ISO New England (ISO-NE) and the New York Independent System Operator
(NYISO) today announced keynote speakers and panelists for their
upcoming symposium, "Navigating Change," at The Westin Waterfront
in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013.
The symposium will bring together industry participants, government
officials and other policymakers for a two-part discussion on
identifying current industry changes and what steps both industry and
policymakers could take to successfully navigate through this period of
rapid development and transformation.
Ernie Hayden, managing principal for Verizon's Global Energy and Utility
Practice, will be one of two keynote speakers for the conference. Mr.
Hayden has extensive experience in the power utility industry, critical
infrastructure protection and information security. His primary focus is
supporting customer projects regarding smart grid security, energy
supply security and electric grid security, with special emphasis on
North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical
Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards.
Gil C. Quinones, president and chief executive officer of the New York
Power Authority (NYPA), also will offer a keynote address. As president
and CEO of the nation's largest state electric utility, Mr. Quinones is
responsible for developing and implementing NYPA's strategic vision and
mission, and supervises its operations, legal and financial matters. He
also serves as co-chairman of Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York Energy
Highway Task Force, which is carrying out the governo's vision for
rejuvenating New York's transmission system through partnerships between
the public and private sectors. As a member of the Electric Power
Research Institute's Board of Directors, Mr. Quinones serves as chair of
the board's Committee on Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage and Smart
Grid. He is also active in the affairs of two national public power
organizations, serving on the Steering Committee of the Board of the
Large Public Power Council (LPPC), as co-chair of the LPPC's Government
Relations Task Force and as NYPA's principal representative to the
American Public Power Association.
The first panel, "Drivers of Change," will identify and provide
insight on the current changes taking place in today's electricity
industry, with particular emphasis on how policies, technology,
environmental regulations and the current state of the economy will
affect the future power grid.
David W. Cash, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public
Utilities, will moderate the first panel. Other panelists include:
Francis J. Murray, Jr., president and CEO, New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority; Franz Litz, executive director, Pace
Energy and Climate Center; Richard G. Smead, director, Navigant
Consulting, Inc.; Julien Dumoulin-Smith, director, US Electric Utilities
& IPPs Group, UBS Investment Research; and Byron Flynn, technical
solutions director, North America, GE Digital Energy.
The second panel, "Navigating Change," will discuss how new
technologies can help manage the current changes in the electric
industry, how states are reacting to change, the role of utilities in
industry transformation, the role of natural gas and renewable energy
technologies and how consumers can ultimately benefit from this
Garry Brown, chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission
has been invited to moderate the second panel. Other panelists include:
Tom King, president, National Grid U.S.; Matt Dunne, manager of
Community Affairs, Google; Lee Davis, senior vice president and regional
president, NRG; Vincent Morrissette, vice president, Origination and
Regulatory Affairs, Repsol; Anne Stubbs, executive director, Coalition
of Northeast Governors; Robert Gramlich, interim CEO, American Wind
Energy Association; and Alex Kinnier, senior vice president of Product
Technology vendors also will be on hand to exhibit a variety of new
products and services aimed at addressing current and future industry
The general registration rate for the symposium is $350, with a
government and student rate of $150. To register for the event, please
For more information, interested parties may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (617) 337-9534.
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