Top Authorities in Energy Conservation at 2010 Advanced Energy Conference

With the Gulf oil spill continuing to create headlines and command answers, while bringing smart energy use to the forefront among elected officials, urban planners, business leaders, and others, the foremost energy experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors will convene to explore new ideas and solutions at the 2010 Advanced Energy Conference in New York City on November 8 and 9. Featured speakers at the conference will discuss the continuing evolution of the new energy landscape, bringing their unique insights to a broad range of energy issues that impact the economy, job market, environment, and homeland security.

The conference, now in its fourth year, is produced by the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, and will feature keynote presentations from top leaders in advanced energy, including: Starnes Walker, Director of Research of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability; Robert Gilligan, VP of Energy Services, Digital Energy Business and an Officer of General Electric Corporation; Richard Kessel, President and CEO of New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Frank Murray, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

“From the environmental implications of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to the ongoing debate about how to best move towards a clean energy economy, to the impact that energy dependence has on foreign policy, it is clear that energy has become the central issue of our time,” said Robert Catell, Chairman of the AERTC Board of Advisors and former Chairman of National Grid, USA. “It demands continued discussion and varied perspectives, which is what we strive to achieve with the Advanced Energy Conference.”

A wide variety of corporations and organizations will be represented at the conference, including GE, NYPA, NYSERDA, IBM, National Grid, Verizon, the U.S. Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Lab, Con Edison, and LIPA among others. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of programs covering topics such as energy policy, development of alternative energy industries, sustainable building, energy efficiency, and intelligent transportation.

Conference sponsors include National Grid, IBM, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Verizon, NYPA, NYSERDA, GE, CA Technologies, NYSTAR, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, City College of New York (CCNY), Hydro Quebec, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, DOE, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Con Edison.

The AERTC works to develop advanced cutting-edge technologies to explore new ways for production of clean energy, enhance production from renewable sources, and find efficient methods for distribution and storage of energy with minimal impact on the local eco systems. Its goal is to strengthen the partnership among the business, government and academic sectors, to help move towards a sustainable energy future that strengthens the economy, the environment, and policy at all levels of government.

Additional information on the 2010 Advanced Energy Conference, including the conference program, registration, sponsorship, and exhibitor details, can be found at

About Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center: Headquartered at Stony Brook University, the Advanced Energy Center is a true partnership of Academic institutions, Research institutions, Energy providers and Industrial Corporations. Its mission is innovative energy research, education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.

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