Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference Series Presents “Smart Grid: Vision, Opportunity, and Effectiveness” on November 13 (Discount Available)

On November 13th, the Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference Series will hold its fourth event, entitled Smart Grid: Vision, Opportunity, and Effectiveness. This program will examine the past, current and future state of the Smart Grid sector from technical, policy and business perspectives.  The event will discuss questions such as:

  • What is the Smart Grid today? Where is it going?
  • How can innovators make the most of Smart Grid opportunities?
  • What policies will enable the Smart Grid? What are the constraints in the system?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrew Tang – Senior Director, Smart Energy Web, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Keynote)
  • Andrew Campbell – Senior Energy Advisor, CPUC
  • Erfan Ibrahim – Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Alex Beavers – Corporate Director, SRI International
  • Jordan Breslow – Silver Spring Network
  • David Meyers – Director of Business Development – Western Region, EnerNOC
  • Craig Lawrence – General Partner, Accel

The program will take place from 12pm – 7pm at the Stanford Research Institute Auditorium, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Additional program information is available at  Readers of Green VC can obtain a $10 discount on this program when registering online — please use this registration link to receive this discount. 

The Berkeley-Stanford CleanTech Conference is also looking for volunteers to help with tasks including fund raising, marketing, day-of-event setup.  Volunteers can attend the event for free.  For additional information send an e-mail to  malaki [at]

This program is made possible through a partnership with Stanford University's Energy Crossroads and sponsorship from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Berkeley Columbia Executive MBA Program.

Deadline for GreenBeat 2009’s Smart Grid Innovation Competition is October 30

GreenBeat 2009: Smart Grid Conference

A brief reminder – October 30th is the deadline to enter the GreenBeat 2009 Innovation Competition.  This competition will will highlight companies in the smart grid sector with cutting-edge business models and technologies.  The top 10 submissions will be announced on November 19, 2009 at the GreenBeat 2009 conference, an event which will include keynote presentations from Al Gore and John Doerr.  Green VC readers can also obtain a discount to this event.

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VentureBeat Presents Smart Grid Conference GreenBeat 2009 on November 18 – 19 (Discount Available)

GreenBeat 2009: Smart Grid Conference

VentureBeat will present GreenBeart 2009, its Smart Grid conference, in San Mateo, California on November 18 and 19. This conference will bring together leaders in the smart grid community to explore next steps in moving towards a cleaner, more efficient electrical grid. Keynote presentations will be given by:

  • Al Gore – Former Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner
  • John Doerr – Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)
  • Laura Ipsen – Senior Vice President and General Manager - Smart Grid, Cisco Systems

GreenBeat 2009 also features an Innovation Competition that will highlight companies in the smart grid sector with cutting-edge business models and technologies.  The application deadline for this competition is October 30.

Thanks to our friends at VentureBeat, readers of Green VC can receive a 20% discount off the GreenBeat 2009 standard registration price.  To receive this discount please use code "GREENVC09" [without the quotes] when registering online. For more information:

Astia and SDForum to Present “Standing at the Edge of Grid” on March 17 (2009 Clean Tech Breakfast Series)

[Update: Green VC readers can receive a discount on this program.]

On March 17, Astia and SDForum will present the first program in the 2009 Clean Tech Breakfast Series.  This program is entitled Standing at the Edge of the Grid and will feature a panel that will focus on the following topic:

Monitoring, metering, compliance and energy efficiency technologies are at the hub for both homes and offices. What technologies will be part of the smart homes of tomorrow?

The panelists for this program will be:

This event will take place from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304. The cost for SDForum members is $20 and $30 for non-members.  Further program information and registration can be found here.

Silver Spring Networks Obtains $75 Million; John Doerr and Al Gore Join Advisory Board

Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks, a Redwood City, California-based provider of Smart Grid technology solutions, announced ealier this week that it received a $75 million round of funding. This round, a portion of which has been reserved for strategic partners, was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Green Growth Fund and included returning investors Foundation Capital, JVB Properties, and Northgate Capital.  Ben Kortlang, co-manager of KPCB’s Green Growth Fund, will join the Silver Spring Networks Board of Directors and KPCB Partners John Doerr and Al Gore will join the Silver Spring Networks Advisory Board.

"Kleiner Perkins has a proven track record of backing winning technology companies that go on to be global leaders," said Scott Lang, President and CEO of Silver Spring Networks. "We are pleased that our systems and services are gaining such strong customer traction, and it’s great to have KPCB as an investor."

"Implementation of the Smart Grid is one of the most important clean technology initiatives of the coming decade," said John Doerr, KPCB Partner. "Silver Spring has emerged as the clear technology leader and Kleiner Perkins’ investment will help them expand globally."

"Silver Spring Networks has the only true Smart Grid platform which has been proven at scale," said KPCB Partner Ben Kortlang. "We believe Silver Spring’s technology will drive the deployment of the Smart Grid globally. Kleiner Perkins is proud to be an investor in this important company."

"This investment from Kleiner Perkins is a testament to Silver Spring’s technology and industry leadership," said Adam Grosser, Foundation Capital Managing Partner and founding investor. 

Silver Spring Networks current customers include Florida Power & Light Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Modesto Irrigation District, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, and Consumers Energy.

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