• The Department of Energy has announced the creation of a new Smart Grid Customer Engagement Working Group to develop a model of industry best practices for smart grid customer engagement. The Working Group will become a resource for utilities rolling out smart grid programs in the future. It is a product of discussions with electric utilities over the past year and a half to discuss the most compelling smart grid topics facing the industry. Recognizing that the overall success of the smart grid depends on whether customers will take a more proactive role in managing their energy use, the Working Group will focus on smart grid customer education and engagement as well as on how utilities can effectively communicate the deployment and benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). The first meeting will be November 29, 2012, in Washington, D.C. at the Marriot Metro Center. More information is available here.
  • The IEEE Power & Energy Society has announced its fourth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) to be held February 24-27, 2012, in Washington, DC. The ISGT Conference will provide a forum for participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies. According to the announcement, it will feature “plenary sessions, panels, technical papers, and tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications.” Researchers and practitioners from around the world are also invited to submit papers for review and possible presentation at the ISGT Conference. More information about the ISGT Conference is available here.