November 2005
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GridWise Architecture Council Announces Keynote Speakers for Constitutional Convention

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WASHINGTON, DC – The GridWise™ Architecture Council (GWAC), a collaborative effort among an extensive scope of industry stakeholders with an interest in the technological advancement of the electric power grid, announced the keynote speaker roster for the Constitutional Convention to be held December 6-7, 2005, in Philadelphia, PA.

The keynote speaker list includes:

  • Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy (Invited)

  • Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Energy and Natural Resources Committee

  • Nora Mead Brownell, Commissioner of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

  • Joe Desmond, Chairman of the California Energy Commission

“The significance of the GridWise Constitutional Convention keynote speakers communicates the magnitude of the technological advancement of our nation’s electric supply system and the industry-wide support behind it,” Rik Drummond, GWAC chair, said.

In addition, the GridWise Constitutional Convention will feature presentations from several key industry stakeholders, including:

  • Phillip Harris, President and CEO, PJM Interconnection

  • Glen Allmendinger, President and CEO, Harbor Research, Inc.

  • John Petze, CEM, President and CEO, Tridium, Inc.

  • Jesse Berst, President, Center for Smart Energy

The purpose of the Constitutional Convention is to establish consensus surrounding fundamental principles and amass buy-in from a broad base of stakeholders in the application of information exchange to the effective operation of the future electric power system. The constitution will guide critical future information technology advancement over the next 10-30 years to realize a healthy, self-sustaining, highly interoperable electric supply system.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] About GridWise
GridWise is a vision for the future electric system built upon the fundamental premise that information technology will profoundly transform the planning and operation of the power grid, just as it has changed business, education, and entertainment. It will form the "nervous system" that integrates new distributed technologies—demand response, distributed generation, and storage—with traditional grid generation, transmission, and distribution assets to share responsibility for managing the grid as a collaborative "society" of devices. For more information, please visit

About The GridWise Architecture Council
The GridWise™ Architecture Council assembles a focused team of experts to articulate the guiding principles that constitute the architecture of a future, intelligent, transactive, energy system and see that GridWise evolutionary directions remain true to these principles.

The Architecture Council comprises practitioners and leaders with broad-based knowledge and expertise in power, information technology, telecommunications, financial systems, and additional relevant sectors working together toward a coordinated GridWise vision—the transformation of the nation's energy system into a rich, collaborative network filled with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities.



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