Cantwell, Wellinghoff, Sergel and Jimison Receive Awards at National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid
WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) announced today the winners of the group’s 2009 Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Awards. The recipients are U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell; Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Rick Sergel, CEO of the North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC); and John Jimison, Senior Counsel of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The awards were presented at the just-concluded National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid in Washington, DC.
Dan Delurey, Executive Director of the DRCC, applauded the award recipients for their efforts to move states and the nation as a whole towards development of a smart grid and the deployment of smart grid activities like demand response. “It is always a challenge to be a change agent,” said Delurey. “This is especially true in the electricity industry, which is why these four individuals all stand out for their willingness to be leaders in making change happen. The Demand Response Coordinating Committee is pleased to be honoring their accomplishments and their leadership.”
The Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Awards were presented at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, the annual gathering in Washington of utilities, policymakers, technology companies and stakeholder groups. “This was the best National Town Meeting yet,” said Delurey. “The hundreds of attendees participating took up new issues and topics like consumer marketing that indicate the evolution of demand response and smart grid as a business and policy area. In addition to hearing keynotes from the likes of Congressman Jay Inslee and Microsoft and Google executives, attendees offered their views in roundtable sessions and received in-depth presentations on cutting-edge issues. They also got to cast their votes on certain questions put before them. We had some very interesting results this year, and we will soon be posting that information, as well as other content from the National Town Meeting, on our website at www.smartgridtownmeeting.com.”
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Finance Committee, is an acknowledged Congressional champion of smart grid issues and policy.
FERC Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff was recently appointed by President Obama to be Chairman of FERC. In his time at FERC he has spearheaded and pushed through many policy changes as well as new policy aimed at developing and supporting demand response and the smart grid.
Rick Sergel, as Chairman of NERC, has been a leading voice on the need to develop demand response and smart grid as a way to not only increase system reliability but also to manage the increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy being used as a system resource.
John Jimison is the lead staff expert for the House Energy and Commerce Committee on demand response and smart grid. He has helped develop and put in place a number of new policies on demand response and smart grid in recent years.
The Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) is a Washington-based non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the development and exchange of information and expertise on demand response and the smart grid. More information on the DRCC can be found at www.demandresponsecommittee.org.
SOURCE Demand Response Coordinating Committee