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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"The Energy Highway" topic of upcoming major symposium

APRIL 16, 2010 
The efficient, secure, reliable and environmentally sensitive transmission and distribution of electricity 


Policy and industry leaders from across Upstate will gather in the Syracuse region for the sixth annual "Energy in the 21st Century" Symposium which features an impressive line-up of speakers.  This year's Symposium will focus on key issues associated with the planning, construction, operation, and regulation of the nation's high voltage interstate electric transmission network. Policymakers are preparing to take action on matters involving clean energy development, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, energy independence, and the reliability and security of electricity supplies, and the investment in the "grid."  This Symposium is intended to broaden our understanding of grid operations, planning, facilities siting, finance, development of renewable sources and regulation.  The program features:

8 a.m. - Welcome Remarks, Dr. Rhea Jezer, Symposium Chair
Greetings: U.S. Congressman Dan Maffei, NYS Assemblyman William Magnarelli, NYS Senator David Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore NYS Senate

8:30 a.m. - Overview: Transmission and Distribution, Dr. Samir Succar , Senior Energy Analyst, NRDC

8:45 a.m. - Distribution: Technologies, Flexible Demand, Tom King, President, National Grid USA, Exec. Dir., Electricity Distribution & Generation

9:00 a.m. - Transmission: Power for Jobs - Hydro Power, Richard Kessel, President & CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

9:15 a.m. - Energy Efficiency: Programs to Help Governor's 45/15R, Frank Murray, President & CEO, NYSERDA

9:30 a.m. - "Smart Grid;" Security Implications and Cost Allocation, Garry Brown, Chairman, Public Service Commission

9:45 a.m. - Integrating Renewables into the Grid: Moving New York Into the Right Direction, Carol Murphy, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York

10:00 a.m. - National Energy Initiatives:  Where are we Nationally?

10:30 a.m. - Panel Discussion with Morning Panelists, Moderator: Kit Kennedy, Council to Air & Energy Program, NRDC

Noon - 2 p.m.,Luncheon

Greetings: U.S. Congressman Mike Arcuri & U.S. Congressman Bill Owens
Presentation of Award: to Russ Cary, Supervisor Town of Fenner

Keynote Speaker: Tom King, President, National Grid USA, Exec. Dir., Electricity Distribution & Generation

2 p.m. Optional Tours (Choose One)
SUNY ESF: Wood Chips to Ethanol Process (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Fenner Wind Farm (Fenner, N.Y.)
Morrisville State Biodigester (Morrisville, N.Y.)
Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant (Scriba, N.Y.)
NEW - National Grid Distribution & Training Center (Liverpool, N.Y.)