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Recharging the future: Opportunities and challenges for integrating renewable energy systems to the grid, TiE Seattle

June 30, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 – $20

Recharging the future: Opportunities and challenges for integrating renewable energy systems to the grid

When: Thursday, June 30, 2011 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Bellevue City Hall, 450, 110th Ave NE Room 1E, 108, Bellevue 98004

“We must put more effort into renewable energy, and that will become one trigger for (economic) growth,” said Japan Trade Minister Banri Kaieda (May 8th 2011). “Amidst adversity emerges opportunity.”

The past decade has seen the renewal energy sector pick up steam with some demonstrable success:
• The Empire State Building has the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power
• Globally, several countries have achieved relatively high levels of wind power penetration, such as 21% of stationary electricity production in Denmark, 18% in Portugal, 16% in Spain, 14% in Ireland and 9% in Germany in 2010
• In the US, the DOE has envisioned that by 2030, the share of wind powered electricity generation has to rise to 30%.
• The State of Washington initiative I937 envisions the share of renewable to the total electricity generated in Washington State should be 15% by year 2020.

Concerns remain related to ability of existing grids to handle such an increase and new investments are required to expand the transmission infrastructure. What does this mean for companies in the renewables ecosystem and what opportunities exist for new entrants?

Hear from our esteemed panelists about the opportunities and challenges in this business, consumer behavior trends, and government initiatives to meet the renewable energy goals.


  • Daniel Kirschen, Close Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle


  • Rick LeFaivre, PhD, Partner, OVP Venture Partners, Kirkland, WA and Director of New Ventures, Center for Commercialization, University of Washington, Seattle
  • James Holbery, PhD, President and Founder, GridMobility LLC, Redmond, WA
  • Dave Curry, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Demand Energy Networks, Spokane, WA
  • Michael Pesin, Chief Technology Advisor, Seattle City Light, Seattle, WA

How: Admission for Members: $10, Non-members: $20. Get more details or register online.


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue , WA 98004 United States
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