Brattle principal Peter Fox-Penner has been invited to speak during Portland State University’s course, “Designing the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities,” taking place March 7, 2013.
The course seeks to determine if and how the smart grid can encourage and enhance sustainable development, and other important objectives in the Portland and Northwest regions. It is the first college course of its kind in the nation, and has been heralded by governors and members of Congress from the four Northwest states, the Secretary of Energy, and other energy educators and experts.
Dr. Fox-Penner will serve as a member of the guest panel on “Square Peg Meets Round Hole: The Smart Grid Meets Traditional Regulation and Stakeholder Politics.” The panel will explore how traditional utility regulation poses obstacles to the development and implementation of the smart grid, as well as discuss the advantages and disadvantages of alternative strategies to address this dilemma.
Dr. Fox-Penner is the author of Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities, a required text for the course.