Derechos, superstorms, human error and deliberate cyber attacks can disable vast swaths of our electrical grid and expose communities to crippling economic and social impacts. We have a number of technologies and business models that can help address grid weaknesses, but are our federal and state policies prepared to help or hinder these innovations? This webinar will cover the regulatory ecosystem and point out gaps, challenges, and opportunities for innovations in achieving the objectives of making the grid reliable AND resilient.
- Regulators – State vs. Federal: Who has authority where? Is the federal government really as responsible as you think it is?
- What impact do utilities have? Can corporate culture be to blame for a ‘bad’ grid? What about multi-state utilities?
- How & Where are innovations happening? Are there gaps in the space that still need to be filled? How helpful can regulators be here?
Railford is the Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology for Duke Energy. In this role, his team is responsible for developing and assessing new power delivery and telecommunications technologies for the smart grid in the United States, China, South Korea and Japan. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law.
Chris is the Executive Director of the Energy Information Standards Alliance (EIS Alliance) and Co-Founder of ThinkSmartGrid. Prior to his current work, Chris worked for 28 years as a Staff expert with a State regulatory agency. In this position, Chris worked in infrastructure and policy areas in Gas, Electric and Telecommunications sectors, including the development of competitive retail markets for electricity and natural gas, and collaborative ratemaking processes.
Christine Hertzog, Moderator
Christine is a consultant, author, and a professional explainer focused on Smart Grid technologies and solutions. She is the co-author of The Smart Grid Consumer Focus Strategy, which identifies consumer/utility challenges and how to improve consumer engagement initiatives. She is an advisor to several Smart Grid startups, and serves on the Advisory Boards of The Energy Collective, ElectricityPolicy.com, and ZPryme. Based in Silicon Valley, she is a regular presenter at industry conferences and blogs about a wide range of Smart Grid-related topics.
Stacia Harper is the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Energy Policy for Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy (OPAE). She is responsible for developing policies ensuring affordable retail electric rates to low income consumers and promoting community weatherization and energy efficiency program development. Ms. Harper joined OPAE after leading the Federal Electric Team at the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (“OCC”) where she was responsible for directing the efforts in numerous proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, PJM Interconnection, and Ohio.