The 2012 National Electricity Forum will be held on February 8 and 9, 2012, and is sponsored by the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Online registratin is now closed; participants are welcome to register onsite.

A Leading Role

The DOE is taking a leading role in this week's National Electricity Forum, with key speakers providing input on a variety of topics. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman will join NARUC President David Wright for the keynote discussion on Wednesday morning.

In addition, Lauren Azar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy will present DOE's straw man vision of the 21st century electricity industry. The 10 a.m. presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Ms. Azar, Mark Brownstein (Environmental Defense Fund), Ralph Izzo (Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.), and Erin O'Connell-Diaz (Illinois Commerce Commission and NARUC). The discussion will be moderated by Susan Tierney, Managing Principal of the Analytics Group.

At 2 p.m., Arun Majumdar, Acting Undersecretary for the DOE, will moderate a panel on Technology Frontiers: "Transformational" Technologies to Securely Meet the 21st Century Electricity Industry Vision to discuss changes to the industry from a physical and cybersecurity perspective. Panelists include Terry Boston (PJM Interconnection), Dario GIl (IBM Research), Arshad Mansoor (Electric Power Research Institute) and Jackalyne Pfannensiel (Department of the Navy).

About the National Electricity Forum

The National Electricity Forum is the only event co-sponsored by DOE and NARUC and presents a unique opportunity to extend the dialogue among all parties and identify policy and infrastructure objectives for policymakers, system planners, and other decision makers in the electric power system.

Presenters and participants at the 2012 Forum will address cutting-edge issues and discuss how collaboration can successfully modernize the nation's electricity infrastructure. Panelists will include futurists, senior DOE officials, industry representatives, state utility regulators, and business leaders presenting their visions for the 21st Century electricity industry, its successful execution, and what the world will look like in 2035.

Discussions at the two-day event also will address technology frontiers, customers’ perspectives, the dynamics of regulating the industry, grid-scale electricity storage technologies, transmission planning, demand response, micro-grids, institutional solutions to achieving a transformed industry, and more. Panelists in these sessions will represent experts, state and federal policymakers, academia, and stakeholder perspectives.

The Forum is intended for a broad audience from across the industry. For additional details, visit the 2012 National Electricity Forum website.