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2014 Transactive Energy Conference Set for December 2014 in Portland, OR

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Conference featuring leading experts in development of transactive approaches to energy supply and end-use management.
The US Pacific Northwest, positioned at the forefront of Transactive Energy development, will host for the second time the International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy in Portland on Dec. 10-11.  The conference is the premier international conference to exclusively focus on advancing transactive energy—an approach that combines economic and control techniques to improve power grid reliability and efficiency. ( Organizers of the conference are GridWise Architecture Council and Smart Grid Northwest, with sponsorship from Pacific Northwest National Labs, Portland General Electric, Avista Utilities, PacStar, Oregon BEST, Landis + Gyr, BPA, University of Washington, Sensus, and Intel.
The meeting is expected to draw 200 participants, including representatives of government, regulators, utilities, vendor organizations and academia.  Over 30 presenters and panelists will provide attendees a wide range of ideas and perspectives on transactive energy systems. 
Highlights of this year’s program include:

1.    Keynote speech by Dr. Carl Pechman, Senior Advisor for Electricity for the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy and former economist with the New York Public Service Commission,
2.    US State Regulatory panel led by Phil Jones Washington Utility and Transportation Commissioner providing a regulator viewpoint towards transactive methods,
3.    International panel with Koen Kok, Senior Scientist Intelligent Electricity Systems at TNO, the largest applied research institute in The Netherlands.  Dr. Kok’s project has 1,000 sites participating in field experiments that are responding to wholesale power markets and accommodation for renewable power generation,
4.    19 paper submissions by industry experts that will form the basis for lively discussions across 4 key topic areas:

•    Business and Policy Barriers
•    Customer Engagement
•    From Demand Response to Transactive Energy Systems
•    Cyber-physical, Security and Risk Management Challenges.
Control Solutions, Inc One of the main goals of the conference is to uncover first simple steps the power sector can take to move towards greater grid and power supply efficiencies.  Key questions that will be covered in four workshop sessions include:

•    How will passive customers transition to being actively engaged, what tools are necessary and what is the value proposition?
•    What are the key business and policy barriers to transactive energy and what are the benefits to various stakeholders?
•    What are the operational and business requirements to enable a shift from traditional demand response to continuous participation in a transactive fashion?
•    How to address some of the technical and cyber-security risks in implementing a transactive energy system?
The conference is limited to 200 participants, so register soon.


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