March General Meeting: Smart Grid and Demand Response

James Fine, Economist at Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy and Climate Programs will speak on
Smart Grid: Delivering Consumer and Environmental Benefits

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Central Historic Building 436 14th Street #1216, Oakland, CA 94612

Smart grid is more than just digital “smart” meters.  The U.S. Department of Energy defines smart grid as an “electricity delivery system, from point of generation to point of consumption, integrated with communications and information technology for enhanced grid operations, customer services, and environmental benefits.”

Jamie Fine PotraitThis presentation will describe Environmental Defense Fund’s Evaluation Framework for Smart Grid Deployment Plans and summarize its evaluation findings for the smart grid plans of California’s three investor-owned utilities.   Jamie will describe a new LEED certification for demand response, which is a program that pays electricity users to shift their demand away from peak times.  Finally, he enumerate how smart grid can improve the value of demand response programs for commercial and residential building owners and occupants.