Asia America MultiTechnology Association: U.S. - China Smart Grid


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The U.S. and China share a common ambition to develop a national smart grid but face immense and vastly different challenges in their power delivery infrastructure.

China's expanding electrification, to the rural inland and the rapid development of wind and other renewable sources of energy, has spurred unprecedented government investment in the supply and transmission of electricity.  Market studies estimate that China will need to spend at least $147 billion yuan to build an international quality smart grid and that the Chinese government will spend more than $7.3 billion in the development of smart grid technology in 2010 alone.

The Obama administration has stated that an upgraded electrical grid is critical to fully utilizing the vast renewable resources in this country, to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs that will drive economic recovery and continued growth.  According to market studies, in 2010, the U.S. will spend more than $7.1 million in the form of stimulus loans, grants and tax incentives alone, to develop smart grid technologies.

Smart grid has also emerged as one of the busiest areas for cleantech venture capital.  Total VC investment in smart grid companies topped $414 million in 2009, accounting for over 7% of total cleantech investments by VCs.

Our discussion will begin with a review of the China power grid landscape with data presented by Deloitte's Global Cleantech Services Group.

Topics Will Include:

  • The smart grid involves a host of different technologies, from utility-scale distribution hardware and control software, to smart meters and energy management systems in homes and businesses.  What new technologies or technology platforms are emerging - both here and abroad - to address these challenges?

  • Are there opportunities for meaningful collaboration between the U.S. and China or will the goal of domestic development and localization hinder cooperation?

  • What role will the utilities play in smart grid innovation?

  • Is there room for startups or will this be a sector dominated by large corporations and partnerships?


  • Moderator:  Jackie Liu | Partner & Co-Chair for Public Companies and Securities Group at Morrison & Foerster

  • James F. Andrus | Vice President (Americas) - Networked Energy Services at Echelon Corporation

  • Gerd Goette | Managing Partner at Siemens Venture Capital

  • David Gong | Venture Partner at Tsing Capital, Director at U.S.-China Green Energy Council, and Managing Director of Terraza Venture

  • Liang Huang | Manager - Economic Modeling of Integrated Demand Side Management Product at Pacific Gas & Electric


6:00 - 7:00 PM:
Registration/Check-in and Networking Reception

7:00 - 7:10 PM:
Overview of China Power Grid Landscape - A Study by Deloitte's Global Cleantech Services Group

7:10 - 8:20 PM:
Panel Discussion

8:20 - 8:30 PM:




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