GridWeek International Summit: A Gateway to the Global Smart Grid Market

It’s a small world, after all. Despite global differences in Smart Grid deployments, many nations are facing the same early-stage hurdles -- consumer education, standards, interoperability and the development of a grid-friendly regulatory environment. International collaboration is key for Smart Grid success, and GridWeek 2011 provides the global forum for international best-practice sharing and networking.

GridWeek Makes the World … Smaller: Exposing and understanding the latest global trends, GridWeek 2011 will bring international delegates together to make the Smart Grid community feel smaller, while creating a networking environment to enable tremendous business opportunities. Key topics addressed will include:

  • The way forward for international deployments
  • How to develop a Smart Grid in emerging markets
  • International collaboration on Smart Grid standards
  • International deployment experiences, to cover consumer challenges and lessons learned from policymakers, regulators and more

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GridWeek’s International Summit to Foster Global Trade: Recognizing huge opportunities for international trade, key U.S. government agencies have played an instrumental role in driving a robust Smart Grid agenda for GridWeek’s International Summit. These agencies include the:

  • U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Trade Administration (ITA)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
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International Summit to Bring Best Global Speakers and Perspectives to Forefront: The International Summit in 2011 is bringing together high-powered Smart Grid leaders representing all parts of the world:

  • Minister K C Venugopal, Indian Ministry of Power.
  • P. Uma Shankar, Secretary of Power, India’s Ministry of Power.
  • Tatsuya Shinkawa, Chief Representative, Washington, D.C., Japan’s NEDO.
  • Claudio Zito, Head International Business Development, Enel, Italy.
  • Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One Networks.
  • And more, including utility heads from Africa and Turkey.

A focus on emerging markets: India

In effort to highlight huge Smart Grid growth markets, like India, GridWeek 2011 will bring key leaders to explore the issues and opportunities related to these massively expanding markets. A tribute to GridWeek’s role in Smart Grid, three high-level, energy-focused government dignitaries from India -- including the highest level cabinet member Sushil Kumar Shinde, Secretary of Power-- will shed light on these opportunities at GridWeek.

International Summit Fast Facts

Did you know...?
  • The IEA predicts world spending on modernization of transmission and distribution infrastructure - including Smart Grid - will represent the single largest investment in the energy infrastructure sector in the next 20 years.