OSG USERS GROUP MEETING:
Accelerating the Smart Grid
February 1 - 4, 2010 >> San Francisco, California
The electric utility industry is front and center for one of the most revolutionary technological challenges: the Smart Grid. Extensive system integration will be necessary for realizing the potential of the Smart Grid. Major policy and product changes are happening across the U.S. from Austin Energy who completed all 410,000 smart meter upgrades this past year to Pacific Gas & Electric estimating 5.2 million meters in California will be "smart" by the end of 2011. In Washington, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is now coordinating standardization efforts through the establishment of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and has identified the need for strong collaboration as a key factor in accelerating the Smart Grid concept into reality across the country.
The OSG User Group (OSGug) was formed for users to get information on the progress of the Open Smart Grid (OSG) issues and to share their project experiences. The user group holds four face-to-face meetings each year. Recognized experts share their insights and resolve key technical issues. Each meeting also includes pre-conference "boot-camp" and social networking opportunities.
Who Should Attend
Utilities that are using standards-based integration to meet their business challenges will find this conference invaluable. Project managers, system architects, business and IT managers, and control center personnel will all benefit from this meeting.
The meeting is open to all current or potential OSG users – you do not have to be a OSGug member to attend. Attendees gain firsthand access to OSG experts and come away with new insights on the power of OSG activities.
Location & Dates
The OSGug Meeting will be held on Feb 1-4, 2010 at the Hilton San Francisco Airport. Attendees are encouraged to stay at the hotel where the meetings will be located. Currently, there is a block of 80 rooms available. If you reserve your room by January 15th, the rate is $125 per night.
The meeting will start on Monday, February 1st with an OSG "bootcamp" - a pre-conference OSG tutorial. We strongly encourage those who are new to the organization to attend the Boot Camp sessions held on Monday afternoon. The rest of the sessions are dedicated to producing work and will not cover historical information.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 2nd, PG&E is hosting a trip to their lab facilities followed by a reception. You will be presented with an opportunity to sign up for this event when registering for the meeting. This event is free of charge and open to everyone who signs up. Registration for the tour is now closed.
At the airport
SFO Hilton has a shuttle that comes every 20 minutes on the hour. For example at 1:20, 1:40, 2:20, 2:40 and when guests arrive at the airport they will have to pick up their luggage at baggage claim then go up one level to the arriving gate go across and the shuttle will be there to pick them up. Please note at the SFO airport shuttles are only allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the arrival gates but if they need assistance there are booths at the airport that can assist them. For passengers are traveling international, the same rule applies.
The OpenSG is growing at a rapid pace and this conference contains a very full agenda. Our face-to-face meetings utilize a fee-base model. The registration fee pays for seven meeting rooms, breakfast, lunch, snacks, an evening reception, A/V equipment, WiFi, etc. Conference costs and more details are available under "Registration" link on the left panel of this page.