The Growing Information Intensity of Energy: Industry and Technology Implications

Wednesday, April 30, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The axiom ‘If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It’ is destined to become increasingly relevant as organizations and individuals want to know more about the costs, attributes and effects of the energy they consume.   Numerous reference points for the intersection of energy and IT industries exist and are increasing.    Examples include:  Nest learning thermostats, ‘smart’ meters on buildings, near real-time energy monitoring, and embedded sensors and networked devices for command, control and monitoring.

Underneath these emerging applications basic questions exist about value and impact of the data and information.  Does actionable information change corporate decision-making or individual behavior?  How?  What ROI’s are achievable?

Plan to join this timely discussion on the increasingly important role of information and energy.

Peter C. Evans, Vice President, Center for Global Enterprise 

As Vice President at the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), Peter is responsible for the Center’s research agenda, global academic partnerships and CEO Exchanges.

Previously, Peter held key strategy and market intelligence roles at General Electric. He was Director of GE Corporate’s Global Strategy and Analytics team.  He also led GE Energy’s Global Strategy and Planning team for five years, where he oversaw the Fuels, Policy, Carbon and Strategic Workforce Planning Centers of Excellence.  Prior to joining GE, he was Director, Global Oil, and Research Director of the Global Energy Forum at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

His many articles and policy monographs include: The Age of Gas and the Power of Networks (General Electric 2013); The Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines (General Electric, 2012) Japan: Bracing for an Uncertain Energy Future (Brookings Institution, 2006), Liberalizing Global Trade in Energy Services (AEI Press, 2002).

Peter holds a BA from Hampshire College and a master degree and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sameer Vittal, Manager – Advanced Analytics, Power Generation Services, GE Power & Water

Sameer is the Engineering Manager for Advanced Analytics at the Power Generation Services division of GE Power & Water. He has been with GE since 2000 and leads a global team of data scientists responsible for developing data-analytics based technologies to monitor and optimize the performance, risk and health of gas turbine power plants. In addition to gas turbines, he has extensive experience in developing analytics solutions for renewable energy, primarily wind turbines.

Sameer has more than 17 years of experience in analytics, predictive modeling, optimization, reliability engineering, condition monitoring and risk management in the automotive and energy industries. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences with an interest in actuarial engineering – an emerging risk management field that integrates techniques from engineering, operations research and actuarial science.

Sameer has a BE in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University as well as MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

John Bracey, President, Skye Energy

Skye Energy allows commercial building owners to transform scattered building data into clear efficiency projects and ongoing tracking of performance.  Leveraging a cloud based energy analysis platform, a building’s details can be analyzed by marketplace experts to find, build, and implement projects, bringing significantly lower effort and costs, better ideas, and higher volume of sales to the efficiency market.

Prior to founding Skye Energy, John spent over 10 years conducting technical energy analysis on commercial buildings, training architects and engineers on how to build better buildings.  He has spoken at numerous industry conferences on best practices.

John holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

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Presentations:

Growing Information Intensity of Energy- Peter Evans

Information Intensity in Power Generation – Sameer Vittal

Building Energy Efficiency Platforms – John Bracey

 

Find Us

The regular venue for the Series is the Hodges Room in Tech Square:

Centergy One
75 5th Street, NW; Hodges Room
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-894-2376