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Title: The Smart Grid for the 21st Century

Mr. Byron Washom

UC San Diego's Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives, CA, USA.


Byron Washom, CA, USA


The Obama Administration is currently evaluating proposals submitted in response to a $4.5B program to launch the next generation of how electricity is produced, transmitted, distributed, stored and used in a more secure, efficient and intelligent manner. The .Smart Grid. functions and qualifying investments sought by DOE centered on measuring, metering monitoring, communicating and analyzing data at unprecedented levels while maintaining cyber security. The precursors to the future full scale Smart Grid visions are .microgrids. operated by large industrial customers of utilities like UC San Diego that only imports 20% of its total electricity demand. The presentation will discuss UC San Diego.s pioneering projects to meet 20% of its supply from renewable energy, accomplish 20% permanent load shifting through energy storage, and reduce its demand through C3 technologies.

Biographical sketch

Mr. Byron Washom is UC San Diego.s Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives and previously served as Sr. International Advisors to DOE and the World Bank as well as a due diligence examiner of clean technologies to a global clientele of utilities, investors, and institutions for over twenty years. In 1984, Mr. Washom received an IR 100 Award for having set the world.s record for solar energy conversion that remained unsurpassed for 24 years. Mr. Washom is a four time Rockefeller Foundation grantee and a Heinz Endowment grantee.

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