October 07, 2010 08:24 ET

KEMA Experts Elected to Key Smart Grid Policy and Standards Advisory Committees: U.S. DOE, NIST, UTC

KEMA Helps Shape the Smart Grid-Enabled, Sustainable Utility Future

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2010) -  KEMA experts have recently been named members of leading U.S. boards and committees focused on advancing the nation's electricity infrastructure and the smart grid. Four members of KEMA's U.S. consulting team have been elected to key policy and standards development committees with national organizations: the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the United Telecom Council (UTC). 

"KEMA's elected leadership positions with organizations leading the U.S. smart grid transition highlight a key reason clients turn time and again to KEMA for solutions to challenging questions," said Hugo van Nispen, president and managing director of KEMA, Inc. "Embracing new energy technologies in a smart, effective way is critical to navigating the next phase in implementing the smart grid. KEMA's appointments to key committees with respected, influential organizations, like the DOE, NIST and UTC, is testimony to our position as highly regarded, experienced experts in all aspects of energy technology, its application, and its implications for the utility future. Our clients benefit from KEMA's heritage that combines this technical leadership with business insight and a steadfast focus on the energy and utility industry." 

KEMA's recently announced industry committee positions include:

Ralph Masiello, senior vice president, was appointed to a second term as a member of the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) for 2010-2011. The EAC advises the DOE in modernizing the nation's electricity delivery infrastructure and implementing policy and technical issues per the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Mark Burke, vice president, was elected to a two-year term on the Smart Networks Council Board of Directors. The Smart Networks Council, a unit of the UTC, supports utilities' "Drive to Next-Generation Transformation" and is responsible for implementing automatic meter reading systems, advanced metering initiatives, and demand response and distribution automation applications.

Emily O'Brien, director, was named a member of the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC), established under the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. The SGTCC is creating the framework for compliance, and interoperability and cyber security testing and certification for the smart grid.

Steve Behrens, practice coordinator, was elected to the Smart Grid Architecture Committee (SGAC) under NIST's Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. The SGAC is responsible for creating and refining a Smart Grid conceptual reference model, including lists of the standards and profiles necessary to implement the vision of the smart grid.

"Congratulations to my colleagues -- Ralph, Mark, Emily and Steve -- for being recognized for their industry expertise and for being presented with these leadership opportunities," said van Nispen. "They truly exemplify the intellectual and professional excellence of the KEMA team, as well as our insight, passion, and commitment to solving some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation's energy future."

About KEMA
Founded in 1927, KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. With world headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, KEMA employs more than 1,600 professionals globally with offices and representatives in more than 20 countries. KEMA's U.S. subsidiary, KEMA, Inc. is headquartered in Burlington, Mass., and serves energy clients throughout the Americas and Caribbean.

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