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Fed Official to Joint Venture: US Focused on Smart Grid

U.S. Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman told more than 150 people at Joint Venture’s recent Energy Storage Symposium that the government is focused on "creating an information revolution in the electric sector" and stressed that, in addition to controlling power flow, energy storage is a key component in "creating a revolution in the operation of the transmission and distribution structure as we have it today."

2013 Energy Storage Symposium audience

The benefits of storage to the electrical grid was a common theme throughout the symposium, as well as how such policies as the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and AB32 can be drivers for future energy storage implementation in California.

Other speakers stressed the high degree of flexibility that storage provides, while some focused on new ways to monetize the benefits of storage capabilities. With an overwhelmingly optimistic look at the role of energy storage in the future of our electrical system, the symposium highlighted our region's leadership and progress in the energy storage space.

Click here to view a video of Hoffman’s remarks.

Click here to read an Examiner.com article about the symposium.

Wireless roundtable centers on new guidelines for tech deployment

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Recently enacted federal guidelines expediting wireless technology deployment and related network upgrades to the 4G standard dominated the conversation at a recent roundtable held by Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

Alex Reynolds, government affairs counsel for the Washington, D.C.-based PCIA, gave an update on the legislation, and the roundtable for city and county staff provided an opportunity to clarify the legislative provisions. “I found it very educational and will mention it to my colleagues on the city council,” said Rod Sinks, a Cupertino city councilman.

Participants at the Roundtable included wireless carriers and contractors. City representatives included San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Foster City, Hillsborough and South San Francisco.

Click here to read more about the Wireless Communications Initiative.

Building Energy Management System Workshop May 9

Building Energy Management System Workshop May 9

Joint Venture is holding a special joint workshop on May 9 with Silicon Valley Energy Watch and our Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) public-sector colleagues to learn more about building energy management. This is ideal for sustainability professionals and facility managers who want to learn more about both the technology and the ways in which it is being implemented. A dedicated breakout session led by SVEW will delve into the assistance they can offer and best practices among public-sector peers. The event is 8 a.m. to noon at Microsoft in Sunnyvale. Sign up today for this free, content-rich workshop!

Click here for agenda and registration.

Electricity Storage Association Annual Conference May 20-22

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Friends of Joint Venture receive a 15% discount on registration for the Electricity Storage Association’s 23rd Annual Conference on May 20-22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Click here for more information on the ESA conference.

Click here to register for the ESA Conference. Use the promotion code: JointVenture2013.

Our MAY Spotlight

DAVE HODSON

Skype and Joint Venture board member

Dave Hodson

It’s not really a stretch to say Dave Hodson pretty much spends all day with his head in the clouds. And considering how often he’s on a plane, that’s not entirely figurative.

A serial entrepreneur with multiple startups behind him, Hodson has made a career of innovative thinking, or what we in Silicon Valley call the productive phase of daydreaming.

Click here to read Dave’s profile.

Article of the Month

“Hispanics, the New Italians”

New York Times

In this probing April 20 article, New York Times reporter David Leonhardt notes that there have been multiple reasons to wonder if the millions of Latinos who arrived in this country in recent decades "would assimilate and thrive — including legitimate economic issues that go well beyond ethnic stereotypes."

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"As the Senate begins to debate a major immigration bill," writes Leonhardt, "we already know a great deal about how Latinos are faring with that challenge: they’re meeting it, by and large. Whatever Washington does in coming months, a wealth of data suggests that Latinos, who make up fully half of the immigration wave of the past century, are already following the classic pattern for American immigrants."

Click here to read the article.

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