IEE wants to broker better bonds between utilities and smart grid companies



Quick take: IEE is an offshoot of the venerable Edison Electric Institute, the trade association for investor-owned utilities. It is interesting to see it move into a role of brokering a better relationship between technology companies and utilities. Done right, it could become an important venue for utilities to find and vet new technologies and new approaches -- Jesse Berst


IEE on Tuesday announced its new, broader mission to engage electric utilities, smart grid technology companies, regulators and other stakeholders to advance new technologies for modernizing and optimizing the power grid.


"We envision significant change in our industry,” explained Lisa Wood, Executive Director of IEE. "Collaboration will be the key to a successful transformation, and IEE will play an important role in that collaboration.”


In an article on the IEE website, Wood said the new IEE will:

·         Convene forums and dialogues for discussion of new work, ideas, and innovations related to grid modernization and customer engagement

·         Publish information on grid modernization

·         Identify opportunities for innovation in electrification that provide benefits to customers and the economy

·         Provide thought leadership related to driving innovative and efficient technologies in the electric power sector

·         Publish an IEE "Annual Outlook” on the role of innovative and efficient technologies in the 21st century power grid


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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.

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