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TiECON East 2010 and Clean Tech

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Another TiECON East is approaching.  As noted in earlier posts I find this entrepreneur’s conference to be the best value for the money.  This year I am on the organizing team helping to put together the Clean Tech track.  In particular, I’m the producer for the panel session on energy management. I am pleased to have assembled a very diverse panel that can cover many of the bases that fall under the “energy management” tent.

For regulatory matters I have Janet Gail Besser.  She was the top regulator in Massachusetts and is now the VP of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at National Grid USA.  She can also speak on the utility perspective and a global perspective since they are the largest utility in England

Gregg Dixon, the Senior VP of Marketing for EnerNOC, provides the perspective of an energy management company. He has certifications in energy management and demand side management and so can also speak for commercial customers of energy. His background includes work in co-generation as well.

I also have two entrepreneurs in the line up. Nachum Sadan, the CEO of Amperion, runs an established startup with over 100 patents and successful pilot operations underway. They provide communication over high voltage power lines that will allow utilities monitoring and control capabilities to the substation level opening up a whole new level energy management possibilities.

Roger Faulkner, the CEO of Electric Pipeline Company, is our early stage entrepreneur. EPC offers a new cost effective way of efficiently moving massive chunks of electricity over very long distances. That is gigawatt morsels over thousands of miles. This is the kind of technology that will make it possible for wind energy generated in the Midwest to be used on the East Coast. Nachum and Roger are the techies on the panel with degrees in electrical engineering and material science to handle the technical questions.

I invited John Quealy, a managing director in equity research at Canaccord Genuity. He is the head of their Sustainability sector and created their investment themes in Smart Grid, Water Technology and Clean Coal. As investment bankers in this sector they look at a lot of companies so have the big picture view. Moreover he’s been doing this over ten years so has seen the downs as well as the recent ups in the energy sector. I’m counting on him to provide the adult supervision.

You can see the details of our session here.

The panels on energy sources and storage look good as well. If clean tech and green energy are strong interests you should be well served by our track. As usual there will be other interesting things going on. For the first time they will have an entrepreneurship bootcamp, this being run by Babson College. I’m looking forward to another great event.