On December 8, 2010, the Department of Energy General Counsel’s office hosted a seminar on the topic of spectrum policy, attended by approximately fifty representatives of the utility industry. At this spectrum policy seminar, senior officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) provided information on spectrum policy issues in light of the role wireless communications will play in the deployment of Smart Grid technologies. They reviewed the current spectrum management process and discussed some of the federal programs currently available to ensure priority restoration and priority calling for utilities during times of emergency. The seminar was conducted as a follow-up to a recommendation made in the report “Communications Requirements of Smart Grid Technologies,” issued by DOE on October 5, 2010.
The Spectrum Policy Seminar presentations can be found here.