The GridWise Alliance has announced the agenda for the second annual GridWise Global Forum, Nov. 8-10, 2011, in Washington, DC. Building on last year’s inaugural event, the two and a half day Forum will once again bring together an international gathering of senior government officials, CEOs and technology innovators for a sharply focused exchange of ideas on the critical need to modernize and expand the world’s electric systems.

"While much of the international community understands the importance of an advanced electric grid for sustained economic growth, a global discussion of best practices is critical to advancing this transformation,” said Bob Shapard, Chairman of the GridWise Alliance. "The GridWise Global Forum provides a platform for thought leaders from many of the leading smart grid countries and companies to communicate their ideas on topics ranging from the impact of an advanced grid on energy use to grid vulnerability to consumer engagement.”

Online registration to attend the Forum is now open. Early Registration runs through July 31, 2011.

Session dates, times and titles are as follows:
Tuesday, November 8
· 1:00pm - 1:15pm: Opening Introduction
· 1:15pm - 2:00pm: Energy Industry in Transition: Models for Success
· 2:00pm - 3:30pm: Lessons Learned: What the ARRA Data Tells Us
· 4:00pm – 5:30pm: Guarding the Grid: Smart Grid and Grid Vulnerability
· 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Reception
Wednesday, November 9
· 8:30am - 10:00am: The Technology Horizon: Future Trends and Potential Disruptions
· 10:00am - 10:30am: Smart Grid Data: Insights, Privacy, or Both?
· 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch with Keynote Speaker Address
· 2:00pm - 3:30pm: Smart Grid and the Regulatory Landscape: Evolution or Revolution
· 4:00pm - 5:30pm: Integrating Renewables: The Hype, the Challenges, and the Reality
Thursday, November 10
· 8:30am - 10:00am: Connecting with Consumers: Strategies for Successful Consumer Engagement
· 10:30am - 12:00pm: Building the Smart Grid: Best Practices for Success
· 12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch with Keynote Speaker Address
· 2:00pm - 3:30pm: Economic Impact: Investing in our Electrical Future
· 4:00pm - 5:30pm: The Smart Grid Race: Competing in a Global Environment