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ConnectivityWeek is the primary event for conference presentations and exhibitors targeting the Smart Grid, the intersection of innovative information and communication technologies with electric utilities, and energy management opportunities for energy consumers – whether these are industrial, commercial or residential categories.
Building management industry veterans know that buildings are significant consumers of energy, and although many commercial buildings have deployed control solutions, these are often standalone and proprietary legacy systems. The convergence of Smart Grid technologies, cloud computing and Internet-enabled applications, plus economic, market, regulatory, and environmental drivers offer unprecedented business opportunities for innovators and established companies to deliver energy management solutions for new and existing building stock.
ConnectivityWeek brings industry experts across the industry spectrum together to discuss how intelligent buildings can reduce energy costs and become active participants in utility and service provider Demand Response programs through innovative technology solutions. For those unfamiliar with the term Demand Response, the Smart Grid Dictionary offers this definition: “Behavioral changes in customer energy usage prompted by price changes or incentive payments to reduce consumption during events that range from addressing peak periods of demand to market conditions.” You’ll learn many other terms and acronyms at this conference to keep you up-to-date in industry jargon.
The panel discussions hosted by ConnectivityWeek deliver valuable and practical information that is not available in articles and books and covers a wide range of technologies such as microgeneration to management technologies for lighting, HVAC, security and access control, fire safety control, and office equipment and appliance controls for new and retrofit applications. The presentations cover small to large commercial facilities, industrial operations, and vertical markets such as hospitality. Newcomers to this exciting business sector and industry veterans have a range of topics to choose from, including the role of energy neutral buildings in the Smart Grid, the evolution from passive energy efficiency solutions to active grid participation, and in-depth conversations about standards and interoperability.
Those interested in the basics of intelligent building management will find the Building Automation (BA) Bootcamp of particular value – covering the basics of BA, practical knowledge about facilities management and integration of disparate systems, and gain an invaluable foundation of knowledge about building energy management solutions and practices. The Recreating BAS for Energy Management Track layers on more knowledge about the benefits of Internet-enabled applications and the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing into building energy management. ConnectivityWeek attendees will also hear about ongoing projects that leverage new technologies and practices like Automated Continuous Commissioning (ACC) for energy efficiency improvements, and new modeling techniques that predict building performance to aid managers in planning operational improvements and investments.
The Smart, Green, and Efficient Buildings Track continues your intelligent building education with themes around the new federal and state reporting guidelines for energy management data, LEED standards, and discussion of issues and answers for accurate accounting and reporting. The advent of building labeling is a potential game-changer in providing new evaluation criteria of building performance, and new business opportunities for innovators to help building owners improve their ratings. Practical tips for addressing building energy consumption to reduce costs and optimize operations will also be shared to stimulate ideas for application within facilities.
Other conference sessions address investor interests by exploring the synergies of intelligent buildings into the Smart Grid, identifying the drivers motivating investment, and highlighting the benefits of these solutions to commercial property and facility managers and trusts. This is a must-attend conference for everyone interested in this dynamic and growing business sector. Click here to learn more and register today!
About the Author
Christine Hertzog is a consultant, author, and a professional explainer focused on Smart Grid technologies and solutions. As a consultant, she helps clients understand and navigate the intersections of emerging technologies and markets. She is the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, the first dictionary that explains the jargon, acronyms, and terminology used by utilities, regulators, standards organizations, and manufacturers.
She has two decades of experience working with hardware, software, and services companies that range from small start-ups to multi-national corporations, and has recently been involved in the National Institute of Standards (NIST) initiative on Smart Grid Cyber Security standards requirements. Based in Silicon Valley, she is a regular presenter at industry conferences and blogs about the challenges and opportunities that Smart Grid solutions deliver to the evolving electricity supply chain.
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