Carnegie Mellon University Bay Area Alumni Association to Host Smart Grid Workshop-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Bay Area Alumni Association to Host Smart Grid Workshop-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Bay Area Alumni Association to Host Smart Grid Workshop

"By 2020, California's electric grid is getting a 21st century facelift. The three biggest utilities, PG&E, SDG&E and SCE (with more than 11 million customer accounts) released smart grid deployment plans outlining roughly between $2.4 and $3.6 billion of new investments to make the smart grid a reality"

Driven by the growing ubiquity of mobile devices and smart sensors, the commoditization of computing power and storage, and the exponential growth in raw data from the power grid due to major refinements of the measurement system (e.g. PMU, AMI) and more devices integrated (e.g. mobile consumer terminals such as smart phones), unprecedented business opportunities are emerging for utilities, transmission operators, power marketers, consumers, and other stakeholders to harness vast stores of information and become a highly agile, data-driven electric power organization.

Smart grid vendors are in the process of making significant investments in new product developments for dedicated Big Data analytics software in order to create analytic applications for this new era of the smart and intelligent "real-time utility." It will include efforts to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) and server technologies specifically geared toward enhancing and enterprise's ability to ingest and manage vast amounts of structured and unstructured data and analyze very large data sets with near real-time capability.

Whether big data storage, analytics, visualization, or security, on the cusp of what appears to be a big data boom in the energy sector, the SF Bay Area alumni clubs of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University are pleased to announce "Big Data Management for Energy and Smart Grid - Creating the Real-Time Utility Enterprise" on April 5th at the NASA auditorium in Mountain View, from 5:30 to 9:00PM. Focused on big data management in the energy sector, this event will discuss the rapid changes and opportunities in the domestic and international energy data market. It will gather leaders in software technology as well as energy including Nancy Ryan, Executive Director and Former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Erfan Ibrahim, Founder and CEO of the Bit Bazaar and former Technical Executive at EPRI and Bradley Williams, VP Industry Strategy at Oracle Utilities who are dedicated to create big and complex data management solutions needed to convert smart grid into a success story.

Speakers and attendees will discuss the role of policies and incentives in building the big data management market for the energy sector, the definition and advancement of best practices in smart grid data management operations and R&D, and what is needed to truly deliver valuable big data management solutions to the stakeholders from power generation via transmission and distribution to power consumption. The panel includes technology and business leaders, regulators and educators such as our moderator Kurt Yeager, Vice Chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative and former President and CEO of EPRI, Prof. Emir Macari, Director of the California Smart Grid Center, Steven Ray, Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Greene, VP Technology at Versant Corporation, Scott Hublou, Co-Founder and SVP at EcoFactor, and Liza Malashenko, Supervisor of the Smart Grid Program at the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

“The smart electrical grid is arguably the largest interconnected engineering system being developed in this country. This event will provide a good perspective of the policies and technologies surrounding the grid, and that are bound to have a big impact in our lives," said Dr. Ray, also Associate Director of CMU's Disaster Management Initiative. For more information and registration please visit the event website.