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The smart grid-enabled utility-customer relationship.

The Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga – one of the largest municipal power distributors in the country – is currently building a 100% fiber optic communication system that will be the backbone for their Smart Grid. EPB executive VP and COO David Wade will be examining what’s next in the utility-customer relationship and balancing choices to extract value at the KEMA 2010 Utility of the Future leadership forum.

EPB was recently awarded $111.5 million in federal stimulus funding from the Department of Energy to expedite their Smart Grid implementation. EPB of Chattanooga is one of the largest municipal power distributors in the country, serving more than 168,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square mile area. Wade leads the company’s effort to build Chattanooga’s Smart Grid, one of the most sophisticated smart electric distribution systems in the country. Wade leads the company’s effort to build Chattanooga’s Smart Grid, one of the most sophisticated smart electric distribution systems in the country.

According to Wade, “EPB’s vision for the future is a system that provides rapid, two-way communication with every meter, home and device. A smart, interactive, and self-healing electric system makes it possible and practical for utilities and customers to interact in cost and energy efficiency programs—fundamentally changing the customer relationship both with electricity and with their utilities.”        

Wade will be part of a panel of energy and utility executives sharing insights and discussing strategies and challenges to engage customers and achieve a sustainable energy supply at the KEMA Utility of the Future forum on Thursday, Friday, June 24th. KEMA’s third annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, “Strategic Choices – Striking Equilibrium” is gathering energy and utility industry CEOs who will be sharing their insights on strategy and challenges to engage customers and achieve a sustainable energy supply.

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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