[Novalug] Reminder, DC ACM Lecture Tomorrow Night, April 5 2010: Setting Standards for the Smart Grid
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A reminder for tomorrow night's DC ACM lecture (April 5 2010).
Dr. George W. Arnold, "Re-powering the Nation: Setting Standards for the
It is often said that the structure of the nation (and the worlds)
electrical system has not changed much since the era of Thomas Edison:
currently it is characterized by the one-way flow of electricity from
centralized power generation plants to users. The Smart Grid will enable
the dynamic, two-way flow of electricity and information needed to
support growing use of distributed green generation sources (such as
wind and solar), widespread use of electric vehicles, and ubiquitous
intelligent appliances and buildings that can dynamically adjust power
consumption in response to real-time electricity pricing.
The nations electric grid is owned and operated by over 3100 utilities,
using equipment and systems provided by thousands of suppliers,
delivering power to hundreds of millions of users and billions of end
devices. The transformation of this infrastructure into an energy
internet is a huge undertaking requiring an unprecedented level of
cooperation and coordination across the private and public sectors. A
robust, interoperable framework of technical standards is the key to
making this possible. Recognizing the complexity of the task, Congress
assigned the National Institute of Standards and Technology the
responsibility to coordinate the development of standards for the U.S.
Smart Grid. In this talk we will explain how this work is being done,
explore the conceptual reference model of the Smart Grid and related
standards that are emerging, and discuss some the challenges that need
to be addressed.
George Arnold was appointed National Coordinator for Smart Grid
Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) in April 2009. He is responsible for leading the development of
standards underpinning the nations Smart Grid. Dr. Arnold joined NIST
in September 2006 as Deputy Director, Technology Services, after a
33-year career in the telecommunications and information technology
Dr. Arnold served as Chairman of the Board of the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that
coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment
system, from 2003 to 2005. He served as President of the IEEE Standards
Association in 2007-2008 and Vice President-Policy for the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2006-2009.
Dr. Arnold previously served as a Vice-President at Lucent Technologies
Bell Laboratories where he directed the companys global standards
efforts. His organization played a leading role in the development of
international standards for Intelligent Networks and IP-based Next
Generation Networks. In previous assignments at AT&T Bell Laboratories
he had responsibilities in network planning, systems engineering, and
application of information technology to automate operations and
maintenance of the nationwide telecommunications network.
Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978. He is
a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Monday April 5th, 2010 7:30pm to 9:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW
Suite 400 (4th Floor)
Washington, DC 20036
Near Farragut North Metro Station.
Parking is available until midnight at a garage on 19th between M and L
streets for $7.00.
This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. ACM membership is
not required to attend, nor is an RSVP necessary. Please feel free to
bring friends and colleagues.
Light refreshments will be served.
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