GridWise Alliance, Embassy of Canada co-host Energy Event
Following in the spirit of President Obama and Prime Minister Harper’s agreement to work bilaterally on several energy issues, including smart grid, the Embassy of Canada and GridWise® Alliance co-hosted an event at the Embassy on March 17, 2010.
Several government officials gave presentations, including Eric Lightner and Dan Ton, US Department of Energy; Shannon Fraser, International Trade Administration US Department of Commerce; Michael Tita, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Marc Lepage, Special Advisor, Climate Change and Energy, Embassy of Canada.
A panel of utilities representing both countries discussed their smart grid efforts to date. These utilities included Ralph Zucker, BC Hydro and David Curtis, Hydro One representing Canada; and Wayne Harbrough, BG&E and Michael Maxwell, PEPCO representing the US.
Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters delivered a keynote address stressing collaboration and innovation between the two countries.
Companies from Canada had the opportunity to showcase their technologies, including: Hydrogenics, Aztech, Corinex, GE Digital Energy, KinectSolutions, Redline Communications, and Schneider Electric.
The GridWise Alliance has undertaken several international efforts. Agreements have been signed with Korea Smart Grid Association, SmartGrid Ireland, and Smart Grids Australia. Several other such associations are in the works.