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MD CRES Monthly - The Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

6:30-7:00pm - Social time and networking  

7:00-7:15pm - Announcements 
7:15-8:00pm -  Presentation and Q&A 
8:00-8:30pm - Wrap up and networking 

During the announcements, we always welcome attendees to share announcements they have, including upcoming events and job openings with their organizations, so please come prepared to share with the group.

This meeting is free for CRES members, $5 non-members.


Smarter meters and distribution grids are required if continued increases in renewable generation -- both central and distributed -- are to be reliably and economically accommodated. Unfortunately, most utilities are not deploying grid modernization investments and associated capabilities in a way that paves the way for ever-greater levels of renewable generation. In this presentation smart grid expert, author, and part-time skeptic Paul Alvarez will describe what a smarter grid could potentially do for renewable generation and the challenges that must be overcome if the renewable-related potential of a smarter grid is to be fully realized. 

About the Speaker

Paul Alvarez is the President of the Wired Group, a consultancy helping clients unleash the latent value in distribution utilities. Mr. Alvarez spent 15 years in product development and management with companies like Motorola and Baxter Healthcare, and an additional 10 years helping utilities develop and manage energy efficiency and demand response programs. More recently, he led the only 2 unbiased, comprehensive smart grid deployment evaluations conducted to date, including Boulder, Colorado for Xcel Energy and Duke Energy's Cincinnati deployment for the Ohio Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Alvarez is also the author of "Smart Grid Hype & Reality: A Systems Approach to Maximizing Customer Return on Utility Investment." He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado's Global Energy Management Program and Michigan State University's Institute for Public Utilities. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.      

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