February 24, 2011 10:23 ET

Increase Smart Grid Technology Uptake Through Profitable Partnerships and Business Models

Smart Grid Technology 2011 Conference Brings Together the Most Forward Thinking Utility and Technology Companies to Outline Their Breakthroughs, Successes and Challenges

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) - Clean-tech market research publisher SBI Energy will join an elite line-up of smart grid strategists on June 1st at the 2nd Annual Smart Grid Technology Conference in San Jose, California. Robert Eckard, Sr. Analyst for SBI Energy, brings over a decade of energy and environmental sector experience with expertise ranging from global, regional, and local market analysis to economic assessments, environmental analysis, and energy reporting.

The Smart Grid Technology 2011 Conference networks over 250 senior managers, presidents, directors, and C-level executives who seek to take the next steps in smart grid integration and development. The event places a firm focus on providing practical advice and business opportunities. Conference topics include: telecommunication, data-management, cyber-security, standards, distribution optimization, distribution management, demand responds, home automation, and electric vehicles.

SBI Energy's Eckard will join a panel disseminating the evolution of the smart grid communication network alongside industry leaders Barry Haaser, Chairman of OpenADR; John Horn, Director of M2M at T-Mobile; and, Stephen Nees, Technology Strategy and Planning Manager at Anaheim Utilities. More specifically, the team will review how public and private networks can best work together to ensure availability, scalability, security, and coverage. 

Providing information through a panel format commissions a free flow of ideas and provides an opportunity to collaborate with industry leading utilities and experts. The open forum will address key aspects imminent to smart grid communication integration, such as, utility communications partnerships; integrating smart grid communication infrastructure through public networks and their mission-critical requirements; application development opportunities in private and public network environments; and supporting Wi-Fi, Zigbee, GPRS, and WiMax technology protocols. And it is part of a larger overarching conference agenda dedicated to ensuring efficient communication and management of data.

Additional confirmed speakers for this year's Smart Grid Technology event include SDG&E, Southern California Edison, LADWP, OGE, Central Indiana Power, CenterPoint Energy, TVA, SGTCC, USNAP, GE, NERC, Vineyard Power, and Avista Corp.

About SBI Energy
SBI Energy, a division of, publishes research reports in the industrial, energy, building/construction, and automotive/transportation markets. SBI Energy also offers a full range of custom research services. 

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About Robert Eckard:
Prior to starting his Northern California based consulting firm, Robert Eckard worked as a contractor with the California Energy Commission and is currently pursuing a PhD in water and energy resources at the University of California, Davis.

About Smart Grid Technology 2011:
The Smart Grid Technology 2011 Conference brings together the most forward thinking utility and technology companies to outline their breakthroughs, successes and challenges. The conference places a firm focus on providing practical advice and business opportunities. Attendees will come away with the strategies and partnerships you need to sharpen your competitive edge and win big in smart grid technology. The conference is scheduled for June 1-2, 2001 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Jose, California. Smart Grid Technology 2011 is another proud event organized by Smart Grid Update.

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