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Atlanta, Georgia: Power Reliability, Energy Technology & Green Buildings

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Posted by gfoat on Nov 11, 2003 - 05:48 AM

Imagine the vast impact of reoccurring blackouts and spiraling energy costs on the nation's economy. The blackout in the Northeast and Midwest states last summer was a reminder of the economic devastation that can occur when the lights go out. Businesses need reliable power in order to survive in these turbulent economic times.

A powerful "think tank" of 200 of the industry's foremost energy experts will be on hand at the show to share their expertise at the 26th annual World Energy Engineering Congress, November 12-14, 2003 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Featured speakers include:

  • Mark Gabriel, Vice President, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Albert Thumann, Executive Director of the Association of Energy Engineers
  • Peter Garforth, CEO, Garforth International
  • Peter Smith, Acting President, New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Mark Hopkins, Acting Co-President, Alliance to Save Energy

    Mark Gabriel indicates that the 21st Century transformation of the aging electricity sector involves unleashing technical innovation to transform the aging electricity system into a smart interactive, electronically controlled system, fully capable of supporting a "digital society."

    "With this transformed system, the electricity sector will be encouraged and able to invest in new, innovative technology that ensures operational effectiveness, minimizes impact on the environment, and supports the evolving needs of the U.S. economy and society," concludes Mr. Gabriel.

    According to Albert Thumann, Executive Director of the Association of Energy Engineers, "The upgrade of the transmission grid and reducing transmission congestion will require time, planning and money. Businesses need to implement strategies today that ensure continuous operations. Distributed generation technologies such as cogeneration and on-site power are cost effective and minimize the risk of power outages. In addition, the utilization of energy efficient technologies, which are readily available today, decrease transmission congestion and offer businesses the opportunity to reduce operating costs."

    Owners of buildings are now requiring structures that are sustainable and use the latest in efficient day- lighting, building systems and renewable energy technologies. Mr. Garforth's presentation explores how the United States building design practices compare to Global Best Practices in buildings and how "Green Buildings" give companies the edge in competing globally.

    New York State leads the nation in innovative global warming and energy efficiency programs. Peter Smith's presentation will touch on the how and why of NYSERDA's energy efficiency programs, and also discusses the backbone of program deployment - research and development.

    The nation desperately needs a Comprehensive National Energy Policy, which balances supply side and demand side issues. Mark Hopkins addresses the status of a Comprehensive National Energy Plan, what to expect and its impact on the future of U.S. energy security and growth. Click Here [1] for Complete Conference and Exposition Details

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