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Energy technologies for a sustainable grid. Insight from Beacon Power.

For over a decade, Beacon Power has been focused on developing and commercializing flywheel-based energy storage solutions for grid-scale frequency regulation services and other applications. Beacon Power President and CEO Bill Capp will be sharing insight into balancing mature and emerging energy technologies for a smarter, sustainable grid at the KEMA 2010 Utility of the Future leadership forum.

Beacon Power is now in production with its fourth-generation flywheel system, which is the basis of the grid-scale Smart Energy Matrix now being commercially deployed for the regulation of grid frequency. According to Capp, “Addressing the urgent need for clean and sustainable energy solutions that operate efficiently and effectively and do not burn fossil fuel puts new challenges and pressures on the utility industry. With increasing penetration of various intermittent renewable energy resources, there is a growing need for grid-stabilizing frequency regulation. Technologies like Beacon flywheels have highly attractive performance characteristics, such as fast-response —providing the capability to quickly charge and discharge power to the grid and keep it in balance. This method of regulation has an added benefit of lower CO2, SOx, and NOx emissions when compared to any of the traditional methods, such as coal, natural gas, and pumped hydro storage systems.”

Capp will be speaking about advanced energy technologies as part of the forum’s executive panel on balancing mature and emerging technologies to enable a sustainable intelligent infrastructure at KEMA’s third annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, “Strategic Choices – Striking Equilibrium.” He will join energy and utility industry CEOs in sharing their insights on strategy and challenges to engage customers and achieve a sustainable energy supply at the KEMA event, being held June 23 – 25, 2010 at The Four Seasons, Washington D.C.

KEMA’s 3rd annual Utility of the Future leadership forum
June 23 – 25, 2010
The Four Seasons, Washington D.C.

Designed in concert with an advisory panel of insightful, forward-thinking senior industry executives, KEMA’s Utility of the Future leadership series provides a view from the top on critical issues facing energy and utility industry and stakeholders and offers opportunities for leaders to connect with their peers as they seek to build for the future.

To register, and for more information, visit: www.kema.com/UtilityFuture2010

For a look into the insights gained from the previous years’ Utility of the Future leadership series, visit www.kema.com/UtilityFutureSeries.

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