More than eighty five utility executives gathered in Florida to collaborate with smart grid technology vendors to discuss various solutions at the municipal level. Topics that were discussed in detail included: advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), security, demand response, home area networks, storage and much more. Our summit format allows each vendor to focus on the individual needs of each municipality through multiple channels including: boardroom presentations, solution showcase, and various networking events. There were over thirty five vendors competing for four different awards.
The nominees for Best Overall Vendor Presentation were, Landis+Gyr, Mueller Systems and MeterSense. The winner was MeterSense. Our Vendor to watch award was given to the organization who displayed new technology in the smart grid space. Nominees for Vendor to Watch were, Best Buy, Mueller Systems and ecobee. The winner was, Best Buy. The nominees for Best Smart Grid Solution were, GE Digital Energy, Landis+Gyr and S&C Electric. The winner was GE Digital Energy. The final award was rewarded to Grid 2020 for Best Overall Boardroom Score.
"The format of this event, combined with the depth and breadth of the attendees, offered GE a unique opportunity to gain valuable and direct insights from leaders and decision makers that will allow us to create solutions for this key utility segment," said, Mike Carlson, GM, Smart Grid Solutions for GE's Digital Energy business.
Bill Booth, General Manager, MSGS "The competition amongst the thirty five vendors was intense, but the utility executives were able to identify the true stars of the show. We will expand the award categories next year given the planned sponsor growth and the growing interest in meeting with progressive city utilities we invite.”
The MSGS event has a unique format focused on business development that provides the utility executives multiple opportunities to interact with various vendors in a social and business-friendly setting. Boardroom meetings are conducted with eight to ten executives and one vendor, as well as the evening networking opportunities that are designed to promote deeper and more intimate conversations about the future direction of smart grid applications. The sister event to MSGS, Rural Smart Grid Summit (RSGS) will hold their second annual summit September 19th-21st at the same Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs.