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Grid Edge Analytics: Advances in Big Data, Intelligent Software and Analytics Behind the Meter

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm), The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street, NYC

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The next generation of behind-the-meter analytics goes well beyond providing consumers with detailed data on their energy use. Utilities are now able to take advantage of customer segmentation and profiling information to increase the effectiveness of demand response and energy efficiency programs. By leveraging intelligent software, utilities also gain better visibility into their customers’ responses to price signals, leading to optimized rate structures.

The early energy management market was a battle of the best-in-class hardware (e.g., displays, sensors, and thermostats), placing a strong emphasis on smart meters as an enabling technology. More recently there has been an increase in strategic partnerships. Blue-chip companies from the automation, security, solar, and telecom industries have taken notice and begun to gain market share with new solutions. This panel will examine the changing data analytics landscape behind-the-meter and discuss how companies have shifted their focus toward energy management.

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Event Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 – Registration & Networking
7:00 – 8:30 – Panel Discussion
8:30 – 9:00 – Reception


Omar Saadeh – Senior Analyst at GTM Research


Christopher Cavanagh – Principal Program Manager at National Grid


Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the Customer Strategy & Environmental group at National Grid and is responsible for developing strategies to expand National Grid’s US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid’s goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty seven years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and is a mentor in the CleanTech Open program. Mr. Cavanagh is graduate of Brooklyn Tech HS and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh is also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is also the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey if the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.


Nicholas Payton – Associate Director of Product Marketing and Strategy at Opower

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Nick Payton directs marketing and strategy for emerging products at Opower, a leading providerof customer engagement software to energy utility companies. These efforts focus on Opower’s behavioral demand response and thermostat management platforms. Nick previously led market development and regulatory affairs for demand response, wholesale markets, and evaluation of Opower programs. Prior to Opower, he has served as a strategy consultant at the Analysis Group, an aide on a political campaign for U.S. Senate, and an analyst at a politically active law firm and government relations group. Nick graduated magna cum laude with degrees in political science and economics from Boston College.


Jun Shimada – Founder / CEO at ThinkEco


As one of the founders, Jun leads ThinkEco’s technology innovation & commercialization efforts, applying his experience to make the modlet super-smart and easy-to-use. Prior to ThinkEco, Jun was part of the original team at Vitae Pharmaceuticals as it received seed to Series B investments. At Vitae, he was the lead scientist behind its proprietary computational drug discovery platform. Jun received his BA, MA, and PhD from Harvard.


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