The goal of this workshop is to identify potential impacts of a National Broadband Plan on energy, the environment, and transportation. The workshop panelists will explore how the broadband and communications infrastructure can play a transformative role in meeting our national energy, environmental, and transportation goals, including energy independence, greenhouse gas emissions reductions and clean energy generation.

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Topics

The following are some of the preliminary topics that will be covered at this workshop. If you would like to discuss any other topics, please send us your suggestions.
  • What types of communications networks can and should be used for various Smart Grid applications?
  • What are the pros and cons of the various types of networks?
  • How much bandwidth is needed to support Smart Grid communications? Do current networks meet these needs?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to deploying Smart Grid equipment and to generating benefits from these deployments?
  • What are the panelists’ recommendations for achieving maximum adoption and utilization of Smart Grid equipment throughout the energy ecosystem, from generation to consumption?
  • What are the specific communications and information technologies that can be leveraged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • How can these technologies be implemented across America?
  • What are the challenges in the adoption of these technologies and how can these obstacles be overcome?
  • What are the panelists’ recommendations for achieving maximum adoption and utilization of these communications and information technologies?

Agenda

1:30 pm Introductory Remarks from Commissioner Mignon Clyburn 
 
1:35 pm Smart Grid Panel Opening Remarks
  • Moderator, Nick Sinai, Energy and Environment Director, National Broadband Taskforce 
 
1:40 pm
Smart Grid Panelist Presentations 
  • Eric Lightner, Director, Federal Smart Grid Task Force, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dean Prochaska, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Conformance, NIST
  • Mark Dudzinski, CMO, GE Energy
  • Eric Miller, SVP of Solutions, Trilliant
  • Henry Jones, Chief Scientist, SmartSynch
  • Joby Lafky, Program Manager, Electric Vehicle Management Platform, Gridpoint
  • Jason Griffith, Director, IT Telecom Engineering, AEP
2:10 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A Period
  • FCC Participants: Colin Crowell, Senior Counselor to the Chairman; Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering; John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Bureau; Dr. Jon Peha, Chief Technologist 
3:00 pm Panel Conclusion
 
3:05 pm (5 minute break before Panel 2)
 
3:05 pm Panel 2: Broadband and Climate Change Opening Remarks
  • Moderator, Nick Sinai, Energy and Environment Director, National Broadband Taskforce 
3:10 pm
Broadband and Climate Change Panelist Presentations 
  • Chris Walker, former Director for North America, The Climate Group
  • Sheryl Wilkerson, President, Willow, LLC
  • Matt Bauer, President, BetterWorld Telecom
  • Colin Buechler, SVP of Marketing, LifeSize Communications
  • Maura O’Neill, Senior Advisor for Energy and Climate and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, USDA
  • Skip Laitner, Economic Analysis Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE)
3:40 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A Period
  • FCC Participant Panel: Colin Crowell, Senior Counselor to the Chairman; Kristen Kane, National Purposes Director 
4:20 pm Adjournment

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