Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, discusses with John Gartner, Editor in Chief of Matter Network, how it plans to deploy smart meters and other tools to encourage consumer conservation, and why policy changes decoupling utility revenue from the amount of energy they actually deliver will be critical in decarbonizing the current electrical grid.
Energy used to be a one-way street. Today, it's becoming a bi-directional superhighway with utility customers finally taking charge of their power use and how much they pay for it. Instead of drilling into short-term IT issues and arcane arm-chair politicking involved in this shift, GreenBeat 2009 maps out the hottest business and technology opportunities the Smart Grid has to offer.
John Gartner is Editor in Chief of Matter Network, and a Senior Analyst at Pike Research.
He has been covering clean energy and transportation since 2002. He has been an editor at Wired.com and TechTV, and has contributed to leading technology publications including Technology Review, Popular Mechanics, and Inc.com.
James Rogers was named president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy following the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy in April 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy's chairman and chief executive officer for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Prior to his utility career, Duke Rogers served as deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group; and as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Prior to those appointments, he served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC; as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky; and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he acted as intervener on behalf of state consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. He was also a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader.