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GridWeek Announces First 100 Speakers for Smart Grid Conference

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Clasma Events announced today that GridWeek has listed the first 100 speakers -- of the 200+ anticipated -- for the fifth annual thought-leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Speakers will participate in 40 unique conference sessions taking place Sept. 12-15 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The list of conference speakers is as diverse as the industry, itself -- ranging from CEOs of major investor-owned utilities to government leadership, senior executives of Smart Grid technology companies, consumer advocates, regulators, and principals of industry-leading research groups and consultancies.

As always, GridWeek's advisory board of 14 stakeholder organizations has put a priority on creating thought-provoking dialogue by building a strong agenda around the most critical industry topics.

"The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) is pleased to continue its support for GridWeek 2011," said Mike Oldak, Vice President and General Counsel, UTC, an advisory board member to GridWeek. "We are honored to be asked again this year to compose a panel of experts from our own membership to address the actual implementation of the Smart Grid from the communications perspective, specifically on topics such as consumer connectivity, field device connectivity and the role of the Internet. It is the quality of these presenters and others on the agenda that make GridWeek 2011 and important forum for UTC and our members."

Focused on The Way Forward for Smart Grid, GridWeek sessions will fall into three broad themes: "Looking Forward," "Strategic Solutions," and "State of Deployments."

"In 2011, we've added additional advisory board members to ensure we have even more well-rounded content and speakers, with a focus on attracting more voices from utilities, regulatory bodies and government," said Anto Budiardjo, President and CEO of Clasma Events.

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Clasma Events, Inc. specializes in strategic conferences at the center of the worldwide energy discussion. Focusing on Smart Grid, connectivity, and the new energy economy, Clasma's major events include ConnectivityWeek, GridWeek, and Grid-Interop.

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Allison Eckelkamp
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