We’re putting the final touches on the agenda for GreenBeat 2009, the seminal executive conference on the Smart Grid, taking place next week on Nov. 18 and 19. Today, we’re delighted to announce the addition of representatives from the Electric Power Research Institute, several major corporations shaping the grid, and a bold new startup.
Before we introduce them, remember to register for your GreenBeat ticket today. With an all-star lineup including former vice president Al Gore, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Cisco’s Smart Grid guru Laura Ipsen and PG&E’s Andy Tang, tickets are going fast. You can sign up and find out more about the conference — located at the San Mateo Marriott — here, or follow us at @greenbeat2009 for breaking news on the event.
Now, joining our prestigious roster of speakers, we have:
Sharon Allan — Senior executive and North American Smart Grid Practice Lead at Accenture. With more than 25 years in the technology services industry, Allan puts her executive skills to use helping utilities implement strategies and technology to modernize their operations. She has been working on transmission and distribution issues faced by utilities for over a decade, most recently at Accenture, but also as president of meter maker Elster Integrated Solutions, formerly known as AMCO Automated Systems.
Scott Hublou — Co-founder and senior vice president of products at EcoFactor. Before joining this startup, which makes software to turn two-way thermostats into highly programmable and efficient appliances, Hublou headed up marketing services company Sapria Design and Technology Group, which counted SAP, Oracle, BlueShield and Hewlett-Packard among its clients. EcoFactor isn’t his first startup. Prior to working at Sapria, he founded a web-based weight-loss and fitness service called Asimba, which went on to land partnerships with Disney, Powerbar and 24-Hour Fitness.
Philip Mezey — Senior vice president and chief operating officer for Itron North America. Now leading strategy development for one of the biggest makers of smart meters in the U.S., Mezey climbed through the ranks of the company, focusing mostly on its Smart Grid software offerings. Most people forget that in addition to making metering hardware, Itron also provides the software and network infrastructure needed to beam energy consumption information from meters to utilities and their customers. It essentially offers the same solutions as companies like Silver Spring Networks and Trilliant. Now, with hundreds of utilities across the country receiving federal stimulus funds to install meters — likely made by Itron, Landis+Gyr, Echelon, or one of a fairly small handful of companies — Mezey has his work cut out for him. He joined Itron when it acquired Silicon Energy, where he served as vice president of software development. Before that, he founded and worked at Indus, a developer of asset and customer management software.
David Pacyna — Senior vice president and general manager of the NAFTA Transmission & Distribution Divisions of Siemens Energy. Pacyna has held this post since the beginning of the year when Siemens consolidated its energy operations, including transmission and distribution offerings and oil and gas holdings, under the banner of Siemens Energy, or SEI. Before managing the corporation’s Smart Grid manufacturing and strategy, he headed up its transmission and distribution division. Pacyna joined Siemens when it acquired Westinghouse Electric in 1998. His expertise lies in international power industries, having led sales and marketing for Siemens in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Currently, he sits on the Board of the Power Equipment Division of the National Electric Manufacturers Association.
Don Von Dollen — IntelliGrid program manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In charge of the non-profit research firm’s program that encourages the transition to a cleaner, more efficient Smart Grid, Von Dollen works with utilities, government agencies (like the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology), energy consumers and other related companies. In addition to playing a pivotal role in NIST’s development of universal standards for the Smart Grid industry, he serves as a peer reviewer for the DOE’s GridWise Program. Before EPRI, Von Dollen worked as a research engineer at the Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
VentureBeat is hosting GreenBeat, the seminal executive conference on the Smart Grid, on Nov. 18-19, featuring keynotes from Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr. Register for your ticket today at GreenBeat2009.com.
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