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The Smart Grid: The Policy Challenges of a Connected Grid

September 18, 2013

Co-sponsored by:
The Environmental Law Institute
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment


The promise of the Smart Grid is great: a more resilient and efficient electricity system that can support a high concentration of renewable generation, electric vehicles, and more. And just as the Smart Grid may transform the physical electricity infrastructure, it may likely also transform both how we think about energy and how we interact with our energy providers. In our final Smart Grid mini-series panel, legal and energy policy experts helped us understand those more personal implications of the Smart Grid, including active and passive demand management, smart meters, time-of-use pricing, as well as the consumer and privacy issues that they raise.


Tim Sullivan, California Public Utilities Commission, Assistant Chief Law Judge (moderator)

Karen Zelmar, Director of Pricing Products, Pacific Gas & Electric

Marcel Hawiger, Attorney, TURN - The Utility Reform Network

Jennifer Urban, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, UC Berkeley Law