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The increased awareness of climate change, energy cost / reliability concerns and movement to modernize the North American electric grid is heralding a new set of problems for building owners, utilities and the region’s business and society in general.
These problems bring significant opportunities for building systems professionals as well as smart grid players to explore how the two areas can assist each other to solve the challenges that are now widely acknowledged as major and significant.
Commercial and industrial buildings are significant users of electricity, using around 40% of electricity and contributing a similar percentage of green house gasses.
In light of this urgency, Clasma Events, working in partnership with the GridWise Architecture Council and the NewEnergy Alliance, is organizing the first of a series of B2G (Buildings-to-Grid) Summits.
The Summit will assemble leaders from both buildings and smart grid areas to discuss and plan a course of action that will use information technology and new business models to help solve this most pressing challenge of our time.
The first Summit is being held in New York during the week of AHR Expo. New York is critical in this subject; with Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to invest significantly in making New York a greener and more energy-conscious city as it grows in the coming decades.
· Bring together thought leaders in buildings and the smart grid landscape
· Present smart grid opportunities to buildings leaders
· Present buildings-related activities to smart grid stakeholders
· Outline a plan forward for buildings-to-grid evolution
· Building systems leaders from HVAC, integration, open systems, security areas
· Energy management professionals working in the buildings space
· Demand Response stakeholders
· Smart grid thought leaders
· Utility, ISO and RTO players
Date: Monday, January 21, 2008
Summit: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Reception: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Bloomberg Building, New York City, NY
9:00 Registration & security clearance
9:30 Welcome comments
10:00 Introduction to buildings-to-grid opportunities
11:00 Discovery of business and partnership opportunities for buildings players
12:30 Lunch & networking
2:00 Outline of business and partnership opportunities for smart grid players
3:00 Action plan, the road ahead
4:00 Reception & networking
· Constellation NewEnergy
· NewEnergy Alliance
· GridWise Architecture Council
· Clasma Events Inc.
Additional sponsor(s) sought, please contact email@example.com.
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