BURLINGTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/11 -- Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) President and CEO Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr. will be a featured speaker at KEMA's fourth annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, 'Shaping the Future.' DeFontes will be part of a CEO panel discussion on the emerging utility future -- what it means for utility operations, business models, and stakeholder relationships -- at the KEMA forum, June 6-8, 2011, at The Four Seasons, Denver, Colo.
DeFontes will share insights into staying ahead of the energy technology curve and learnings from the BGE Energy Delivery System of the Future (EDSF) Initiative. He will join the CEOs of Public Service Company of Colorado, AGL Resources, and AltaLink for the panel session, 'The View from 30,000 Feet' on Tuesday, June 7.
'Emerging gas and electric technologies will have a significant potential impact on delivery infrastructure and utility operations now and into the future,' said DeFontes. 'Our Energy Delivery System of the Future Initiative sought to understand opportunities and challenges these technologies will present to BGE. Working with KEMA, we analyzed the potential impacts of game-changing technologies with short-term and immediately relevant impacts on our system, like electric vehicles, solar, and shale gas. We've also examined the short-, medium-, and long-term implications of strategically significant and cross-cutting enabling technologies, such as demand response; energy storage; advanced metering infrastructure; and advanced distribution automation, communications, and control. This analysis will allow BGE to develop and prioritize specific actions to prepare processes, systems, and workforce skills for the impacts new technology will bring to bear across our operations.'
The 2011 Utility of the Future Leadership Forum features one and one-half days of discussion about industry game changers; new business models; and the changing roles of utilities, customers, and suppliers. Executive-level panel discussions will focus on CEOs' views of the future utility: the road to sustainability, gas as part of the smart grid paradigm, the integration of new and ever-changing technologies, and consumer and 'prosumer' engagement. Throughout the forum, there will be high-level networking opportunities to share perspectives, collaborate, and engage in dialog.
Senior executives are invited to join their peers in Utility of the Future discussions to share ideas and discover opportunities to shape a more sustainable, reliable, profitable utility of the future. Register and learn more about theUtility of the Future Leadership Forum 2011: www.kema.com/UtilityFuture2011.
About Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE)
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company's approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.
Founded in 1927, KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. With world headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, KEMA employs more than 1,700 professionals globally with offices and representatives in more than 20 countries. KEMA's U.S. subsidiary, KEMA Inc. is headquartered in Burlington, Mass., and serves energy clients throughout the Americas and Caribbean.