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Methods and systems to modernize the power grid, buildings and other facilities with transactive energy practices will be discussed at the 2014 Transactive Energy Conference (http://events.gridwiseac.org/2014/tec/), which will take place Dec. 10-11 at the World Trade Center in Portland, Ore.  Organizers have accepted 17 abstracts for talks on these topics at the conference, which will feature the theme “Energy Intelligence - The Coming Value Revolution.”   “We received a total of 50 paper proposals which was far more than we expected” said Ron Melton, Program Chairman.  “This demonstrates the growing interest in this topic and the importance of the conference.”

The conference, being held for the second year in a row, is the premier international conference to exclusively focus on advancing transactive energy—an approach that combines economic and control techniques to improve power grid reliability and efficiency. The meeting is expected to draw 200 participants, including representatives of government, regulators, utilities, vendor organizations and academia. 
The 2014 conference will again be a partnership between the GridWiseŽ Architecture Council (GWAC) and Smart Grid Northwest with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric and others.
Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute and Carl Zichella of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  GWAC will once again have a foundational plenary session on continuing developments in transactive energy.  New to this year’s meeting is an international panel with participants discussing the use of transactive energy approaches in other parts of the world. 
Control Solutions, Inc An outcome of last year’s conference, which brought together 160 participants and over 100 different organizations, was significant progress on the Transactive Energy Framework (http://www.gridwiseac.org/pdfs/te_framework_report_pnnl-22946.pdf). The document was issued in draft form in November 2013 and outlines key transactive energy concepts, drivers, architectures and terminology and, as envisioned, will serve as a baseline document for advancing transactive energy.
About the GridWise Architecture Council
The GridWise Architecture Council was convened in 2004 by the Department of Energy with support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a volunteer council, the GWAC includes practitioners and leaders with broad-based knowledge and expertise in power, information technology, telecommunications, financial systems and other fields who are working together toward a coordinated GridWise vision—the transformation of the nation's energy system into a rich, collaborative network filled with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities.


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