About Smart Grid Watch
“The Smart Grid has the potential to transform our personal relationship with electricity and gas. Public policy makers have the obligation to nurture these technological capabilities and match them to wider social objectives of energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, renewable energy integration, and consumer empowerment.”
Smart Grid Watch seeks to rise above the clatter of press releases and cleantech articles about Smart Grid. My blog is about provoking thoughtful consideration of new ideas, policies, technologies, and business processes to make real the promise of the Smart Grid. The Smart Grid should be driven by good public policy, and that policy should be driven by good data and information.
A nationally recognized authority on energy regulation and competitive energy markets, Chris King is widely recruited by regulators and legislators to consult on technology issues in electric restructuring and grid management. He has testified before Congress and was instrumental in crafting the Smart Grid language in the Federal Energy Acts of 2005 and 2007 that paved the way for advanced metering initiatives in the USA.
Anticipating customer choice before its time, Chris was CEO and founder of Utility.com, which provided electric, gas and telecommunications services nationwide. Chris joined Cree Edwards and Larsh Johnson at CellNet, where he served as Vice President-Regulatory Affairs and Vice President-Sales and Marketing. Chris has also directed various energy efficiency and time-of-use pricing programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest utility in the United States.
Along with Cree and Larsh, Chris planted the seeds of a Smart Grid vision early. He is glad to see utility capabilities, customer choice, and conservation awareness converge to create a grid that is powerful, efficient, and clean. Chris was an early adopter of time-of-use pricing, beginning with PG&E’s residential pilot 25 years ago. His family still shifts laundry, dishwashing, lawn mowing, and hair drying to off-peak times, saving money and helping the environment.
Chris holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.