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The utility CEO and the smart grid. The view from the top.

The New York State Smart Grid Consortium was formed in early 2009 as means to coordinate smart grid activities in the State, including utility smart grid projects as well as the numerous and varied R&D and manufacturing start up activities related to smart grid. Consortium Chairman and former utility CEO Robert Catell will be providing a special address on the role of the utility CEO in the face of change at the KEMA 2010 Utility of the Future leadership forum.

The Consortium is currently developing an analysis of total state costs and benefits associated with smart grid deployment, changes in the energy markets and infrastructure, and economic development of smart grid industries. It will be developing a roadmap for state deployment to maximize the immediate benefits of different technologies and potential policy decisions.

Sharing insight into the utility CEO role in the face of industry change, Catell said, “The singular, most important thing a utility CEO needs to focus on is setting the vision and the strategy of the company going forward. With the rapid advancements in grid technologies, the unknowns in energy and carbon policies and the evolving energy markets and infrastructure, this is no easy task for today’s utility CEO. They need to go beyond having the management team in place and properly motivating the team to support and deliver on that strategy. Their vision and strategy needs a flexible, forward-looking roadmap that anticipates, guides and adapts to emerging sea change underway in our energy system—all in a way that delivers value to all stakeholders.”

In addition to his role at the Consortium, Catell is also the chairman of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook, a partnership of academic and research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations focused on innovations in energy research, education and technology development in efficiency, conservation, renewables and nanotechnology applications for new energy sources. He is also a board member of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and formerly served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, and Chairman of National Grid, U.S.      

Catell will be providing a special address at the KEMA Utility of the Future forum on Friday, June 25th 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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