As hot-button issues go these days, there are fewer hotter ones in the energy field than smart-grid technology. North Carolina A&T is hosting a conference on the subject in four weeks that will draw researchers and representatives of federal agencies, utilities and other corporations.
The North Carolina Smart Grid Technical Forum will be held Wednesday, March 16. The location will be every energy researcher’s favorite hotel, the LEED Platinum-certified Proximity. Agenda highlights:
- Dr. Mark Johnson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Department of Energy, speaking on the future of smart grid research.
- Other high-level speakers, including Eric Lightner, the director of the Smart Grid Task Force, U.S. Department of Energy; and Ward Lenz, director of the North Carolina Energy Office.
- Key executives of GE Energy, IBM, Duke Energy, Progress Energy, and a variety of smaller corporate players in the field.
- Researchers from A&T (Dr. Gary Lebby, Electrical Engineering), N.C. State and UNC Charlotte.
Details are on the conference website. Registration is $125.