Innovative Smart Grid Technologies and the Legal Issues They Face

ACC Cleantech Committee Meeting

09/08/2011 11:30 a.m. - 01:30 p.m.

Clean Technology and Energy Efficiency + Intelligence

Morrison & Foerster LLP
755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Tessa J. Schwartz

Tessa J. Schwartz


Jennifer Kupferman

Program Summary:
The Electric Power Research Institute estimates that the implementation of a fully functional Smart Grid in the U.S. will cost $338 billion to $476 billion and will result in benefits worth $1.3 trillion to $2 trillion. Given the scope of the potential market, diverse companies are getting into the Smart Grid space, from early stage start ups to large Fortune 500 companies.

Please join us for a look at some of the hottest Smart Grid technologies being developed today and a discussion of the legal issues facing the sector.

Topics to be addressed include: 

  • What financing exists to fund the build out of the Smart Grid and how might different financing models impact the industry? 
  • What privacy and information security issues are arising in connection with the Smart Grid among consumers, regulators, utilities, service providers and other stakeholders and how is the industry addressing them? 
  • What policies and economic trends have begun to stimulate and drive U.S. investments in Smart Grid technologies?
  • What regulatory challenges and business model challenges do utilities face in roll out of the Smart Grid? 
  • How are other countries, especially China, Japan, and those in Europe, approaching Smart Grid infrastructure? 
  • How does development of the Smart Grid impact the Cleantech industry as a whole? What other technologies will it enable if it is built?


  • Tessa Schwartz
    Partner, Morrison & Foerster


  • Dian Grueneich
    Morrison & Foerster
  • Ellen Brodbine
    Senior Counsel
    Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
  • Lucian Ion
    Smart Grid, GE Energy
  • Jim Dempsey
    Vice President for Public Policy
    Center for Democracy & Technology

1 Hour General California MCLE provided by ACC

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