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UCGEC Smart Grid Seminar Series No. 1, April 29th, 2009

Introduction to Smart Grid
Co-hosting with FountainBlue
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 18:00 - 21:00
Conference Room Terrace 2D
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA

The US-China Green Energy Council’s Smart Grid Steering Committee is pleased to announce its Smart Grid Seminar Series.  What is “Smart Grid”? The smart Grid is the platform for integrating renewable energy generation (solar, wind, etc.), electric cars, smart meters, demand response, and many more technologies into the electric utility system. It is the key to energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In recognition of the importance of Smart Grid, the United States Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, has placed Smart Grid at the top of the Department of Energy’s priorities. China has also recognized the importance of Smart Grid.  China’s more unified system for regulating energy perhaps renders China a more favorable testing ground for Smart Grid – one of the many questions the Smart Grid Seminar Series will endeavor to answer.

The UCGEC Seminar Series will build on the recent success of the two Smart Grid panels from the UCGEC’s 2008 Beijing Conference. The Smart Grid Seminar Series will utilize the collective talents of many Smart Grid experts, including UCGEC President Bob Larson (former IEEE President), to explain what “Smart Grid” means, the benefits to be derived, and the challenges facing its implementation.  The UCGEC Smart Grid Seminar Series will differ from other similar seminars in that the UCGEC Seminars will be result-oriented, data-driven and based on industry and business expertise.

The first seminar will provide an introductory overview of Smart Grid.  Subsequent seminars will address the different perspectives of technical, business, and investment issues and opportunities surrounding Smart Grid.  


April 29 (Wednesday), 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Conference Room Terrace 2D
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
950 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA

6:00-6:30pm: Registration, light dinner and networking
6:30-6:45pm: Opening Speech, Dr. Bob Larson, UCGEC
6:45-7:05pm: Dr. Steve Lee, Electric Power Research Institute
7:05-7:25pm: Dr. Edward G. Cazalet, MegaWatt Storage Farms
7:25-7:45pm: Dr. Chuck Wells, OSIsoft, Inc.
7:45-8:20pm: Open discussion and Q&A
8:20-9:00pm: Networking

Who Should Attend:

  • Entrepreneurs, researchers, and engineers seeking the newest ideas in the cleantech sector
  • Investors, attorneys, and other professionals interested in green energy challenges and opportunities


  Early Bird After April 26
General Pass $25 $40 (At Door Cash only)
Student Pass $10 $40 (At Door Cash only)


Organizer: US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC)

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2008, UCGEC is a leading non-profit organization that connects U.S. and Chinese individuals interested in green energy. The mission of UCGEC is to facilitate and sponsor high impact cleantech collaborative initiatives and projects between the U.S. and China, and to serve as a platform for the integration of policy, business, investment, and R&D projects for the two countries. 


  • Bob Larson, UCGEC President; Managing Director, Woodside Fund; Former President of IEEE
  • Ed Cazalet, Vice President, MegaWatt Storage Farms
  • Chuck Wells, Platform Architect, OSIsoft, Inc.
  • Steve Lee, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute