TAG Smart Grid Society Hosts Seminar on Distributed Battery Storage

Industry Expert Will Provide Keynote at August 30th Event

Online PR News – 24-August-2011 – – Industry Expert Will Provide Keynote at August 30th Event

ATLANTA (August 22, 2011) – Dan Rastler, senior project manager for the energy storage program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo, Alto, Calif., will be the keynote speaker at a Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Grid society seminar on battery storage Aug. 30.

Rastler will join several energy storage experts in discussing trends and innovations in the $500 million battery storage industry during the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Alston & Bird, 1180 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta.

The seminar will also include a panel discussion with Ken Caird, senior transmission and distribution systems engineer, GE Energy; Clifton Black, senior research engineer, Southern Company; and Vincent Pusateri, senior director, business development, GS Battery USA. The panel discussion will be moderated by Sean Atkins, partner, Alston & Bird.

“Despite the large anticipated need for energy storage solutions within the electric enterprise, very few grid-integrated storage installations are in actual operation in the United States today,” said Rastler. “This landscape is expected to change around 2011–2012, when a host of new storage options supported by more than $250 million in U.S. stimulus funding begin to emerge and, in turn, catalyze a portfolio of new energy storage demonstrations.”

The battery storage event is the fourth in a series of programs on a wide range of smart grid technologies sponsored by the TAG Smart Grid society. The group’s mission is to raise awareness and the development of smart grid technologies in Georgia.

“We are extremely pleased about the high level of experience and expertise of our speakers for the seminar,” said Pusateri, who is serving as program chair for the event. “They will bring tremendous insights to our look at the state of battery storage and its future role in the smart grid eco-system.”

The term “smart grid” refers to a modernization of the electricity delivery system so it monitors, protects, and automatically optimizes the operation of its interconnected elements. The Smart Grid encompasses everything from distributed power generation, to renewable energy sources, like solar.

The battery storage seminar is sponsored by Alston & Bird, Atlanta; Exide Technologies, Milton, Ga.; and GS Battery USA, Roswell, Ga. The event, which includes a luncheon buffet, costs $15 for TAG members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information the event, please contact Richie Johnson at TAG at (404) 920-2028 or at Richie@tagonline.org.

For more information on the TAG Smart Grid society, please visit: www.tagonline.org/SmartGrid.php.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 13,000 members and hosting over 170 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 30 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at http://tagthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.

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