The U.S. has historically underinvested in energy infrastructure, and cities are beginning to recognize that they have a role to play in strategically aligning development goals and transportation objectives with infrastructure improvements. At the same time, the way people in cities use energy is changing, too. Utilities, in partnership with city planners and researchers, are in a position to make sweeping upgrades to infrastructure and processes in the next decade. That said, city planners, utilities, and universities will need to work together collaboratively, especially since the utility business model is, in some cases, a barrier. How can we make sure that innovation is happening in a collaborative manner? Most importantly, how can new technology and innovation meet the needs to benefit all?
Elizabeth Cook, General Manager, Advanced Grid Solutions – Duquesne Light Company
Juan Castaneda, Principal Manager, Technology & Innovation – Southern California Edison
Derek Dauphin, Senior Planner – City of Pittsburgh
Panos Moutis, Systems Scientist, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation – Carnegie Mellon University
Anna J, Siefken, Executive Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation – Carnegie Mellon University