Keynote Speaker: Charlie Smith, Executive Director, Energy Systems Integration Group
The Keynote Address is scheduled between 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Driven by the economics and growth of renewable energy, the global energy industry is expanding its scope beyond today’s electricity system to include interrelationships with natural gas systems, transportation systems, and a wide range of other energy and infrastructure pathways. This expanding perspective around energy, and the growing need for coordination across the ways that we produce, convert, deliver and use energy, is the core of the Energy Systems Integration opportunity.
Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is the process of coordinating the planning and operation of energy systems across multiple pathways and/or geographical scales to deliver reliable, cost effective energy services with minimal impact on the environment. Charlie Smith is the Executive Director of the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), an association that takes a total system view of the energy systems we use today, focusing on the combined strength of electricity, heat and fuel systems. Tapping into the combined strength of energy systems maximizes the value of every unit of energy being used for power, heat, water, commercial/industrial, residential and transportation purposes. Through collaboration and coordination, ESIG addresses the technical challenges associated with integrating multiple energy systems to enable clean, reliable, and affordable energy systems worldwide. Without the energy systems integration perspective, the full potential of renewable energy will never be reached.
Mr. Smith is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry. Mr Smith’s keynote address will discuss decarbonization and electrification trends in the United States including the complementarity of solar and wind energy resources, solutions to maximizing the penetration of variable renewable electricity generation on the electricity system including energy storage, and the opportunities in electrifying transportation, buildings and industry.