Smart Grid: the collision of energy and information

August 19th, 2010

The Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator (CETI) at bwtech@UMBC will host a seminar series this Fall with focus on the Smart Grid. The series will discuss the issues and opportunities and speculate on expected business opportunities in this major restructuring of the electric grid. Huge investments (tens of billions of dollars) are committed to the Smart Grid for the coming decade.

About six seminars are planned for Fall 2010 to be held (mostly) on Wednesdays from 4-6pm and UMBC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. They will include a ~45 minute presentation followed by a lively discussion and opportunity to socialize and enjoy light refreshments.

The first speaker, Peter Kelly-Detwiler leads a group at Constellation Energy that is developing new methods for data analysis and presentation. He is an “entrepreneur” within Constellation with 20 years of experience in the energy field and he has a perspective on the Smart Grid like few others.

A smart grid perspective: finding value in
the collision of energy and information

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Constellation Energy

4-6pm Wednesday, 8 September 2010
2nd floor Courtyard Conference Room
UMBC Tech Center

Many people have heard of the term “smart grid” and there are many varying interpretations of what it means. But everybody can agree on three things:

  • It involves increased and timely access to information
  • There’s money in it
  • It will create new and unforeseen technologies and entrepreneurial opportunities

The discussion will center around why smart grid is needed, how an energy provider views the challenges and opportunities, the forces we see gathering on the horizon, and how Constellation Energy is responding. Issues related to power grid economics, volatility, risk management, and customer elasticities and perspectives will be addressed.

Peter Kelly-Detwiler is Senior Vice President of Energy Technology Services for Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., a subsidiary of Constellation Energy Group. He and his company-wide team oversee the integration of efficiency technologies and applications that help customers better manage their total energy bills and create optimal energy solutions. Peter has 20 years of experience in the energy industry. His accomplishments include managing the development of energy efficiency projects and reviewing economic impact of energy products.

Please RSVP to Bjorn Frogner (, the CETI Entrepreneur in Residence, if you plan to attend.