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Electric association joins smart movement

Joint projects include creating educational opportunities that highlight successful city and electric company projects


The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Smart Cities Council have announced a partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities.


EEI, the association that represents all US investor-owned electric companies, will join the council as a global lead partner and work on a series of initiatives. These include educational opportunities that highlight successful city and electric company projects and workshops at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley on 7-9 May, 2018, in Santa Clara, California.


They will also provide support for electric companies to help cities and communities in their service territories win a valuable Readiness Challenge grant from the Council.


To kick off the partnership, EEI Chairman Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and CEO of PNM Resources, will deliver an opening keynote address on Wednesday, 4 October, at the Council’s annual Smart Cities Week conference and exposition at the Washington Convention Centre. Vincent-Collawn will discuss how electric companies and communities can partner together to advance smart communities.


“Electric companies can help take smart cities to the next level,” said Vincent-Collawn. “The electric power industry supports communities’ efforts to advance smarter energy infrastructure, and, electrification and advanced technologies are providing many ways electric companies can collaborate with communities. We are pleased to join efforts with the Smart Cities Council to assist and support these initiatives that will better serve our customers and the communities we serve.”


“For more than a century, electric companies have been partners for urban progress, building essential infrastructure to enable growth and prosperity,” said Jesse Berst, Chairman of the Smart Cities Council. “As we now transition to smart, sustainable cities, their close involvement is more important than ever.”


To recognise the role electric companies play in the success of smart city projects, electric companies can recommend cities and communities in their service territories to be awarded one of the Council’s 2018 Readiness Challenge grants.


Each year, the Council provides a free Readiness Workshop plus free products and services to five cities, as judged by a panel. Cities receive extra points toward winning if they supply a letter of support from their electric company.


EEI’s members provide electricity for about 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Smart Cities Week DC at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre runs from 3-5 October 2017.


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