Broadband Networks and Smart Grids at the Crossroad between ICT and Energy

December 3, 2010
Columbia University
Location: Uris 332


Many countries are undertaking massive communications and information technology build out to produce the Smart Grid. The term smart grid refers to the layering of a communications and ICT system on top of the existing power grid. This layering, through the use of broadband networks, sensors, smart meters and software would lead to a two-way flow of electricity and information to create an automated, widely distributed energy delivered network. The aim of this new intelligent network will be to optimally route energy, lower bills, and reduce greenhouse emissions.


8:30 — 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am — Welcome
Eli Noam, Director of CITI, Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

9:15am — Keynote
Matthias Kurth, President of the German Federal Network Agency

9:45am — Session A: Broadband Networks and Smart Grids: perspectives on technology, policy, and eco-sustainability
Stefano Nocentini, Senior Vice President Technology, Telecom Italia
Graham Vickery, Former Head of the Information Economy Group, OECD
Miriam Horn, Director of Smart Grid Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund

10:45am — Coffee break

11:00am — Session B: Linkages and comparison between national broadband plans and national smart grid investment strategies
Nick Sinai, Energy & Environment Director FCC
Scott Hempling, Executive Director National Regulatory Research Institute
Beatrice Covassi, Digital Agenda Counselor at the EU Delegation in Washington DC
Philip Mayrhofer, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Bill St. Arnaud, Green-IT consultant St. Arnaud-Walker and Associates Inc.

12:30 pm — Lunch
How to finance the Smart Grid?, Reed Hundt, Former Chairman of the FCC

2:00pm — Session C: Interactions between broadband and smart grids: technologies, business models, and impacts on the demand and supply side

Supply Side
Lawrence Plumb, Executive Director — Emerging Issues & Technology Policy Verizon
Bruce Lincoln, Columbia University
Demand Side
Johann Kranz, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Jim St. Pierre, Deputy Director, National Information Technology Laboratory (NIST)

3:15pm — Coffee Break

3:30pm — Session D: Policy and Regulation
Jeffrey H. Dygert, AT&T Executive Director, Public Policy
Michael Moynihan, NDN Green Project Director & Princeton University
Lillie Coney, Associate Director, EPIC
Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Lorenzo Pupillo, Executive Director Public Affairs, Telecom Italia
Bill Lehr, Industry Consultant and Research Associate at MIT
Michael Gerrard, Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School

5:30pm — Reception

Conference Organized by Eli Noam, Lorenzo Pupillo, Johann Kranz, and the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information