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Watts on the Horizon

Event Date : September 21st, 2010

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Tuesday, September 21st
6:00 - 7:00 pm
University Union, Redwood Room

Dr. Emir José Macari, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Sacramento State, will deliver the first presentation of the fall 2010 Sacramento State STEM Scholars Lecture Series. His talk, titled "Watts on the Horizon: Smart Grid delivers electricity efficiently," addresses the role of the California Smart Grid Center in developing technological solutions to managing peak power demands and aiding in energy conservation projects in the Sacramento region.

In mid 2008, Sacramento State launched an important initiative that would leverage on three major components from the College of Engineering and Computer Science: The only Power Engineering program in the state of California, the Center for Information Assurance and Security (Cyber Security) and the Center for Clean Energy. These three programs: power electrical engineering, communications networking and cyber security, and clean energy technology (solar, wind and biofuels) form the main components of what has come to be known as the Smart Grid.

During the summer of 2009, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) along with partners at Sacramento State and Los Rios Community College System formed an alliance called the Sacramento Smart Grid Initiative and began to work to propose various projects to transform the Sacramento Region into a Smart Grid hub. Late last year the US Department of Energy announced the award of $127.5 Million to SMUD and its Smart Grid partners helping to fund this transformative initiative for our region. This year, the California Energy Commission announced the award of $2 Million to support the formation of Sacramento State's California Smart Grid Center and soon thereafter, the US Department of Energy announced the award of an additional $1 Million to the Center for the development of a well educated Smart Grid workforce. Dr. Macari will discuss this major initiative, explain the fundamentals of the Smart Grid and outline the various projects that are underway in our region.

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