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Networking opportunity and IT panel discussion

Deloitte, a member company, is hosting a strategic state-focused IT panel discussion for Minority-owned and Women-owned Businesses (MWBEs) this coming Monday, June 1 at the beautiful Wolferts Roost Country Club in Albany, NY.

Registration is free, but space is limited.

The event will begin with a networking reception at 4:30PM, followed by the panel discussion titled, “How to position yourself as a strategic” at 5:00PM. Panelists include:

  • Srini Subramanian, Principal and Risk Advisory Practice Leader for State Government, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Kishor Bagul, Consultant and former Chief Technology Officer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services
  • Donna O’Leary, Consultant and former Chief Information Officer, New York State Office of the Attorney General

Like we said before, the event is free, but space is limited, to register or for more information, contact Tracy Oneal via email at toneal@deloitte.com or call .518.763.4046.

A grid that talks back

Would you like to save money while saving the planet? That’s possible with a relatively new ‘smart meter’ that can tell your utility provider how much energy you need, and if you need service after an outage.

At the Renewable Energy Conference, held last week in the Hudson Valley, Jim Laurito, a member of The Business Council’s board of directors and President and CEO of Central Hudson Gas and Electric, touched on this possibility as technology transforms the energy industry. He explained how smart meters can “fine tune” load delivery, saving you money and conserving electricity because less energy is wasted and less goes unused. This could help bring down peak load, effectively shaving “3% off the top”, which also translates into money saved.

Solar installations have grown tremendously within the Hudson Valley. In fact, they now number around 3,000, with those installations producing a total of 36 megawatts of electricity. The number of solar installations is expected to increase, however the implementation of smart meters will take nearly a decade.

Dario Gil, a vice president of IBM, also illustrated how data collection, analysis, and application will help streamline the energy industry. He gave an example of how weather prediction systems can optimize positioning of repair crews, which means those crews operate more efficiently and customers spend less time without power.

As Laurito puts it, “we want to get closer to our customers”, and a smart grid would absolutely do that. Everybody wins: the consumer, the provider, the economy, and the environment.

The Renewable Energy conference took place on April 29-30 at Marist College, and was sponsored by The Business Council, Marist College, and the Hudson Renewable Energy Institute.

Jim Laurito, president and CEO of Central Hudson Gas and Electric
Jim Laurito, president and CEO of Central Hudson Gas and Electric