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Talk on Smart Grid - SmartSacramento

Jim Parks
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 5:30pm


Due to changes in technology, increases in distributed energy resources (renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, microgrids, demand response, energy efficiency), increasing legislative and regulatory demands, and increased customer expectations, electric utilities are facing the biggest changes in their history.  Utilities can either view these challenges as opportunities for improvement or can ignore them and hope they will go away.  Either approach will have long-lasting impacts on utilities.

SMUD completed a large ($350 million) smart grid project in 2014.  The project, SmartSacramento, laid the foundation for continuing work to develop the utility of the future. This presentation will cover elements of SMUD’s smart grid project; how it impacted current utility programs and activities; current issues that electric utilities face; and the actions SMUD is taking to improve the grid and remain relevant into the future.

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About the speaker

Jim Parks is a Program Manager in the Energy Research and Development department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).  He currently oversees energy efficiency and grid modernization R&D projects.  He recently completed a $308 million smart grid initiative (SmartSacramento®) with over 40 individual projects ranging from smart meters and distribution automation to customer programs including demand response and energy efficiency.


Department of Technology
County of Sacramento
799 G Street, Room 221,
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Members: Free
Non-Members: $10 per person (till seats available)
(Membership: $30 Annually)



5:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Networking / Snacks

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Talk / Questions

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