.” – Dick
  • “Many thanks for sending the presentation material, they are fascinating. Do you have a schedule for future events?” – an HP Manager
  • “Looking through the slides, it is clear this was a hit.” – an HP Director
  • “I liked the presentations and discussion a lot.” – Founder of a tech company

At our first Smart Grid seminar our speakers spoke of the Smart Grid as the integration of the electric grid with the Internet. At this seminar we will hear from the leading firms applying information technology to the Smart Grid. Information technology can provide information to customers to understand their energy use, automate responses of devices to prices, and increase grid reliability and efficiency by better managing more data about our distribution and transmission grid.


July 9 (Thursday), 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Building 40, 2nd Floor, Room:  Seville Tech Talk
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy Mountain View, CA



6:00-6:30pm: Registration, light dinner and networking

Event Moderator: Eric Wesoff, Senior Energy Analyst, Greentech Media
6:30-6:35pm: Opening Speech, by Dr. Bob Larson, UCGEC
6:35-6:55pm: The Power of Information, by Ed Lu, Director of Engineering, Google
6:55-7:15pm: Distributed Intelligence and the Intel Open Energy Initiative, by John Skinner, Director of Marketing, Eco-Technology, Intel
7:15-7:35pm: Securing Smart Grid: Leveraging intelligent communications to transform the power infrastructure, by Saadat Malik, Senior Manager, Software Development, Cisco
7:35-7:55pm: Study and comments on previous presentations, by UCGEC Smart Grid Steering Committee
7:55-8:30pm: Open panel discussion and Q&A
8:30-9:00pm: Networking


Who Should Attend:

  • Entrepreneurs, researchers, and engineers seeking the newest ideas in the cleantech sector
  • Investors, attorneys, and other professionals interested in green energy challenges and opportunities


Registration: Free

To keep the high quality standard of the UCGEC seminars and to avoid overflow issue, we will make this seminar a MEMBER-ONLY event. If you are not an UCGEC member (annual individual membership is only $20), please sign up soon at: http://ucgef.org/joinus/membership. The online signup will be closed on July 7th (Tuesday). No on-site registration for this event please.

All the UCGEC members are welcome to attend (without any add’l sign up). But space is limited, first come first served.


Organizer: US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC)

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2008, UCGEC is a leading non-profit organization that connects U.S. and Chinese individuals interested in green energy. The mission of UCGEC is to facilitate and sponsor high impact cleantech collaborative initiatives and projects between the U.S. and China, and to serve as a platform for the integration of policy, business, investment, and R&D projects for the two countries. 


  • Eric Wesoff, Publisher of the Greentech Innovations Report, Senior Energy Analyst, Greentech Media
  • Ed Lu, Director of Engineering, Google
  • Saadat Malik, Senior Manager, Software Development, Cisco
  • John Skinner, Director of Marketing, Eco-Technology, Intel
  • Bob Larson, UCGEC Smart Grid Steering Committee Chair; UCGEC President; Managing Director, Woodside Fund; Former President of IEEE
  • Steve Lee, UCGEC Smart Grid Steering Committee Member; Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Ed Cazalet, UCGEC Smart Grid Steering Committee Member; Vice President, MegaWatt Storage Farms
  • Chuck Wells, UCGEC Smart Grid Steering Committee Member; Platform Architect, OSIsoft, Inc.