NRTC/CFC Webinar Series “Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications”

Randy Sukow


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NRTC and CFC are combining forces on a four-part webinar series, Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications. The series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with a look at load management technology, and will run through March 16. All the hour-long sessions will start at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration is now open.

The series is a companion to Rural Electric Cooperative Smart Grid Benchmarking Report: Creating Value with Smart Grid Applications (PDF), an NRTC/CFC collaboration released last fall. The report provides analysis and survey data showing which smart grid applications electric cooperatives use today and the level of value they are seeing from them. The webinar series will give NRTC and CFC members a chance to dig down even deeper into the details.

Each session will feature a cooperative representative with first-hand experience deploying and operating smart-grid technologies. NRTC, NRECA and CFC staff will be on hand to discuss smart grid best practices. Nathan Holland, director, Grid Intelligence; Milton Geiger, director of Smart Grid Energy Solutions and Joshua Pepple, director, Smart Grid Technology Planning are among the scheduled NRTC participants.

The full lineup of webcasts is:

  • Load Management Technology, Feb. 2, with Don Bowman, VP, Engineering and Operations for Wake Electric Membership Corp. in North Carolina.
  • Consumer Demand Response Programs, Feb. 16, with Robbin Nisbet, sales manager, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Minnesota.
  • Distributed Energy Resources, March 2, with Brian Callnan, VP, Power Resources and Access, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.
  • Distribution System Reliability, March 16, with Matthew Avery, senior VP, Engineering and Operations, Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative in Florida.

Meanwhile, NRTC speakers are preparing for upcoming online events covering other topics as well. On, Feb. 1, Steve Pastorkovich, senior director Broadband Funding, will sit on two panels at the TANE/NYSTA Issues Forum. He will cover federal/state funding programs and regulations with an emphasis on New England and New York.

Teresa Ferguson, senior director, Broadband and Infrastructure Funding, will discuss “Special Considerations for Funding Rural Broadband Expansion and the Urban/Rural Digital Divide” on Thursday, Feb. 3, at EUCI’s Funding Broadband Expansion.

Both the TANE/NYSTA and EUCI events require registration fees.

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