March 12, 2007
In the face of unprecedented growth in energy demand and the resulting strain on the electricity system, the upcoming Carnegie Mellon Conference on the Electricity Industry will bring together academic and industry experts to address concerns over the capacity of America's aging power grid. Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business will host the two-day conference, March 13-14.
Marija Ilic, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and engineering and public policy (EPP), and Lester Lave, professor of economics at the Tepper School, organized the forum, which focuses on ensuring the nation has the physical and human resources needed for the next 30 years. It will address topics such as the capacity of modern power grids; new technologies being developed for generation, transmission and distribution of power; and the quality and quantity of undergraduate power-engineering education.
"Reliable electric service is essential for our health, security and prosperity-there may be no more fundamental need in a modern society," said Lave. "Yet our power system faces numerous challenges, from deregulation to aging infrastructure, and we need new solutions to answer the demands of future power creation and distribution."
The conference is co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Electricity Industry Center, the ECE and EPP Departments, and the Tepper School. The event is a signature offering by the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, which was established in August 2001 to work with industry, government and other stakeholders to address the strategic problems of the electricity industry, making it more competitive and its systems more reliable. More than 50 people are expected to attend, including participants from the U.S. and abroad with backgrounds in academia, government, and industry.
Geof Becker, Carnegie Mellon News, and Scott Addison and Michael Stewart, gabbegroup