Screen shot 2009-11-19 at 11.59.28 AMThanks to everyone who made it out to GreenBeat 2009 yesterday and Wednesday!

We were thrilled with the turnout, and couldn’t be more grateful for all the support we received from attendees, speakers, sponsors and the press. It’s clear that the Smart Grid has gained the momentum it needs for serious work to be done, and we are excited to play a big role in this conversation going forward.

With Al Gore, and several of the biggest utilities and brightest entrepreneurs leading the charge, 2010 should be a big year for smart metering initiatives, regulatory reform and consumer conservation education. Whether or not these efforts will result in a cleaner, more efficient grid, or a population more committed to saving power (even if it’s only to trim their bills) still hinges on policy and money.

Stationed in the most progressive state for environmental legislation, and at the heart of the venture capital community, VentureBeat is ideally situated to report on how this unfolds. We’re already looking forward to future events on the power grid that will pick up where GreenBeat 2009 left off.

Once again, we’d like to thank all of our event sponsors and strategic partners for making this week’s event possible: Accenture, Southern California Edison, Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund, Oracle Utilities, Schwartz Communications, Cisco Systems, CPower, CSC, S&C Electric Company, KPMG, Vantage Communications, DEMO, Matter Network and Fora.TV.

We were also honored to have so many of our colleagues from the press in attendance during the event. To thank them for their coverage, and give our readers a more holistic sense of the Smart Grid dialogue sparked by GreenBeat, here’s a roundup of articles from the last several days:

GreenBeat in the New York Times:

Google says it doesn’t want to be a utility
In Pursuit of a Smarter Grid

On Al Gore:

Al Gore: Super grid is critical to combating the climate crisis, Cleantech Group
Gore: White House shooting for climate bill by spring, Greentech Media
Al Gore: The Smart Grid is Key, Earth2Tech
Al Gore: Our next power grid will be like the Net, CNet

On Innovation Competition and winners Locust and CPower:

Data storage startup, energy manager, win GreenBeat Innovation Contest, TriplePundit
3 Next-Gen Applications for Smart Grid 2.0, Earth2Tech
Data centers that feed power to the grid?, Greentech Media
Xtreme Power named a Smart Grid innovator in VentureBeat’s Innovation Competition

Related news:
Google PowerMeter: It’s our gift to humanity, really, Greentech Media
Cisco seeks smart grid CTO, EE Times
Viridity Energy poised to make next generation of Smart Grid a reality, TMCNet
Current CEO Casey talks about SGIG, GreenBeat 2009 Award, Smart Grid Today

Here are some photos from the event — look for more media, including an image and video gallery, in the next few days.








[Photo credits: Alexa Lee, David Lin and Cheng Saechao]