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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 | Watch Video

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