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GridWeek 2007: Interview with Kevin Kolevar, Director of the DOE's Office of Electricity

Day two of GridWeek is devoted entirely to the topic of demand response. Denis Du Bois is hosting a daily podcast series featuring the top speakers at the conference. Today he interviews the DOE's Director of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Kevin Kolevar, one of today's keynote speakers. (podcast)

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Kevin Kolevar was appointed Director of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. DOE in 2005. His office leads the development of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability. He has been very instrumental in organizing GridWeek. Director Kolevar will be a keynote speaker during today's National Town Meeting on Demand Response.

Questions for Kevin Kolevar

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  • What do you think of GridWeek?

  • Does it surprise you to see this much interest? Do you think this bodes well for the future of the grid?

  • Demand response isn't a ubiquitous practice in the U.S. What needs to change to encourage more widespread acceptance?

  • The interface between building automation and the grid is so crucial to really capturing the benefits of demand response. Do you see enough disruptive technology being developed at that interface?

Tomorrow morning marks the halfway point. Start it off right with the GridWeek daily highlight podcast. I'll be talking with NERC President and CEO Rick Sergel, plus PNNL's Mike Davis, and IBM's Gary Cohen and Guido Bartels.

Yesterday's daily highlight podcast from GridWeek.